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Equal parts comedy (inevitably only-in-America satire) and Oedipal psycho-drama...[from] the bard of American political cinema.
What Just Happened (2008)
A scathing insider look at Hollywood...De Niro gives one of his most winning performances of recent years...
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
George Lucas adopted a new mantra: 'It's only a movie, it's only a movie, it's only a movie.' And he's right. It'll certainly do for a Friday night. But to...fans, the 1980s films are more than movies.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
A deathless comedy classic.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk
gets 'er done, but while "Hulk smash!" is essential, it's also undeniably uninteresting when handed over to a computer.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
What a pleasure it is, then, to report that Burton's version tends more to the abattoir than the amusement park...
30 Rock: Season 2 (2007)
Despite the stress of the strike, creator/head writer/star Tina Fey and her sterling team of writers and actors crafted new highs for the series...
Inside the Actors Studio: Robin Williams (2001)
Between flurries of schtick, Williams discusses his formative years, credits his acting teachers by name, and offers philosophical insights into the actor's craft.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
A modern cinematic classic...the alchemical reaction of a director and a charmed collaboration of actors, writers, and design artists...
Flash of Genius (2008)
Unfortunately, the film’s editing creates a confusing chronology and awkward pace, but it’s easy to see why producers saw a satisfying audience experience in Kearns’ moral crusade.
Save Me (2008)
A film that stands the best chance of winning the hearts and minds of those who now embrace the gay 'recovery' movement.
Iron Man (2008)
Favreau fully respects the material, and brings to the table a highly developed sense of humor and—praise the heavens—taste.
With its faithful rendering of a true inspirational story,
earns its sentiment...an irresistable inspirational movie for all ages.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
A crowd-pleasing romantic comedy with enough complexity to set it ahead of the pack.
Risky Business (1983)
It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares.
The Lucky Ones (2008)
The annoyance of its Screenwriting 101 script is hard to overcome, but
The Lucky Ones
just about works in spite of itself, as an actor’s showcase.
Incorporates Freudian psychodrama, twisted romance, and national satire while giving redemption the Heimlich maneuver.
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
It’s too easy to hold the film’s at arm’s length and scoff at Sparks’ cynical repetition of psycho-romance clichés and meteorological metaphors.
Made of Honor (2008)
Not much distinguishes this determinedly average Hollywood outing, but it can claim Sydney Pollack's final performance and Patrick Dempsey's first big-screen starring role since his career second-wind...
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (2008)
The most significant achievement in the last forty years of American cinema.
Affleck's lanky, offhand softness hardly suits the superheroic archetype... [but] The R-rated Director's Cut...deserves an extra half-star.
Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003)
Something borrowed, something bloody.
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo (2006)
is classic Cirque du Soleil, a multilingual paegant of music, dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and clowning...the ingenious production design run with highly refined coordination.
Speed Racer (2008)
The Wachowski Brothers overshoot the mark with
, an eccentric misfire that panders to the ADHD set and—in the adult arena—idiots and acid-droppers.
Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season (2007)
A wacky weekly comedy-mystery-adventure-romance that the whole family can enjoy, in colors that haven't been so super-saturated since the 1966
Pale Rider (1985)
His saddle bag is a mixed one, though
still has the touch of quality associated with latter-day Eastwood.
Baby Mama (2008)
Improvisational chops and sheer force of comic will...can result in funny moments and even a funny movie, but there's something conspicuously lazy about the script...
How the West Was Won (1962)
Delivered big with breathtaking location work and an all-star cast...
Nochnoi dozor (Night Watch) (2006)
The slick, colorful, nicely acted
is all I ask and never get from Hollywood's monochromatic, humorless vampire pictures.
Dnevnoi dozor (Day Watch) (2007)
You don't need to have seen the original to pick up the user-friendly sequel. Take a deep breath after the intimidating opening montage and you'll be just fine.
Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season (2001)
Millar and Gough's final season gives cause for reflection on the bumpy evolution of a series once intended to keep its roots planted in the title town of Smallville, Kansas.
The Office: Season Four (2008)
has become a TV comedy classic in its own right and holds the crown of the funniest series on American TV today.
The Mist (2007)
Both a gory monster movie and a
-styled morality play on mob mentality and religion run amok.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
A rousing, high-spirited family entertainment rightly regarded as one for the ages.
The Shield: Season 6 (2007)
Not just another cop show...traffic[s] in the shadowy moral ambiguity of noir.
The Three Stooges Collection: Volume Three (1940-1942) (1940)
Producer-director Sam White brainstormed the concept of Moe as Hitler, Curly as Göring, and Larry as Goebbels, promising, despite the dark reality, 'I'll make it funny.'
Then She Found Me (2008)
A highly satisfying old-fashioned comedy-drama...[with] a strong undercurrent of religion and philosophy that helps Hunt make her film profound in a way that sneaks up on you.
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Another predictable romantic comedy, one that insists that spending time locked into an unhappy marriage doesn't breed contempt, but sows love.
Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
Tone deaf...only slightly better than the worst sitcom you've ever seen.
Hamlet 2 (2008)
It's Coogan's show, in a grotesquely overstated performance that makes sense for the character but isn't always easy to watch.
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