Eileen – Sundance 2023

Starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anne Hathaway, Eileen is a Hitchcock-esque provocative thriller that takes its audience on twists and turns. Thomasin McKenzie’s casting in Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace will go down as one of the best discoveries in this century. The actress has never disappointed and her star is only continuing to rise. McKenzie and Anne Hathaway both make their return to Sundance in the new film from Lady Macbeth filmmaker William Oldroyd. McKenzie…

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Armageddon Time: James Gray’s Most Personal Film Yet

Armageddon Time is James Gray’s most personal film yet as the filmmaker decides to revisit his childhood in New York. This one hit rather close to home since the film touches on antisemitism. Watching it on the fourth anniversary of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting probably wasn’t the best idea. In any event, the discussions in the film are so true and I was glad to see that it’s also in the trailer. I’d love to…

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The Princess Diaries Marks 20th Anniversary

The Princess Diaries, the Garry Marshall film that put Anne Hathaway on the map, marks the 20th anniversary since its 2001 release. The gist of the film sees the shy Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) learning that she’s actually the heir to the throne of Genovia. Imagine living your entire life not knowing that you’re royalty! How her mom, Helen Thermopolis (Caroline Goodall), managed to hide this is beyond me! Everything changes for Mia when her…

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The Devil Wears Prada Marks 15th Anniversary

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway deliver commanding performances in The Devil Wears Prada, which marks its 15th anniversary. This is a film that really shows us what it means to be a personal assistant. For better or worse, assistants can go through a personal hell just to still be employed at the end of the day. Lauren Weisberger draws on her personal experiences working for Anna Wintour at Vogue in the semi-biographical novel of which…

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Locked Down: A Feature Film For Covid Era

Locked Down has the tough responsibility of being one of the first major studio films to take place during the Covid-19 pandemic. Filmmaker Doug Liman may be ambitious enough to want to film in outer space with Tom Cruise.  But before doing that, he went about filming this project during the pandemic.  Many of us have been living this horror movie since last March–some in worse circumstances than others.  One thing this film does get…

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Dark Waters: A Warning For All Americans

Dark Waters is a warning for All Americans and shows what happens when the federal government allows corporate regulation to go unchecked. A corporate environmental defense attorney from Taft Stettinius & Hollister is probably the last person to take on Big Chem.  Yet this is exactly what Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) did.  While he was originally doing something as a favor to an acquaintance of his grandmother’s it became bigger than anyone could ever have…

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The Dark Knight Rises: A Stellar Conclusion

The Dark Knight Rises manages to bring Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy to an end with a thrilling and stellar conclusion. The closing chapter certainly changes up the pace after the first two films delivered a strong focus on organize crime.  Gone are the Falcone and Maroni crime families.  The terrorizing Bane (Tom Hardy) steps into replace them eight years after Harvey Dent’s death.  Thanks to the Dent Act, many criminals are behind bars.  Oh, does…

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The Hustle Makes Fun Of Blind People

While Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson have fine chemistry, The Hustle makes the poor mistake of having jokes at the expense of blind people. The film may have a brisk pace and many jokes but one poor storytelling choice remains its downfall.  Did anybody stop to think at any point during pre-production that maybe these jokes were in poor taste?  I’m not even blind but even I would not go as far as to fake…

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Serenity: A Letdown, Despite Best Efforts

There’s a whole lot of mystery behind the stakes that drive Serenity as the film finds itself landing somewhere mixed between noir and thriller. Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) finds himself in the same routine every day.  Over and over, he plays the same game off of Plymouth Island: catch the fish.  Everybody on the island as their place and they don’t really change up their routines at all.  One day, Baker is shocked to find…

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Ocean’s 8 doesn’t change Status Quo

Ocean’s 8 is just entertaining enough to pull off a heist but the film doesn’t really up the stakes in the franchise. Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been planning the Met Gala heist for five years, eight months, and twelve days.  Or so she says.  Pulling it off won’t be easy.  It’s going to require the aid of her partner, Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett).  By Debbie’s math, it’s going to take seven people to pull…

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