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Kate Beckinsale at The Fashion Awards 2016 held at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Monday 5th December 2016

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Kate Beckinsale attends the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards held at Cipriani Wall Street, New York, United States - Tuesday 29th November 2016

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Kate Beckinsale with her husband Len Wiseman and her child Lily Mo Sheen having a family day out in Santa Monica Santa Monica, California - 23.11.08 Featuring: Kate Beckinsale Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 23 Nov 2008

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Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale Los Angeles premiere of 'Snow Angels' held at The Egyptian Theatre - Arrivals Hollywood, California - 28.02.08 Featuring: Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale Where: United States When: 28 Feb 2008

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Kate Beckinsale with husband Len Wiseman and daughter Lily Mo Sheen out and about in Santa Monica Los Angeles, California - 21.06.08 When: 21 Jun 2008

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Kate Beckinsale, Len Wiseman and her daughter Lily Mo Sheen go shopping together in Hollywood. Los Angeles, Where: California, California, United States When: 20 Dec 2009

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Kate Beckinsale and her husband Len Wiseman shop in Santa Monica with their daughter Lily and pet dog Los Angeles, California - 06.02.10 Featuring: Kate Beckinsale Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 06 Feb 2010

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Kate Beckinsale and husband Len Wiseman take their daughter Lily and her friend to lunch in Santa Monica Los Angeles, California - 02.07.08 When: 02 Jul 2008

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EXCLUSIVE Len Wiseman and wife Kate Beckinsale leaving a Beverly Hills gym looking very happy arm in arm Los Angeles, California - 16.07.08 When: 16 Jul 2008

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Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards (Oscars) Viewing Party held at the Pacific Design Center West Hollywood, California - 22.02.09 Featuring: Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale Where: California, United States When: 22 Feb 2009

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Kate Beckinsale And Len Wiseman Officially Getting Divorced


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British actress Kate Beckinsale is officially getting divorced from her film director husband Len Wiseman, having been effectively separated for almost a year.

Court records in Los Angeles show that Wiseman filed for divorce last Friday (October 21st), citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, according to TMZ.

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Kate Beckinsale on the set of Marc Webb's new movie 'The Only Living Boy in New York' - Manhattan, New York, United States - Thursday 13th October 2016

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The Disappointments Room Trailer


After the tragic loss of their daughter, Dana and David move with their son to a new home in a bid to have a fresh start. The house is big and beautiful and in a fantastic rural location but it's run down and has obviously been neglected for years before they owned it.

Though the house needs much restoration work the family decide to move in.

As they all settle down, Diana loves her new house but feels a dark and intriguing presence that draws her to explore every corner of the new property. As Diana begins to investigate the building she goes up into the attic and discovers a locked door. Finally finding a key to the lost room, Diana opens it and unleashes a spirit that's been forcefully held behind the locked door. What Diana comes to learn is that the house was formerly owned by a cruel judge who locked away his daughter in the disappointment room.

Kate Beckinsale seen on the set of her new movie 'The Only Living Boy' in NYC at Washington Square Park, New York, United States - Tuesday 11th October 2016

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Kate Beckinsale and Theo James speak about Resident Evil at New York Comic Con held at Javitis Convention Center, Madison Square Garden, New York, United States - Saturday 8th October 2016

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Kate Beckinsale at the San Diego International Film Festival's Night of the Stars Tribute sponsored by Variety held at La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, United States - Thursday 29th September 2016

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Kate Beckinsale Denies Romance With "Dear Friend" David Walliams In The Best Possible Way


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Actress Kate Beckinsale had a hilarious response to rumours that she was dating comedian David Walliams. Beckinsale and Walliams have been friends for years, but after photos appeared of them looking cosy during a night out on Friday, some wondered if their friendship might have turned into something more.

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Love and Friendship - Trailer and Clips


Lady Susan has a reputation that precedes her. She's a professional flirt who men flock toward. Having lost her husband, Lady Susan is out to find herself a wealthy new groom and one - perhaps slightly less well off - for her daughter who doesn't have her mother's knack for enticing suitors. 

When Lady Susan visits the home of her late husband's relatives, it doesn't take long for her to woo a few too many men - both married and single - and the rumour mill is in full swing. Lady Susan knows exactly what she wants in a man but finding someone with the right assets for her and another person for her daughter might just be too much. 

