Milan’s Box Office Picks and New On DVD


The Host– Not everything “Twilight” creator Stephenie Meyer touches
turns to cinematic gold as this fatally miscast, borderline risible box office under performer proves. Even a writer-director as talented as Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca,” “In Time”) can’t make a silk purse out of Meyer’s sow’s ear of a novel. As the YA protagonist, Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna”) is as blandly forgettable as Max Irons (Jeremy’s son) who plays her lock-jawed romantic partner. (C-)

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor– Tyler Perry strikes again with another howlingly awful melodrama. Amateurishly written, directed and acted (tabloid magnet Kim Kardashian stinks up the screen in her screen debut), it positively reeks of cynicism–and Perry’s inflated ego. (D)


Hemingway and Gellhorn– The formerly great Phil Kaufman (“The Right
Stuff,” “The Wanderers,” etc.) comes a cropper with this laughably
pretentious farrago about the true-life romance between Ernest Hemingway (a miscast Clive Owen) and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman, slightly better). Kaufman has proven a master of erotica in films like “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “Henry and June,” but this sluggishly paced non-starter doesn’t even have a pulse. This is rare misfire from the estimable HBO Films. (C-)

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