| Sep 9, 2014
| 1:05 AM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A strong if self-consciously deglammed performance from Jennifer Aniston deserves more honest story treatment than it gets in "Cake," . Approaching such heavy issues as suicide, grief, separation and pill addiction with a disarming sense of humor, director Daniel Barnz and screenwriter Patrick Tobin attempt to pull off an emotional bait-and-switch by suddenly revealing a more sympathetic side to their anti-heroine, falling back on one of the hoariest and most overused of movie cliches in the process. Although Aniston and other cast names will draw distrib and audience interest, this manipulatively layered "Cake" probably won't rise to the occasion in limited theatrical play and VOD rotation.
| Sep 8, 2014
| 11:26 AM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Cake," which world premieres on Monday afternoon at the Toronto Film Festival, features a breakthrough performance from Jennifer Aniston as a 40-something woman who suffers from chronic pain.
To inhabit the character, Aniston...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 10:00 AM
In "The Honorable Woman," an eight-part miniseries airing on SundanceTV, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Baroness Nessa Stein, a British Israeli heiress whose life is inextricably bound up in one of humanity's most enduring conflicts.
As a child, Nessa...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 10:00 PM
** (out of four)
No one denies that kids can thrive with access to properly funded resources and dedicated teachers.
Yet Chicago native director Patrick Creadon's limited doc "If You Build It" only strives to show the benefits of education with...
| Oct 7, 2012
| 1:58 PM
"Finding Nemo" (G). Re-release of the animated Disney film in which a fish searches the ocean blue to find his missing son. With Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Alexander Gould. TownMall Cinemas (11:50* a.m.)
"Frankenweenie" (PG). In this...