The Best Man Holiday Fifteen years later, Universal invites us to play catch-up with the cast of the groundbreaking romantic comedy, as they revisit their “career-launching roles.” And what kind of careers were they launched into? Let’s take a look.
• Monica Calhoun: Played a single mom for Robert Townsend. (Oh, these Hollywood types and their role-playing parties!)
• Taye Diggs: Made a valiant effort to evict the cast of Rent.
• Nia Long: Currently playing a single mom for Tyler Perry. Gee, he didn’t seem the type.
• Morris Chestnut: Installed home security for American Horror Story’s murder house. And look how THAT turned out.
• Regina Hall: Filming a color-reversed remake of About Last Night. Please tell us there isn’t a black Jim Belushi out there somewhere.
• Terrence Howard: Hustled and flowed himself out of a job in the Iron Man series. Ah, who cares? That shit wasn’t going anywhere.
• Harold Perrineau: Shut out of the Lost finale. But his dog was there!
• Sanaa Lathan: Boldly broke the color line on The Cleveland Show. Lathan FTW! (R)
– Steve Schneider
All Is Lost The similar Cast Away was more gripping and Tom Hanks’ performance stronger, but our sense of familiarity and kinship with star Robert Redford elevates writer-director J.C. Chandor’s new film above a level one might expect. All Is Lost is really just 106 minutes of an unnamed yachtsman stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with almost no dialogue or exposition. Because the only detail we know of the man is that he has a family, Redford’s character becomes not a fictional character, but Redford himself. He shows great courage and calm during his ordeal, but the real medal for bravery should go to Chandor, who, in just his second directorial outing, has fashioned a quiet, contemplative and shockingly unconventional adventure-drama, complete with intriguing ambiguity. (PG-13) – Cameron Meier