11 items from 2014
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After losing her job, husband and car in one day, Tammy Banks (McCarthy) wants out of her small town existence. With no money or transportation, her only way out is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon, The Greatest). Their misadventures and brushes with the law lead them on a funny and heartfelt road trip to remember.
A road trip to remember? Well, audiences committed the trip to their memory via a not-bad $85 million at the domestic box office. But critics tried to put the trip out of their heads, slamming it with a 4.1/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 153 published reviews.
Directed by Ben Falcone and also featuring appearances by »
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a go a bit old school and take a look at an A-lister who’s been around for a while now…Pierce Brosnan. A very charming actor, he went from being well known and well liked on television to a mega star when he became one of the notable few ever to essay the role of secret agent 007 in the James Bond franchise. Brosnan has also been one of the more successful post Bond actors, doing his best not to be defined by the iconic role. As such, he’s retained that A-list status and is well deserving of today’s spotlight piece. Here we go! Brosnan had his beginnings on television, in made for TV movies and bit parts, before he became a known commodity with his series Remington Steele. That show made him a small screen star (and »
- Joey Magidson
Lost in Translation: Chaumeil’s English Language Debut a Wretched Operation
While his 2010 feature debut, Heartbreaker, which starred Vanessa Paradis and Romain Duris, managed to breathe an essence of effervescent charm into an already overproduced narrative, director Pascal Chaumeil followed up with the execrable Dany Boon rom-com Un Plan Parfait. Somehow, he’s managed to top the ineptitude of that with his first dip into English language with A Long Way Down. Butchering its Nick Hornby based source material (the author behind such works that would become films like High Fidelity, About a Boy, and An Education), the end result is an aggravating chore to sit through, a series of awkward and falsely staged interactions, leaving one to sift through multiple ironies in relation to the end product and the unintentionally apt title.
One cold New Year’s Eve in London, four depressed people meet on a rooftop they »
- Nicholas Bell
London — Romantic comedy “We’ll Never Have Paris,” the directorial debut of “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, co-helmed with Jocelyn Towne, has been selected as the closing night film of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Helberg will attend the screening.
Helberg and Towne said: “We hope the people of Scotland will find our pain and suffering as funny as we do.”
The pic is penned by Helberg, who also plays the lead. Based on Helberg and Towne’s real-life romantic history, the film is a candid tale of a neurotic young man rattled by the sudden declaration of love he receives from an attractive co-worker moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend. Heartbroken, she flees to Paris, and he must now race across the Atlantic to win her back.
- Leo Barraclough
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
waterworks each night at 11. Here's Andrew on Carey Mulligan's breakthrough
Carey Mulligan will be back headlining a new version of Far From the Madding Crowd later this year and it's now been five years since she won the world's attention. 2009 was the year Carey grew up from youngest Bennett sister to an actress worth following. She'd previously had slight but efficient turns in Brothers and Public Enemies, and a lovely performance opposite Susan Sarandon in the unremembered The Greatest but it was with Jenny Mellor in An Education that she made us fall in love.
The film has only recently begun and Oxford hopeful, Jenny Mellor, is making her way home from band practice. A thunderclap in the preceding scene signals bad weather ahead and we cut to:
- Andrew Kendall
Director: Shana Feste.
Running Time: 103 minutes.
Synopsis: The story of a privileged girl (Gabriella Wilde) and a charismatic boy (Alex Pettyfer) whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
A solemn voiceover describing how the love found one summer changes lives forever is how we are introduced to this woeful coming-of-age tale of innocence lost and love gained. If you’re thinking the only way is up from there then you have seriously misjudged Endless Love, as every cliché in the book is thrown at the audience during the course of this derivative and tiresome movie.
We start with a family coping with the death of the middle son, an overprotective and grieving father (Bruce Greenwood) who hasn’t »
- Victoria Bull
Unlike Franco Zeffirelli’s notoriously over-the-top 1981 filmization of Scott Spencer’s novel, Shana Feste’s “Endless Love” seems less a misguided adaptation than a deliberate, flat-out rewrite. Feste and co-scripter Joshua Safran turn a dark tale of self-destructive romantic obsession into an innocuous fairy tale about the shining power of puppy love, set in an insulated universe where head-on collisions result in a few artfully placed bruises, and class differences arise merely to test the resilience of youthful affection. Universal is wisely opening this sugary confection on Valentine’s Day, probably the only occasion on which tweens could persuade their dates to swallow it, though it may prove too bland even for its target audience.
Unlike Spencer’s troubled adolescent, whose uncontrollable passion landed him in mental and penal institutions, David (Alex Pettyfer) may be the politest, kindest, most well-adjusted yet non-nerdy teen in cinema history. Of course, he’s also ruggedly handsome, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Endless Love, directed by Shana Feste and stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde in the story of Jade Butterfield and David Elliot, a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Although separated by class boundaries, their gravitational pull is undeniable and unstoppable.
During the months following their high school graduation, Jade, sheltered woman with a limitless future becomes enthralled with David a working class boy with a trouble past who in turn falls head over heels for her. Their romance collides with Jade’s controlling father’s attempts to steer her clear of David, while her mother encourages the relationship to thrive and his father advises clear eye caution. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, two young lovers will defy and allow their all consuming passion to determine their future together.
- Fernando Esquivel
Shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I can’t remember if I ever saw the 1981 Endless Love. That was the one with Brooke Shields and the pretty boy stranded on an island? [Checks IMDb.] Ah, no, it’s the other sensational teen sexfest of the era starring Brooke Shields. Which sounds nothing like the new movie of the same title, or the Scott Spencer novel they’re both allegedly based on, beyond the names of the characters. Why not just make a new movie and find a sappy new title for it? I don’t think the name recognition attached to “Endless Love” is all that strong, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The 28-year-old said that after marriage she is more "confident", reports contactmusic.com.
"I think I'm more settled and more secure than I've probably ever been and more confident and excited about the work choices that I make," Bang Showbiz quoted Mulligan as saying.
- Diksha Singh
11 items from 2014
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