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Letters to Juliet (Review)

Vanessa Redgrave and Gael Garcia Bernal give European kick to bland Hollywood story

0 Comments · Friday, May 14, 2010
One-time indie ace Gary Winick's 'Letters to Juliet,' typical of his Hollywood efforts, features a down-the-middle, batting-practice speed pitch just waiting for audiences to take a big swing at it. Amanda Seyfried plays a lowly but dedicated fact-checker for The New Yorker dreaming of writing for the magazine one day. She's engaged to a passionate chef (Gael Garcia Bernal) who is about to open a new restaurant just weeks before their marriage. Grade C-.  

Chloe (Review)

Atom Egoyan's sex thriller falls flat

0 Comments · Friday, March 26, 2010
You couldn't hope for a higher caliber sexploitation movie than Chloe, even if the sex thriller falls flatter than a day-old quiche. Atom Egoyan rekindles his lurking soft-core desires with a tawdry script by Eric Cressida Wilson, whose 2002 film 'Secretary' transcended a cultural movement of sexual identity. Audiences will have no such luck with this formulaic suspense picture about sexual deception. Grade: C-plus.  

Dear John (Review)

Romantic melodrama piles on the schmaltz

0 Comments · Friday, February 5, 2010
Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel 'Dear John' places his usual relationship melodrama against the topical backdrop of wartime service. Sparks' stories are known for sentimental and soap-lite scripting, but Hallstrom's marks the first time that, as a critic, I came to understand the pejorative meaning of "chick flick." Grade: D-.   

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