Garry Marshall directs Jessica Alba & Brad Cooper in a rom-com
Horror-thriller with Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro
1. THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE:
Eric Bana and Canadian Rachel McAdams star in this time-bender that will keep you on your toes trying to figure out who’s who and when’s when. At the end of it all, it’s a romantic drama about a man who, with no control over its timing or direction, suffers from a condition that has him dissolve right before the very eyes of the observer, a reappear some-when else. The lovers meet at various times throughout their lives … have the kleenex handy! Rated PG.
2. THE STEPFATHER:
Dylan Walsh is the new boyfriend to Sela Ward’s character – she’s a single mom with three kids who comes off a tough divorce and falls for the new guy who seems perfect. When her eldest son comes home from school, he feels that something isn’t quite right with the new live-in … and it gets cemented when the old lady across the street claims she saw the new dad on America’s Most Wanted … and she turns up dead the next day. That should be a hint … but the smitten mom is oblivious until it’s too late. Or is it? Rated 14A
3. I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY:
Nia Vardalos and John Corbett (who got married in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding’) star in this romantic comedy written and directed by Vardalos. It had a $3 million budget and took in just $5,000 on its opening weekend, which is why you didn’t see it in theatres … it didn’t make it to most of them, outside of Bolivia (really!). She is a Manhattan florist who never has more than five dates with a man, because she likes the falling in love part, but hates the breaking up. When Corbett’s character opens a business next to hers, she has to rethink her rule. Bad movie, but I like Vardalos! Rated PG
4. THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE:
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston originally owned the rights to this, which is why it had such buzz before it was made. Unfortunately, their relationship disappeared just like the time traveler.
THE WAY WE WERE (1973):
Want a really terrific love story for Valentine’s Day? Streisand and Redford are both superb in this period piece that looks at love and life with a critical eye.
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
John Travolta is a riot as the profane, belligerent, gun-toting spy who tries to save Paris from terrorism. Very good film!
Channing Tatum is fine here, in what is clearly a film timed for Valentine’s Day – a little too smarmy for me.