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'Insurgent' Spends More Time On Shailene Woodley And Characterisation


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Unless you had read the book, last year's hit 'Divergent' probably left you scratching your head about the story set in post-war Chicago, where people are segmented into factions according to their personalities (Dauntless, Candor, Amity, Erudite and Abnegation), plus the factionless rebels and multi-factioned divergents. Basically it all felt rather contrived, and director Neil Burger's movie had to spend too much time trying to explain how it worked.

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Maggie Q and Shailene Woodley in 'Divergent'

Now we move into the second chapter, 'Insurgent', and director Robert Schwentke can just get on with the story, playing down the odd structure of this closed-off city. So it's a much more involving movie that centres on the characters themselves, weaving the action into their personal situations while building a much more urgent sense of suspense up to another cliff-hanger ending. This also lets the female-dominated cast members shine, including Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts, plus Octavia Spencer in a key cameo, and Ashley Judd in recurring flashbacks.

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Impressive 'Dolphin Tale 2' Continues Warner Bros' Unlikely Franchise


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Dolphin Tale (2011) was huge success for Warner Bros. Not in a massively commercial sense - it took $97 million - but critically, this was considered one of the finest, fun-filled movies in recent years and featured a lovely looking family cast including Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.

Dolphin Tale'Dolphin Tale 2' continues where the original left off

It told the true story of brave dolphin Winter and a band of compassionate group of strangers who banded together to save her life after she is caught in a crab trap.  

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Ashley Judd - Film Premiere of Divergent - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 19th March 2014

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Now, Why Would Ashley Judd's Sister Track Her Car With A GPS Device?


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The Golden Globe-nominated actress Ashley Judd has filed a police report accusing her half-sister Wynonna Judd of attempting to track her car with a GPS device. According to a document filed with Tennessee's Franklin Police Department, Judd suspected that her country singing older sister had placed a GPS tracking device on her silver Mini Cooper to obtain information related to an "ongoing custody dispute," with her family.

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An unnamed female driver of Ashley's automobile reportedly became suspicious and took to the car to garage where a mechanic located the device.  

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Divergent - Teaser Trailer


Tris Prior is a 'divergent' in a world where everyone is split up in accordance to their dispositions. This means that she is no one of any faction of virtue, but a combination of all of them; something that makes her particularly powerful and unreceptive to the manipulative powers of the government. Given her position, she is warned not to reveal her circumstances to anyone, but to pick one faction and hope that nobody discovers her, otherwise she will be hunted down and killed. Determined to know just why divergents are such a threat to the world, she sets out to find out more about herself and her capabilities while becoming increasingly close with her faction initiation instructor, Four.

'Divergent' is a dystopian story about a futuristic society; a story rather in the vein of 'Ninteen-Eighty Four' and 'The Hunger Games'. It has been directed by Neil Burger ('The Illusionist', 'The Lucky Ones', 'Limitless'), written by Evan Daugherty ('Snow White and the Huntsman', 'Killing Season') and Vanessa Taylor ('Hope Springs', 'Jack & Bobby'), and is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Veronica Roth; the first of a trilogy. It will hit cinemas in the UK on March 21st 2014.

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Shailene Woodley Says Her 'Divergent' Character Is Not A Superhero


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She may have had a crushing Amazing Spiderman 2 rejection to deal with but Shailene Woodley has been picked up my a new and exciting action franchise, Divergent, that will see the young actress play a teenager caught in a dystopian world where citizens are divided into factions based on their traits.

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Shailene Woodley Appeared At This Year's Comic-Con.

Pitted as the new Hunger Games, the Divergent movie will be adapted from the young adult sci fi trilogy written by Veronica Roth. Speaking from this year's Comic-Con, author Roth spoke of her disbelief of the success of her fast-paced fiction, saying "My brain is not grasping a lot right now."

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Olympus Has Fallen Review


Good

As this massive blockbuster thriller progresses, it's impossible not to become amused by how ridiculous its script becomes. Because the production values are first-rate, with mammoth set pieces, rampant destruction and elaborate stunt action. Meanwhile, the plot and dialog are comically inane, to the point where knowing audience members start giggling helplessly. And frankly, these viewers will enjoy the film a lot more than anyone who tries to take it seriously.

