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Glenn Close and Annie Maude Starke - The premiere of Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 21st July 2014

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Glenn Close - Film Premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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Glenn Close and Cruella de Vil - Accomplishing this feat requires many photos of the famous person/character, plenty of time, and a great deal of skill... something that Cruz quite clearly has! - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th July 2014

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Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Keri Russell - Sundance Institute Vanguard Leadership Award at Stage 37 - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 4th June 2014

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Glenn Close To Show Her Class On Broadway In 'A Delicate Balance'


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Glenn Close is confirmed for the fall opening of the Rialto revival of 'A Delicate Balance' on Broadway, alongside John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan and Martha Plimpton. It marks Close's first appearance on Broadway in 20 years, following her 1994 turn in Sunset Boulevard. Pam MacKinnon - who picked up a Tony award last season for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - directs the new production,

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Delicate Balance will see six-time Oscar-nominee Close playing Agnes, a woman who tries to keep it together in the face of destabilizing houseguests, including her daughter (Plimpton), her alcoholic sister (Duncan) and two family friends played by Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins. She is supported by her husband, played by Lithgow. The play was last seen on Broadway in a 1996 Lincoln Center Theater rival, which won three Tonys.

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Glenn Close, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner - Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Glenn Close - The 86th Annual Oscars held at Dolby Theatre - Red Carpet Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Teaser: What We Learned From The Densely-Packed Action Clip [Video]


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A 15 second teaser trailer has been released for Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's upcoming action epic, as fans wait patiently for a full-length trailer. The new teaser may be finished in virtually the blink of an eye but we're given a glimpse of just enough of the film to get that little bit more excited. For a start, we see a pretty hench Chris Pratt as his character Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord, as well as some mind-boggling special effects and death-defying stunts.

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The First Teaser Trailer Has Been Released For Upcoming Marvel Action Movie, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy.'

There has been a great deal of chatter on the internet regarding the potential success of Guardians of the Galaxy and whether it'll be Marvel's first flop movie. The concern partly stems from the notion that an entirely new host of characters are being introduced all at once without any precursors in other movies. Some say that GOTG will not do as well as Marvel's most successful film, The Avengers, because the characters have not had the individual movie back-stories like the Avengers did.

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Natascha McElhone Lands 'Fatal Attraction' Lead In Stage Production


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Natascha McElhone has been cast in a staged adaptation of 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction that will play in London this coming March. The Californication actress has won the iconic lead role of Alex Forrest, who was played most famously in the movie by Glenn Close in one of her Oscar-nominated performances.

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Natascha McElhone To Play "Bunny Boiler" Alex Forrest In A Staged Version Of 'Fatal Attraction."

The classically trained British actress will take to the boards for her portrayal of the spurned, psychotic mistress of Dan Gallagher's nightmares. Adrian Lyne's film placed Behind The Candelebra's Michael Douglas in the role of cheating attorney alongside Close. Of course, who could forget the movie's most ominous yet memorable scene during which Forrest simmers Gallagher's daughter's pet rabbit on the stove?

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Glenn Close and Will Reeve - Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's A Magical Evening Gala held at Cipriani Wall Street - New York, United States - Thursday 21st November 2013

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Glenn Close - The New York Premiere of the HBO documentary Six By Sondheim, held at the Museum of Modern Art - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 19th November 2013

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Video - Natalie Dormer, Glenn Close And Ricky Martin Among Armani One Night Only Guests - Part 1


'The Tudors' actress Natalie Dormer, 'Fatal Attraction' star Glenn Close and popstar Ricky Martin were spotted arriving at the Armani One Night Only event held at New York's SuperPier. The fashion show was set up at a major expense to showcase Giorgio Armani's latest collections in an over-the-top and luxurious evening.

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Glenn Close - Giorgio Armani One Night Only in New York at SuperPier - New York, NY, United States - Thursday 24th October 2013

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Glenn Close - 38th Toronto International Film Festival - 'The Big Chill' Premiere - Arrivals - Toronto, Canada - Thursday 5th September 2013

Glenn Close - The Women's Forum of New York presents the 3rd Annual Elly Awards Luncheon - New York City, NY, United States - Tuesday 25th June 2013

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Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Gets Major Cast Update, Including Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close & Karen Gillan


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The next major Marvel franchise to make the leap from printed page to the big screen will be the slightly unknown series Guardians of the Galaxy, which is expected to hit cinemas in 2014. Whilst the comic series might not be as popular as say Spider Man or The Avengers, the cast line-up is littered with acting talent that is frankly out of this world adn to be honest, we're struggling to hide our excitement for it.

