No Reservations (2007, USA/AUS) C-104m. SCOPE ** D: Scott Hicks. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Bob Balaban. Pleasant-enough romantic comedy about career-oriented chef Zeta-Jones, whose life spins out of control when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving behind her 9-year-old niece Breslin. At work, she finds competition in unconventional rival - or potential love interest? - Eckhart. Predictable stuff, but the stars are good. Score by Philip Glass.

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