The Trials of Cate McCall 2014

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A former hotshot lawyer, now in recovery from alcoholism and estranged from her family, must take on the case of a young woman wrongfully convicted of murder in order to regain the trust of her peers and above all else, custody of her daughter.

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Kate Beckinsale,Nick Nolte
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1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Karen Moncrieff
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte
Supporting actors James Cromwell, Clancy Brown, Isaiah Washington, Dale Dickey
Studio Solo Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Contains clues of midpoint plot spoiler.

Cate (Kate Beckinsale) is on probation from the DAs office. She has a drinking problem which has compounded her problems as it has placed her on the ugly end of a custody case. The bad news is that Nick Nolte is the one helping to keep her sober (search Nolte 2002 DUI arrest photo). In spite of her personal issues, Cate is good in the courtroom and likes to win. She is given a pro bono case of a woman convicted of murder (Anna Anissimova) who claims she is innocent.

As Cate investigates the case she discovers layers of lies and misconduct by the police. She becomes convinced of her innocence and works to get her released in a courtroom case that goes like a hot knife through butter. in fact it was too easy as my John Katzenbach flashbacks materialized before my eyes. Ho-hum. I felt like I had been there and done that before.

The film was done fairly well for a 90 minute production. There were things that weren't explained. Was the car crash an attempt on her life or a co-incidence? In many ways the film felt incomplete. Her personal demons seemed glossed over and exactly how did her relationship fall so fast with her daughter, or did she ever have one?

In many ways it reminded me of a Lifetime film. 3 1/2 stars

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2015
Format: DVD
Kate Beckinsale plays Cate McCall, a thirty-something lawyer who's going through a rough patch in her life. She's trying to overcome a drink problem, her marriage has collapsed with the result that her young daughter, aged about 5, is living with dad, and her professional career is at rock bottom.
Whilst Cate's undergoing a counselling process, the local District Attorney offers her a new legal case, the conduct of an Appeal for a woman named Lacey Stubbs, who's serving a life sentence for murder. Lacey, who's another lady aged in her thirties, vigorously proclaims her innocence, alleging that she wasn't even present at the scene of the crime, and that she's been framed by a multiple rapist who killed the victim to cover up one of his violent crimes.
The case rekindles Cate's love for the law and gives her life new impetus. However, it also conflicts with her efforts to get back into her young daughter's life. As the Trial progresses, Cate is aided by her mentor, an older lawyer played by Nick Nolte, who steals the show with an exceptional performance in a support role.
This is a solid and watchable, if unexceptional, legal thriller, which has the feel of a good made for TV movie, or an extended episode of L.A. Law. Kate Beckinsale is competent and likeable in the lead role, and gives a largely understated and convincing performance, without any of the grandstanding advocacy which you often see in Courtroom scenes. However, she doesn't really have the charisma and electric screen prescence to turn this flick into an exceptional legal thriller, unlike, for example, Paul Newman in The Verdict, or John Travolta in A Civil Action, or Tom Cruise in The Firm, or Julie Roberts in Erin Brockovitz.
All in all, this is a reasonably entertaining movie, worth a respectable 3.5 stars, and with enough twists and turns and surprises to keep it intriguing and involving right through to the end.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Badger on 25 Aug. 2014
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Very good thriller Kate beckensale plays a fantastic part in this brilliant film I would watch it again
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A good cast and plot keeps your interest in this thriller. The personal issues of Cate make an interesting sub-plot which could have been expanded on rather than having the various twists in the main plot which eventually got confusing. By the end of the film I didn't know who was innocent or guilty and what were the lies and the truth whilst the personal issues were only superficially covered. Despite the film messy unresolved ending it's still worth watching.
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I found this gripping- I did not intend to watch it all in one sitting but I could not turn it off. The character is brilliantly portrayed by Cate and the true depth of her flaws are kept for the latter part of the film so that you empathize or sympathize with her predicament. Life is never perfect and Cate's character has to forego her massive ego to set things on a better footing even challenging her ethics. Good to watch.
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This movie has been panned by many. It took very little money at the Box Office, and yet it is probably one of the best movies I have watched in the last 6 months. And boy has there been some rubbish. Make you own mind up.......
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. on 15 Jun. 2014
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Californian attorney, Cate McCall (Kate Beckinsale) is a drunk. With her marriage on the rocks, her career in jeopardy, she's turned to drink to numb the pain, and her inability to deal with her problems means she is about to lose her daughter who's being cared for by her estranged husband (David Lyons). With little choice left but to turn her life around under the watchful eye of her sponsor (Nick Nolte), Cate's obliged to take on the case of a young woman, Lacey Stubbs (Anna Anissimova) who has been imprisoned for committing murder . Initially admitting to cutting the throat of another woman, Lacey now denies her guilt and accuses a policeman (Mark Pellegrino) of raping her and someone else of the murder. Cate McCall isn't used to losing court cases and she's determined to win the freedom of her client, renew her reputation, and get back her daughter.

The Trials of Cate McCall has a storyline which is similar to other courtroom dramas and there's no prize for guessing the course the storyline takes. Nevertheless, I found it a gripping movie and that is probably more down to the strong cast and excellent performances all round than the plot. It's a shame that Clancy Brown, forever the bad guy, didn't get a bigger part in the movie as he's always good to watch but at least we get a fair dose of gravelly-voiced Nick Nolte. James Cromwell seems to be popping up in all sorts of movies nowadays and appeared in this as a judge. I thought some of the legalities were a bit suspect but who am I to argue?

VJ - Movies and Books World
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