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Sisters Review

Good

From their inspired pairing on Saturday Night Live and their hysterical 2008 comedy Baby Mama to their riotous hosting of the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are one of the funniest double-acts in recent memory. So even if they make a film as limp as this one, it's still packed with plenty of laughs. With a simplistic premise and obvious gags, the film isn't nearly as clever as they are. But they make it watchable.

As the title suggests, they play siblings: Kate (Fey) is a single mother with no job and nowhere to live, while Maura (Poehler) has never quite recovered from her divorce. Then their parents (Dianne Wiest and James Brolin) announce that they're selling the family home in Orlando, so Kate and Maura return to clean out their childhood bedrooms. And they're inspired to throw one last epic house party, inviting all of their old high school friends (including John Leguizamo), their school arch-nemesis (Maya Rudolph), a beefy drug dealer (John Cena) and a cute new neighbour (Ike Barinholtz).

Unsurprisingly, once the alcohol starts flowing, things get way out of hand.

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James Brolin - An evening with 'Life In Pieces' at The Paley Center for Media - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 15th December 2015

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James Brolin - New York premiere of 'Sisters' at Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 8th December 2015

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Kate Mckinnon, Greta Lee, Taran Killam, Ben Pratt, Britt Lower, Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Moynihan, Jon Glaser, Jon Cena, James Brolin, Rachel Dratch, Samantha Bee, Rosanna Arquette, Zosia Mamet, Ilaan Glazer Abbi Jacobson, Jane Krakowski, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jay Roach, Amy Pohler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Natasha Lyonne. Jon Cena
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James Brolin - CBS, CW And Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center - Arrivals at Pacific Design Center - West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015

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Dianne Wiest , James Brolin - The CBS, The CW, and Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center - Arrivals at Pacific Design Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 10th August 2015

Dianne Wiest and James Brolin

Dianne Wiest , James Brolin - Celebrities attend the CBS, The CW, and Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center. at Pacific Design Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015

Dianne Wiest and James Brolin
Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest and James Brolin
Dianne Wiest and James Brolin
Dianne Wiest and James Brolin
Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest and James Brolin - A hosts of celebrities turned out in their numbers and were snapped as they arrived for the 2015 CBS Upfront which was held at The Tent at the Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 13th May 2015

Dianne Wiest and James Brolin
Cast Of ''life In Pieces''
Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahi, Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Angelque Cabral, Colin Hanks and Zoe Lister Jones
Dianne Wiest

James Brolin - Barbra Streisand and James Brolin seen at Joel Silvers Memorial Day party in Malibu. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 26th May 2014

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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin - Barbra Streisand and James Brolin leaving Joel Silvers Malibu Beach House Party on Memorial Day - Malibu, California, United States - Monday 26th May 2014

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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin

James Brolin - Hallmark Channel & Hallmark Movie Channel 2013 Summer TV Critics Press Tour - Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Wednesday 24th July 2013

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Burlesque Trailer


Ali is a girl who's desperate to break away from her small-town life. Seeking a new start she buys a one way ticket to LA and lands a job waitressing at a club called The Burlesque Lounge, the club owner and headline act is a lady called Tess, though she was willing to give Ali a break by offering her the cocktail waitress job, all Ali wants to do is perform on stage. Enamoured by the lavish and flamboyant costumes and striking choreography Ali is sure she would be a perfect addition to their troupe. Tess doesn't see her potential but a few other of the club workers know Ali's secret; she can sing - a small girl with a big voice.

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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin - Barbara Streisand and James Brolin Malibu, California - leaving memorial day party at a private residence in Mailbu on the Pacific Coast highway Monday 31st May 2010

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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
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Last Chance Harvey Review


Weak
A film so mild-mannered it only occasionally registers a pulse, Joel Hopkins' Last Chance Harvey is best viewed as proof that not all filmed entertainment these days is nihilistic and grim. Occasionally there are still movies made about gentle, middle-aged people who have had a (mildly) hard time of things but still manage to find love in the gloaming of their years. The problem here being that mildness of heart does not translate into quality of art, or even entertainment.

