Kate Winslet

Ammonite

In the same way that World War I and II movies always seem sepia-toned, movies from coastal England always seem perpetually awash in chilly and dim deep grays and blues. In the 1840s era of Ammonite, everyone’s clothing looks eternally damp, the lighting is cloud-filtered or barely illuminated by candlelight. It is not hard to …

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The Mountain Between Us

Kate Winslet plays Alex, a photo journalist whose investigative arsenal seems to consist of asking the question, “Are you married?” over and over. Idris Elba plays Ben, a serious, emotionally closed brain surgeon who dismisses the heart as “just a muscle” (get it? he has no heart). Both Ben and Alex are outrageously attractive people …

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Titanic

Psst. Come on. You can admit it… after all, it was ten years ago. No matter how much you trash-talk the movie today, I’ll bet you saw it in the theater. Everyone did, and not just teenage girls. And I’ll bet you might have even choked up a little at the end. If not, I’m …

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Quills

Now that I’ve finished vomiting in a bucket after seeing Quills, let me give you an idea of what it is about. It is Napoleonic times in France (that would be the early 1800s, for those of you who slept through your history classes), and the prolific smutty author the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush, …

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Labor Day

Adele (Kate Winslet) is a broken, frightened bird of a woman. Her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith), getting ready to enter junior high, does most of the household errands, going to the grocery store, the bank, etc. Of course it is on their monthly trip out of the house together, to buy new school clothes for …

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Charlie Kaufman has earned the somewhat unique honor of being a screenwriter who is a household name, with the creation of such cinematic head trips as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. He specializes in literalizing the psychological, and with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, this tendency shifts into overdrive, with surprisingly emotional results. Lacuna, …

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