DIANA



DIANA is a romantic love story about the relationship between Princess Diana and a respected heart surgeon from Pakistan, Hasnat Khan, in the two years before her death on Aug. 31, 2013. It’s a very well acted, engrossing romantic drama, but it has issues of extra-marital sex, plus some strong foul language and a Romantic worldview. The movie opens in 1995, after Princess Diana had separated from Prince Charles. During a visit to a hospital, Dia… Continue reading

MOTHER AND CHILD



MOTHER AND CHILD is a dramatic tale about the tragic consequences of unwed pregnancy, the generational effects of sinful decisions, the redemptive power of adoption, and the everlasting bond between mother and child. When Karen (Annette Bening) was only 14, she gave up Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), her illegitimate daughter, for adoption. Since then, Karen has had no contact with Elizabeth, even though she keeps a daily journal for her unknown daught… Continue reading

FAIR GAME



…ral, politically correct agenda. That said, FAIR GAME is powered by terrific performances by Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, both of whom could easily end up with Oscar nominations, In fact, Watts serves up what may be one of the best female performances of the year so far. The complexities of the alleged scandals leading up to the Iraq war decision and the heavy political aspect make FAIR GAME a movie for serious-minded viewers. However, the movie lo… Continue reading

FAIR*GAME



…ral, politically correct agenda. That said, FAIR GAME is powered by terrific performances by Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, both of whom could easily end up with Oscar nominations, In fact, Watts serves up what may be one of the best female performances of the year so far. The complexities of the alleged scandals leading up to the Iraq war decision and the heavy political aspect make FAIR GAME a movie for serious-minded viewers. However, the movie lo… Continue reading

EASTERN PROMISES



EASTERN PROMISES is an adult crime thriller about Russian mobsters in London, England. The movie is director David Cronenberg’s follow-up with actor Viggo Mortensen to their movie THE HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Naomi Watts stars as Anna, a half-Russian midwife at a London hospital taking care of the orphaned baby of a teenage Russian immigrant. The immigrant left a diary, which Anna tries to get translated in order to send the baby to her family. In t… Continue reading

THE PAINTED VEIL



THE PAINTED VEIL is a brilliant, morally uplifting drama set in the 1920s. Its story is meant for mature audiences, however, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for parents with children. The movie opens with flashbacks in England of how Walter Fane, a middle-class doctor, married Kitty, an upper-class woman with no prospects who wants to get away from her overbearing mother. They relocate to Shanghai, where Kitty has an affair with an engagi… Continue reading

THE INTERNATIONAL



THE INTERNATIONAL is a brilliantly executed, suspenseful thriller. People will be talking about the big gunfight in the second act for years to come. The movie opens in Berlin, where Interpol Agent Louis Salinger’s partner is meeting with an informant who works at a one of the world’s most powerful banks. Apparently, the bank is involved in laundering money, arms trafficking, murder, and even support of terrorism. As Louis watches helplessly, hi… Continue reading

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER



The Woody Allen comedy, YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER, is full of comic irony. The humanist view that Woody expresses in this particular movie is quite cynical, but in a lighthearted, provocative manner. Regrettably, however, it surrenders to occult “illusions” in an ironic, cynical way. The movie opens and closes with Leon Redbone singing, “When You Wish Upon a Star.” As the song fades into the background, an unseen narrator introduces the… Continue reading

THE RING



THE RING is a scary ghost story. It is about the urban legend of a videotape containing nightmarish imagery. Once watched, immediately after the last image, the phone rings and a girl’s voice tells the viewer that they have seven days to live. What’s left after they die isn’t pretty. The story opens with two teenage girls channel surfing. When they can’t find something to watch, one of the girls tries to scare the other by telling her the scary… Continue reading

LE DIVORCE



LE DIVORCE centers around two sisters from California, Roxy (played by Naomi Watts) and Isabel (played by Kate Hudson) who must face the societal nuances of French culture and etiquette. Roxy is newly pregnant when her French husband, Charles-Henri (Melvil Poupaud), leaves her for another woman. Luckily, Roxy’s sister Isabel arrives that day in Paris to visit her and ends up staying on to help her through the turmoil of her ending marriage… Continue reading