The film opens with a harrowing scene in which Secret Service agent Mike (Butler) saves the President (Echkart) from an accident in which the First Lady (Judd) dies. So he's transferred to office duty, and now only keeps an eye on the White House from across the road. But this is how he spots a fringe group of radical Koreans launch an assault. Led by nutcase Kang (Yune) they storm the Oval Office and take the President, Defense Secretary (Leo) and others hostage. As Mike tries to break them free, he stays in touch with the temporary command centre at the Pentagon, where top dogs (including Freeman, Forster and Bassett) attempt to keep the menace from spreading.

But of course, these officials are useless, and it'll be up to Mike to save the day on his own, Die Hard-style. Improbably, all of his old access codes and passwords still work, so he's able to sneak around the White House and take out the villains one by one. Butler turns out to be rather good in this kind of meathead role, combining Bruce Willis' wit with Sylvester Stallone's brawn. By contrast, everyone else pretty much just sits around saying ridiculous things like, "Oh my God, we're doomed!" At least Leo gets to show some backbone.

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Ashley Judd and Gerard Butler - Los Angeles Premiere of 'Olympus Has Fallen' held at ArcLight Hollywood Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 18th March 2013

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"Vote For Me, You Hillbillies": Ashley Judd Mocked In Lampooning Ad By American Crossroads


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Ashley Judd has been a staunch and very outspoken supporter of President Obama and the Democratic party. According to reports, she's been considering stepping up her support of the party from mere voter, to someone to be voted for. However, the uber-conservative company, American Crossroads, has now made an ad, mocking the actress.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Judd has been considering running against Kentucky Republican Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in 2014. The ad uses quotations from her speaking about Tennessee as though that is where she was from, as well as further messages from her that they deem to be very liberal, including her talking about 'radicalism'. 

American Crossroads, while they may be mocking the novice politician, must be pretty worried about her because they're spending a whopping $10,000 for the ad to appear on YouTube, targeting IP addresses / ZIP codes in Kentucky. 

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Ashley Judd Saturday 12th April 2008 HBO's Annual Emmy Awards Post Awards Reception at the Pacific Design Center

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Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd - Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd Sunday 23rd September 2012 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals

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Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti - Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti Monday 4th June 2012 at the Ed Sullivan theatre for the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

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Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti

Ashley Judd Wednesday 11th April 2012 Celebrities at The Grove to appear on the entertainment news show, 'Extra'

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Dario Franchitti, Ashley Judd and Paley Center for Media - Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd Tuesday 10th April 2012 The Paley Center for Media premiere screening of 'Missing' at The Paley Center for Media

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Dario Franchitti, Ashley Judd and Paley Center For Media

Ashley Judd and Abc Studios Thursday 15th March 2012 at ABC Studios for 'Good Morning America'

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Ashley Judd Monday 12th March 2012 appears on The Marilyn Denis Show promoting the new TV series 'Missing'.

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Ashley Judd and Cliff Curtis - Ashley Judd and Cliff Curtis Pasadena, California - Disney ABC Television Group Hosts TCA Winter Press Tour held at The Langham Huntington Hotel - Arrivals Tuesday 10th January 2012

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Dolphin Tale Trailer


A young boy named Sawyer is walking along the beach in Clearwater, Florida, when he comes across a dolphin caught in a crab trap. She is brought back to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, a marine rehabilitation centre, where she is named Winter. It is also discovered that the trap has greatly damaged her tail. With no tail, Winter's chances of survival are very slim.

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Ashley Judd Wednesday 6th April 2011 More Magazine hosts a party for Ashley Judd's new book, 'All Things Bitter And Sweet: A Memoir,' at the Soho House New York City, USA

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Ashley Judd Wednesday 6th April 2011 promotes her new book 'All Things Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir' at Barnes & Noble bookstore. Judd seems to be having a makeup blunder as her under eye area is much whiter than the rest of her face

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Tooth Fairy Review


OK
This comedy is essentially a goofy premise with some nutty dialog and set pieces pasted onto it. But it's watchably entertaining, even though the filmmakers miss almost every opportunity for sublime absurdity.

Hockey star Derek (Johnson) is tired of being treated like a has-been, and is trying to prove he still deserves the nickname "Tooth Fairy", because he knocks his opponents' teeth out. But while Derek tries to settle down with girlfriend Carly (Judd) and her kids (Ellison and Whitlock), hot upstart Mick (Sheckler) is stealing the spotlight. Then Derek finds out he has to fill in for the real Tooth Fairy for two weeks, overseen by fairy godmother Lily (Andrews) and a caseworker (Merchant) with wing envy.

