Anne Brodie

'Steel Magnolias': Back to the beauty shop

‘‘Steel Magnolias” always seemed to be one of those “can’t top it” classics. A cult-favorite from 1989, the film detailed the friendship of a group of strong Southern women — played by Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts, no less — who...

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 10:47 PM

Movie Review: Not Since You

Not Since YouGenre: DramaDirector: Jeff StephensonStars: Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson, Liane BalabanRate: *This “Big Chill Lite” outing made in 2009 has little to recommend it despite the best efforts of Kathleen Robertson, Liane Balaban and Sara Rue. Romance-challenged friends from NYC...

Friday, January 20, 2012, 3:41 AM

Robertson relishes role

Hamilton’s Kathleen Robertson stars as Amy in Jeff Stephenson’s romantic drama Not Since You, in which friends who knew each other at university gather for a wedding. Many have changed through the years, but not Amy. She’s the strong core of the group and partnered with a man she loves. She’s...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 3:48 AM

Movie Review: Joyful Noise

Joyful NoiseGenre: Comedy/MusicalDirector: Todd GraffStars: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke PalmerRate: ***You’d have to be pretty hard hearted not to get a charge out of the outsized enthusiasm of Joyful Noise.OK, the script is overloaded; it’s unashamedly cornpone and “squeaky clean” is an...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:14 AM

Bomb Girls blasting gender roles

In 1995, Oscar nominee Meg Tilly left Hollywood to write, and raise her family, including a son with Colin Firth.She’s back in a passion project, Bomb Girls, set in an Ajax, Ont., munitions factory during the Second World War.Tilly relishes her role as Lorna, whose abusive husband returned from the...

Monday, January 2, 2012, 5:58 PM

Baker is on call

Simon Baker’s affable, open Patrick Jane on the TV phenom The Mentalist is light years away from the mannered, restrained wizard of Wall Street he plays in the financial thriller Margin Call. Jared Cohen leads a team of self-serving execs to find a way to cover his company’s worthless leverage in...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 2:27 AM

Movie Review: Margin Call

Genre: DramaDirector: J.C. ChandorStars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Martin Baker ****Members of the public who suffered great personal losses in the economic meltdown weren’t the only ones in pain.There was a special place in office tower hell for fat cats behind the meltdown that...

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 11:24 PM

Movie Review: Like Crazy

Genre: DramaDirector: Drake DoremusStars: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones ***1⁄2The immigration department gets in the way of an affair between an L.A. furniture maker and a British student due to head home when her visa expires.She doesn’t, and opens up a world of hurt for them. While their enforced...

Friday, November 4, 2011, 3:14 AM

Movie Review: Sophie

SophieGenre: FamilyDirector: Lief BristowStars: Brittany Bristow, John Rhys-Davies, Erica Durance, Deborah Kara-UngerRate: ** 1/2The timing couldn’t be worse for a film about a private family owned wild animal preserve, considering the recent horrors in Ohio. Exotic animals in zoos and circuses are...

Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:52 AM

Movie Review: Cell 211

Cell 211Genre: DramaDirector: Daniel MonzónStars: Alberto Ammann, Luis TosarRate: ****Juan, a newly hired prison guard touring the facility, is injured by falling masonry, and placed in Cell 211 just as a riot breaks out. A bad luck cell has been done before but this award-winning Spanish brings...

Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:45 AM

Like love itself, 'Like Crazy' is unpredictable

Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones star in Drake Doremus’ film Like Crazy, the largely improvised story of lovers Anna and Jacob forcibly separated when Anna is sent home to London after overstaying her student visa in L.A.Their attempts to reunite take time, money and patience, and patience is...

Monday, October 24, 2011, 1:47 AM

Saluting extraordinary Canucks

Glenn Gould, Emily Carr, Norman Bethune, Pierre Trudeau and L.M. Montgomery have something in common.They are extraordinary Canadians.Canada is a land of pioneering, spirited and determined citizens; we are world class artists, scientists, doctors, statesmen, activists, writers, entrepreneurs,...

Friday, October 21, 2011, 2:49 AM

Movie Review: The Big Year

Genre: ComedyDirector: David FrankelStars: Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson ***1⁄2Take ambition, intrigue, passion, backstabbing, dastardly deeds and greed on a massive scale, add laughs, set it in the world of competitive bird watching and you have The Big Year.Audience faves Black, Martin...

Friday, October 14, 2011, 2:23 AM

Former MuchMusic VJ trades in travel for TV success

Hannah Simone’s remarkable life has played out in politics, travel, international health advocacy and now a TV sitcom!The former host of WCG Ultimate Gamer and MuchMusic’s acclaimed daily series, NewMusic, says she moves countries every three or four years.But given the enthusiastic response her...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 2:22 AM

Movie Review: Little White Lies

Little White Lies Genre: Comedy/DramaDirector: Guillaume CarnetStars: Marion Cotillard, François CluzetRating: ****Little White Lies is a highly entertaining ensemble piece strikingly similar in structure and impact to The Big Chill. A group of mid-lifers gathers at a beach house while their friend...

Friday, May 27, 2011, 10:30 AM

Movie Review: L'Amour Fou

L'Amour FouGenre: DocumentaryDirector: Pierre Thoretton **1/2Pierre Thoretton’s documentary on the love affair between the late revolutionary designer Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge is also the story of letting go. Berge watches as the endless artworks, furniture and sculptures they...

Friday, May 27, 2011, 10:30 AM

Movie Review: Last Night

Last Night Genre: DramaDirector: Massy TadjedinStars: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes****The unravelling of four people takes place in a single night, resulting in intense, unforgiving drama. It’s alarming how easily the Reeds’ seemingly solid marriage is thrown off course by a third...

Friday, May 20, 2011, 10:12 PM

Cotillard borrows from herself

Academy award winning French actress Marion Cotillard stars with writer and director Guillaume Canet in Little White Lies, in a part that Canet wrote especially for her.Cotillard used that knowledge to play Marie, a woman who joins friends on a beach vacation, even as one of them is seriously...

Friday, May 13, 2011, 10:30 AM

Movie Review: Meet Monica Velour

Meet Monica VelourGenre: Comedy/DramaDirector: Keith BeardonStars: Kim Cattrall, Dustin Ingram, Brian DennehyRating: ***Monica Velour could do for Kim Cattrall what The Burning Bed did for Farrah Fawcett — put to rest the notion that an ageing Hollywood sex hellion is good for nothing. Cattrall is...

Friday, May 13, 2011, 10:30 AM

Worthington plays the bad husband

Australian actor Sam Worthington moves from hero in Avatar to heel in Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night, a searing drama about unravelling relationships and infidelity. Over the course of a few hours, four people make decisions that cause each other great pain. Worthington plays Michael Reed appears to...

Friday, May 13, 2011, 10:30 AM