Latest Film Reviews
Bones: Season Four (2008)
Boreanaz and Deschanel keep the series percolating with their oil-and-water opposites shtick, defined less by chafing annoyance and more by mutual respect...naturally, these opposites attract.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1993)
Branagh's ambitious take succeeds as a cautionary tale about true monstrosity: hubris and man's inhumanity to man. But one man's operatic style is another man's unintentionally comical excess, and ...
certainly tempts fate...
Mike Nichols' underrated 1994 hybrid not only of wolf and man, but also of satire and horror...an eccentric film that may well be regarded, decades hence, as a movie classic.
The Prisoner: The Complete Series (1967)
There is no escape from The Village: you're living in it.
Astro Boy (2009)
has in spades are energy, good humor, and the demolition-derby action of a superhero smash-up, reasons enough to recommend it to grade-school boys.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
Gothic pop...a ripping yarn for the big screen...
Easy Rider (1969)
Remains a powerful tone poem about America at a cultural crossroads.
North By Northwest (1959)
Thrilling, funny, and romantic; it elevates popcorn adventure to art...defines the ideal use of star power....[and] marries deadly intrigue to out-and-out delight.
Howards End (1992)
The pairings of Margaret and Henry, and Helen and Leonard, attempt to cross fault lines widened by class, and the tragedy of
is in the absolute necessity and absolute inefficacy of doing so at their moment in history.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Acknowledges the best and worst of family, love and marriage with admirable equanimity.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Raimi puts his pent-up energy to good use in
Drag Me to Hell
, an unpretentious horror hoot that's scary and funny in equal measure.
Whatever Works (2009)
Part of Boris’ worldview seems to be to excuse the movie in which he stars. Try not to overthink it, Allen seems to say: just enjoy it.
The Proposal (2009)
Though there's definitely an audience for the story's increasingly sunny sweetness, the film sparks to life pretty much only when the estimable duo of Bullock and Reynolds bickers.
It's Garry Shandling's Show (1986)
A buried treasure...it's time for a reappraisal of this long-lost gem.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
A fine conversation piece for gifted kids—assuming parents willing to talk to their kids about their feelings...also a fascinating psychological study for adults looking back on the roiling emotions of childhood.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
The movie equivalent of a fling that you won't entirely regret but won't ever want to see again.
Year One (2009)
There’s no shortage of anatomical jokes, scatological jokes, and fart jokes, toilet humor being the last refuge of a spent comedy writer.
The Boys Are Back (2009)
Mawkish...Owen is forced to go the sackcloth-and-ashes route with multiple crying scenes, conversations with a dead spouse, and overcooked scenes of despair, anger, and unfettered joy spent with troubled offspring.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The Complete Second Season (2008)
Every week...an action-packed chase story, a
-styled slice-of-life-on-the-run, a thoughtful short story ruminating on a science-fiction concept...a tragedy-tinged psychodrama about one's pre-written role in humanity's bleak fate...
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
One of the most important films in the history of popular cinema, and film fans must never forget the incredible achievement it was in 1937.
Observe and Report (2009)
With admirably funkiness and bold flavor, Hill has made the anti-
...but at a time when we've seen seven mass shootings in a month, do we really need the comedy version of
The Invention of Lying (2009)
Succeeds in being a daring satire by positing Mark as a Messiah...It’s a shame that the comedy tends to be repetitive, and more funny clever than funny ha ha.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
It's more than a movie; it's an American rite of passage.
My Name Is Earl: Season Four - The Final Season (2008)
A single-camera sitcom about idiots living in 'flyover' country...the Coen Brothers film
is a clear—and acknowledged—inspiration .
Easy Virtue (2009)
A period piece that may play well with those who hate period pieces.
Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection (2009)
The adventures that happily disturb the slippers-and-newspaper routine emerge as surprising crosses of science-fiction comedy and the thrills and spills of Hitchcock.
Away We Go (2009)
Its dull colors and folk-rock soundtrack...attempt to achieve the oft-chased feel of '70s cinema--in this case, Hal Ashby or Mike Nichols. It's a game try, but the transparently schematic result too often gets under the skin in the wrong way.
Pierrot le fou (1965)
Theirs is, in their own words, 'A story,' 'All mixed up,' and their self-construction mimics that of their true Creator, the ever-experimental auteur Jean-Luc Godard.
Fringe: The Complete First Season (2009)
Abrams and co-creators Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci...chiefly credit the work of David Cronenberg for sending them into their own 'Videodrome' playground of body-threatening, science-gone-wrong invasiveness.
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (1968)
Looking back on a time when music mattered, it's all good—at least as seen through the lens of documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker...
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Impeccable performances...crack timing...Horror plaudits aside,
Shaun of the Dead
is out in front as the funniest comedy of the year.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Endearingly overstuffed...curiously high-strung...[but has] a pleasing sense of the absurd...
Van Helsing (2004)
A "Sommers" movie..."roller-coaster ride"...[that] rattles and swoops and thunders so incessantly that no one can much care by the time it reaches its supposed big finish.
Love Happens (2009)
Pure Hollywood hokum, with plotting that’s practically impossible...graceless product placement, cutesy situations, and neatly tied bows.
A balance of colorful visual and aural poetry, elegant plot structure, and battles marked by a swift graphic intensity and epic scope.
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2 (1967)
A phenomenon the likes of which television has seen no equal...
The Girl Next Door (2004)
A seriously guilty pleasure aimed squarely at teen boys and sexual Peter Pans.
High Crimes (2002)
Despite my aversion to derivative, lazy, and improbable thrillers, I'd be lying if I said
had no pulp entertainment value.
At least 10% more exciting than correction fluid.
One senses Acker stretching his eleven-minute short rather than containing bigger ideas and characters who have taken on lives of their own:
too clearly puts style over substance.
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