Based on the title, don't expect Richard Gere or Deuce Bigalow to show up. Instead, you'll get a wonderfully heartfelt story from director and star John Turturro that could just as easily have come from costar Woody Allen.
The creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, makes his directorial debut with Are You Here—and its stars, Amy Poehler, Zack Galifianakis and Owen Wilson, give him everything he needs to succeed. The cast floats between comedy and drama effortlessly, delivering plenty of laughs and some very heartfelt moments.
This parody of '70s sci-fi shows will appeal to those who like dry, dark humor. Patrick Wilson plays a spaceship commander with a big secret, and Liv Tyler co-stars as a new commander who threatens his position and starts an inter-galactic conflict. I thought the premise was clever, and if you want a little groovy spaced-out fun, check it out.
In this terrific new thriller, Susan Sarandon is a detective hunting a serial killer in a small town where "nothing ever happens." Though the pacing was a little slower than other thrillers, I was captivated by the storyline. I’ve recommended this to a number of people, and the response is always, "Wow, that was good." I have no doubt that after watching it, you'll recommend it too.
Being a mom is one of the toughest jobs, so it's refreshing to see a movie about moms getting a break. The laughs in this film are refreshing, hilarious and appropriate for all audiences. Seeing one of my favorite TV moms, Patricia Heaton (ABC’s "The Middle"), was a nice bonus.
Starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, this satirical send-up of the rom-com will make you smile, laugh and cringe; when director David Wain gets it right you’ll do all three at the same time. I really enjoyed Wain's send-up of the summer-camp genre, Wet Hot American Summer, and he hits this genre just as hard.
Draft Day is what Costner does best: it's a "day in the life," a man coming into his own, a struggle with family, love and career set in the guise of sports. The story is by the book, with a few little twists to keep it interesting. If you enjoy pro sports and the wheeling and dealing of Moneyball, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this start to the football season.
I love movies that give you a chance to wrestle with interesting and complex topics. Such is the case with God's Not Dead, a film about an atheist professor who's challenged by a student who believes in God. It's a very thought-provoking film, and an excellent catalyst for lively discussion with friends. No matter what your personal viewpoint is, it will engage your brain.