Love & Friendship is based on the Jane Austen novella 'Lady Susan' and will be in cinemas from May 2016.

Kate Beckinsale Says She Didn't Fit Michael Bay's 'Type' When Cast In 'Pearl Harbour'


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Kate Beckinsale has revealed how Pearl Harbour director Michael Bay felt she didn’t fit the body type he was looking for and ordered her to lose weight if she wanted the role. Speaking on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ Beckinsale also said that the director constantly said she was cast because she wasn't “so attractive” during the promotion of the film.

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“I don’t think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay, the director, had met before. I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde,” Beckinsale said.

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Love & Friendship Review

Extraordinary

Acclaimed filmmaker Whit Stillman reunites the stars of his 1998 drama The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, for what might be the most entertaining big-screen Jane Austen adaptation ever. Based on her novella Lady Susan, this is a lacerating social comedy packed with hugely engaging characters. It brilliantly captures Austen's gift for crisply astute comedy, giving everyone in the gifted cast a chance to shine.

Set in 1790s England, the story centres on Lady Susan (Beckinsale), who has been recently widowed and now needs to sort out a hopefully lucrative future. First, she sets out to find a wealthy, dim-witted man to marry her spoiled daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and the dorky Sir James (Tom Bennett) is the perfect candidate. For herself, she sets her sights on the gorgeous, gullible Reginald (Xavier Samuel), the younger brother of her sister-in-law Catherine (Emma Greenwell), who's the only person who can see through Susan's scheming. Through all of this, Susan's only confidant is her American friend Alicia (Sevigny), who is sensibly married to an older man (Stephen Fry). And of course, Susan's plans simply refuse to go as she expects.

Beckinsale is terrific in the role as a sexy cougar who keeps all the men around her happy with blatant flattery. She understands the way to a man's heart, and isn't afraid to exploit everyone around her to make sure that she and Frederica are set up for life. Beckinsale gets this balance of charm and contempt exactly right, and her riotously sharp wit easily wins over the audience. The cast around her is just as good, engaging with Susan in fabulous wordplay, unable to resist being manipulated by her charisma. As the two targets of Susan's strategy, Bennett and Samuel are particularly strong. Bennett's bumbling James is simply the funniest thing on-screen this year, while Samuel manages to keep Reginald sweetly charming and never dull.

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Kate Beckinsale And Michael Sheen Recreate Daughter's Birth Shot


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Just adorable. Kate Beckinsale has enlisted her ex-partner and close friend Michael Sheen to recreate the 1999 birth photo of their daughter Lily Mo - despite said child now being 16 to 17-years-old. Sometimes even the biggest of stars can get a bit silly where their children are concerned.

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The photo sees Lily cuddling up to her mother with her eyes closed in a perfect mirroring of her birth shot. Beckinsale posted the photo alongside the original on Twitter and Instagram today (May 18th 2016), captioning it: 'Always a baby to me #Lily'. However, she did allude to it being a joke by adding: 'See more tonight on 'The Late Late Show'' (a comedy show hosted by British presenter James Corden).

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Kate Beckinsale - Celebrities at Memorial Day Party hosted by Joel Silver at Malibu - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 25th May 2015

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Len Wiseman, Kate Beckinsale and Lily Mo Sheen - Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman seen at Joel Silvers Memorial Day party in Malibu. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 26th May 2014

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Stars Honour David Hockney & Martin Scorsese At LACMA Film & Art Gala [Pictures]


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The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art played host to a host of stars on Saturday night (2nd November). The stars gathered to honour artist David Hockney and director Martin Scorsese at the LACMA Film and Art Gala. In addition to the two honourees, a host of famous names and faces appeared to celebrate the achievements of the famous British artist and New York born director.

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Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorsese at the LACMA.

Guests included actors such as Leonardo Di Caprio, who has worked with Scorsese on a number of films included Shutter Island, The Aviator and The Wolf of Wall Street. Other male actors who appeared at the event were comics James Franco and Will Ferrell. 

