April 28, 2009
Starring Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway. Directed by Gary Winick. Released by 20th Century Fox. $29.95; blu-ray $39.95 * (1 star) dvds Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are two of the most appealing actresses working today: beautiful, smart, talented, endearing. How did they ever get mixed up in a piece of dreck like this? Liv (Hudson) and Emma (Hathaway) are lifelong friends at first thrilled they're both getting married at roughly the same time. But both dream of getting married at New York's Plaza Hotel, and when there's only one date available and both get booked for it (Candice Bergen plays the unfortunate wedding planner)
January 16, 2009
Gran Torino * 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS) $29.5 million $40.5 million 5 weeks (1 week here) Rated: R Running time: 116 minutes What it's about: An emotionally scarred and bitter Korean War veteran (Clint Eastwood, above) becomes the unlikely defender of the Hmong brother and sister (Bee Vang, Abney Her) who live next door. Our take: Even for those who've been yearning to see Dirty Harry clean his hands, or have been waiting for another big action hero to play Messiah ever since Paul Newman stretched his arms out crucifix-style in Cool Hand Luke, this movie delivers only the second- and third-hand goods.
January 15, 2009
... Benjamin Button What it's about : In 1918, Benjamin Button (the never-better Brad Pitt, above) is born with an old face, dilapidated plumbing and wrinkled skin over an infant body. Then he ages backward. Rated: PG-13 The scoop : Every chapter of Button's story brings a fresh air of discovery. And the movie's emotional completeness leaves you poised between sobbing and applauding - it comes from a full comprehension not just of one man's life, but of the intersection of many lives over the course of the 20th century.
March 21, 2008
It sounds like the stuff of movies - including Fool's Gold, which is still in theaters - but there really are people who hunt for sunken treasure off the Florida coast and throughout the Caribbean Sea. In fact, a group of treasure hunters from Miami will set sail next week to salvage the Spanish galleon Concepcion somewhere off the coast of the Dominican Republic. Burt Webber Jr., who located the ship in 1978 and recovered $14 million in booty, is leading a 13-member crew that hopes to recover the rest of a treasure that could be valued as high as $100 million.
February 8, 2008
Thankfully, Fool's Gold doesn't live down to its name. Engaging though flimsy, lively though occasionally tone-deaf, it's a movie that thrives on the strength of its affable co-stars and a sense of adventure that provides just enough brio to get audiences through some energy-sapping rough spots. Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson - whose last movie together, 2003's How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, brought in more than $100 million at the domestic box office - once again get to play mismatched partners.
August 12, 2005
Curiosity exacts a nasty price in The Skeleton Key, starring Kate Hudson as a New Orleans hospice worker who doesn't know enough to let a locked door stay locked. Relentlessly atmospheric - the house in which 90 percent of the movie is set, one of those decaying bayou mansions surrounded by humongous live oak trees and engulfed by hanging moss, deserves a co-star credit - The Skeleton Key asks a lot of its audience. Belief must be suspended repeatedly, and a few too many haunted-house conventions are recruited to provide the requisite heebie-jeebies.