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Tooth Fairy Trailer


Derek Thompson is a minor league ice hockey player with the nickname 'The Tooth Fairy', racking up penalty minutes is one of his favourite past times. The more damage he does to the opposing team, the more his fans love him. When Derek is sentenced to one week of being the real tooth fairy for admonishing a child's dreams.

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Ashley Judd - Ashley Judd kisses her husband Dario Franchitti Homestead, Florida - before he attempts to qualify for the Firestone Indy 300 at the Homestead Miami Speedway Friday 9th October 2009

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Goran Visnjic and Ashley Judd - Goran Visnjic and Ashley Judd Saturday 17th January 2009 at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah

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Goran Visnjic and Ashley Judd

Come Early Morning Review


Excellent
For some reason, Come Early Morning was gone by early afternoon. I'm not sure why this indie gem was so utterly overlooked, but it's well worth a screening, especially for Ashley Judd fans who are often disappointed by the dreck in which she so often chooses to star. This movie is a wonderful bookend of sorts to Judd's first significant feature, the luminous Ruby in Paradise. In both films, Judd plays a not-quite-white-trash southern woman trying to carve out a place for herself in a tough world. In Ruby she was a 20-ish waif fleeing an abusive family in Tennessee. Here she's a 35-year-old construction contractor in Arkansas so damaged by her distant alcoholic father (Scott Wilson) that she's utterly incapable of having a meaningful relationship with a man.

Lucy Fowler's modus operandi is to get totally drunk down at a local roadhouse called the Forge and then hook up with whichever man strikes her fancy. The next (early) morning, she finds herself picking up her panties off a motel room floor, sneaking out before the guy wakes up, and racing home to rehydrate and treat her hangover before heading out in her pickup truck to a construction site. Her roommate Kim (Laura Prepon) looks on disapprovingly.

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Russell Peters, Ashley Judd and Padma Lakshmi - Russell Peters, Padma Lakshmi and Ashley Judd McLean, Virginia - at the 'YouthAIDS Gala: Faces of India' held at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner Friday 2nd November 2007

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De-Lovely Review


Very Good
In a darkened room an elderly man sits at a piano. He's barely outlined by light from a window, his face obscured in shadow. Then, a light fades up, spotlighting him, followed by light everywhere. Thus starts De-Lovely and its style of self-aware artificiality. It purports to be the life of composer Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) but there's little more here than a grand retrospective of his ingenious touch with a pop song and an attempt at scandalizing his personal, bisexual life.

Like a symphony that's incomplete because all the notes aren't available, what I didn't get out of this is a three-dimensional portrait of the subject. The show, structured as a dead or dying man's vision of his life played out like a movie and stage production, is loaded with talent and a detailed recreation of his period. The portrayal of the swank, rich life is as festive to behold as it is off-putting. The world in which Porter whirls and commands with assured, inevitable success is an alien one. Rather than feel a part of it, we are there to revel in the entertainment.

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Eye Of The Beholder Review


Weak
Apparently it's not all tuxedos and vodka martinis, shaken not stirred, in the alleged real-world of the British intelligence. Ewan McGregor plays "The Eye" a high-tech voyeur who is about as charismatic as a piece of lawn furniture. But it's not about that. The Eye's job, as the name implies, is about surveillance: A responsibility that requires him to detach himself from the rest of the world and watch it through an electronic eye. Yet it is this very act that has caused his greatest grief and most regrets in life. He blames himself for the loss of his wife and daughter. Now they appear to him in hallucinations.

The Eye's current assignment is to follow Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), a woman accused of blackmailing a British official. But she is far more than a simple blackmailer. She is a crafty, seductive spider woman, capable of killing as quickly as she can seduce. As The Eye continues to watch Eris, he becomes entranced by her disguises and cunning charm. Soon he begins to feel that they are kindred spirits.

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Frida Review


Very Good
After withstanding a decade of development, a race between two competing projects, and the mural-sized egos of Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, a film biography of Frida Kahlo has finally made it to the screen. Who would have guessed that a film about a mustachioed, Mexican woman with a peg leg and an overweight, Communist husband would generate so much interest? Nevertheless Frida's producers, including star Salma Hayek, somehow prevented this unique story from becoming a disastrous vanity project and ended up with an unlikely Hollywood film.