The latest edition to the cast was announced on Monday (June 3) by Deadline, with Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro apparently signing a 'multi-movie' deal with Marvel and Disney that will see him become a regular in the Marvel Movie Universe. His role has not been specified, however a number of other cast members have had their roles revealed, including fellow newcomer to the cast Glenn Close, who was chosen to portray one of the heads of the intergalactic space patrol the film/comic centres around, the Nova Corp (most likely Xandarian Worldmind).

Last week also saw the announcement that Doctor Who star Karen Gillan will be taking on the role of one of the film's major villains, with first announced cast-member Lee Pace taking on the second villain spot. John C. Reilly has also been announced as a cast member, with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Michael Rooker also lined up to take on roles within the Nova Corp. As most of the characters are alien species though, there's a good chance that many of these actor will be getting the Mark Ruffalo CGI-treatment and have their features changed to fit in with comics. As long as it works as well as it did for Hulk, we say go for it.

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Glenn Close To Play Top Cop In Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'


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Well this is a surprising casting, though one that sort of makes a ton of sense. According to the Deadline.com, Marvel Studios has landed Oscar winning actress Glenn Close to play a major new role in its latest franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy. The actress will reportedly play a leadership role in Nova Corp, the intergalactic space control.

The new James Gunn-directed movie goes into production next month, so Marvel have left it late to cast what is essentially a major role. The movie already boasts a pretty decent looking cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and John C. Reilly. Pratt landed the lead role following a search that included Marvel looking at Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne

Sources tell Deadline that Close's role will be the closest thing to the one that Samuel L. Jackson plays in The Avengers, though perhaps with more of an edge. Close has proven she can play the hardnosed character in the likes of Damages, Fatal Attraction and, err, 101 Dalmatians and we see her being a real hit in Guardians.

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Glenn Close - Broadway opening night after party for 'I'll Eat You Last' held at the Booth Theatre - New York, NY, United States - Wednesday 24th April 2013

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Glenn Close - 2013 Riverkeeper's Fishermen's Ball at Pier 60 - New York City, United States - Tuesday 16th April 2013

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Glenn Close - Screening of Disconnect at the SVA Visual Arts Theater - New York, NY, United States - Saturday 13th April 2013

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Glenn Close - Celebrities attend the Broadway premiere of 'Kinky Boots' at the Hirschfeld Theatre-Arrivals - New York City, New York , United States - Thursday 4th April 2013

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Glenn Close - New York screening of 'Disconnect' at the SVA Theater in Manhattan - New York City, NY, United States - Tuesday 9th April 2013

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Glenn Close and David Evans Shaw - Weinstein Golden Globe Awards Party Los Angeles California USA Sunday 13th January 2013

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Glenn Close 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Red Carpet Featuring: Glenn Close Where: Los Angeles, CA, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

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Glenn Close 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals Featuring: Glenn Close Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

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Michelle Dockery Leads Downton Abbey Cast At Emmy Awards Reception


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Michelle Dockery joined the cast of Downton Abbey at last night’s 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Reception. According to the Daily Mail, the upmarket dinner, held in North Hollywood, was “overrun” with cast members from the British show but Dockery stood out from the crowd, looking stunning in a demure black and white floral dress and gold shoes. Her make up was subtle and simple and her hair was tied loosely back at her neck; she looked every part the British beauty; a fitting image for the lead actress in the revered British drama.

Dockery has been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress award at the forthcoming Emmys and is hotly tipped to be walking away with the gong on Sunday night (September 23, 2012). It won’t be an easy win for Michelle though. She may be becoming an increasingly popluar figure in the US but she still faces fierce competition from home-grown favourites Glenn Close (for her role in Damages), Kathy Bates (for Harry’s Law), Claire Danes (Homeland), Elisabeth Moss and Julianne Marguilies (The Good Wife). Some of Michelle’s cast members are also expected to do well, including Joanne Froggatt, who has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Froggatt was also looking stunning last night, though she opted for a much bolder look, teaming an orange shift dress with a pair of nude heels.

