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Rondeau's Reviews: 'RBG', 'Tully', 'Overboard' and 'The Rider'


"RBG" explores the fascinating life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg - one of the most respected legal eagles on the high court, and liberal rockstar.

For those who only know Ginsberg's work in the bench, the film is a fascinating primer on her tireless work as an attorney for the women's movement, and as a defender of civil rights.

But when it comes to what really makes this fascinating legal mind tick, "RBG" seems to just scratch the surface.

We get glimpses of her personal life: she's a loving grandma, she works out, she enjoys the opera - but the film left me wanting to know more. Especially about her relationship with her late husband, who championed her career in a time when most women were relegated to changing diapers...NOT the world.

This "RBG" is a doc that definitely has a brain, and a heart - I just wish it had a bit more depth.

It opens tomorrow, May 4th - and I give it three out of five gavels.


Rated R
Also opening May 4th, "Tully" starring Charlize Theron. It reunites Theron with director Ivan Reitman, and screenwriter extraordinare Diablo Cody - the three made the fantastic dramady "Young Adult" together.

This time around, Theron plays a worn-out wife and mother of three, who is gifted a night nanny to help her deal with her newborn. Cody, who also wrote the teen pregnancy comedy "Juno", is one of the sharpest voices in Hollywood - so I am bettering her take on motherhood is worth the price of admission.


Rated PG-13.
I am not as hopeful about the new Ana Faris vehicle, "Overboard". If the title sounds familiar, yes - it's a remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn / Kurt Russell amnesia comedy, because amnesia is so hilarious.

This time the roles are reversed: Faris plays a working class schmo who convinces a spoiled millionaire with no memory of his past that they are married. This one just smells like a retread.

The Rider

Rated R
Finally, grab a towel because I have a feeling tears will be shed at "The Rider". It's the story of a young rodeo star forced to give up the sport he loves and forge a new life after a near fatal accident. The buzz on this on is really good.