The Hallmark-ready story begins with Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman), a borderline jerk of a guy who appears to have shut down on life by the time we find him. A jingle writer who once hoped for greater things musically, he's on his way to London where his daughter is marrying into a family that seems to have a greater affinity for his ex-wife's new husband than himself.

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The Hunting Party Review


OK
Despite the Western genre's resurgence -- and Hollywood's willingness to remake already acceptable examples of the classic format -- Richard Shepard's The Hunting Party has nothing to do with Don Medford's smoldering love-triangle-on-the-pioneer-trail from 1971 that carries the same name. Instead of a brilliant stand-off between Gene Hackman and Oliver Reed, we get the versatile Terrence Howard and a dependable (but unremarkable) Richard Gere sprinting through a ripped-from-the-headlines satire of our nation's ongoing military turmoil overseas.

Simon Hunt (Gere) has had enough. After years spent covering the atrocities of war with fearless cameraman Duck (Howard) in tow, Hunt lets his wearied emotions get the better of him during a live segment. His meltdown doesn't approach Howard Beale's "mad as hell" level, but it's enough to pull the plug on Hunt's career for the time being.

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Cannes Man Review


Bad
The most intriguing part of Cannes Man is virtually unknown director Richard Martini cajoled stars like Johnny Depp and Lara Flynn Boyle to appear in his barely amusing semi-mockumentary. (Editor's note: Another director, Susan Shaprio, recently wrote me to contest Martini's ownership of the film. More as it develops.) The film tells a story of a Jersey punk (Francesco Quinn) who hooks up with a smarmy producer (Seymour Cassel) at Cannes to produce his dream flick, a sci-fi something or other inspired by the works of Troma.

The catch: Cassel's only doing it on a bet that he can turn any old jerk into the toast of the Cannes film festival.

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The Alibi Review


Weak
Distraction is one of Hollywood's greatest assets. People are easily distracted by damn near anything, and in movies it becomes crucial. Story doesn't quite make sense? Make an explosion or a tidal wave. Character development not going so well? Throw a love story in and a sex scene for good measure. If you make things complicated enough, the audience really has nowhere to go and just takes things as they come, allowing for some absolutely implausible things to happen. For Kurt Matilla and Matt Checkowski's The Alibi, distraction is the name of the game, but it's all in the name of fun.Steve Coogan, in what seems destined to be only his first Hollywood film, plays Ray Elliott, a man who has built a business around making it safe for people to cheat on their spouses. Through contacts and an outlandishly complex phone and computer system, Elliott has set up alibis for literally hundreds of people who need a quick romp in the sack. While handling his favorite client, Bob (a cheeky James Brolin), Ray decides to hire Lola (Rebecca Romijn) as his new assistant and is asked to handle one last personal case for Bob: an alibi for his son Wendell. As Wendell is getting his freak on in the clear, he accidentally kills the girl he's with and Ray is forced to cover it up, something he vows never to do. Soon enough, the girl's boyfriend (John Leguizamo), a cop (Debi Mazar), and a Mormon assassin (Sam Elliott) are all after Ray and he has to mislead all of them to make sure he can quit and run away with Lola, who has indeed fallen for him even though they only have a handful of scenes together (a largely undisputed problem with many romantic subplots).With a runtime just a tad shy of 90 minutes, The Alibi can't handle all these characters, even if it all just comes back to Ray. Talented actors like Leguizamo, Selma Blair, and the great Elliott play their parts well but are given no room to dig into the roles. In fact, the structure of the film introduces each of these characters as a threat then moves straight into how they get duped by Ray. Writer Noah Hawley seems so interested in the quirkiness and silliness of his characters that he doesn't take time to really bring them to life and make them work their mojo on the film.What keeps the film from being a disaster is Coogan, who gives Ray so much wise-ass, dry-as-a-martini charm that we are simply enamored with laughter every time he comes on screen. Although he seems more at home with indie masterpieces like 24 Hour Party People and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Coogan has an odd way of keeping us interested in things when Matilla, Checkowski, and cinematographer Enrique Chediak are just fine playing things safe and harmless. In the end, the problem comes down to conflict: there is none. The minute danger is introduced to Ray or the storyline, it becomes clear that Ray can handle it and that there really is no threat at all. Therefore, none of the characters stick, because we know they're all just small-timers compared to Ray. But as far as distraction goes, Coogan has got the whole game wired.