The Emmy Awards considered to be the ‘Oscars’ equivalent for television; they’re a big deal for the US TV industry and last night’s reception dinner was awash with stars of the small screen. The ceremony, which takes place on Sunday night, will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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Albert Nobbs Trailer


Ever since the age of fifteen, Albert Nobbs has worked and lived in hotels. Thirty years later, he is a dedicated servant at Morrison's Hotel. He goes out of his way to make the guests feel at home and is generally well-liked.

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101 Dalmatians (1996) Review


Terrible
Well, another new Disney movie is coming out and with it comes the theaters packed with screaming babies, very restless kids kicking your seat, and throngs of grownups providing running commentary of everything on the screen (to themselves, not the kids).

This is not a good thing. This time, the Disney movie is 101 Dalmatians, the live-action version, and if any movie could make me long for a quick and painless death, this is it.

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The Natural Review


Good
Robert Redford is beloved for his roles in numerous films, but his work in The Natural has to rank as one of the few on top, despite the fact that, with a $48 million box office, it hardly ranks as one of his bigger hits.

The film remains, next to Field of Dreams, one of the world's oddest baseball movies. Roy Hobbs (Redford) is a child wunderkind at the game. After playing some ball at a carnival, he's summarily shot in the chest by a femme fatale (Barbara Hershey), who is clearly working for agents that want him not to be the greatest player of all time, which Hobbs says he aims to be.

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101 Dalmatians Review


Terrible
Well, another new Disney movie is coming out and with it comes the theaters packed with screaming babies, very restless kids kicking your seat, and throngs of grownups providing running commentary of everything on the screen (to themselves, not the kids).

This is not a good thing. This time, the Disney movie is 101 Dalmatians, the live-action version, and if any movie could make me long for a quick and painless death, this is it.

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Hoodwinked Review


Good
The creative team behind Hoodwinked received their diplomas from the Shrek school of satirical animation. Not that the ornery ogre's odyssey was the first feature to wed sarcasm to traditional storybook verses, but it did raise the bar against which all other animated adventures will be measured.

In updating the Little Red Riding Hood legend, writer/directors Cory Edwards, Tony Leech, and Todd Edwards found a fairy tale with ample room left to explore. We all know what happened when Red (Anne Hathaway) trekked through the forest to visit her grandma (Glenn Close). The big, bad wolf (Patrick Warburton) waited patiently under the sheets, barely masking a nose to smell with, those ears to hear with, and a set of choppers with which to eat.

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The Chumscrubber Review


Bad
The starry-eyed cross-breed of American Beauty and Donnie Darko, here comes The Chumscrubber, another self-righteous satire on self-absorbed parents and their estranged offspring. With the over-extended reach of a callow teenager, it fails to conquer its peaks of social relevancy. But it does have a titular headless video-game anti-hero, who, like the film's residents, uses his head as a weapon and presides over the film like a post-apocalyptic master-of-ceremonies.

A facetious voice-over -- "This was the best of all possible worlds" -- introduces brooding loner Dean Stiffle (Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot), a teen caught between dueling self-helper parents, who's soon to discover his dead friend Troy (Josh Janowicz) behind the house of his party-throwing mother, Carrie (Glenn Close). Weeks later, Dean's best-selling psychiatrist-author father, Bill (William Fichtner), therapy-talks Dean sick about his lack of grief. Dad's cure: More of the same pharmaceuticals Dean's school's already drowning in.

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Reversal Of Fortune Review


Extraordinary
Here's the movie that made Jeremy Irons such a memorable villain. (Well, this and Dead Ringers.) And it's all true: Claus von Bulow was convicted of nearly murdering his ultra-rich wife (Glenn Close), who lay in a coma after a massive insulin overdose. The famous Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) handles the appeal: While it initially appears to be a no-contest-he's-guilty-slam-dunk, all manner of evidence comes to light indicating that not only is Claus probably innocent, he almost certainly is. How we change our minds into rooting for this bad guy remains one of cinema's greatest tricks. You may feel different about the voice-over narration, provided by the comatose Sunny, the film's one iffy spot. (As for Sunny, she's still in a coma as of 2005, 25 years later.)

