No Reservations

No Reservations
Starring: Academy AwardŽ winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago), Golden Globe nominee Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking), SAG Award winner and OscarŽ nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Academy AwardŽ nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April).
Director: Scott Hicks
Rated: PG Mild themes, Infrequent mild coarse language
Running Time: 104 mins

Master chef Kate Armstrong (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES) lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan - with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection.

Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when a brash new sous chef joins her staff, the high-spirited and freewheeling Nick Palmer (AARON ECKHART). A rising culinary star himself, Nick favors opera while working and loves to make everyone around him laugh. His casual approach to both life and cuisine couldn't be more different than Kate's, yet the chemistry between them is is the discord, like forks clanging off a granite countertop.

It might be easier to deal with this turbulence at work if Kate wasn't already off balance at home, struggling to connect with her nine-year-old niece, Zoe (ABIGAIL BRESLIN), who has recently - and very nexpectedly - come to live with her. A bright, perceptive child more comfortable with fish sticks than foie gras, Zoe is clearly out of place in Kate's routine but Kate is determined to make a home for her...just as soon as she figures out how.

If she wants to forge a real bond with Zoe, find happiness with Nick and rediscover her appetite for life, she will have to try something bold and new, and learn to express herself outside the realm of her kitchen. For Kate, that would be like trying to cook without a recipe.

Review: Whether you love the kitchen, indulging in fine food or a just a romantic at heart, I have 'No Reservations' in recommending this film, it's heart-warming, tear-jerking, quirky and thoroughly enjoyable. When Kate is faced with the unfortunate loss of her sister, life as she knows it has to change. She inherits her neice and a new chef all at the same time. She soon discovers that life is like food, "The best dishes are not from recipe books, but the ones you make up". As her relationship with Nick gets more complicated in her structured world, Kate also discovers there is life outside the kitchen and that it comes totally unprepared. But what will she do about Nick..... "we'll do exactly what we always do. You tell me what to do and I'll do whatever I like behind you back" says Nick.

In Cinemas 23rd August

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