"Vanity Fair"--I thought it would at least work as a rental, but this confused adaptation has nowhere to go, makes us care very little about what's going on and as a friend put it so nicely, "WHY DOESN'T SOMETHING JUST HAPPEN!!!"--I'm all for movies taking their time to unfold but this was just a waste of time and the movie never really unfolded. How sad.
"De-Lovely"--Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd are so sappy and mawky and blah-blah-blah in this biopic of Cole Porter that feels like it was trying to be the next "A Beautiful Mind," except, without the brilliant Paul Bettany and without a story worthy of our praise. I like Cole Porter's music but this movie made it stale and pretentious.
"The Ladykillers"--This was one of those movies that when it was over (and still, to this day) I wanted to kill the makers for making me waste 2 hours of my life watching it. It's bad bad bad bad bad Cohen brothers (usually, they're great...see "Fargo" or "Raising Arizona") but here, it's just all flat humor that is not funny 'slapstick funny' nor is it funny in a 'just funny' way. Tom Hanks...why did you do this? And the worst part is, it tries to turn into a black, "Fargo"-esque comedy by the film's end which couldn't feel more wrong or out of place.
Hope this makes your walking through aisles at Blockbuster a little easier now. Or I hope it eliminates three more movies that can be taken immediately out of your Netflix queue. Good night.