Tag: Reese Witherspoon

  • Ava DuVernay’s Humanity Is Worth More Than Any Effects Budget

    I’ll get this out of the way: I haven’t read Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved science-fiction adventure novel A Wrinkle in Time, but I have seen Ava DuVernay’s heart-on-its-sleeve adaptation. No doubt there will be those who compare and contrast the book and the film, as L’Engle’s words have touched the childhoods of so many, but I’m […]

  • Reese Witherspoon Hoboes Through the Winning Wild

    For reasons that are perhaps understandable, stories about women finding themselves — or their voices, or their inner courage, or any number of things that are apparently very easy to mislay — are big business. But even if Cheryl Strayed’s hugely successful 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail fits […]

  • The Good Lie Tracks Sudanese Immigrants to America and Explores a Culture Clash

    Trailers for The Good Lie make it appear that a Spunky Nice White Lady (Reese Witherspoon) takes under her wing a group of young Sudanese immigrants who arrive to the U.S. via a humanitarian program, only to have culture clash lead to laughter, tears, and, finally, enlightenment. And all of that happens. But the film, […]

  • Matthew McConaughey Shapes Mud Into Man

    Has anyone ever been so perfectly cast as Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused? Sculpted entirely of charisma and cheekbones yet still seedier than a stash of gym-locker pot, McConaughey’s radiant stoner exemplified high school promise gone bad. He looked like the little man on top of trophies, just horny, stupid, sapped of ambition, and […]

  • Two Pals Fight Over Reese Witherspoon, and This Means War Sticks to the Script

    Hostilities in This Means War are declared as two workmates compete for the affection of the same woman. The contested objective is Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), a product tester who decides to apply comparative shopping techniques to dating. Her would-be beaus, FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy), are best friends who sit across from each […]

  • Robert Pattinson Looks Smoochable as Reese Witherspoon Emotes in Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants falls in the grand line of star vehicles designed to pull back the curtain on the Hollywood sausage-making process just enough to remind audiences that stars—particularly the fresh, young, fuckable variety—are totally awesome. This story of “pretty much the most famous circus disaster in history” features Robert Pattinson—tween-bait marquee-topper thanks to Twilight, […]

  • James L. Brooks Asks All the Right Questions in How Do You Know

    An odd duck of a romantic comedy from James L. Brooks, How Do You Know strays as far from a barrel of laughs as a writer-director formed by network television can get without losing his grip altogether. The movie’s rhythms are loose, disjointed, and peppered with strategic silences or half-finished thoughts. The punch lines are […]

  • BEHIND BARS

    Even though watching a pompadour’d Joaquin Phoenix fall for a country-singing Reese Witherspoon was hardly a bore, nothing beats watching the legend himself on the big screen for some true alt-country magic. Bestor Cram’s Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison uses rare footage, audience accounts, family interviews, and rock photographer Jim Marshall’s haunting portraits to tell […]

  • Witherspoon and Vaughn’s Yuletide Carol Is Four Christmases Too Many

    To brand, then dismiss, Four Christmases as a disappointment would be giving it too much credit—never, for a second, did this New Line Cinema cast-off scream or even whisper decent in the run-up to its opening. The story of couple Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughn)—not married, might as well be—who, fogged in on […]

  • Rendition

    For all its brave rhetoric about 9/11 and the Constitution, Gavin Hood’s slick thriller about American outsourcing of terror interrogations is far more interested in the hydraulics of torture in exotic foreign parts than in serious debate about human and civil rights. The movie turns on the abduction at a U.S. airport of sensitive Egyptian-American […]