The Monuments Men (2014)

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett Directed by: George Clooney PG-13. 112 mins. A frustrating film unsure in it’s tone and wasteful of it’s talents, The Monuments Men has predictably fabulous production but fails at instilling a real sense of passion for the subject…

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Andrew Dice Clay, Alden Ehrenreich, Louis C.K. Directed by: Woody Allen PG-13. 98 mins A sharp comedy-drama that touches on issues of class, gender and corporate crime all in Woody Allen’s trademark style of focusing more on character rather than story. Deeply troubled and in denial, Jasmine…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Iam Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Rob Kazinsky, Andy Serkis Directed by: Peter Jackson PG-13. 166 mins Majestic visuals and…

Hanna (2011)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Jason Flemyng, Olivia Williams Directed by: Joe Wright PG-13. 111 mins. A strange fable about a young female assassin, Hanna‘s success relies (for the most part) on the talented Saoirse Ronan. With stylish visuals and unique action sequences, the film is succesful in creating tension and…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng Directed by: David Fincher PG-13. 167 mins An epic fairytale with beautiful production but one that could use a profoundly developed storyline along with it’s intriguing premise. Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, this film never seems to…

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Starring: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson, Phil Davis, Michael Maloney Directed by: Richard Eyre R. 91 mins A fearless and compelling psychological thriller that proves words can be our most violent weapon. Based on Zoe Levitt’s novel, Notes on a Scandal is a thrilling tale of jealousy and revenge. Judi Dench plays…

The Aviator (2004)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin, John C. Reilly, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Jude Law, Gwen Stefani, Kelli Garner, Francis Conroy, Willem Dafoe Directed by: Martin Scorsese PG-13. 170 mins A glamorous and detailed epic that has some astounding performances but doesn’t quite take us anywhere. In a powerhouse performance,…

The Missing (2003)

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Tommy Lee Jones, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd, Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Moss, Aaron Eckhart Directed by: Ron Howard R. 82 mins A beautifully shot and well-acted film that touches on some dark themes but doesn’t achieve the emotional depth required to make this any more than a wannabe-Western. It’s 1885 New Mexico…

The Shipping News (2001)

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Gordon Pinsent, Pete Postelthwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans Directed by: Lasse Hallström R. 111 mins. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News carefully explores how one’s environment is central to character development. The story follows Quoyle (Kevin Spacey), a depressed journalist…