Frida Kahlo's (Salma Hayek) first meeting with Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) and her injury in a horrible bus accident set in motion the two major forces behind Frida. Bedridden for months in a full-body cast, the young Frida keeps herself busy--and learns to express her internal passions and pain--through drawing and painting. Falling in with the womanizing Rivera and his bohemian cadre of artists and revolutionaries deepens Frida's commitment to her painting and life with the loyal but philandering muralist. Their art carries them from Mexico to New York and back in the company of such impressive historical figures as David Alfaro Siqueiros (Antonio Banderas), Nelson Rockefeller (Ed Norton), and Leon Trotsky (Geoffery Rush).

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Where The Heart Is Review


Terrible
Long ago, films were constructed of strong dialogue, original characters, memorable plot points, and solid acting. One of the best examples that Hollywood now completely ignore these qualities is found in the new film Where the Heart Is.

This opus about the power of love and the redemption of family follows the tragic, and I mean tragic, life of Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman). Hitting the road with her hick, guitar-playing boyfriend in a rusted-out GM, Novalee dreams of the blue skies of Bakersfield and sipping chocolate milk beneath a plastic umbrella with her unborn baby, due in a month.

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Simon Birch Review


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One scarcely knows where to begin to elucidate the tragic story of Simon Birch, but suffice it to say that Simon is a 12-year-old dwarf imbued with an astonishing sense of morality and heroism that affects everyone around him. The Triumph of the Kid has never been more overwrought, and Simon Birch just takes movies like Radio Flyer, The Mighty, and Unstrung Heroes and ratchets them out to the hilt. Pithy and over-emotional, watch little Simon (Ian Michael Smith) wreck the school play, try to play baseball, ogle girls' chests, and save the entire student body from drowning in an icy river. Then go vomit. Jim Carrey makes a (poor) cameo. Also note that the film is based on author John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Irving also wrote the book responsible for that ungodly piece of junk The Cider House Rules.

Double Jeopardy Review


OK
Double Jeopardy does not take place during the latter half of a game show. However, it has a similar amount of credibility.

There's an old adage in screenwriting: You can make something up, and it doesn't have to be real. It just has to be believable. In other words, you can make up the lines for a priest to read at a wedding, as long as they sound plausible. No one's going to know if you miss a few "Amens." However, this liberty does not extend to making up laws on which to base the premise of your film.

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Someone Like You Review


Very Good
Based on the Laura Zigman novel, Animal Husbandry, Someone Like You is a romantic comedy about a late night TV talent coordinator named Jane (Ashley Judd), whose luck in love is predictably bad. So predictable is her misfortune, in fact, that she has devised a pervasive theory on the subject, revolving around the notion that men are like cattle.

When she meets her show's new executive, Ray (Kinnear, You've Got Mail), however, her luck -- she thinks -- begins to change. But Ray, she discovers, is just a typical bull, looking to spread his seed in wider pastures. And it's not until he dumps her for his ex-girlfriend that she realizes the true depth of her plight. Jane, it seems, is an old cow. And Ray is looking for a new cow. This joke more or less carries the film, and -- though interesting at first -- it gets old after its twentieth or fiftieth appearance in the script.

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Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood Review


Weak
Are you disappointed that the Grumpy Old Men franchise died with stars Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon? Never fear. The familiar formula has been slightly doctored, recast, and relocated from Minnesota to Louisiana in Callie Khouri's Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, though Sassy Old Women certainly seems a more appropriate title.

Being neither a mother, daughter, nor woman at all, I acknowledge the fact that I'm not 100% qualified to comment on Sisterhood. I did trudge through it, though, which instantly earns me the type of respect normally bestowed on veterans of a vicious war. Just be warned. A self-proclaimed celebration of the feminine spirit, this story, this film... hell, the actual theater showing this film is no place for any transporter of testosterone.

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High Crimes Review


Bad
What confidence we have in our American justice system to expose an endless procession of corrupt government officials in stupid political thrillers. High Crimes is no different. It's another military drama where some unlikely guy is arrested and charged with military crimes. Everyone knows these movies inside, outside, front, and back, but Hollywood continues to spit them out, each time using a different gimmick.

Here, the gimmick is that the attorney of the accused is his wife. She's Claire Kubik, played by Ashley Judd. This actress perspires such engaging charisma, it's a shame to see her stuck in such tedious, enormously predictable material. So it's no surprise to find that Claire is married to Tom (James Caviezel), who, unbeknownst to his wife, is an ex-military man who has a few skeletons in his closet.

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A Time To Kill Review


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Remember the hoopla over the novel A Time To Kill? It was celebrated author John Grisham's second book -- actually his first book -- the book he published after The Firm became a hit. The book that no one wanted before he was famous. The book, apparently, that, if it hadn't had his name on it, would never have been published.

