Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford in an industrial espionage thriller
LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER
A butler to eight American Presidents offers his experiences, starring Forest Whitaker.
1. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN:
Gerard Butler is the star in this action/adventure film about the demise of the White House (code named “Olympus”) and the kidnapping of the American President (Aaron Eckert). In a plot remarkably similar to “White House Down” we see a terrorist attack on the White House that makes it appear very easy for the bad guys to take control methodically, while the combined forces of the Marines, Army and Air Force struggle to even get so much as a tank or an aircraft anywhere near the vicinity. Why it is so easy for the terrorists and so hard for the armed forces is not for debate here, but it makes for a difficult-to-believe plot twist. Butler’s character is a disgraced Secret Service operative who used to work the White House beat, but who now just happens to be visiting when the attack occurs. Can he help out? Yes, it seems so! Rated 14A.
2. THE BIG WEDDING:
Robert DeNiro who should know better, teams up with Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and many more, who should also know better, thinking that we will be interested in watching a badly scripted movie about a long-divorced couple who pretend to be married because of the pending wedding of their adopted son whose wife’s fundamentalist family would never accept a divorced set of in-laws … and most viewers could not accept this dopy, badly-executed plot. Not worth the 89 minutes. Rated 18A.
3. WHAT MAISIE KNEW:
Based on a 19th Century novel by Henry James, this is an amazingly sensitive and contemporary look at what happens to seven-year-old Maisie (Onata Aprile) when she is caught in a custody battle between her parents, an aging rock-star mom (Julianne Moore) and her art dealer father (Steve Coogan). Sensitive an beautifully presented. Rated 14A.
WHAT MAISIE KNEW
Julianne Moore said she was inspired by Courtney Love and Patti Smith, both rock star moms, to create her character … and she nails it!
KRAMER VS KRAMER (1979):
The quintessential custody battle film with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep squaring off against one another, with their seven year-old son Billy (Justin Henry) stuck in the middle.