Monthly Archives: March 2009

SUNSHINE CLEANING

Sunshine Cleaning Movie Review

R, 91 min, 2008

Director: Christine Jeffs
Writer: Megan Holley
Stars: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin

Christine Jeffs’ Sunshine Cleaning is a delightfully dark surprise fighting through an overwhelmingly sunny (and misleading) ad campaign. Continue reading

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KNOWING

Knowing Movie Review

PG_13, 121 min, 2009

Director: Alex Proyas
Writers: Ryne Douglas Pearson (screenplay) and Juliet Snowden (screenplay) & Stiles White (screenplay), Ryne Douglas Pearson (story)

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne

Alex Proyas’ Knowing is masquerading as an utterly preposterous sci-fi thriller, but is in fact a dark, mysterious, fascinating morality tale which leaves us with tantalizing implications. It is also an utterly preposterous sci-fi thriller. Continue reading

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I LOVE YOU, MAN

I Love You, Man Movie Review

R, 105 min, 2009

Director: John Hamburg
Writers: John Hamburg (screenplay) and Larry Levin (screenplay), Larry Levin (story)
Stars: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones

I Love You, Man is a comedy about the ever-elusive search I believe many grown adult males struggle with (myself included) – finding and maintaining adult friendships with other dudes. Continue reading

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DUPLICITY

Duplicity Movie Review

PG_13, 125 min, 2009

Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Stars: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson

I don’t know how realistic this film is. Two corporate spies, one having worked for the CIA, the other being former MI-6, play games against one another and their employers to discover a top-secret formula for some revolutionary new product vied for by two rival companies. What I do know is how entertaining it is – and how complicated. Continue reading

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THE CAKE EATERS

The Cake Eaters Movie Review

R, 86 min, 2007

Elizabeth Ashley (Marg Kaminski), Jayce Bartok (Guy Kimbrough), Bruce Dern (Easy Kimbrough), Miriam Shor (Stephanie), Aaron Stanford (Dwight ‘Beagle’ Kimbrough), Kristen Stewart (Georgia Kaminski), Talia Balsam (Violet Kaminski), Tom Cavanagh (Lloyd), Melissa Leo (Ceci Kimbrough), Jesse L. Martin (Judd), Avery Rak (Young Guy), Andrew George Jr. (Young Beagle (as Andrew George)), Dan McCabe (Teenage Boy #1), Conor Romero (Teenage Boy #2), Jeffrey Spiegel (Teenage Boy #3). Directed by Mary Stuart Masterson and produced by Allen Bain, Darren Goldberg, Masterson, Elisa Pugliese, Jesse Scolaro. Screenplay by Jayce Bartok.

Mary Stuart Masterson’s The Cake Eaters is a small town drama that is a tale of long-held secrets, passing desires, long-held resentments and regrets, and other things that occur in a small town. Continue reading

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Watchmen

Watchmen Movie Review

R, 162 min, 2009

Malin Akerman (Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II), Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman), Matthew Goode (Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias), Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Edward Blake / Comedian), Patrick Wilson (Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl), Carla Gugino (Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre), Matt Frewer (Moloch), Stephen McHattie (Hollis Mason), Laura Mennell (Janey Slater), Rob LaBelle (Wally Weaver), Gary Houston (John McLaughlin), James M. Connor (Pat Buchanan (as James Micheal Connor)), Mary Ann Burger (Eleanor Clift), John Shaw (Doug Roth). Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder. Screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel illustrated by Dave Gibbons.

Zack Snyder’s Watchmen is a visually exuberant superhero epic – vivid, vibrant, intelligent, darkly funny, seemingly nihilistic yet ultimately hopeful and thought-provoking, and it’s as pure an adaptation of a graphic novel to film as we are ever likely to see. Continue reading

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