Latest Film Reviews
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.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Ninth Season (2009)
Mind-bogglingly well-produced, each hour the equivalent of a mini-movie.
Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season (2009)
Say what you will about the highly entertaining
, but you cannot deny it traffics in the highest stakes on television.
The Office: Season Five (2009)
has the funniest ensemble of any sitcom on the air...
Lie to Me: Season One (2009)
In casting the great Tim Roth as psychologist Dr. Cal Lightman,
Lie to Me
won the added value of a weekly master class in acting.
Heroes: Season 3 (2009)
still has some way to go in restoring the cohesion of its initial run, but Fuller has helped the show to prove it's capable of hitting a stride and mining fresh stories that deepen the mythology...
Taking Woodstock (2009)
On balance...like Teichberg—takes after its immigrant American father, evincing a quiet humility in offering its rambling 'little perspective' of an emblematic happening that was almost everything it was cracked up to be.
It Might Get Loud (2009)
[A] sideways glance at the electric guitar by way of profiling three generations of guitarists: Jack White of The White Stripes, the Edge of U2, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
An amusing, cynical black comedy about our national addiction to tragedy, and our commoditization of grief...
Montiel and his collaborators can pat themselves on the back for elevating empty material just a bit, but this is disposable cinema, designed to hit and run after an opening weekend.
showcases a lovely performance by Soto, a match for the modest, low-key filmmaking style of Boden and Fleck...
The film's greatest pleasure is in the snappy dialogue Gilroy crafts for the capable duo of Roberts and Owen...
Sons of Anarchy: Season One (2008)
Despite having something of the flavor of TV's most testosterone-laden shows,
Sons of Anarchy
is its own distinctive beast and another worthy entry in the stakes of addictive serialized TV.
State of Play (2009)
Macdonald shifts the emphasis to highlight a moment when declining readership and corporate bottom lines threaten the tradition of print journalism.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
A whole lot of movie, but it’s also technically mature filmmaking to a thematically juvenile end.
Lorna's Silence (2009)
The Dardenne brothers have seemed infallible, but their signature style begins to show strain in
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
A modest but bubbly comedy of manners.
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
The sort of movie you root for, hoping it’ll break through to be something special. It never quite does, but it still has the not-insignificant value of two fine actresses cast as sisters.
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