The Amityville Horror (1979) Review


OK
I'm a sucker for both haunted house movies and "true horror" stories, but as I was a mere eight years old when the original Amityville Horror was released, it had joined the kind of horror legendry of The Exorcist, Halloween, and Friday the 13th, all from its general era.

Amityville is based on the famous book of the same name -- a story which is shrouded in mystery and passed off as true. Here's what really happened: In 1974, the DeFeo family living at 112 Ocean Avenue, in Amityville, New York, were shot and killed while sleeping in their beds. The culprit was the son, who is still in prison for murdering six members of his family. The house was eventually sold, and in 1977 the Lutz family moved in. 28 days later, they fled the house in fear for their lives.

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Capricorn One Review


Good
Hal Holbrook steals the show as a semi-deranged NASA exec who fakes a Mars landing in order to save the space program and his job... even if that means offing O.J. Simpson! Cute for a while, Capricorn One wears thin in its second hour, degenerating into a by-the-books chase movie with the feds after the rogue astronauts and Elliot Gould's reporter after the feds. Telly Savalas's cameo is a scream.

My Brother's War Review


Bad
Rather typical IRA movie has two brothers (who look nothing alike, strangely) on opposite sides of the conflict... until American CIA agent James Brolin(!) comes to Ireland to save the day! Watch for 90210's Jennie Garth as a red-haired Irish lass, trying to go legit until she realizes she's in a Roger Corman production. Mercifully short at 85 minutes long.

Cannes Man Review


Bad
The most intriguing part of Cannes Man is virtually unknown director Richard Martini cajoled stars like Johnny Depp and Lara Flynn Boyle to appear in his barely amusing semi-mockumentary. The film tells a story of a Jersey punk (Francesco Quinn) who hooks up with a smarmy producer (Seymour Cassel) at Cannes to produce his dream flick, a sci-fi something or other inspired by the works of Troma.

The catch: Cassel's only doing it on a bet that he can turn any old jerk into the toast of the Cannes film festival.

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Cursed Review


Zero
Friday, February 25, 2005

If you're looking for a review of "Cursed" or "Man of the House" in your newspaper this morning, you're not going to find one -- in any newspaper anywhere. Opening in theaters nationwide today, these two movies have been kept hidden from critics because, to be blunt, the studios think they're garbage and want to rake in as much money as they can before word gets out.

Of course, nobody will admit to this at Dimension Films or Columbia Pictures, which are releasing the junkers. But it's no coincidence that every movie Hollywood doesn't screen in advance -- either by not holding previews until the night before opening or not holding them at all -- is largely lambasted once critics and audiences have caught up with it.

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Catch Me If You Can Review


Excellent

Steven Spielberg's best movie in at least a decade, "Catch Me If You Can" is a capricious, invigorating, infectiously jaunty caper about one of the most extraordinary con men in United States history.

In the mid-1960s, Frank Abagnale Jr. passed himself off as an airline pilot and fooled Pan Am, as a doctor and got a job as a Georgia hospital's graveyard-shift emergency room manager, and as a lawyer, becoming an assistant prosecutor in Louisiana under the wing of his unsuspecting fiancée's father.

