Archives for January 2014


Gimme Shelter

Hudgens is game
Vanessa Hudgens and Brendan Fraser
Directed by Ron Kauss

Transformations rarely come as thick as the one made by Vanessa Hudgens for "Gimme Shelter." The sweet-cheeked kids-show chanteuse tosses on the hoodie from the bottom of the pile of dirty clothes. She becomes Apple, a teenage wretch escaping from her life with an abusive mom. This street child isn’t above cutting her hair in clumps or eating pizza out of a dumpster. That was not a skill learned ... more >

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Harking back to yesterday's spy flicks
Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh
Directed by Kenneth Branagh

The shadows for “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” fall over the movie and the actors themselves. When did Kevin Costner become an old man? What happened to Keira Knightley’s rise to stardom? Why has a relaunch of Tom Clancy’s heroic CIA analyst fallen into the January dump period, especially when it, at least, is not a disaster? There’s certainly nothing shadowy about the chosen story for this ... more >

August: Osage County

About those strong-willed women
Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Abigail Breslin
Directed by John Wells

In “August: Osage County,” we enter the story (based on the Tracy Letts play), of the appalling Westons who live in Oklahoma. The disappearance of the patriarch, a poet and a drunk (Sam Sheppard), brings together the members of this spectacularly dysfunctional family. In the stifling heat, they claw and tear each other to pieces, they cuss, yell, and throw at one another’s face awful revelation ... more >

Life of a King

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Who’s the French President’s mistress?

Julie Gayet's France's best-kept secret

Let’s face it, French president François Hollande is rather . . . 1-D. He’s got no quirks to keep up our attention with, let alone any acceptable performance as president of France. So a story about an alledged affair with an actress, as was recently broken by the French glossy Closer, is bound to up the ante of a dull—very dull—political mandate. As it were, the rumors of Hollande’s alledged ... more >

Gimme Shelter

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