August: Osage County (2013)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Misty Upham, Sam Shepard Directed by: John Wells R. 130 mins A thespian extravaganza if there ever was one, this is a film that delivers in performance, but lacks the pulsing beat of an…

Closer (2004)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen Directed by: Mike Nichols R. 103mins. Not for the faint of heart, Closer grabs ahold of the viewer and pulls just about every emotional string. Sex appeal and witty remarks balance out this drama which follows beautiful people doing very ugly deeds. Adapted from Patrick Marber’s…

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger Directed by: Steven Soderbergh R. 131mins. Superb. For something that began from a worn-out premise, Erin Brockovich could easily have turned into another sob-story – thankfully, it will surprise even the toughest sceptics. Finney and Roberts deliver some of the most memorable performances of their careers…

Steel Magnolias (1989)

Starring: Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Darryl Hannah Directed by: Herbert Ross PG. 117 mins Revolves around a circle of close-knit friends that spend much of their time at a Louisiana beauty parlor discussing life, love, and loss. This is a film meant to empower women which contradicts itself again…