Latest Film Reviews
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.
Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season (2009)
has morphed into something awfully close to
The New Adventures of Lois and Clark
, it continues to be an entertaining and occasionally poignant pastime for
The heart of
lies in the emotional microcosm of the amusement park, a place that delivers its share of laughs and lust but turns out to be not all fun and games.
Dexter: The Third Season (2009)
More diabolical than ever.
Cutthroat Island (1995)
Hey, are you looking for an exciting movie about pirates of the, well, um, Caribbean?
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Sorely underrated...wisely counter-cultural to Hollywood's idea of what a supernatural thriller should be.
An admirable dramatic investigation into life with Asperger's and a story with the intelligence not to insult ours.
Utterly unconventional and strikingly unique; it begs not to be watched in the same manner as a conventional narrative film. Like a great painting, it is meant to be savored, pored over, observed from different angles and revisited in time.
Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
The way this movie ends is so wrong that it doesn't deserve a pass as frothy entertainment. Why? Because it's actively sending a bad message to kids.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
Charmingly hokey...takes the suburban-working-class-folks-meet-space-aliens paradigm of early Spielberg and marries it to Lucas'
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Those viewers trapped in the film's nihilism and hoping for more can amuse themselves by looking at the film as an Aristotelian tragedy—take that,
Friday the 13th
17 Again (2009)
It’s a strange movie indeed that is all about a 37-year-old heterosexual male and yet isn’t likely to appeal to any 37-year-old heterosexual males.
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