Michael Sheen

Film Review: Brad’s Status

by Carrie Kahn on September 22, 2017

A midlife crisis worth watching: Stiller shines in funny and poignant story  

Brad (Ben Stiller, l.) reflects on his life while touring colleges with his son Troy (Austin Abrams). 

Ben Stiller, who can play middle-age angst like no one else (see While We’re Young, for example), is in fine form in writer/director Mike White’s new film Brad’s Status. Although the film’s premise about a soon-to-be-50 straight white man facing an existential crisis as he grapples with his life choices may sound like the epitome of naval-gazing white privilege, the picture touches on some universal themes with sensitivity and wry humor, thanks in large part to Stiller’s well-tuned performance and White’s sharp screenplay (White is perhaps best known for the 2000 cult hit Chuck and Buck and this year’s social satire Beatriz at Dinner).
[read the whole post]

{ 0 comments }

Film Review: Home Again

by Carrie Kahn on September 8, 2017

Reese goes home again, but that doesn’t mean you have to    

Lillian (Candice Bergen, l.) and her daughter Alice (Reese Witherspoon) delightedly share breakfast with the three total strangers that Alice has let in her home (from l., Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, and Pico Alexander).

With Home Again, writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s debut feature, we see that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The daughter of filmmaker Nancy Meyers (The Intern; It’s Complicated; The Holiday; Something’s Got to Give), Meyers-Shyer here copies her mother’s patented feel-good glossy, Pottery Barn-infused style to create a romantic comedy that is blandly harmless at best and ludicrously insipid at worst. That Meyers herself produced the project is no surprise, as the entire picture feels like Mom just handed her daughter the keys to the family car and admonished her to drive it exactly as Mom would.
[read the whole post]

{ 0 comments }

Film Review: Admission

by Carrie Kahn on March 22, 2013

 

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in "Admission"

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in Admission

 

starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn

screenplay: Karen Croner

directed by: Paul Weitz

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual material

[read the whole post]

{ 0 comments }

Maria Bello in BEAUTIFUL BOY

starring: Maria Bello, Michael Sheen, Kyle Gallner, Alan Tudyk, Austin Nichols, Moon Bloodgood, Meat Loaf

written by: Michael Armbruster and Shawn Ku

directed by: Shawn Ku

MPAA: Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality.

[read the whole post]

{ 0 comments }

Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, Adrien Brody, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill

written and directed by: Woody Allen

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking.

[read the whole post]

{ 0 comments }