Latest Film Reviews
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2009)
If the film meanders at times, reaching for significance in the wrong places, football fans will nevertheless find it charming.
In the Loop (2009)
With a bite that’s going to leave a mark,
In the Loop
is the year’s best comedy to date.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
The story of an embarrasingly inept heavy-metal band called Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner's film set the mockumentary standard that has come to define much of modern screen comedy.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Gilliam's polarizing style is at its near-best...a dazzling feat of storytelling that bristles with provocative ideas.
Polanski dares the viewer to plunge into that eye and through the psychic rabbit hole that is its owner's increasingly unhinged personality.
The Towering Inferno (1974)
A Titanic tale of hubris...knot-in-the-stomach scary from the moment the fire gets out of control to the last-ditch heroics that come hours later.
Green Lantern: First Flight (V) (2009)
A literally colorful action-adventure plot...[but] fails to replicate the success of February's
at making its leading character not just kick-ass but fascinating.
Fast & Furious (2009)
entertainment for a moment of 'populist rage.' But it’s hard to escape the feeling that
Fast & Furious
is more than a little…mechanical.
Torchwood: Children of Earth (TV) (2009)
Davies and co-writers John Fay and James Moran load it up with enough surprises to keep jaws dropped and minds racing.
Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (TV) (2009)
By no means sophisticated science fiction, but it is a helluva lot of fun...Davies specializes in this sort of high-spirited nonsense, which he characterizes as a last chance for the Tenth Doctor to have a fun-loving romp.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Needless to say, logic takes a holiday, just not in the Bahamas.
Midnight Express (1978)
Strong stuff indeed...swells proportional sight and sound subjectively to convey Hayes' nightmarish experience but also hypes up a story that probably doesn't need the help.
A stop-motion-animation classic-to-be...both in concept and execution,
is wildly creative stuff.
has a grunting, gut impact...Primarily, it's constructed of fudged history and creative slaughtering, making it a somewhat disturbing American busman's holiday.
Watchmen: Director's Cut (2009)
Any film that depicts a 'superheroic' rapist-brute as a self-styled parody of America's 'true face' can hardly be accused of thematic squeamishness, and any film that sends readers back to the comic for Moore (and Gibbons) has served the public interest.
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Irresistible...the prime hams and real-life friends share comic timing that can only come from years of experience.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The First Season (2000)
Punches up its storytelling with biologically invasive visual effects and a soapy interest in its characters' sexy private lives.
gets a pass for making books seem cool (if scary): if only it could have done the same for movies.
The Hurt Locker (2009)
With the help of a well-informed screenplay by journalist Mark Boal, Bigelow dispenses with the red-wire/blue-wire lies Hollywood told you and replaces them with a heady brew of documentary realism and action poetry.
The Girl From Monaco (a.k.a. La fille de Monaco) (2009)
The French comedy-drama
The Girl from Monaco
demonstrates how an excess of liberté and fraternité can be hazardous to the health, especially where there is an absence of egalité.
The Edge of Love (2009)
Maybury tackles the great Dylan Thomas in
The Edge of Love
, a speculative investigation into a cloudy period of the poet and dramatist's personal life.
The Universe: The Complete Season Two (2007)
If you're looking for the right kind of distraction for that precocious, scientifically curious youngster in your family, look no further.
12 Rounds (2009)
Awfully forgettable, but Harlin makes things go boom again, with ruthless efficiency that puts the flick just over the hump of the straight-to-cable Jeff Speakman school.
The Unborn (2009)
The best that can be said for Goyer's latest is that it's competent. How competent is a matter of debate, as is the degree to which Goyer is self-aware about the film's camp value.
Stephen King's Children of the Corn (1984)
It's a--look, it has to be said--
"B" horror flick with a certain
je ne sais WTF
There’s still much to admire in the visual craft and offbeat cultural sampling Coppola heroically brings to a homogenized cinema, but
rides off the rails.
For All Mankind (1989)
For All Mankind
is about what makes these men all the same...and, to some extent what makes us all the same: our infinitesimal smallness in the humbling vastness of the universe.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Hollywood likes nothing more than having its cake and eating it too, which explains the confusions of P.J. Hogan’s
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Public Enemies (2009)
True-crime story or romantic myth-making? This was the question I brought in to Michael Mann's
...and, though seemingly an either-or proposition, the question still on my mind when I walked out.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
I sure hope Sandler's next movie is about learning the pain of Asian folks...that'd be hilarious!
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Remains a potent statement about the horrors of war and a valid testament to the girl who could answer them by writing, 'I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.'
Bruce Almighty (2003)
The lazy script fails at every turn fully to exploit the premise...while making the dogged Carrey fetch his shtick.
Burn Notice: Season Two (2008)
Creator Matt Nix manages convincing action sequences and a sense of danger while keeping the show essentially optimistic and light-footed.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
A towering achievement in American cinema, Spike Lee's
Do the Right Thing
takes a hard look at a community in crisis.
Doesn’t so much get anything wrong; it just fails to go oh so right.
Friday the 13th Part III (3D) (1982)
has a movie taken such advantage of the phallic nature of slasher horror.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Basically only for completists looking to see Jason take center stage for the first time.
Doesn't hold up to a lick of scrutiny, which is a shame, since it provides such juicy material for a pair of contrasting actors...
Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad) (1962)
Gorgeous and elliptical...also became for some an instant subject of derision as a prototype for the impenetrable European art film.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Never in the field of blockbuster movies has so much been spent on so little.
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