Labor Day (2014)

Starring: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Brooke Smith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, James Van Der Beek, Tobey Maguire Directed by: Jason Reitman PG-13. 110 mins Overly sappy and unconvincing, Jason Reitman’s latest effort takes a strange new direction away from clever witticisms and towards melodrama. Based on Joyce Maynard’s novel and co-written by Reitman,…

Carnage (2011)

Starring: Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly Directed by: Roman Polanski R. 80 mins. It’s not a cinematic triumph but Carnage succeeds as a dark commentary on “the modern family” because of the terrific cast and Polanski’s playful approach. After two young boys have a fight at school, the parents of each…

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates Directed by: Sam Mendes R. 119 mins. Emotionally powerful and relentless in it’s intensity – Revolutionary Road is a dark tale of what happens when we cannot escape the boxes we put ourselves in. In their first reunion since Titanic, Winslet and DiCaprio give haunting performances…

The Reader (2008)

Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin Directed by: Stephen Daldry R. 123 mins A beautiful and captivating drama that will haunt you long after the credits roll, The Reader is a restrained film with bold subject matter. David Hare has adapted the screenplay from Bernhard Schlink’s bestselling novel and paired…

Little Children (2006)

Starring: Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Connelly Directed by: Todd Field R. 136 mins A dark and highly intelligent portrait of suburbia which is just as multi-layered as Tom Perotta’s novel. Carefully constructed by Todd Field (In The Bedroom), the story involves two lonely parents (Winslet and Wilson) who are deeply unsatisfied…

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson Directed by: Michel Gondry R. 107mins. A surreal adult romance that benefits from talented actors giving Charlie Kaufman’s brilliant script the justice it deserves. The eccentric minds of Gondry and Kaufman make for a fantastic team as they dare to make a…

Titanic (1997)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, Bill Paxton, Gloria Stuart Directed by: James Cameron PG-13. 195 mins State-of-the-art special effects combined with some good-ole-fashioned melodrama make Titanic a classic. Like most females born in the 90s, I have no shame in admitting that this movie brings me to…