Tag Archives: Claire Danes

Brokedown Palace - * *

Jonathan Kaplan directs this contemporary drama about two women (Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale) who are caught up in a series of nightmarish events while travelling in Southeast Asia. Bill Pullman is a lawer who works to free them of … Continue reading

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The Mod Squad - *

The Hollywood creative rut of recycling old TV show reruns has finally gotten deep enough to reach The Mod Squad. A ridiculous show to start with, should we be surprised that it has spawned an even more ridiculous movie? It … Continue reading

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Les Miserables - * * 1/2*

Modern audiences are more likely to be familiar with Les Misérables from the pop-Broadway musical rather than Victor Hugo’s original tome. Adapted several times for the cinema, this latest effort does a superb job of translating the characters, story, and … Continue reading

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U-Turn - *

Oliver Stone returns to directing, and for the first time in a while, he tackles a film without any obvious political agendas. U-Turn is a thriller, based on John Ridley’s novel, Stray Dogs. In it, Oliver Stone proves he’s no … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet - * * *

Very strange modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet has a few more hits than misses. Baz Lurhman directs this updated version of Romeo and Juliet. Although placed in a modern setting, the dialogue remains Shakespeare’s (for the most part, some … Continue reading

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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday - * 1/2*

This rather bland film about recovering from grief covers no new ground. David Lewis (Peter Gallagher) lost his wife, Gillian (Michelle Pfieffer), two years earlier in a freak boating accident. Now, on the anniversary of her death, and also her … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays - * *

A dysfunctional family comedy that’s not all it thinks it is. Holly Hunter plays a single mother, returning home for the holidays (Thanksgiving in particular). Among her eccentric family members at the gathering: her obnoxious gay brother (Robert Downey, Jr.) … Continue reading

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