102 Dalmatians Review


Bad
It's always a bad sign when the core audience of a film -- children -- are either walking out early or are half-asleep when the credits roll at the end of a film. That about sums up the dreadful ugliness of 102 Dalmatians, a cold pea soup of cute animals, stupid Home Alone antics, a boring puppy love subplot between dumb humans, and Glenn Close reprising her best Joan Crawford impression. Indeed, Walt Disney is rolling over in his grave again, cursing John Hughes' name for making the original live-action 101 Dalmatians, one of the worst kiddie flicks of all time, and now its sequel.

The main culprit behind the hideousness of 102 Dalmatians is its predecessor, 101 Dalmatians. The original made more than $100 million dollars at the box office, spawned a torrid collection of "collectible" items that ended up months later in the discount bins of Wal-Marts across the country, and generally made every kid on the planet want a damn Dalmatian pup for Christmas. Well, it's been about four years since then, and Dalmatian fever is coming back, and this time it's digitally enhanced.

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Heights Review


Weak
Since the modern cinema could easily be said to have a chronic Glenn Close deficiency, it seemed just peachy when the 24-hours-in-some-New-Yorkers'-lives flick Heights opened with a good dose of the lady herself, only to see watch the film spend far too much of the rest of it dealing with other, lesser characters. Close plays Diana Lee, a famous actress moonlighting as an acting teacher who, in that opening scene, tears apart two of her students in front of the whole class, castigating them for their rote recitations of Macbeth. She declaims the modern age's loss of grand emotions and the substitution of meekness, fairly screaming at her worshipful wannabes, "Passion!" If only the movie that proceeded from that point had followed her advice.

As possibly the last film to come out from Merchant Ivory Productions before the May 2005 passing away of Ismail Merchant, Heights is a good deal more lively than the stiff-necked product the duo became known for, but still suffers from a certain bloodlessness. Based on a one-act play and stretched to its limit, the film follows a few New Yorkers through their day as they run about Chelsea and downtown, leading artistic lives and holding some very obvious secrets. Somewhere along the way the viewer is supposed to go "ah!" as the disparate elements come clicking together, but they're more likely to have lost interest at that point, as the light comedy is continually interspersed with a leavening of twentysomething lassitude.

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Dangerous Liaisons Review


Extraordinary
Until The Quiet American, this was only decent thing Christopher Hampton had ever written, and why shouldn't he, he had the source material to help him. The film famously follows backstabbing and intrigue in France, 200 or so years ago, as kissing cousins place a bet over whether Valmont (John Malkovich) can land prissy Marie (Michelle Pfeiffer), ruining countless lives along the way. It would be almost perfect if it wasn't for southern belle Swoosie Kurtz mucking up the works. Probably the best adaptation of the celebrated novel you can find.

Cookie's Fortune Review


Very Good
Quick: Name Robert Altman's last movie.

Nope, it's not Short Cuts. It's not The Player. It was The Gingerbread Man. Before that it was Kansas City. And before that, Ready to Wear. It's been six years since Altman's last decent picture. And he's got a lot to redeem himself for.

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Le Divorce Review


Good
Two American blondes discover the joys of Paris - love, heartache, and wearing scarves in a multitude of ways. The blondes are the Walker sisters of California, Roxy (Naomi Watts) and Isabel (Kate Hudson). As Le Divorce opens, Isabel has just arrived in Paris to stay with Roxy and help her out in the late stages of her pregnancy. As luck would have it, Isabel shows up just as Roxy's husband, Charles-Henri (Melvil Poupaud) is walking out on her and their young daughter. The highly moralistic Roxy refuses to give Charles-Henri a divorce, instigating a battle with his extensive, wealthy family, which is lorded over with queenly arrogance by his mother, Suzanne de Persand (Leslie Caron).

The conflict between the Walker and de Persand clans is meant to be only the backdrop for the film's marquee star, Kate Hudson, to strut her naïve self around Paris and fall in lust with Charles-Henri's uncle, the much-older Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte), a suave TV commentator. But it is this familial battleground that quickly becomes the more engaging storyline, especially after Roxy and Isabel's parents (Sam Waterston and Stockard Channing) fly in from California to help out in the negotiations. Waterston and Channing play their roles with effortless grace, establishing that they've been comfortably married for years by using only the slightest of gestures.

