Ben Affleck is an amoral and strangely incompetent hotshot lawyer who, one busy morning when on his way to court (where he's finagling a deal for his bosses to wrest the deeds to a dead benefactor's multi-million-dollar charitable trust from the deceased's granddaughter), scrapes his car against that of Samuel L. Jackson, an honest but short-tempered insurance salesman who is… read more!
Movies Directed by Roger Michell (in alphabetical order)
I was lucky to catch The Mother at a film festival in 2003 without knowing much about it ahead of time. Now that it's been released in the US, most reviews are already giving away plot twists that aren't revealed in the story until about halfway through the film, which is mean. So I'll leave the synopsis at this: A… read more!
Peter O'Toole plays Maurice, an elderly London actor of moderate renown whose cranky best friend (Leslie Phillips), another aged thespian, is beset upon by his grandniece (newcomer Jodie Whittaker), a snotty Northern girl with a taste for alcohol. Maurice, a lifelong ladies' man, finds himself instantly smitten with the impolite young niece and, even as he acknowledges that he is… read more!