Set against the backdrop of the 1984 coal miners' strike in England, Billy Elliot follows its titular character, an 11-year-old boy raised by his macho father and older brother in a depressed Northern town, as he discovers a talent - and a love - for ballet dancing. You can pretty much guess every plot point from there on out, which… read more!
Movies Directed by Stephen Daldry (in alphabetical order)
Dreary and annoying Oscar bait that examines the parallels between three troubled women: English novelist Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman), as she writes her masterpiece Mrs. Dalloway in 1923; a Los Angeles housewife (Julianne Moore) reading the novel in 1951; and a Manhattan literati (Meryl Streep) living the life of Woolf's title character in 2001. It's a neat concept, courtesy of… read more!
Tepid adaptation of the Bernhard Schlink bestseller about a German teenager (David Kross) who has an affair with an older woman (Kate Winslet, naked as usual) in 1958 Berlin, then discovers, years later, after her sudden disappearance, that she has been name-checked as an Auschwitz guard in a concentration camp survivor's memoir. The story jumps around in time as the… read more!