Anne Hathaway has became a lot of things: a princess (The Princess Diaries, Enchanted), an assistant to an evil boss (The Devil Wears Prada), and a Latino gangster (Havoc). Now she’s becoming Jane Austen in a new movie out on DVD today aptly titled “Becoming Jane.”
“Gone, Baby, Gone”
Ben Affleck gets a lot of flak for his choices in movies and girlfriends. But it’s been a few years, so I think it’s about time that we let him out of the little “Jenny from the Block” box and acknowledge that he’s not as bad as we’d like him to be. “Gone, Baby, Gone” is the movie that should do that. While the younger Affleck gets the credit for carrying the picture, Ben has shown off some decent directing abilities. Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris and Amy Ryan co-star. Ryan is nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role.
John Cusack plays a recently widowed writer who forms a family with an adopted child who claims to be from Mars. After a series of weird occurrences, they begin to think that the kid may actually be a Martian. You know who needs to get the Affleck treatment? Cusack. What is he thinking? And why is his sister in all of his movies? It’s time Cusack returns to his “Gross Pointe Blank” days. No more evil hotel room movies and no more Joan. I’d settle for “American Sweethearts 2.”
Speaking of American Sweethearts, Kiki (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has a movie out on DVD today too. In “No Reservations,” Zeta-Jones plays Kate, an intimidating master chef living in New York City. When Aaron Eckhart’s character Nick joins her kitchen staff his laid-back attitude challenges her perfectionist ways. Nothing says romantic comedy like sexual tension in the kitchen. Mrs. Douglas, please consider “American Sweethearts 2.” Have your people call Cusack’s people.
“Romance & Cigarettes”
John Turtorro directs an all-star cast in this musical love story. Nick (James Gandolfini) is an ironworker married to Kitty. (Susan Sarandon) He’s having an affair with Tula (Kate Winslet). Despite the sacred bonds of marriage, why wouldn’t he? Christopher Walken, Steven Buscemi, Mandy Moore, and Eddie Izzard all make appearances.
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”
I, for one, cannot wait until Tyler Perry runs out of plays to adapt. I get it — he’s a popular playwright. There is one good part of this particular adaptation, he does not appear in drag. An annual reunion turns into a weird counseling session as couples unravel their own marriages.
“We Own the Night”
Hello, my name is Johnny Cash. Wait, wrong movie. Instead of playing The Man in Black, Joaquin Phoenix plays a man named Bobby Green. Bobby’s turned his back on his family and even changed his name to avoid the connection to a long line of New York cops. Bobby is running a nightclub, which is used by Russian gangsters for their drug trade. With his brother and father investigating the Russians, Bobby has to decide whether it’ll be his family or his nightclub. Marky Mark plays his brother, and the rest of the funky bunch includes Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall.