December 06, 2006
Bobby (R) The thud you heard was this dud falling to the ground. Emilio Estevez's heartfelt effort to capture the essence of Bobby Kennedy instead captures the essence of bad filmmaking. Check out the all-star cast and see who you think is most embarrassing: our votes go to Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Lindsay Lohan. Coming soon to a DVD store near you.
Casino Royale (PG-13) A remake that tells the tale of James Bond's first mission, wherein he must stop a banker from winning a casino tournament. The banker, so the story goes, plans to convert the tournament winnings into a fund for terrorist activities. Daniel Craig takes on the leading role, and Judi Dench slums as "M." This is a fresh take on the legend — he hadn't even earned his Double-OH murder license to kill, though he quickly proves himself up to the task. And though the young Bond hasn't mastered the suaveness inherent in the later models, there is enough action here to keep your eyes riveted on the screen. The best Bond since Sean Connery's efforts.
New To Theaters
10 Items Or Less (R) Morgan Freeman stars (and stars and stars . . .) in this quirky offbeat film of a picky actor who . . . is on camera way too long. Paz Vega is the requisite eye-candy. Designed to be an Academy Award vehicle for the actor, but it grates after awhile. Ultimately, it's a snoozer.
The Holiday (Pg-13) Two women (Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz) living a half-world apart decide to take needed breaks from their significant others and embark on a Christmastime holiday. There they meet the characters played by Jack Black and Jude Law. This is about as close as Black has ever gotten to a dramatic turn, and it's a reach to imagine either of these gorgeous babes falling for a dork like him.
The Good German (R) An ambitious effort from Steven Soderbergh, this post WW II nail-biter, set in war-torn Berlin, stars George Clooney as a U.S. Army war correspondent who gets caught in the web of a former lover played by Cate Blanchett. Also starring Tobey Maguire and Beau Bridges.