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Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman - Elyse Walker Presents The Pink Party 2013 Hosted By Anne Hathaway Held at Barker Hangar - Santa Monica, California, United States - Sunday 20th October 2013

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A Week In News: '50 Shades' Kerfuffle, Sad 'Glee' Announcement, & The Loss Of Ed Lauter


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'50 Shades' of Shambles: Where do we begin? Leading man Charlie Hunnam AKA Christian Grey, walks out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, citing "an immersive schedule," Dakota Johnson starts feeling uneasy and Irish actor Jamie Dornan is the current favorite to step in...for about the next minute probably. Click to find out who Jamie Dornan is.

Bye Bye 'Glee': Not only have Glee fans had to contend with having to wave a sad farewell to the deceased Cory Monteith's Finn Hudson in an emotional memorial episode last week; the show's co-creator Ryan Murphy has announced that after one more season, Glee will be no more. Read Ryan Murphy's explanation.

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Kate Beckinsale Added To Amanda Knox Movie, 'The Face Of An Angel'


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Kate Beckinsale is the latest actress to be added to the cast list of upcoming crime movie, The Face of An Angel, which will be based upon the events and investigation into the violent murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy and the group of people tried for the crime.

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Kate Beckinsale Joins 'The Face Of An Angel.'

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, the movie will be adapted from Barbie Latza Nadeau's book, Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox, which references murder suspect Amanda Knox who is a central suspect in the case.

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Kate Beckinsale Honours Actor Father: Who Else Has A Blue Plaque Commemoration?


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Chilwell in Nottinghamshire received a touch of Hollywood glamour yesterday after actress Kate Beckinsale landed to pay her respects to her late father, English comic actor Richard Beckinsale. There must be an acting 'gene' in the Beckinsale family with Kate's mother, Judy Loe, an actress as well as her sister, Samantha, who has starred in ITV's London's Burning. The Porridge actor's family were joined by fellow stars Michael Sheen and David Walliams in a plaque-unveiling celebration at Beckinsale's family College House Junior School in Chilwell.

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Kate Beckinsale Broke Down With Emotion Upon Unveiling Her Father's Plaque.

College House headmaster Mark North spoke of the school's pride for its ex-pupil and the benefit of the plaque: "It's a real honour for the school to be a part of this special occasion, dedicated to the memory of Richard Beckinsale. It was a once in a lifetime experience for us all. We are honoured to have hosted such distinguished guests.We place a high priority on the performing arts in school, and hope that pupils will continue to be inspired by Richard's career for many years to come."

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Kate Beckinsale and Lily Mo Sheen - Celebrities attend Joel Silver's Memorial Day Party at his home in Malibu - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th May 2013

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Kate Beckinsale - 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 25th February 2013

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Everybody's Fine Review


OK
Cloying sentimentality threatens to overwhelm this quiet character study about a widower trying to reconnect with his children. Despite the solid acting and wrenching drama, this over-slick film never connects emotionally.

Frank Goode (DeNiro) is rattling around his empty house after his wife dies.

His kids are all grown and out on their own, and none of them can be bothered to keep in touch. When they all cancel coming to a family dinner, Frank decides to pay them surprise visits, taking a road trip to see artist David (Lysy) in New York, ad exec Amy (Beckinsale) in Chicago, musician Robert (Rockwell) in Denver and dancer Rosie (Barrymore) in Las Vegas. But none of their lives are quite what he's been led to expect.

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Snow Angels Review


Good
There are about two or three different films fighting for control of the screen during David Gordon Green's powerful but flawed Snow Angels, and in the end none of them win. An adaptation by Green (All the Real Girls) from the novel by Stewart O'Nan, the film is at its core a dispiriting domestic drama in which single mother and waitress Annie (Kate Beckinsale) is trying to raise her daughter and deal with the encroaching return of her ex-husband, Glenn (Sam Rockwell), a onetime suicide case and drunk who has now found Jesus and wants back into Annie's life. Set to swirling all around this ugly and embittered core are several stories that never quite seem to plug into each other dramatically, no matter that their characters are closely interrelated via love, friendship, family, and the shockingly violent turn everything takes in the closing minutes.

