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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Writer-director Robin Swicord's surprisingly effective adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's chick-lit novel The Jane Austen Book Club proves to be a delightful romantic comedy that (gasp) even men can en...
Sydney White (2007)
The latest Amanda Bynes vehicle, Sydney White, gives "Snow White" a college try. I know what you're thinking: they still make Amanda Bynes vehicles? Abandon all hope, ye who enter the unhallowed hall...
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Even the most abysmal romantic comedy will appeal to someone, and Good Luck Chuck is aimed squarely at those with a drunken-frat-boy mentality. Even they will be hard-pressed to score date-movie poin...
Amusing and heartfelt, Delirious comes from indie darling Tom DiCillo. Steve Buscemi gives a crackerjack leading performance as Les, a profane, selfish, hypocritical, star-struck, self-absorbed papar...
The Hunting Party (2007)
Based on an article in Esquire magazine, The Hunting Party tells the true-ish tall tale of a band of reporters on the trail of the most wanted war criminal in Bosnia. Richard Gere plays an incorrigib...
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
The lazy comedy Mr. Woodcock almost skates by on star power, but the notoriously troubled production shows the seams between credited director Craig Gillespie and the man who directed three weeks of...
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
For those who aren't already well-versed with the chapter in history, David Sington's documentary about the Apollo space program is an invaluable document; those who are will find this appendix&mdash...
The Brave One (2007)
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, and director Neil Jordan slum for the slick Hollywood thriller The Brave One. The seedy revenge flick finds Foster's radio host turning vigilante: Ira Glass crossed wit...
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Two gripping hours so richly realized you won't want them to end.
The Bubble (2007)
Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox offers up a "Romeo & Romeo" tale about an Israeli man (Ohad Knoller) and a Palestinian man (Yousef Sweid) who make a go of love in Tel Aviv. But The Bubble is also an...
Deep Water (2007)
In Deep Water, documentarians Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell recount the dramatic story of the 1968 Golden Globe yacht race, with a focus on one remarkable individual: Donald Crowhurst. The decided...
The King of Kong (2007)
About ethics and personal character as much as it is about the weird world of die-hard arcade gaming.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007)
Gracefully condenses the complicated history of the Irish Troubles in ways both literal and allegorical.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
The humor is up to Muppet par, with physical comedy, puns, running jokes, and layered gags...
Muppet Treasure Island
is grand family entertainment. [new DVD review]
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV) (2005)
We're a long way from the creative energy, heart, and charm of Henson's Muppet movies, even though I'm not ready for the Henson Company to stop trying.
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
A brisk and consistently funny family entertainment. [new DVD review]
The Muppet Show: Season Two (TV) (1976)
The series may well have been the last great variety show, weaving running-gag comedy through standards, novelty songs, and sketches performed with impeccable puppetry and alongside entertainment legends.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Few family films have the breadth of appeal of
The Muppet Movie
, the best screen evidence of the Muppeteers' dedication to magnificent illusion. [new DVD review]
The Muppet Show: Season One (TV) (1976)
Take two "mahna"s and call me in the morning.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
An extraordinary, often mesmerizing achievement of design and performance that's held back by an underdeveloped script and a milquetoast leading character.
The chaotic narrative proceeds in fits and starts, and the sights and sounds are often dated, but somehow the film's wit and wonder linger in the mind.
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
Director Rod Lurie, once a journalist himself, wrings every drop of pathos out of a true story recounted by J.R. Moehringer in the pages of L.A. Times Magazine. While there's a fair amount of insight...
2 Days in Paris (2007)
Fans of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are likely to enjoy this loose-limbed comedy, written, directed, edited, co-produced, and scored by Julie Delpy. Did I mention she's also the star? Delpy play...
The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)
What exactly does an "unarmed military observer" do? And what kind of toll does the job take? These are the surprising questions answered by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's documentary as it pursues...
Right at Your Door (2007)
Right at Your Door has enough material for a great episode of The Twilight Zone; unfortunately, writer-director Chris Gorak has made a 96-minute film with it. Despite this discrepancy, Gorak's film h...
September Dawn (2007)
Christopher Cain's September Dawn has succeeded in whipping up controversy by unambiguously pointing a finger at Brigham Young (Terence Stamp) in recounting the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah...
The Nanny Diaries (2007)
From the "chick lit" files comes a surprisingly satisfying mainstream satire about life in a high-end tax bracket. The Nanny Diaries works to the degree that it does because Emma McLaughlin and Nicol...
The 11th Hour (2007)
This documentary could just be the most important movie ever made. Okay, now that could just as easily be hyperbole, but do you really want to take that chance? The 11th Hour takes on our current env...
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
Atkinson's over-the-top clowning is catnip for the wee ones, but adults will find it an acquired taste.
The Invasion (2007)
Kidman's psychiatrist is the biggest dolt--err, bolt--in a machine that turns out nothing but phoniness.
Rocket Science (2007)
Comes tantalizingly close to the genius of Hal Ashby's unforced, sympathetic humanism...
A riotous story of friendship, debauchery, and pizza bagels.
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Woody Allen does the treadmill every day, and it seems to be working. Not only is the 66-year-old director still trim, but his insular collection of themes keeps him firmly in one place. Unfortunatel...
Allen's old-fashioned films are now like a ratty pair of slippers that are too comfortable even to consider throwing away.
This Is England (2007)
Meadows' recollections of his own youth...lend a terrible immediacy to an unusually potent coming-of-age story.
No End in Sight (2007)
Charles Ferguson's documentary looks back at the Bush Administration's rush to war in Iraq, and the series of short-sighted, short-term decisions that resulted in insurgency and sectarian violence, w...
It's been quite some time since a fantasy adventure this cheekily entertaining has made its way down the pipeline.
The Lookout (2007)
One of the most enjoyable films of the year to date, Scott Frank's
has all the good points and none of the bad of a screenwriter-turned-director labor of love.
Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) (2006)
If the story of a stodgy but conflicted Stasi captain gives sympathy to a historical devil, it also allows for an intriguing angle on the evergreen cinematic theme of voyeurism.
The Search for John Gissing (DTV) (2007)
It's Rickman who runs away with the whole film by running the gamut from teflon smoothie to desperate madman.
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