Tag: Amy Adams

  • Gillian Flynn and HBO’s “Sharp Objects” Cuts to the American Bone

    Just in time for pit-stain season, HBO has another limited series about the twisted lives of well-off white Americans, based on a novel and directed in its entirety by Jean-Marc Vallée. But Sharp Objects, which airs its first episode on July 8, isn’t the quasi-guilty pleasure that Big Little Lies — based on Liane Moriarty’s […]

  • The Triumph of Frozen, the First Disney Princess Movie About Girls Rather Than for Them

    How retrograde are many of the core tenets of the Disney princess? Consider this: My daughter owns a book called Snow White’s Secret, in which Disney’s royal archetype reveals her devilish hidden life: When the Dwarfs are working at the mine, she sneaks into their cottage and joyfully cleans the place! As a secret surprise! […]

  • American Hustle Is a Con to Fall For

    The best movies about con artists work a bit of flimflammery themselves. They’re not necessarily dishonest; they just can’t resist making the truth shinier than it is in real life. There may not be much behind the sparkling tinsel curtain of David O. Russell’s extraordinarily entertaining American Hustle. But what a curtain! Christian Bale in […]

  • BEGINNER’S LUCK

    For student filmmakers everywhere, the first question that needs answering is: How did all the others do it? Find out this weekend when the First Time Fest brings together major directors to talk about their feature film debuts. You’ll see Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (with Coppola in person), Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse […]

  • Happily Ever After?

    Once upon a time, in a land that looked a lot like Central Park, a poor baker and his wife were cursed by an evil witch to remain childless forever. But there was one way to reverse the spell: Find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow […]

  • YE OLDE JAMBOREE

    Looking for a little romance under the stars? Head to the forest of Arden (a/k/a Central Park) for As You Like It, which kicks off the Public Theater’s 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park. Director Daniel Sullivan sets this cherished comedy of mistaken identity in the rural American South around 1840. So who better […]

  • MASTER OF PUPPPETS

    With the release last week of Muppets: The Green Album (Muppets songs re-imagined by everyone from Weezer to Andrew Bird) and the forthcoming release of The Muppets (with Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Jack Black, Katy Perry, and Zach Galifianakis), Jim Henson’s lovable characters are not just back, they’re also hipper than ever. Today, see where […]

  • Leap Year, Perfect for that Mother-Daughter Matinee

    According to supposed Irish custom, women may propose to their reluctant fiancés on February 29. The woman in Leap Year is Anna (Amy Adams), a Boston apartment stager, and her intended fiancé, Jeremy (Adam Scott), is a surgeon more in love with his BlackBerry than her. But after four years, he still hasn’t pulled the […]

  • Anne Hathaway vs. Amy Adams

    Gosh, I hate to pit actors aganst each other, especially when show biz is so competitive to begin with and they probably have to grab scripts out of each others’ hands with sharpened talons on a regular basis. But what the fuck: Anne Hathaway or Amy Adams. Which one is better, brighter, and more deserving […]

  • Stiller’s Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

    Wide-eyed kids, attended by their pouchy-eyed parents, will have few complaints about Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian; all you people in between and beyond could do worse as well. Director Shawn Levy and star Ben Stiller return (as do Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, and Owen Wilson—alongside newbies Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Christopher […]