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Air Force One Review


Excellent
When one sees Glenn Close portraying the vice-president, one begins to realize just how much she looks (and can act) like Gerald Ford.

Frankly, I was shocked to discover how much I liked Air Force One. Yes, it has villainous Russians who can never see our good guy President (Harrison Ford) when he's hiding right in front of them (much less shoot him). Yes, it has Secret Service guys who die at the hand of the enemy like flies in a bug zapper. Yes, it has the cheesiest special effects this side of of a Tom & Jerry cartoon. Yes, it features a rambling Gary Oldman in one of his clearly improvised looney-tune terrorist/psychopath roles. I could go on and on...

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The Big Chill Review


Excellent
Fear The Big Chill backlash. Now that knocking off the classic has become popular, with ensemble, one-house comedies being churned out faster than sequels to American Kickboxer, it's easy to forget the film that started it all. That would be a mistake. While the story doesn't carry as much grit as it did in 1983 -- surrogate pregnancy and drug use being the hot topics here -- it's still a lot of fun and it's the best example of The Ensemble as star that you'll find in American cinema. Still, if I hear "Joy to the World" one more time, I just might kill somebody...

The World According To Garp Review


OK
This film, the second in Williams' career, has an interesting start, tracing the life of a young bastard with a stern nurse for a mother. But when mother becomes a feminist icon and people start getting shot, Garp gets a little preachy -- okay, a lot preachy -- and ultimately loses its charm.

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her Review


Good
What happens when you put big stars Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Amy Brenneman, and Holly Hunter in a movie together? You go straight to cable, that's what happens. This practically Made for Lifetime feature tells five vaguely interlocking stories about women at crossroads in their lives. One is pregnant and doesn't want the child. One is a lesbian with a dying lover. One is infatuated with the dwarf who lives across the street. You know, your ordinary middle America stuff.

Why didn't this movie find more success? I dunno, maybe it has something to do with the fact that there are two scenes of women sitting on the toilet in the first 20 minutes. Or it could be that it's too chatty, too meandering, and too random to ever really engage the viewer. Whatever, I still don't know what I'm supposed to be able to tell, you know, just by looking at her.

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Nine Lives Review


Weak
A well-cast compilation film suffocating on its own self-importance, Nine Lives aims to tie together nine vastly different stories, but ends up telling hardly any of them well. The conceit of writer/director Rodrigo Garcia is to take nine vignettes, each centered around a different woman (usually in desperate circumstances), and give us a brief glimpse into her life before cutting away to the next one, while stringing a few connecting threads between them all. To ensure that he's not playing favorites, each piece is done in one single Steadicam shot and kept to only nine or ten minutes in length. A minor character from one vignette becomes a major player later on, or vice versa. As in literature, anthology works like this are a hit-and-miss affair, and in this case the misses far outnumber the ones that connect.

Nine Lives opens strong on Sandra (Elpidia Carrillo), an imprisoned mother. Mopping up a floor, she's threatened by fellow prisoners, and harassed by a guard (Miguel Sandoval) who's convinced she can give him information. Everyone tells Sandra she's not going to make it, but you think she just might be able to, hunkering down turtle-like and just plowing through the rest of her sentence. But then her daughter visits, and the phone doesn't work, sending Sandra into a stunning explosion of rage, like a mother bear kept from her cub. It's a short, unrelentingly powerful story, and done by itself it would stand as a sublime little tragedy. The same goes for the final piece, in which Glenn Close and Dakota Fanning (hardly a better match could be imagined) visit a cemetery and talk with sublime ease about not much at all. But then comes the rest of the film in between.

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The Stepford Wives (2004) Review


Weak
We're almost halfway through 2004, the unofficial Year of the Remake, and we've yet to encounter anything worthwhile from the rehash bin. Here's another case in point: Frank Oz's update of The Stepford Wives, a bitter little throwaway that manages to come off as even worse than the original.

The 1975 Stepford (and Ira Levin's book) was a piece of Americana that was so influential it became part of American slang. It unfortunately isn't a very good movie: If anyone can even remember how it ends, I dare you to e-mail me.