Set in a small and snowbound Pennsylvania town, Snow Angels at the very least looks like a town from reality, as opposed to the idyllic villages filmmakers create when they want to tell moral fables about violence and family (see Reservation Road, In the Bedroom, and so on). It starts with a high school marching band practicing in the cold, performing in a lackluster fashion that brings about a hilariously stern lecture from their instructor (played to icy perfection by Tom Noonan). Then a pair of gunshots are heard cracking through the cold air and the film flashes back to "weeks earlier."

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Underworld (2003) Review


Bad
Underworld's trailer makes it looks wonderfully slick and dark in the tradition of The Matrix and Blade; but after seeing it, you'll realize that everything that seemed dazzling was simply stolen and then abused - from its Dark Shadows-meets-Matrix costumes to its Blade weaponry to its Nine Inch Nails video backdrops. Nothing about Underworld is original; it's a hackneyed, patched-together goth-kid fantasy that I'm convinced was written a 15-year-old boy who wears black eyeliner (think the Saturday Night Live skit "Goth Talk").

Straight out of Marilyn Manson's wet dreams comes the fantastical storyline: For centuries, vampires have battled werewolves, known here as Lycans. It's not really clear why they've been battling, even after the film sort of reveals the reason; so we'll leave it there. The Vampires are depicted as aristocratic sophisticates who prefer fine crystal and Porsches, whereas the Lycans are filthy street thugs who morph into ferocious dog-like monsters.

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Vacancy Trailer


A late night detour leads to an unimaginable nightmare when an estranged couple's car breaks down on a remote country road. Finding themselves stranded on a dark and deserted two-lane highway, David Fox (Luke Wilson) and his soon-to-be ex-wife Amy (Kate Beckinsale) are forced to spend the night at a seedy motel run by an odd but seemingly harmless proprietor (Frank Whaley). 

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Vacancy Review


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Two weeks after we were spoiled by the sludgy monument of Grindhouse, a whole other low-budget thrill ride from the annals of our sticky-floor, damp-seat, scratched-print celluloid history is deployed with full-force. Following his promising debut, Kontroll, director Nimrod Antal goes four-to-the-floor for a miniature exercise in suspense and terror with his first English-language film, Vacancy.

The long and winding road that Amy and David Fox (Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson) drive down has an already ominous feel before the couple swerve off to avoid a raccoon. They bicker about his impatience and her "Zoloft/Prozac cocktail" as they pull into the Pinewood Motel and garage to see if the car can handle the ride home. The mechanic (a brief Ethan Embry) fixes it, but only a mile back into the trip, the car breaks down again. The old Pinewood seems their only option as the mechanic is gone until morning.

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The Golden Bowl Review


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James Ivory and Ismail Merchant had one hell of a mess on their hands in getting The Golden Bowl to theaters. In the end, they ended up buying back the rights from the studio, which wanted additional edits. Those edits might not have been such a bad idea, as the film, based on a Henry James novel, is considerably dull, despite its brisk pace and cast of dozens, all parlor-room types (and Merchant-Ivory alumni like James Fox and Nick Nolte) who speak in a hifalutin meter when they aren't busy boinking one another in a series of adulteries. And yet it's still boring. The Golden Bowl has some inviting characters (much like the similarly droll House of Mirth, but at least it had Gillian Anderson), but this story is just too slow, too predictable (oh, he married a girl for money but is in love with her friend... what a surprise), and too long to be of much interest to anyone but the costume-drama obsessed.

Cold Comfort Farm Review


Excellent
Clever and funny English country dramady about an orphan (Beckinsale, in a radiant debut that has gone downhill ever since), who is sent to live with her insane relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Grows better with each viewing.

The Aviator Review


Excellent
The mythology of Howard Hughes is quite possibly bigger than the man could ever live up to. Already the subject of a handful of movies and over 100 books, the particulars of the Hughes legend are widely known. But leave it to Martin Scorsese to spin the eccentric's life into a more coherent -- if sprawling -- mass.

As its title would imply, The Aviator focuses Hughes through the lens of the airplane, his greatest passion in the world. Hughes is known for many things -- business, movies, his women, hypochondria, political scandal (the lattermost is barely touched in this film) -- but it's his love of and scientific advances with aircraft that have had the most lasting effects on society.

