(D: Scott Hicks, 105 min)
Now that a culinarily gifted animated rat has whetted our appetite (Ratatouille really is the best foodie film since Babette's Feast), it's time for the next course. No Reservations should fill the bill. Based on the 2001 German film Mostly Martha, it stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as a star chef in a packed West Village restaurant who takes in her 10-year-old niece (Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin). Chef has no patience or people skills, kid is precocious and cute. Oh - and there's a hunky new worker in the kitchen (Aaron Eckhart).
Any guesses about how it'll all turn out?
The rest of the cast - Patricia Clarkson as the resto's owner, Bob Balaban as a therapist - is mouth-watering. Let's just hope director Scott Hicks, who's made a mess of films like Snow Falling On Cedars, doesn't waste all the ingredients. Okay - there's now a moratorium on food metaphors.
I Know Who Killed Me
(D: Chris Sivertson, 105 min)
Poor Lindsay Lohan. Once upon a time she was a promising actor. Cute - actually adorable (The Parent Trap) and down-to-earth (Mean Girls). Now we're beginning to associate her off-screen scandals with her movies. Was this the movie where she was arrested for DUI? Was this the one where she just got out of rehab? You look at her performance and wonder, "How late did she party the night before?"
Now she's starring in a horror film called I Know Who Killed Me. She plays a young woman who's escaped from a serial killer. When she recovers in a hospital, she's convinced that she's not who she was. Has she lost her memory? Does she really have a double out there? How late did she party the night before?
Both films open Friday (July 27). Screened after press time - see review of No Reservations July 27 and I Know Who Killed Me July 30 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.