‘Rules Don’t Apply’

“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d have never gotten anywhere” – Marilyn Monroe Any expectation that Rules Don’t Apply will be a historically accurate telling of the tale of Howard Hughes, you are warned as the film begins that … Read more

Love stories collide in Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’

Penelope Cruz in 'To Rome With Love'
Penelope Cruz in ‘To Rome With Love’

[rating=3]Starring: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Begnini, Penelope Cruz, Alison Pill, Flavio Parenti, Alessandro Tiberi, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page
Director(s): Woody Allen
Writer(s): Woody Allen

To Rome With Love is not an homage to a Sidney Poitier film about a teacher, although perhaps that’s a misnomer.  There are lessons to be learned by almost every character we are introduced to in this film, the third stop on his “tour” of Europe (Midnight in Paris and Vicky Christina Barcelona being the others).

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‘Fun with Dick and Jane’ tries to update 1977 comedy, but fails

Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni are a husband and wife on a crime spree in 'Fun with Dick and Jane'
Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni are a husband and wife on a crime spree in ‘Fun with Dick and Jane’

Fun with Dick and Jane screenwriter Judd Apatow, fresh off of his big screen debut with The 40 Year Old Virgin runs into the sophomore jinx in this outing, and the efforts of noted director Dean Parisot (Home FriesGalaxy Quest) can’t help the film overcome a horribly weak script. That’s the simple explanation, but there is more. This is a remake of a wonderful film from 1977 that starred Jane Fonda (imagine, choosing Jane to play Jane, how original) and the underrated George Segal and the remake suffers by comparison.

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