David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) reunites with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs,
the story of a couple (Streep and Tommy Lee Jones), married for 30
years, who decide to attend a week-long marriage counseling program with
a renowned therapist (Steve Carell) in order to renew their spark.
Wes Anderson is famous for his quirky sense of absurdist humor. Although he might argue against it, he seems to have finally found his forte: in animation, vis-a-vis Roald Dahl's 1970 children's book 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.' In Anderson's hands the story takes on a meta significance as a human-development coming-of-age story that applies across age groups, generations, social strata and even species. Grade: B.
Meryl Streep continues to delight in an effervescent turn as cooking legend Julia Child, whose biography makes up half of this fact-based trifle from writer/director Nora Ephron. Her counterpart is Julie Powell (Amy Adams), a frustrated would-be novelist who turns to her avocation for cooking, opting to launch a blog in which she'll chronicle preparing all 524 recipes from Child's seminal cookbook 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' in 365 days. Grade: C.