She writes catchy tunes that are well-liked. She doesn't seem like an abrasive diva. Perhaps she rebelled against her strict religious upbringing by marrying that odd-ball Russell Brand, which we all knew would end badly. This is a basic cncert film that gives the usual background looks into Katy's life behind the scenes. Worth a look if you like Katy. I like her. (3 out of 5 stars).
You have to expect to see something different when you see a Paul Thomas Anderson movie. And that's exactly what you get with The Master. And though the critics, in typical fawning fashion, were gushing over this one, the material is just not that good, and had me and the audience scratching our heads wondering what the point really was. After being away from film for a while, Phoenix is gaunt and bizarre - begging the question of how much of his performance was actually acting. Still, he's mesmerizing to look at. Hoffman gives another stellar performance as the Master. All in all, you will walk away from this one saying "That was just plain bizarre". (3 out of 5 stars)
What was an interesting chapter in Americcan history has been reduced to a heaping dose of flaming dung in this unbearable, childishly written, poorly scored borefest. The script is about 3rd grade level and heaped upon with generous helping of every black cliche known to man. Every dogfight is interrupted with stupid cockpit cut scenes of vapid dialog between pilots. I could go on, but you get the point. The only things that keep this plane crash from being a 0 star rating are the special effect renderings of the old planes in action, which are beautiful to see. (1 out of 5 stars).
Wonderful performances from a group of child actors highlight this tender French indy about a girl who looks and acts much more like a boy. There are some cliches, but essentially this movie gives a touching and realistic depiction of the dilemna of a child born in the wrong skin. In lesser hands this movie could have been a bit creepy, but it deftly handles the sensitive themes. Big, big thumbs up to the two young actresses who play the sisters - doesn't get much better than that. (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)