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Fatal Attraction Review


Excellent
Finally released on DVD, Fatal Attraction proves itself just as deliciously thrilling as when it was first released in 1987.

Glenn Close's career got its first big boost in 1985's Jagged Edge, but her role as Fatal's Alex Forrest pushed her into stardom. She seems like a nice enough gal at the start -- though her hair could use some work, she's a witty and sexy book editor... just the right kind of gal to lure Michael Douglas's Dan Gallagher (a lawyer... married) into her bed. But Dan's crisis of conscience sends him scurrying home to his family in short order, only for Alex to start obsessing over their "relationship."

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Mars Attacks! Review


Weak
We've already had three movies based on TV shows this year, plus a film based on a TV commercial, but I think it's a really bad omen when a film is based on a series of trading cards.

The film is Mars Attacks!, and with it Tim Burton serves up the worst production of his once-blossoming career, a movie wherein he indulges every excess of his demented psyche, pays no attention to entertaining the audience, and recycles every joke he can get his hands on.

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101 Dalmatians Review


Terrible
Well, another new Disney movie is coming out and with it comes the theaters packed with screaming babies, very restless kids kicking your seat, and throngs of grownups providing running commentary of everything on the screen (to themselves, not the kids).

This is not a good thing. This time, the Disney movie is 101 Dalmatians, the live-action version, and if any movie could make me long for a quick and painless death, this is it.

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The Safety Of Objects Review


OK
For all of Robert Altman's greatness, his lasting legacy to future filmmakers may be the wrongheaded assumption that anyone can successfully weave together sprawling, multi-character stories into a coherent thematic experience. With the exception of a scant few disciples (headed by the visionary Paul Thomas Anderson), these spiritual and technical descendents of Altman's films, too often hampered by schematic plotting and clumsy melodrama, routinely turn out to be wobbly facsimiles of Altman's operatic, multi-layered storytelling. The latest release that falls into said category is Rose Troche's The Safety of Objects, an uneven tale (based on the short stories of A.M. Homes) of intertwined suburban families dealing with grief and loss, and its failed bid for originality takes the form of an unreasonably high quirkiness quotient.

Despite an awful title that's perfectly suited for a hospital or construction site safety guide, the objects in question are not dirty syringes or rusty nails; rather, The Safety of Objects is brimming with narrative strands about people coping with life's most difficult and daunting elements (the loss of a loved one, sexual frustration, professional ennui) by focusing their quests for happiness on either their unsatisfying careers or mundane possessions such as dishwashers, guitars, and treadmills. Esther Gold (Glenn Close) fanatically dotes on her comatose songwriter son Paul (Joshua Jackson) in lieu of caring for her husband Howard (Robert Klein) and rebellious daughter Julie (Jessica Campbell). Neighbor Annette Jennings (Patricia Clarkson) is a single mother trying to take care of her two kids while waging a financial and personal battle with her ex-husband. Lawyer Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney) can't see the forest from the trees because of his fixation with work, and his constant absence from his wife and kids has made him unaware of son Jake's (Alex House) creepy relationship with a Barbie-esque doll that speaks to him. And in a prime example of dysfunctional overload, we even get sexually frustrated, fanatically health conscious housewife Helen Christiansen (Mary Kay Place), as well as neighborhood gardener Randy (Timothy Olyphant), who's dealing with the death of his adolescent brother.

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Heights Review


Good

A deft ensemble drama with a hard emotional veracity ref=lectingthe complexity that sexual histories impose on modern relationships, "=Heights"takes place over 24 hours that prove unexpectedly pivotal to each of itsof cross-pollinating Manhattan lives.

At the center of one of the film's concentric social circ=lesis Isabel (Elizabeth Banks, "Seabiscuit,&=quot;"CatchMe If You Can"), an aspiring photographe=r,stuck in a rut of wedding assignments. Her engagement to handsome younglawyer Jonathan (James Marsden) is tempered by subtle undercurrents ofuncertainty that may be tested by a pining ex-boyfriend's offer of a dreamassignment for a prestigious news magazine.