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Haunted Review


Very Good
It's an old-timey ghost story as Aiden Quinn visits a creepy old haunted house at the behest of a crazy old woman who lives there with her two nephews and a niece (played by the lovely Kate Beckinsale).

Just now released on DVD, presumably in the hopes of getting any pop from an interest in Beckinsale thanks to her Pearl Harbor appearance. That's probably not going to do it, but Haunted stands fairly well on its own, a truly creepy slow burn that looks at madness and hints at incest.

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The Last Days Of Disco Review


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I've been a fan of Whit Stillman since his first film, Metropolitan, in 1990. It was therefore with no small amount of anticipation that I journeyed to see his third film, The Last Days of Disco.

Of course, when I get worked up over a movie, I'm always disappointed. Sadly, Disco was no exception.

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Serendipity Review


Very Good
I must admit I'm going to be a bit biased in my review of the new romantic comedy Serendipity, because that also defines how I met my current girlfriend. The magic and mystery of our fated encounter is also embodied in the quirkiness and freshness of the very funny and very romantic Serendipity. I am not a big fan of the romantic comedy genre, but something drew me to this film. Maybe it was the casting of the underrated Jeremy Piven in a supporting role, and the hilarious Eugene Levy. Maybe it was my hope that John Cusack would get the redemption he justly deserves after such crap as High Fidelity, Con Air, and Pushing Tin. But maybe it was because I feel as giddy as a school kid right now with this whole romantic thing currently in my life.

The story of Serendipity is simple. Two people, John Trager (John Cusack) and Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale, looking ever so hot), have a chance encounter over a pair of gloves -- with Buck Henry smack dab in the middle. Charmed beyond repair, these two knuckleheads grab a sundae together at a café called Serendipity, talk about that irresponsible thing called fate and the avenues it leads people down, and spend a few hours at the local ice skating rink. But with each of them already involved with other parties, Sara has John write his name and number on a $5 bill and she writes her name and number on a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera. Sara declares that if this "thing" -- let's just call it love -- is destined to happen, fate will bring them together in the future.

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Brokedown Palace Review


Excellent
So the words "justice system" are an oxymoron in Thailand. Last year, Return to Paradise vividly portrayed just how corrupt and ruthless the law can be for ignorant tourists who presume that an American passport is a "get out of jail free" card in Southeast Asia. Brokedown Palace, directed by Jonathan Kaplan (The Accused, Love Field) elaborates on this theme, only this time it's two juvenile girls from Upland, Ohio facing trouble inparadise.

To celebrate high school graduation, Alice Mareno (Claire Daines) and Darlene Davis (Kate Beckinsale) plan an eleven day sojourn to Bangkok. ("Las Vegas without parents and laws," Alice proclaims to the more cautious Arlene) After a few days of fun in the sun, the two get a little more than they bargained for after they meet the seductive and alluring Nick Parks (Daniel Lapaine) who invites them on a weekend excursion to Hong Kong. In their rush to get to the airport, they fail to realize that Nick has planted over a kilo of heroin in Darlene's backpack. They both are arrested in the airport and once in prison, Darlene is tricked into signing a confession. They are each convicted of drug trafficking and given 33 years apiece in a hideous prison ruefully described by it's inmates as "The Brokedown Palace." Desperate for help and down to their last hope, the girls turn to "Yankee Hank" (Bill Pullman) a maverick American lawyer who takes up the daunting challenge of defending them. Together the three attempt to salvage their lives and their freedom against the tyrannical Thai government and outlandish justice system.

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Laurel Canyon Review


Very Good
What a shock: There's licentious sex going on up here in the Hollywood Hills. I say "up here" because Laurel Canyon, Sunset Blvd., etc. is my 'hood. So, to those who might take the events of this movie as a generalized portrayal of the area, let me assure you that it's strictly on a lot by lot basis. These hills are crawling with people from the movie and music industries, some of whom might actually resemble the characters of Laurel Canyon. Double shock.

This intimate drama (by director Lisa Cholodenko) deals with the effect a liberal living standard might have on a young, impressionable, Harvard graduate with a conservative nature and great looks. She's Alex (Kate Beckinsale), the fiancé of Sam Bentley (Christian Bale), who needs to come to Los Angeles to complete his residency at the renowned Hausman Neuropsychiatric Institute. The move to a quiet hillside home will enable Alex to complete her dissertation on Drosophila Genomics, the world of chromosomes and centimorgans applied to the reproductive aspects of the fruit fly. No dummy, this lady.