And when he was finally caught -- after cashing millions of dollars in bogus checks to boot -- Frank Abagnale Jr. was all of 20 years old.

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A Guy Thing Review


Weak

Jason Lee is usually the funniest guy in any Kevin Smith movie (Banky in "Chasing Amy," Azrael in "Dogma"). Julia Stiles has had fine comedic timing ever since her big splash in "10 Things I Hate About You." But they couldn't be more mismatched as romantic leads in "A Guy Thing."

A cold-feet comedy of accumulative misunderstandings about a groom-to-be who wakes up with a blonde in his bed the morning after his bachelor party -- and assumes the worst -- the movie spends most of its time mining very familiar territory. Lee hides the girl's forgotten panties, discovers she's his fiancée's cousin, and has generic nightmare run-ins with his future in-law and Stiles' ex-boyfriend.

Most of its jokes come from the compounding lies that make it hard to sympathize with the hero, and the moment you meet each one-trait character, you can see his or her entire story arc mapped out in front of you. Example: Stifled Lee, who's going to veer from his buttoned-up, conservative bride-to-be (Selma Blair) and fall in love with wild-child Stiles, has a buttoned-up, conservative brother (Thomas Lennon) who is secretly in love with Blair. Hmmm...I can't imagine where that's going.

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Antwone Fisher Review


Very Good

Most "inspiring true story" movies have their truth panel-beaten into a prefabricated formula and served up like a Sunday School lesson. But "Antwone Fisher" is something special. Part old-fashioned Hollywood up-by-the-bootstraps plot and part angry young product of the ugly underbelly of foster care, it's a film that delves far deeper than expected and packs a real emotional punch.

Antwone Fisher is a first-time screenwriter who sold his autobiographical script while working as a security guard on the Sony Pictures lot. But that was the end of a long journey that began with his birth in prison two months after his father was murdered. His early childhood was spent in an orphanage, where his mother failed to come claim him when she was released. His adolescence was spent being beaten, berated and sexually abused at the hands of his foster family in a Cleveland ghetto.

His teens were spent in reform school and on the street after his foster mother gave him $67 and dumped him off at a men's shelter. And when the film catches up with Fisher, he's a quiet and modest but defensive Navy petty officer with a hair-trigger temper who has just been busted down to seaman and docked $200 a month for six months after beating up another sailor.

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Traffic Review


Weak

"Traffic" is a socially and politically grandstanding soap opera about the narcotics trade and the futility of the "war on drugs." It's a film about how that war is propagated by bureaucratic demagogues in the United States government, not because they think they can stem the flow of illegal substances but because they think saying they want to is a way to win elections.

OK. Point taken.

"Traffic" is also gritty and realistic feat of cinematic logistics, following no less than 15 major characters (and more than 50 speaking parts) through several complex, well-acted storylines about all sides of the drug trade -- from kingpins to cops to policy wonks to addicts. So my hat is off to the picture's ever-brilliant director, Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich"), who certainly does a fine juggling act, involving the audience in every story on a personal level.

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Sisters Movie Review

Sisters Movie Review

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Elsa & Fred Movie Review

Elsa & Fred Movie Review

While this geriatric romance is too simplistic and sentimental to be anything remarkable, its lively...

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Fred Barcroft is an old man struggling to find much good in his life following...

Burlesque Movie Review

Burlesque Movie Review

It's difficult to imagine a more outrageously camp movie than this glittery romp, and fortunately...

Burlesque Trailer

Burlesque Trailer

Ali is a girl who's desperate to break away from her small-town life. Seeking a...

Last Chance Harvey Trailer

Last Chance Harvey Trailer

Watch the trailer for Last Chance HarveyLast Chance Harvey is the story of a chance...

Last Chance Harvey Movie Review

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A film so mild-mannered it only occasionally registers a pulse, Joel Hopkins' Last Chance Harvey...

The Hunting Party Movie Review

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