Now it's the fourth Grisham movie to be made, continuing in grand fashion that franchise of increasingly average film versions of his increasingly average writing.

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The Passion Of Darkly Noon Review


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Darkly Noon is Brendan Fraser, a conflicted stutterer recently escaped from a Branch Davidian-esque cult besieged by the feds. His passion is Ashley Judd (blonde, braless, sweaty, and with unshaven pits), whose home he stumbles upon in the woods. What happens when worlds collide? Think Sling Blade, but far sleepier.

Normal Life Review


OK
God bless John McNaughton. Before he gave us the decadence of Wild Things he directed Normal Life, which offers an endless parade of Ashley Judd, topless and fancy free. But nothing of substance has come from John John since 1998. McNaughton, why have you forsaken us!?

Unfortunately Normal Life is a dud from a story and pacing standpoint, as it attempts to combine Bonnie and Clyde with a sexed-up Skinemax movie, plus a touch of Girl, Interrupted. Judd is an emotional basketcase with a penchant for cutting herself (named, ahem, Pam Anderson), while Luke Perry (sure, you remember him!) is a cop who falls for the poor lass (first spotting her smashing a beer mug in a bar -- great sign!).

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Frida Review


Good

Most movies about the lives of famous artists never provide a true sense of what drove the person's creativity. Even in a strongly acted, strongly directed biopic like 2000's "Pollock," for example, the closest it came to explaining why heavily splattered canvases were a breakthrough in modern art was when the painter's wife cryptically proclaimed, "You've done it, Pollock! You've cracked it wide open!"

But in "Frida," a transporting cinematic experience about the life and work of Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo, director Julie Taymor captures the very essence of Kahlo's creative process through a wondrously rich, freeform visual language that fuses the events of her life with the imagery in her paintings so vividly that the artist's work may take on a striking new significance for anyone who sees the film.

Passionately played by Salma Hayek, who has been personally shepherding this project for seven years, Kahlo comes to life in this picture as a complicated, dynamic, proud and intelligent woman whose frequent hardships informed her art. Opening when she was a plucky high school girl (36-year-old Hayek passes for 16 with remarkable ease), Frida is established as a young woman with a spicy individuality even before the 1925 bus wreck that irreversibly altered her life.

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Someone Like You Review


Good

What's this? An authentically human romantic comedy without any sign of two-dimensional stereotypes, nose-crinkling cute stock sweethearts or broadly farcical emotional retards? Well, beat me with a valentine! Who'd have thunk it.

At first glance, "Someone Like You" may look like a formulaic chick flick about a pert, 30-ish career gal (Ashley Judd) who moves in with a womanizing wolf of a co-worker (Hugh Jackman) after being dumped by her boyfriend (Greg Kinnear). But the people that populate this picture are refreshingly genuine and multifaceted, with understandable motives and tangible feelings.

Sure Roy (Kinnear) dumps Jane (Judd) just before they're about to move in together and just after her apartment has been rented to someone else. But he's not just an insensitive jerk toying with her heart. He got spooked by the speed of their relationship (they'd only been going out six weeks) and he'd left another woman for her. The guy is genuinely torn, wracked with doubts and guilt.

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Double Jeopardy Review


Unbearable

Getting knocked up might just be the best thing to ever happen to Jodie Foster's career. Without a pregnancy to get her off the hook, it would have been Foster running from rampant, rabid loopholes in the laughable, pathetic, incoherent thriller "Double Jeopardy."

Poor Ashley Judd got the call to replace Foster in this picture -- about the fantasy revenge of a woman whose shady businessman hubby fakes his own murder and frames her for it -- and the actress barely survives it with her dignity intact.

Built upon the wildly inaccurate legal postulate that if you're convicted of murder and the victim turns up alive, you can kill them for real and the law can't touch you, this movie couldn't be more riddled with holes if the script spent an afternoon at the business end of a artillery range.

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Twisted Review


Bad

Ashley Judd seems to go out of her way to find hole-riddled women-in-peril B-thrillers anymore. It's as if she's doing everything in her power not to be taken seriously as an actress.

After a moving, understated debut in 1993's "Ruby in Paradise," the actress seemed on her way toward award-worthy respect with memorable, compelling small-role performances in "Smoke," "Heat," and "A Time to Kill." Then she threw it all away to become queen of the trashy victim-empowerment genre with "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy," and "High Crimes," all of which seem promising at first but become tangled beyond salvation in their own ridiculous plot twists.

