Lois Smith

Lois Smith

Lois Smith Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Quotes RSS

John Opening Party Arrivals

Lois Smith - Opening night party for the play John at the Signature Theatre - Arrivals. at Signature Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015

Lois Smith
Lois Smith
Hong Chau, Lois Smith, Annie Baker, Georgia Engel and Christopher Abbott
Hong Chau, Lois Smith, Annie Baker, Georgia Engel and Christopher Abbott
Hong Chau, Lois Smith, Annie Baker, Georgia Engel, Christopher Abbott and Signature staff

MOMA IFC Present Boyhood Premiere

Dana Ivey - 'Boyhood' New York premiere at Museum of Modern Art - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 8th July 2014

Opening Night Of 'Tom Durnin'

Lois Smith and Michael Wilson - Opening night of "The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin" at the Laura Pels Theatre - Arrivals - New York, NY, United States - Thursday 27th June 2013

Lois Smith and Michael Wilson
Lois Smith and Michael Wilson

"The Trip To Bountiful" Broadway Opening

Tamara Tunie - Broadway opening night of "The Trip To Bountiful" at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre - Arrivals. - New York City, NY, United States - Tuesday 23rd April 2013

Opening Night Of 'The Assembled Parties'

Cherry Jones and Brian J. Smith - Opening night of 'The Assembled Parties' held at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre - Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Thursday 18th April 2013

The Odd Life of Timothy Green Trailer

Cindy and Jim Green is a young, married couple who are looking forward to starting a family. They try everything they can but it doesn't work. After the couple find out they can never conceive, it leaves them devastated.

Continue: The Odd Life of Timothy Green Trailer

Please Give Review

Writer-director Holofcener cleverly keeps the emotions gurgling right under the surface of this engaging interpersonal comedy. It's more about smiles than laughing out loud, but the superior cast members get terrific characters to play with.

Kate and Alex (Keener and Platt) are socially active New Yorkers, supporting charities and trying to help their feisty teen daughter (Steele) understand what's important. But Kate's beginning to feel guilty about their work; they buy furniture from families with recently deceased relatives and resell it at a profit. This is taken to the extreme as they wait for their aging neighbour (Guilbert) to die so they can annex her apartment, and Kate and Alex struggle with how to interact with her very different granddaughters (Hall and Peet).

Continue reading: Please Give Review

Turn The River Review

A jumpy forger asks an attractive pool hustler acquaintance, "What are you doing in town?" Without missing a beat, she replies, "Trying to get out." It's an apt summary of the entire plot of Turn the River, a stark, barebones genre piece redolent of rosin, racks, and eight balls, where the winning of a hustle bet of $50,000 doesn't signify triumph but escape.

Chris Eigeman makes an impressive debut as writer/director of Turn the River, ably abetted by an intense, edgy star turn from Famke Janssen as a pool hustler who wants to grab her abused son away from his weak, alcoholic father and get the hell out of town fast.

Continue reading: Turn The River Review

Sweet Land Review

There are slow movies, and there is Sweet Land. Glacial in pace, the film's plodding plotting is purposeful: This is a lazy love story set in unhurried times (post-World War I Minnesota), when the only things one had to worry about were the bank foreclosing on the family farm and keeping those nasty, unprincipaled Germans out of the region.

In a vaguely present time, we meet old Inge (Lois Smith), mourning the dealth of husband Olaf. After much wringing of hands, she remembers back to the time of their meeting in 1920. Fresh of the boat from Deutschland, young Inge (Elizabeth Reaser) is picked up as a mail-order bride by young Olaf (Tim Guinee) and best pal Frandsen (Alan Cumming), and they head straight to the church to get married. When the preacher (John Heard) finds out she's German, he refuses to marry them. This becomes the central conflict of the film: Inge is shunned in town, can't return home, and can't live with Olaf out of wedlock (darn society!!!). They're soon both outcasts, and harvest time approaches...

Continue reading: Sweet Land Review

How To Make An American Quilt Review

I am dumbfounded about where to begin writing about this experiment-in-filmmaking-gone-terribly-wrong, How To Make an American Quilt. Some of the best actresses working in film (Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Winona Ryder, Jean Simmons, Lois Smith, Samantha Mathis, and Claire Danes, to name a few) appear in this movie. And I can't begin to imagine how such a wide array of talents agreed to appear in such a dreadful picture.

Ryder plays the cheeky Finn, a precocious grad student pondering a marriage proposal. Having second thoughts, she decides to spend the summer with a gaggle of quilting relatives and their friends, just to sort things out. Well, we see right off the bat that this probably wasn't such a great idea, because each and every one of these people is completely insane.

Continue reading: How To Make An American Quilt Review

Tumbleweeds Review

Mother and daughter pack up from hillbilly land and head for California: Does it sound like we've been over this ground before?

The similarities between Tumbleweeds and Anywhere But Here (the corpse of which is not even cold) are astonishing. In Tumbleweeds, Mom Mary Jo (McTeer) is a put-upon single mother; daughter Ava (Brown) is brash and headstrong. The two drive to California, intent on "starting over," -- in the case of Tumbleweeds, an escape from physical abuse, or at least the threat of it. Anywhere But Here: same story, sans the abuse.

Continue reading: Tumbleweeds Review

The Eternal (1998) Review

Not exactly regarded as a pinnacle of the horror genre, The Eternal is notable for one reason only: That Christopher Walken is in it, as a blind man wearing octagonal-rimmed glasses. The movie's relatively engaging until Walken comes and goes at around the 30-minute mark: Alison Elliott is a freaky alcoholic who keeps passing out and wants to know why. Too bad the answer has something to do with mummies, druids, and an old family house that largely causes its occupants to appear in slow motion. Zzzzzz.

Oh: But watch for Jared Harris's Walken impersonation at the 42 minute mark.

Continue reading: The Eternal (1998) Review

The Pledge Review

An early note to parents with young, blonde daughters: Think twice about seeing The Pledge, and if you must go -- if you're eager to see Jack Nicholson give one of his best cinematic performances ever -- then take a Valium before entering the theater and practice saying, "This won't happen to my family! This won't happen to my family!"

From the opening shot, where we see the top of Nicholson's half-bald, hair-transplanted head, The Pledge is an exercise in stomaching an ugly truth. Body parts, pony-tailed girls splotched with blood and bruises -- this isn't a film about happy endings and human triumph. Suspected sex perverts lurk down every road in The Pledge, causing Nicholson's character, a retired homicide detective, so much angst that he becomes his own worst enemy.

Continue reading: The Pledge Review

Minority Report Review

Per Minority Report, in only 52 years we'll have a new privacy nightmare on our hands: A police unit in Washington D.C. will genetically engineer three people, float them in a Jacuzzi, and hook wires up to their heads so the cops can see murders occurring in the future. And thus, they can arrest the perpetrators before they commit the crime. (I would say this is a nightmare of an idea... but then again, we are talking about Washington D.C....)

The premise is a mind-bending puzzle on the scale of Memento, courtesy of sci-fi legend Steven Spielberg and his first collaboration with a stellar Tom Cruise. It's also Spielberg's best work since 1993's Schindler's List and flirts with threatening Blade Runner and A Clockwork Orange as the best paradoxical utopic/dystopic view of the future.

Continue reading: Minority Report Review

The Laramie Project Review

Hey, look at me! I'm a B-list Hollywood actor with an inflated sense of self-worth that thinks he can "do something" for the world by making a socially responsible film.

Hey, look at me! A gay kid got beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming, so let's go there and interview people... and write a play using their words.

Continue reading: The Laramie Project Review

Lois Smith

Lois Smith Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Quotes RSS
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.