Isabel's mother Diana (Glenn Close) -- a blunt, outwardlyself-confident, highly respected stage actress and theater professor atJulliard -- is the hub of another, upper-crust conclave. Her quite liberalopen marriage has taken its toll on her psychological buoyancy (and herdaughter's views of fidelity), especially in the wake of her husband'scurrent philandering with her own understudy from a Broadway productionof "Macbeth."

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The Stepford Wives Review


Weak

Screenwriter Paul Rudnick (Adams Family Values, In and Out ) is wicked with the one-liners, so zingers abound in his tongue-in-cheek reworking of "The Stepford Wives" -- the creepy, retrospectively campy chiller from 1975 about suburban spouses turned into sweet, subservient, June Cleaver robots.

So ripe for lampoonery that the word "Stepford" has become an adjective ironically slapped on anything deemed too Norman Rockwell-esque, the original picture's concept of anti-feminism taken to a paranoid extreme is fodder for raillery in Rudnick's script.

But he isn't remotely as clever when it comes to plot. In fact, as long as he gets a laugh he doesn't seem to care if his story makes a lick of sense. He can't even decide if the automaton wives in his "Stepford" are robots (impervious to fire and prone to shooting sparks from their necks) or real women (brainwashed with microchip implants) who are capable of snapping out of their halcyon daze if their programming fails.

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Anything Else Review


Weak

Comedy writer Jerry Falk -- the narrating neurotic of Woody Allen's new dysfunctional relationship comedy "Anything Else" -- has a problem asserting himself.

"I can't leave anybody. I'm afraid to sleep alone," says Jerry (Jason Biggs) of his frustratingly sexless infatuation with Amanda (Christina Ricci), his emotionally irrational, tease-and-retreat, live-in girlfriend. He also can't leave his inept agent (a desperate Danny DeVito) or his dry, unresponsive shrink (William Hill). He's even turned down sitcom jobs in L.A. rather than sever these trying ties.

Also, Jerry can't say no. To anybody. He acquiesces to Amanda when she invites her arguably even-more-insane mother (Stockard Channing) -- freshly divorced for the seventh time -- to live in their two-room Upper East Side apartment, where she practices for her latest life-fulfilling fantasy of putting together a lounge act. And he gets pushed around by his friend David Dobel (Allen himself), a compulsively paranoid, rambling fellow comic (and schoolteacher by day) who starts off giving Jerry relationship advice and ends up trying to turn the kid into an armed army-surplus survivalist.

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Le Divorce Review


Bad

The further away director James Ivory and producer Ishmael Merchant get from their trademarked aristocratic period pieces, like "A Room With a View" and "Howard's End," the worse their movies get. At this point, I fully expect their next film to be a futuristic sci-fi chamber drama, because that's the only way they could sink lower than "Le Divorce."

A pseudo-sophisticated sexual roundelay full of trivial characters so selfish it's a chore to spend two hours with them, this is the story of two American sisters suffering the slings and arrows of French male infidelity -- but even these women served up as the movie's heroines are worthy of very little sympathy.

Naomi Watts plays Roxy, an insecure doormat of a pregnant poetess in present-day Paris, who is in shock at the departure of Charles-Henri (Melvil Poupaud), her philandering husband who has taken up with a married Russian dancer. Just arrived from Santa Monica, her supposedly self-possessed younger sibling Isabel (Kate Hudson) is appalled at Roxy's plight -- although that doesn't stop the little hypocrite from becoming the throwaway mistress of the cheater's Uncle Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte), an arrogant right-wing politician.

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Cookie's Fortune Review


Excellent

"Cookie's Fortune," an ode to the charms and afflictions of smalltown Southern life from superlative director Robert Altman, opens, appropriatelyenough, with a leisurely, cinematic stroll around Holly Springs, Miss.,introducing the players in what will become a sympathetic satire of DixieGothic manners and mores.

We see sheriff's deputies with nothing to do but drivearound shining their spotlights here and there and talking unceasinglyabout fishing. We meet purse-lipped old maid Camille Dixon (Glenn Close)as she tenaciously directs a rehearsal of Oscar Wilde's "Salome,"which she has rewritten as a church morality play. We meet her slow-witted,obedient sister Cora Duvall (Julianne Moore) who is frustrating Camillewith her strenuous over-acting as the play's wanton lead.

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