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…

Hope Springs (2012)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell Directed by: David Frankel PG-13. 100 mins A humourous and heartfelt drama bolstered by some great performances. Streep and Jones star as Kay and Arnold – a married couple who, after 31 years, just can’t seem to reconnect. In her desperate frustration, Kay signs them up for a…

The Iron Lady (2012)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, Roger Allam, Harry Lloyd, Alexandra Roach, Richard E. Grant Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd PG-13. 104 mins. An easily forgettable film with an unforgettable performance. Streep’s (Oscar-winning) portrayal of Thatcher is brilliantly accurate and assured. Unfortunately, she and the rest of the talented cast are directed by an amateur….

It’s Complicated (2009)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell Directed by: Nancy Meyers R. 120 mins A funny rom-com that wins points for the clever cast but loses some for being a lot less complex than the title suggests. Streep really lets loose as Jane, a divorced mother of three who owns a…

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson Directed by: Wes Anderson PG. 88 mins Just short of a classic, Wes Anderson proves once again to be a masterful storyteller (with an eye for animation too!). Based on a children’s book by Roald Dahl, this is the story of a…

Julie & Julia (2009)

Starring: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jane Lynch Directed by: Nora Ephron PG-13. 123 mins A charming treat that could have used some more salt along with the sweet. Adapted from Julie Powell’s autobiographical book in which she attempts to  cook 524 recipes in one…

Doubt (2008)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis Directed by: John Patrick Shanley PG-13. 104 mins While it’s clear that Doubt translates much better on stage than on film, the performances are nothing short of spectacular. Meryl Streep plays Sister Aloysius, the tough principal of a Catholic high school in 1960s Bronx. When…

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfriend, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd PG-13. 109 mins A musical with bad singers and too much camp, even ABBA couldn’t dance to this. Adapted from the exceedingly better stage production, Mamma Mia! is there story of Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) quest…

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Adrian Grenier, Tracie Thoms Directed by: David Frankel PG-13. 109 mins Witty and brilliantly produced, The Devil Wears Prada has the perfect combination of saucy performances and a sweet message. Based on Lauren Weisberger’s popular novel, it’s the story of one awkward girl from…

Angels in America (2003)

Starring: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Patrick Wilson, Mary-Louise Parker, Ben Shenkman, Justin Kirk, Jeffrey Wright, James Cromwell Directed by: Mike Nichols MA. 352 mins It’s 1985 – The Reagan years – and AIDS has begun to sweep the country. Tony Kushner has adapted this political epic into an HBO miniseries that tells the…

The Hours (2002)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Ed Harris, Stephen Dillane, Miranda Richardson, Toni Collette, Jeff Daniels, John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Claire Danes Directed by: Stephen Daldry Pg-13. 114 mins A very heavy and compelling drama that isn’t afraid to discuss some tough issues. The film spans a period of 80 years and involves…