Latest Film Reviews
Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
Nicholas Sparks-meets-Bruce Joel Rubin...The movie’s God talk (most of it coming from…Ray Liotta?) and blatant expression of theme through platitudes make this romantic melodrama as drippy as the St. Cloud boys’ eyes.
A Prophet (2010)
Malik’s boxed-in circumstances certainly press ethical questions for the viewer, but in Rahim’s psychologically acute performance, Malik is never less than understandable—more often than not, he’s disturbingly sympathetic.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
The invitation to introspection about empty American lives is a good idea, but who are we kidding?
Hot Tub Time Machine
is built for gross gags...and wan '80s nostalgia...
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Lee brought a distinct elegance to the wuxia genre of mythic, lyrical martial arts pictures...a breathtaking visual and emotional experience for the viewer...
's success partly owes to Bong's twisty mystery script, but the South Korean film wouldn't fly without the achingly intense performance of Kim Hye-ja.
On the page and on the screen,
riffs on the wish-fulfillment afforded by tales of derring-do and the ill-advisedness of taking on the task in real life.
Batman: Under the Red Hood (V) (2010)
With its colorful, exciting action and well-defined emotional underpinnings,
Batman: Under the Red Hood
is the best yet in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
The extended rescue climax provides the heights of
Steamboat Bill, Jr
.'s ingenious choreography, but Keaton's brilliance as a performer shines just as brightly (if not more) in the simpler moments...
White Collar: The Complete First Season (2010)
It's a fine premise to meet with USA's 'Characters Welcome' formula...Creator Jeff Eastin keeps it light, focusing on the odd couple of straight-laced Burke and swingin' Caffrey...
Cop Out (2010)
Once you've boogied out to Harold Faltermeyer's self-parodic "Axel F"-style music, it's all downhill from there.
The Losers (2010)
This comic-book knockoff of
is a lot easier to enjoy than Fox's sanctioned remake of
. Perhaps that's because Sylvain White's
is self-aware of its schlock value...
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Leading man Sam Worthington exacerbates the film’s downbeat tone: as Perseus, Worthington remains a credible but basically charisma-free actor.
The Secret of the Grain (2008)
When the film, as it must, comes to an end after two and a half hours, you won't be ready; the bond made to this family makes its sudden absence feel downright brutal.
The Red Shoes (1948)
A sublime melodrama...[with a] still astonishing expressionistic dance sequence.
Perhaps its best that
keeps its ambitions humble, but a dearth of inspiration makes this fifth
film dangerously close to a rehash of the first.
Despicable Me (2010)
Weds a Charles Addams drollness to Looney Tunes one-upmanship.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2010)
Lacking the psychological intimacy afforded by the page, Daniel Alfredson’s film won’t inspire better than a shrug from audiences.
A Single Man (2009)
A patient and never less than gripping character study that serves as a reminder of the emotional intimacy achievable on film.
She's Out of My League (2010)
Tends to be off-putting, which is a shame, because it's on to something about the dynamic between put-together women and the legions of nervous men who shoot themselves in the feet while longing for them.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
An enjoyable PG-rated family adventure in its own right, but Columbus' film can't live up to the Potter gold standard, and it strays enough from Riordan's source material to make its tween readership blow a gasket every few minutes.
The White Ribbon (2009)
Haneke's noodlings on the nature of evil...reach a sort of culmination in
The White Ribbon
, 2009 Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival.
Hung: The Complete First Season (2009)
The timing is right for HBO's half-hour dramedy
...a darkly tinged recessionary comedy of (self-)destruction and erection.
A dumber version of the
franchise, but this initial picture works anyway, as an atmospheric exercise in pure, primal action with a science-fiction-y twist.
Flash Gordon (1980)
A campy cult classic remembered for its over-the-top acting, design, and music by Queen.
Green Zone (2010)
Serves up soldiers, spies, politicians, reporters, and Iraqi civilians who speak almost entirely in clichés.
The wild pulp adventure that prefigured Raimi's eventual direction of the
franchise...If you've a taste for Hollywood-funded outré,
is one of those rare films that fits the bill.
Supernatural: The Complete First Season (2005)
Urban legends and archetypal mythology go out for a horror spin...Though the series' mythology is distinctly dark, there's also plenty of fun to be had...
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)
Emphasizes the dog-eat-dog nature of show biz...[but fails] to illuminate, or apparently even investigate, the early source of its subject’s hungry void.
When in Rome (2010)
Can I interest you in a nice nap?
Everlasting Moments (2009)
'You see what you want to see'...either a quietly affecting, top-drawer drama or a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV-movie dressed up in Euro-indie clothing.
The Illusionist (2006)
Burger winningly combines relatively rare elements--a turn-of-the-century setting, an assured star turn by Edward Norton, and a deft Philip Glass score--to pull off a tricked-out romantic thriller.
Solitary Man (2010)
Wry and melancholic,
as a character-study showcase worthy of Douglas’ ability.
Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) (2010)
The very concept of turning
Life of Brian
, itself a filmic spoof of Biblical epics, into a spoof of Handel's
is funny, and the name—riffing on one of
Life of Brian
's most famous lines—is genius.
Despite being ungainly,
is the kind of comedy you can pan for gold in...
The Rookie (1990)
The one in which Clint Eastwood gets raped...
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
A strange but mostly satisfying hybrid of WWII actioner and anti-war satire...
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
A straight-ahead, old-school action movie for war-espionage junkies.
Shutter Island (2010)
Multiplex entertainment this distinctive and provocative doesn’t come along every day: it’s a head trip well worth taking.
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Reaches its apex with a manic party scene that unleashes the full intimidation of P. Diddy and guarantees the phrase “stroke the furry wall” a place in the comedy lexicon...
Lady Vengeance (2006)
Delivers more than the filmmaker ever has before...richer themes and more skillful audience involvement.
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