Alicia Witt attending the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies And Mysteries Winter 2017 TCA Press Tour held at The Tournament House in Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 14th January 2017
Alicia Witt attending The Art of Elysium presents Stevie Wonder - celebrating the 10th anniversary of the HEAVEN Gala held at Red Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th January 2017
Mabel 'Madea' Simmons is an enormous, rude and often violent grandmother who is displaying an unusual amount of holiday spirit this year by becoming Father Christmas for a night for five dollars per child. This year she is also getting roped into her best friend Eileen's efforts to visit her daughter in the country as a surprise during the holidays, but things don't go smoothly on their arrival as secrets are unveiled and friendships and family bonds are challenged as the town prepare for their annual Christmas Carnival. Will Madea manage to save Christmas for the family? Or will holiday spirits drop to an all time low as the New Year approaches?
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Wayne Wang's Last Holiday might be the first film to allow both bright spots to shine in support of a good feature. Essentially a remake of a 1950s Alec Guinness comedy, Holiday casts Latifah as Georgia Bird, a kind-hearted department store sales clerk who is too shy to ask out her dream man, Sean (Cool J), and too timid to pursue her dream career as a chef. After receiving a brutal bump on the head at work, Georgia is diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and told she has three weeks to live. This shocking truth jolts the homebody out of her mundane existence. She drains her bank account, books a flight to Prague, and proceeds to splurge on life's finer points before her time runs out.
Continue reading: Last Holiday Review
In yet another robust female role, Allen plays Terry Wolfmeyer, a mother of four grown daughters who is consumed with anger after her husband mysteriously abandons his family. Terry's convinced that he's left her for his younger, more beautiful Swedish secretary. Paralyzed by her outrage, the only way Terry is able to deal with the situation is by drinking. Each day, from the time she takes her morning shower to the time goes to bed, Terry has a glass of vodka in her hand ready to drown her sorrows.
Continue reading: The Upside Of Anger Review
Mr. Holland is, of all things, a lowly high school band teacher, and the film follows 30 years of his life, from 1965 to the present. Mr. Holland, in his first year of teaching, finds himself turning into that very thing which he detests, a dry and boring instructor who isn't getting through to the kids, so he decides to make a few changes in his teaching style to get the students involved and interested. Using all manner of unorthodox teaching methods, Mr. Holland eventually breaks through and becomes the darling of John F. Kennedy High School, and we see the profound effect he really does have on a number of his students.
Continue reading: Mr. Holland's Opus Review
Fun, the more recent of the two films, is the story of two American middle-class teens, one (Renee Humphrey's Hillary) is the victim of an abusive father, the other (Alicia Witt's Bonnie) is an ultra-hyper compulsive liar. The two discover an instant bond and after one fun-filled day of adventure, they decide to end the day's games with the brutal murder of a local grandmother whose primary preoccupation is with BINGO. For "fun."
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A darkly black comedy of the trailer trash variety, Waking Up in Reno director Jordan Brady mostly misses with this study of working class malaise, the prison system, teen pregnancy, and closeted homosexuality. Well, Brady gets an A for effort in trying to get across such a broad collection of social messages, but his execution is merely a solid C.
Continue reading: Confessions Of An American Girl Review
If John Waters' last few gentler and (slightly) more commercial movies ("Pecker," "Serial Mom," "Cry-Baby") had his fans thinking the once-warped director had lost his edge, that perhaps he was inching toward mainstream repeatability, they need not fear. It was all a ruse.
It seems Waters was only lulling the cinematic establishment into a false sense of security so he could turn around and bite them in the ass with "Cecil B. Demented," a hilarious -- and very much old-school John Waters -- anti-blockbuster romp that chews up and spits out the kind of pandering Hollywood conventions that to toothless, cookie-cutter box office hits.
Cecil B. Demented (Stephen Dorff), you see, is an independent filmmaker of the purest order. His goal: cinematic revolution by any means necessary. If that includes kidnapping one Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith), Hollywood's biggest spoiled bitch/aging bimbo star, and forcing her at gun point to play a lead in his guerilla movie about celluloid terrorists (much like himself), so be it.
Continue reading: Cecil B Demented Review
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