Tag: Andie MacDowell

  • Twisted Family Drama “Love After Love” Defies Expectations

    You’ll see lots of death in Russell Harbaugh’s family drama Love After Love, but the most wrenching death on display is that of dignity. A man dumps his long-term girlfriend (also his co-worker), marries a younger woman, and is then infuriated that his old flame has quickly moved on. A drunken man excuses himself at […]

  • Mighty Fine: Debbie Goodstein’s Sappy Nostalgia

    As Mighty Fine‘s Joe Fine, a businessman who relocates his family from Brooklyn to Louisiana in 1974, Chazz Palminteri rages at everything and anything: at wife Stella (Andie MacDowell) for burning his dinner, at younger daughter Natalie (Jodelle Ferland) for crying over Joe’s desire to have their dying dog put down, at older daughter Maddie […]

  • Peter Weir, Master and Commander of His Own Strange Trip

    Am I waking or am I dreaming? Is this an unsettling gaze at some mystical Other, or fresh Oscar bait on the barbie? The soft dilemmas of the Peter Weir oeuvre get a fresh airing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s partial retrospective of the Australian New Waver turned designated Academy outsider turned missing […]

  • Bad Accents, Bad Acting, Bad Idea: As Good As Dead

    Want to be one of a dozen to ever see a movie?* With a title that could be an uncharitable joke about the careers of leads Cary Elwes, Andie MacDowell, and Frank Whaley, as-bad-as-expected As Good As Dead is a graveyard of ’90s celebrity posing as a political white-knuckler. Elwes plays Ethan Belfrage, a New […]

  • Three Women and an Organ

    “When I say that I know women,” Thackeray wrote, “I mean that I know that I don’t know them.” Would that first-time Brit filmmaker John McKay were blessed with such frank self-knowledge; endeavoring to make a menopausal chick flick for the post-Full Monty crowd, he mucks around in exotic territory like a patronizing tourist. In […]

  • The Atrocity Exhibit

    The wars of secession in Yugoslavia initially met with international bemusement not least because media and government agencies alike presented the conflicts as an imponderable “ethnic” quagmire, an ancient, hopeless thicket of tribal vendetta. This was hogwash, of course, but it furnished yet another ravaged backdrop for Hollywoodized war tourism: intro civics lessons-cum-survival tales, in […]

  • Thank Goddess

    The Muse is light summer fare about a middle-aged Hollywood screenwriter so desperate to brainstorm a light summer fare he hires a Greek goddess to help him. The premise feels practically weightless, but because the writer is played by the doggedly earthbound Albert Brooks (who also cowrote and directed), The Muse is as consistently funny […]