And thus we come to the appropriately titled murder mystery "Twisted," in which the twists are not only ridiculous, but also so poorly conceived that "the real killer" might as well be walking around in blood-soaked shoes.

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Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood Review


Weak

All book-to-film adaptations lose something in the translation, but the narrative gaps are simply insurmountable in the two-hankie estrogen fest "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."

Brimming with talented actresses, none of whom steps on another's toes in across-the-board strong performances, this emotionally genuine bonding picture based on Rebecca Wells' novel stars Sandra Bullock as Sidda, a bitter New York playwright hijacked into visiting her Louisiana family home and her alcoholic mother, a Southern drama queen played by Ellen Burstyn.

Mother's life-long friends, who have collectively called themselves the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood" since a mock-voodoo "ceremony" when they were young girls, have decided it's time for the two to bury the hatchet after a lifetime of sniping.

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Eye Of The Beholder Review


Bad

"Eye of the Beholder" isn't a title, it's a warning label. What's going on in this movie is anybody's guess.

An erotic thriller/mystery/failed cerebral art film, starring Ashley Judd as an esoteric serial killer and Ewan McGregor as her high-tech stalker/guardian, this flick is steeped in spiraling twists and volatile psyches which seemingly build toward a shock finale that never arrives.

Based on a novel by Marc Behm, it raises dozens of questions that go unanswered. It provides only snippets of backstory, leaving its characters half-revealed. And all the while, it's readily apparent that writer-director Stephen Elliott ("Welcome to Woop Woop," "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert") considers himself terribly cagey.

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De-Lovely Review


Good

"This is one of those avant-garde things, is it?" says a droll, dubious and dying Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) as he sits in an empty theater at the beginning of "De-Lovely," watching his life pass before his eyes on the stage, in a production conducted by an enigmatic, ironic, ethereal director named Gabe (Jonathan Pryce).

The answer to his question is a delighted "yes." This film is an imaginative, deconstructionist, celebratory musical biography woven together from elements of theater, meta-cinema, chamber drama and Porter's own MGM musicals with gratifying -- if deliberately glossy -- results.

Kline opens the picture as a frail but feisty old man (the age makeup is remarkable) who, as he watches his own story unfold, is alternatively tickled ("Oh, look, it's an opening number!"), critical ("He'd never wear that! Change it."), fondly reminiscent and pained by regret. And the actor also plays the younger Porter in the bulk of the picture, which has a merry, dreamlike quality to its stop-and-start interactions with the elderly Porter and his theatrical spirit guide.

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Big Stone Gap Trailer

Big Stone Gap Trailer

In the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia lies a blue-collar coal-mining town called Big Stone Gap,...

Insurgent Movie Review

Insurgent Movie Review

A sharp improvement on the original, this second entry in The Divergent Series has a...

Dolphin Tale 2 Trailer

Dolphin Tale 2 Trailer

'Dolphin Tale' saw Sawyer Nelson and Dr. Clay Haskett save the life of a beached...

Divergent Movie Review

Divergent Movie Review

Teens tackle yet another dystopian future in this well-made but derivative franchise-launcher. Filmmaker Neil Burger...

Divergent Trailer

Divergent Trailer

Author Veronica Roth and the cast of her book's film adaptation 'Divergent' talk about the...

Divergent Trailer

Divergent Trailer

Tris Prior is a 'divergent' in a world where everyone is split up in accordance...

Olympus Has Fallen Movie Review

Olympus Has Fallen Movie Review

As this massive blockbuster thriller progresses, it's impossible not to become amused by how ridiculous...

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Olympus Has Fallen Trailer

Olympus Has Fallen Trailer

President of the United States Benjamin Asher has had enough trauma while being in office,...

Dolphin Tale Movie Review

Dolphin Tale Movie Review

Relentlessly heartwarming, this film can't help but move us to tears. Honestly, it stars a...

Dolphin Tale Trailer

Dolphin Tale Trailer

A young boy named Sawyer is walking along the beach in Clearwater, Florida, when he...

Tooth Fairy Movie Review

Tooth Fairy Movie Review

This comedy is essentially a goofy premise with some nutty dialog and set pieces pasted...

Tooth Fairy Trailer

Tooth Fairy Trailer

Derek Thompson is a minor league ice hockey player with the nickname 'The Tooth Fairy',...

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