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Underworld Review


Bad
Underworld's trailer makes it looks wonderfully slick and dark in the tradition of The Matrix and Blade; but after seeing it, you'll realize that everything that seemed dazzling was simply stolen and then abused - from its Dark Shadows-meets-Matrix costumes to its Blade weaponry to its Nine Inch Nails video backdrops. Nothing about Underworld is original; it's a hackneyed, patched-together goth-kid fantasy that I'm convinced was written a 15-year-old boy who wears black eyeliner (think the Saturday Night Live skit "Goth Talk").

Straight out of Marilyn Manson's wet dreams comes the fantastical storyline: For centuries, vampires have battled werewolves, known here as Lycans. It's not really clear why they've been battling, even after the film sort of reveals the reason; so we'll leave it there. The Vampires are depicted as aristocratic sophisticates who prefer fine crystal and Porsches, whereas the Lycans are filthy street thugs who morph into ferocious dog-like monsters.

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Van Helsing Review


Weak
Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker receive zero writing credit for Stephen Sommers' lopsided Van Helsing, and you can hear the immortal authors breathing a sigh of relief from beyond the grave. The novelists' legendary creatures may receive prominent placement in Universal Studio's big-budget rollercoaster ride, but the half-baked ideas propping up the mediocre monster mash belong solely to writer/director Sommers - for better or for worse.

Van Helsing ends up as a high-concept adrenaline rush that never stops generating lesser concepts over its elongated 145-minute run time. Wheels start turning when Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) funds the creation of the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley) to power a machine that will allow the vampire's offspring to live. The prince of darkness is trying to please his voracious brides, while the final descendent of a line of Transylvanian vampire hunters (Kate Beckinsale) is trying in vain to stake the brute before he ends her life. The wild card in this mix is Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), a hired gun with a guilty conscience working for the Catholic Church to vanquish various evil beings.

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Shooting Fish Review


Excellent
Sweet and entertaining romantic comedy/con man story about two orphans who bilk everyone in London for two million pounds, and, of course, find a little love along the way. Fun and light-hearted, though it could've been reallllly grim.

Serendipity Review


Good

Last year John Cusack -- modern Hollywood's most endeari=ngEveryman -- starred in a great guy movie with a romanticcomedy bent that made it the year's best date movie too.

This year's front runner for the same honor is a fate-fue=led,starry-eyed chick flick entitled "Serendipity" -- also starringJohn Cusack, which may help convince otherwise reluctant boyfriends andhusbands to see this sweet, cuddly charmer. They're guaranteed to enjoyit if they give it half a chance.

Cusack plays an ESPN segment director who meets the girlof his dreams (British girl-next-door Kate Beckinsale) in a Christmas shopp=ingshowdown over the last pair of black cashmere gloves at Bloomingdale's.Instantly smitten, they spend the day together, at one point ice skatingin Central Park and playing the getting-to-know-you game of favorites:"Favorite New York moment?" Beckinsale asks. "This one'sclimbing the charts," Cusack grins winningly.

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The Aviator Review


Excellent

Eschewing every pitfall of the biopic genre and delving deeply into the essence of both Howard Hughes' genius and his slow burn into madness, Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" is a film of grand scope and masterfully intimate nuance, portraying a wild young mustang of a man who lived a fast life on an epic scale.

Presenting Hughes' view of the world as one in which nothing is impossible and the most momentous, groundbreaking decisions come instantly and instinctively ("What would controlling interest in TWA cost me?"), the film's crux is not the psychosis the man is best known for today, but his gift for sparing no expense to pursue novel visions no one else could see.

"We gotta reshoot 'Hell's Angels' for sound," Hughes decides on a whim in an early scene, after having already spent four years and millions of his own dollars perfecting his first foray into filmmaking -- a World War I epic featuring dozens of biplanes in an ambitious, jaw-dropping dogfight scene, parts of which Hughes shoots from a plane he flies into the fray himself.

