March 18, 2009
If someone happens to be in the process of compiling a picture dictionary any time soon, I recommend that the Lorkowski clan, featured in ?Sunshine Cleaning,? should be the prime feature for the ?dysfunctional family? entry. It?s no wonder that when Rose (Amy Adams) starts a business cleaning up the aftermath following crime scenes she picks a cheerful name to mask all the sadness of her dreary existence. She?s the quintessential high school cheerleader whose glory days are long past, a single mother to a bright but quirky son (Jason Spevack)
August 19, 2006
Do you like Will Ferrell and stupid comedies? If so, hop in your car and speed down to the theater to see, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." If you prefer highbrow material and serious cinema, keep on cruising and pass this movie on the left. Ferrell stars as NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby and his story takes place in the redneck world of stock car racing. Ricky's ballad is told from childhood to racing superstar in a brisk 105 minutes. Is the movie funny? I can't lie, it is, but it's not a classic.
February 12, 2005
The phrases that come to mind in describing the very enjoyable "Being Julia" (rated R) are "Be careful of what you wish for" and "Things aren't always what they seem." The story takes place in 1938 London, where Julia (Annette Bening) is a celebrated stage actress whose charming husband, Michael (Jeremy Irons), is also her producer and director. Julia is bored and in a rut. She laments, "I want something to happen," which she may later regret saying, but this sets several of the events in motion.