March 28, 2013 |
Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based "Mental" on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real. This strained, shrill effort, set in small-town Australia, revolves around the über-quirky Moochmore clan: "Sound of Music"-obsessed mother Shirley (Rebecca Gibney), absentee dad - and local mayor - Barry (Anthony LaPaglia) and their five off-kilter daughters. When Shirley has a colorful nervous breakdown, Barry sticks her in a mental hospital, then randomly hires screwy, knife-wielding hitchhiker Shaz (Hogan's "Muriel's Wedding" star Toni Collette)
September 9, 2012 |
A by-the-numbers thriller that often looks as murky as its plot, "The Cold Light of Day" runs up a high ammo count in pursuit of a MacGuffin that's a supposed political hot potato, with a few whatchamacallits and whoevers thrown into the suspense-free action. The Spain-set attempt at international intrigue stars Henry Cavill as an American businessman whose vacation turns into a ping-ponging series of car chases, ad hoc rendition-type interrogations and de rigueur shootouts in subterranean garages.
January 9, 2004 |
The infectious heroine of the appealing but long-winded "Chasing Liberty" is an 18-year-old who has everything -- looks, personality, intelligence -- yet has a terrible time dating and leading a normal life. The reason: She's the daughter of the president of the United States. The rigors of passing through White House security and the daughter's instant recognizability in public tend to scare guys off.
July 14, 1995 |
"Hotel Sorrento" has lots on its mind but expresses it with exceptional grace. Nothing less than the nature of the Australian character in all its contradictions is what concerns its makers, but it emerges through a classic intimate drama of reunion, as three sisters gather at their sunny, spacious family home in the seaside resort of Sorrento in the state of Victoria. So hospitable has the Moynihan place become over the years that it's a virtual hotel.
November 30, 1994 |
The Scene: The "special industry screening" of Warner Bros.' "Disclosure" at the Bruin theater in Westwood. A densely packed party followed at Spago. One guest described this type of low-key premiere as "something to schmooze the people who matter."
December 25, 1997
Last week's Top 5 rentals: "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Con Air," "Men in Black," "George of the Jungle" and "Face/Off." Last week's Top 5 sellers: "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Men in Black" (pan & scan); "George of the Jungle," "Land Before Time V" and "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas." What's New In stores this week: "Spawn" (New Line), live-action adventure fantasy based on the popular comic book. "For Roseanna" (New Line), romantic comedy starring Jean Reno.