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Brokedown Palace Review


Weak

It would be a lot easier to take "Brokedown Palace" seriously as an Americans-imprisoned-abroad drama if the soundtrack wasn't peppered with chart-bound, pensive chick-pop. With empowering anthems from the likes of P.J. Harvey regularly laid down to illustrate its perceived depth of emotion, this movie makes being framed for drug smuggling and locked up in a dingy Thai prison play like little more than a vaguely deep, teen movie metaphor.

The teens in the case are Alice (Claire Danes) and Darlene (Kate Beckinsale), fresh out of high school and spiriting away to the Far East for one crazy summer before starting college.

Two apple-cheeked 18-year-olds, innocent in the ways of the Third World, their spontaneous Asian adventure (they told their parents they were going to Hawaii) begins with carefree cultural touristing at farmers markets and $6-a-night hotels. But it becomes a grim nightmare when a handsome young Australian (Daniel Lapaine) charms them both senseless, then hides heroin in their luggage after inviting them to visit him for a weekend in Hong Kong.

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The Golden Bowl Review


Very Good

Producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory's names have become synonymous with refined and flowery literary drawing room dramas because of their innate ability to instill such period pieces with unfettered emotions and tangible performances that transcend the corseted, courtly trappings of the genre.

You usually know what you're getting into when you see one of their pictures -- passionate romances hindered by 19th Century social mores. But that doesn't mean there aren't surprises, and in their Henry James adaptation "The Golden Bowl," the biggest surprise is Uma Thurman.

An actress known for playing most roles with an exaggerated sense of erudition whether the part calls for it or not, in this film she's entirely natural and complexly human as Charlotte Stant, a beautiful young American expatriate whose heart is thrown into turmoil by a complicated romantic roundelay.

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Van Helsing Review


Zero

The epitome of everything that's wrong with $150 million B-movies, "Van Helsing" is an inane, soulless, 19th century vampire-hunting action flick of computer-F/X overkill and ham-fisted actors chewing on stale catch-phrase dialogue (when dialogue is even allowed) as if it's a mouthful of bubblegum with the flavor long gone.

Despite being inspired (if you can even call it that) by a character in "Dracula" and lifting a slew of monsters from other classic horror tales too, the picture has little story to speak of -- just a few minutes about Bram Stoker's bloodsucking Count using the electrifying re-animation technique of Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein to zap life into thousands of his gestating offspring that hang in slimy pods all over his castle lair.

So since writer-director Stephen Sommers (who clearly blew all his talent on "The Mummy" -- as anyone who's seen "The Mummy Returns" can attest) couldn't be bothered with anything more than Cliffs-Notes plot and character development, I'm going to respond in kind -- not bothering with a structured review and instead simply listing examples of the twaddle and tripe that pass for script and storytelling in this laughable example of Hollywood's numbing, style-without-substance approach to summer movies.

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Pearl Harbor Review


Weak

The handful of battle scenes that make up a good hour of "Pearl Harbor" are adrenaline-pumping and hyper-realistic on a massive scale.

You feel the impact of every single 7.7mm round from dive-bombing Japanese Zeros as they rip through pavement, planes and people in the infamous attack around which the film in centered. Director Michael Bay's camera goes inside cockpits, rides along on bombs from release to explosion, captures the terror of a torpedo in the water from the deck of a ship and includes some of the best special effects ever put on film.

The money shot is a hull-buckling blast that rips through the USS Arizona. It makes being on a luxury liner hit by an iceberg look like a 25-cent carnival ride.

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Laurel Canyon Review


OK

There's a lot of curious cross-national casting going on in Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon," a dysfunctional family dramedy about a lifestyle collision between a pot-smoking, fast-living record producer and her solemn, starchy Cambridge-grad son.

Jane, the party-hardy, pushing-50 mom, is played with flaky roach-clip laissez-faire by the droll Frances McDormand -- who is the only person in the cast using her own accent.

Brit Christian Bale ("American Psycho," "Reign of Fire") puts on an American brogue to play Sam, the son endlessly irritated by his mom's lax attitude toward life, who nonetheless returns to her swimming-pool and music-studio hideaway in the Los Angeles hills, along with his fiancée, when he accepts his first residency at an area psychiatric hospital.

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