Posts Tagged ‘Amanda Seyfried’

This week’s releases include: a bird watching adventure; a Canadian hockey movie; a quality prison drama; a spy thriller; an exceptional haunted house story; a look at crime in L.A., a fantastic sci-fi narrative; a grown-up bully; a cold war documentary; an extraordinary biopic; a mischievous monkey finds a new way to make trouble; a baseball movie; and a band of misfits. (more…)

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This week’s releases include: an alien invasion; a gambling drama; an anniversary release; a supernatural series; a risky relationship test; a real life invincible man; a tale of grief and love; a fairy tale with an edge; and a scary desert story. (more…)

This week’s home entertainment releases are appropriate for the whole family: a tale about potential reincarnation and paternal affection; a love story cemented in the past and present; an animated 3D adventure; and a whole season of laugh-worthy “Bazingas.”

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Chloe (DVD)
When Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, begins to question her husband David’s (Liam Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine finds herself on a journey that places her family in great danger.

Special features include: commentary by Egoyan, Seyfried and writer Erin Cressida Wilson; a making-of featurette; and deleted scenes. (E1 Entertainment) (more…)

Chloe is sexy, mysterious and thrilling; but the conclusion is a disappointment.

When Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, begins to question her husband David’s (Liam Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine finds herself on a journey that places her family in great danger. (more…)

MAY 4
Nine
The film follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life; including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), a young American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson) and his mother (Sophia Loren).

Special features include: commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca; “Behind the Look of Nine”; “Director Rob Marshall”; “The Choreography of ‘Be Italian’”; “The Choreography of ‘Cinema Italiano’”; “The Dancers of Nine”; “The Incomparable Daniel Day-Lewis”; “The Women of Nine”; “Making of ‘Cinema Italiano’”; and music clips: “Cinema Italiano” featuring Kate Hudson, “Take It All” featuring Marion Cotillard, and “Unusual Way” featuring Griffith Frank.

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Chloe is sexy, mysterious and thrilling; but the conclusion is a disappointment.

When Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, begins to question her husband David’s (Liam Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine finds herself on a journey that places her family in great danger.

Both Moore and Seyfried take a lot of chances as actresses, becoming very exposed emotionally and physically. While Moore has had a career of multi-layered parts, Seyfried took a risk in this role and succeeded by embracing it completely. Though the nudity is an integral part to her character, she pushes the limits of seduction and stalking with her chameleon-like behaviour. The character aptly describes it when she says she disappears into your fantasy; Seyfried effectually does this on the screen.

The story of a love triangle gone badly is not new, but this film veers from the standard structure opting for a couple of twists in the plot. While Chloe’s interest in her “business transaction” with Catherine becomes clearer, her tactics are far less so. It’s uncertain whether Catherine and David needed a son (Max Thieriot) for the story to work, but he does add another dynamic to the tale. In addition, the only two characters to really receive full treatment are Catherine and Chloe, which works very well for the narrative as they are the key players and the men in their lives are motivations or tools. On the other hand, the ending feels like a cop-out, choosing the simple solution to the problem.

Director Atom Egoyan has made various films dealing with intense emotional relationships and situations. Chloe will rank among the better of these films. His ability to shoot the intimacy of a scene so that it’s not really voyeuristic, but still powerful is excellent; it works as Catherine and Chloe share affecting moments, as well as when Catherine and her husband do so.

The suspense and mystery unfolds slowly, but the intensity sustains the film as does the captivating performances.