Peter Travers Video Review: "Che" and "Bride Wars"


Peter Travers is ready for a fresh start, but the first movie from a major studio in 2009 is ... Bride Wars, a film that makes 27 Dresses look like Citizen Kane. Could this horrific bomb actually hinder Anne Hathaway's chances of scoring an Oscar nod for her excellent performance in Rachel Getting Married? Don't we think it's just a bit insensitive to have two onscreen brides squabbling over an opulent wedding during a time of recession? And thus the Scumbucket has its first flick of 2009.

Fortunately, Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is opening wide this weekend, as is Steven Soderbergh's Che. The nearly five-hour epic about Che Guevara starring Benicio del Toro focuses on the Cuban and Bolivian revolutions, and boasts del Toro's best performance since Traffic.

Bride Wars (No Stars)

Starring: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Johnson, Bryan Greenberg, Candice Bergen; Directed by: Gary Winick

Che (Three and a Half Stars)

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir, Santiago Cabrera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Julia Ormond; Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Gran Torino (Three and a Half Stars)

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Bee Vang, Brian Haley; Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Peter Travers

Rolling Stone senior writer Peter Travers has reviewed movies for the magazine for more than 20 years. Send your comments and questions to him here.

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