GIFT, THE (9 1/2)
Intriguing, spiritual-mystery starring both GREATS Kate Blanchett & Giovanni Ribisi.
These are truly gifted actors. Keannu Reeves in a powerful supporting role. Story of spiritualist Blanchett who makes a living in a small town with her small gift. I can't give this movie away. Brief, but clear, nudity. Some language. Some violence. Powerful, gripping, suspenseful movie.
GIRL INTERRUPTED (3)
Guy movies. Girl movies. This one is neither. Winona Rider needs a new agent and should fire the one she has for picking this script for her. Her spaced out stare thoughout this movie is not acting. Why is she in this nuthouse anyway? Just because she copies the Odd Manner of Frank McCount and his father from Angela's Ashes is not a reason to put someone in this insane pokey and forget about her? A stunning performance by Angelina Jolie? How could anyone concentrate on her performance for wanting to share their chapstick with her the entire movie. She should take off a few months to let the collagen dissipate. This woman has enough lips for three women and they are always chapped and dry. Get that girl a new wig, too. She is just evil in this movie. This composite group of misfits are still misfits in a movie about misfits. Of course there is the token lesbian and a token lesbian scene to satisfy Hollywood's preoccupation with its own liberal sexuality. The restrained performance by Whoopi Goldberg is irritating and left me wanting to give HER electric shock treatments to get some acting out of her. Girl, don't interrupt your busy life to grab this snoozer. Guys, there's little doubt you are interested in the first place.
GLASS HOUSE, (THE) (7 1/2)
This is a pretty suspenseful movie centered around a recently orphaned teenage sister, Lee Lee Sobieski, and her younger brother, who are informally adopted by friends of their car crash victims, deceased parents. New schools, new surroundings, and new family, all contribute to the slowly unraveling plot. Diane Lane stars, with Bruce Dern, and Kathy Baker in smaller roles. Don't pay any attention to the reviews and critics on this one. It's a good film that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seats. Mild language. Some violence.
GREEN MILE, THE (9 1/2)
Has there ever been a bigger man on the screen without computer generated effects? You have to go see this movie JUST to see John Coffey: A gentle soul with miraculous powers. Tom Hanks is so good in this film, that if you have ever had a urinary infection, you will want to give the man the Academy Award hands down. He does have one moment on the floor where you would swear he was Forrest Gump reincarnate...but an applaudable role anyway. His sidekick prison guard, Brutal, is so cute and loyal you want to pet him for the whole 3 hours. The supporting cast of weirdos wind their way to your heart while you know their eventuality is watching them take their turns walking the Green Mile and its finality. The man you will love to hate is not a prisoner, but a prison guard, Percy Wetmore, whose name supports his actions. Again, Hollywood cannot help but try to influence movie goers to its own belief system: to point you away from capital punishment in the event that we make a wrong judgment, as in The Hurricane. But keep an open mind even if that offends you. There is good to be had from seeing this FEEL GOOD movie.
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