Intense film takes audiences to remote and ambitious heights

April 27, 2005 Donna Green 0

Award-winning director and daughter of famous playwright Arthur Miller, Rebecca Miller (“Angela” and “Personal Velocity”), delivers her third feature, “The Ballad of Jack and Rose.”

It is 1987 and Jack Slavin (Daniel Day-Lewis) lives with his daughter, Rose (Camilla Belle), on a remote island off the East Coast. […]

Star-studded comic book film redefines the term graphic

April 13, 2005 Donna Green 0

“Sin City” has been highly anticipated since talk of its release first began. Adapted from Frank Miller’s graphic novel series, “Sin City” has an extremely large cast of well-known actors and a unique and innovative style of filmmaking that makes it one of the most important films released this year. […]

Cool cast carries otherwise mediocre comedy sequel

March 16, 2005 Donna Green 0

Is a good cast alone enough to carry a movie? Well, judging by the new film “Be Cool,” the answer is no, probably not. Even though the movie is loaded with stars, the sequel to the 1995 comedy hit “Get Shorty” often falls flat.

Hollywood producer Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is back, but this time he is in the music business. […]

Brilliant acting, directing make boxing movie a real knock-out

February 9, 2005 Donna Green 0

When discussing “Million Dollar Baby,” there is one term that seems to be coming up again and again – knock-out. While this boxing pun may be slightly overused, it is nonetheless difficult to argue. “Million Dollar Baby” is, simply put, a knock-out.

Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a former boxing manager who owns a rundown gym. […]

Cliches and wine are keys to this successful road trip

February 2, 2005 Donna Green 0

Can a movie about two middle-aged men on a wine tasting tour through California’s wine country be interesting? Yes, it most certainly can. In fact, “Sideways” is not only interesting, but it is also truly superb in every aspect of filmmaking. It is one of those unique films that can successfully cross boundaries, ultimately appealing to just about everyone who sees it. […]

All-star cast leads film that seeks honesty in infidelity

December 8, 2004 Donna Green 0

I went to see “Closer” this past weekend, thinking that it would be a light movie, possibly mixed with some troubling romance. When I heard someone compare the film to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” I thought he was surely mistaken. There was no way that “Closer” could possibly be as biting and insightful as the classic Edward Albee play and respected Mike Nichols film. […]

Anderson’s cult following anticipates his newest release

December 1, 2004 Donna Green 0

With just three movies behind him and a fourth – “The Life Aquatic” – that is due in theaters soon, Wes Anderson has quickly become one of the most popular contemporary directors. He is loved for his quirkiness and dark humor and admired for his uncanny visuals and creative ability behind the camera. […]

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