Latest Film Reviews
Nim's Island (2008)
Overplayed: there are entirely too many beaming smiles and emotional flip-outs...the only reason to see this movie is Foster, whose overplaying somehow succeeds at charming where her costars fail.
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
'This night is about the American dream,' Kumar promises. And you know what? It sort of is.
Lonesome Dove (TV) (1989)
Remains the gold standard for the TV miniseries format...stands among the best Western films ever made.
Dark City (Director's Cut) (1998)
Proyas assembles his inspirations into a unique amalgam with the power of myth to tap the fears and desires of our collective unconscious.
The Scorpion King (2002)
A ridiculous though not entirely unpleasant way to while away ninety-two minutes.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The film's bloated ambition seems of a piece with its panting, happy-dog charm.
The Mummy (1999)
An unpretentious pulp adventure...
The Lost Boys (1987)
With its cool cast and classic kiss-off ending,
The Lost Boys
will forever be a cultural touchstone of '80s cinema.
Brideshead Revisited (2008)
No classic, but it does hold interest, in part by dealing honestly with the intriguing religious themes and in part for its fine cast.
My Winnipeg (2008)
Despite the film's incredible specificity as one man's take on one city, the wistful
achieves a powerful universality.
Step Brothers (2008)
The film's funniest moments come early...But the more outlandish the joke (a.k.a. little kids pick fights with the men), the less purchase McKay finds, as our investment in the film's reality checks out.
Shine a Light (2008)
Whatever your taste, you'll have to agree:
Shine a Light
is music and cinema writ large.
American Teen (2008)
More of a marketing sensation than a cinematic one...a documentary shouldn't feel this packaged.
The Deal (TV) (2003)
A bold and convincing effort to dramatize contemporary political history.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
An exploitation picture given the 'A' treatment... Putting aside the nagging liberties taken with Anneliese Michel's experiences...[it's] a good scary movie.
Take it from this loss prevention specialist: don't play
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
A reasonably well-made low-end pic that serves as a cautionary tale for callow teens.
Urban Legend (1998)
Watchable...[but] a time-waster, with an insulting ending that unfortunately takes it down a few pegs.
Meet Dave (2008)
Eddie, it's time to start thinking big again.
The Ruins (2008)
Competent but somewhat slack, modest (and modestly budgeted) shocker that doesn't work quite hard enough to justify its plot mechanics.
Step Up 2 The Streets (2008)
Despite the bogus conflict...
Step Up 2 The Streets
is amiable enough...
Monk—The Complete Sixth Season (2008)
The show remains on solid footing, with a writing staff still spinning crafty mysteries and inventing scenarios to get under the skin of Tony Shalhoub's obsessive-compulsive police consultant Adrian Monk.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)
May not be the definitive doc for which Thompson's fans may be hoping, but it is a worthy contribution to the ongoing popular legend of a distinctive American personality.
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
Wilson proves again that he's a quick-witted comedic treasure—he's the sort of actor who gets hired to make mediocre movies almost good by his sheer force of comic will.
Point Break (1991)
Consistently stylish, dumb, and entertaining.
The second half gets so worked up over itself that
becomes nearly unrecognizable as the movie we were all enjoying twenty minutes earlier.
In the Line of Fire (1993)
You have a rendezvous with Dirty Harry's 62-year-old ass! And if you don't know what that means, you'd better figure it out!
Gangs of New York (2002)
The impact is all in the broad strokes of Scorsese's design: the corresponding coming-of-age stories of three confused and violent adolescents: Amsterdam Vallon, New York City, and America.
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
After the wayward kids' stuff of [Kids' WB's]
Batman: Gotham Knight
's adult tone and visual wonderment are like (Bat-)manna from heaven.
Vantage Point (2008)
Asks us to believe the terrorists would, after slaughtering countless people, risk their entire plan—and their very lives—on...well, I won't say. But from my vantage point, it was ridiculous.
Finding Amanda (2008)
Doesn't have a nuance in it, but it's pretty consistently amusing in its latter-day Woody Allen way. For most of the way, its morals are happily, believably wrong, but all bad things must come to an end.
Savage Grace (2008)
Disturbing in the extreme,
gives a guided history tour of a family as dysfunctional as they come.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Profane, hallucinogenic, and wickedly satirical, Oliver Stone's
Natural Born Killers
mainlined a message from hell (a.k.a. modern America, as seen by Stone) into mall theatres and multiplexes.
is so satisfying because it works on a few complimentary levels: as a coming-of-age story tracking innocence to experience, as an accounting of revolutionary and feminist struggles, and as an artful visual experience in cartoon form.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
For a movie about magical beasts,
The Spiderwick Chronicles
does an awfully good job of pegging childhood emotional realities, particularly in a context of divorce.
The Edge of Heaven (2008)
Thomas Wolfe wrote, "You can't go home again," but the new film from Fatih Akin explores a number of ways one can.
The Love Guru (2008)
Hello, police? I'd like to report a mugging. Oh, it was horrible, horrible! Yes, I'm safe now. The mugging took place in a movie theatre, but I fear the mugger will strike again!
The Happening (2008)
It's engrossing one minute and stupefying the next, off and on, off and on, for ninety minutes.
The Boondocks—The Complete Second Season (2008)
Like his wee alter ego, ten-year-old Huey Freeman, McGruder sees himself as hopefully out of step with society—radical, in fact—self-confident, and determined to effect change by any means necessary.
Men In Black (1997)
Among the best of the summer movie blockbusters,
Men in Black
comes on like gangbusters and never lets up.
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