Latest Film Reviews
Moartea domnului Lazarescu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu) (2006)
[The] uniquely Eastern European brand of absurdity recalls the work of Vaclav Havel, playwright and former President of Czechoslovakia. At least, it would be absurd if it weren't so credible.
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
Paine amasses evidence--including dissenting voices--that's consistently illuminating.
Reinas (Queens) (2006)
Pleasantly fluffy but depthless...each story develops a worst-case scenario that proceeds to a too-comforting, too-swift resolution.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
If it rarely becomes more than a conventional Hollywood movie with conventional conflicts, at least it remembers to amuse, and has a force of nature in Streep.
Two Drifters (2006)
João Pedro Rodrigues' twisted melodrama Two Drifters—titled Odete in its native Portugal—overreaches in its attempt to sculpt two troubled characters into two sides of the same coi...
Columbo: The Complete Fifth Season (1975)
's fifth season, the character was firmly established....every detail contributed delicious eccentricity to a character as unpredictable to criminals as the proverbial curious cat.
Monk: Season Four (2005)
The writers deserve credit for continuing to whip up entertaining iterations on the
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
"Oh, serious, serious, serious!" —Patrick "Kitten" Braden Breakfast on Pluto, the picaresque tale of one Patrick "Kitten" Braden, is a larkish ode to fabulousness in the face of solemnity. In...
The Lake House (2006)
The Lake House
made of glass, but the view straight through it is rather pleasant all the same.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)
May prove to be the feel-good movie of the year...the only problem is that we can't enjoy the live performances in their entirety.
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
You know, I don't remember the fart and pee jokes in
The Wizard of Oz
or the old Disney classics or the Muppet movies. Crotch-biting, of course, comes from a long tradition. Hmm.
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (2006)
A bit like staring at a beauty queen's phonily tight smile for ninety minutes.
Why We Fight (2006)
Eugene Jarecki's Why We Fight ironically reclaims the title of Frank Capra's WWII propaganda shorts. According to Jarecki, we fight in primal but wrongheadedly wanton retaliation, and we fight out of...
a/k/a Tommy Chong (2006)
Josh Gilbert's smoothly produced documentary
a/k/a Tommy Chong
should leave even Nancy Reagan aghast at the unfair trials of comedian Tommy Chong.
12 and Holding (2006)
Cipriano and...Cuesta (
) show realism, tender regard, and the benefit of the doubt for their young characters, but little of the same to their childish parents.
Haneke's exploration of willful ignorance, guilt, and history takes hold, and doesn't quite let go when the lights come up.
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
A nutty, fictional ode-elegy to a show that's still going strong,
A Prairie Home Companion
offers a unique hybrid of a folksy American showman and an improvisatory impresario.
a fresh bid for indie-thriller cred....[but] watching Gamazon and Dela Llana charge through their limitations is a bit like watching a sprinter run in clogs.
isn't the studio's champion outing, Pixar continues to run on all cylinders.
The Omen (2006)
If you've never seen
, the technically well-made remake is an effective chiller a cut above today's standard, but if you have, there's no reason to watch this rote replay.
The Passenger (a.k.a. Professione: reporter) (1975)
As usual, Antonioni's pace is langorous, but
is never less than compelling.
The Heart of the Game (2006)
[An] inspirational tale, which values team spirit even as it celebrates the will of two talented individuals.
Frasier—The Complete Seventh Season (1993)
Miraculously fresh after seven seasons on the air,
continued to spin complicated farcical situations and....expertly brought the Daphne-Niles relationship to a boil.
Swimming Pool (2003)
French filmmaker François Ozon takes pages from Hitchcock, Lynch, and fellow countryman Chabrol in Swimming Pool, one of the few buzzed-about films of this year's Cannes film festival. An ode...
The Break-Up (2006)
At least one draft short of brilliance....[but] more palatable than the typical romantic comedy, thanks in large part to Vaughn's engaging duets with the ensemble.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Definitely propaganda on an issue that remains divisive....[but] Even if Gore is wrong, and I'm not saying he is, his proposed solutions are common-sensibly sound.
The 'free spirited innocent' archetype doesn't convincingly share residence with this numbly sexual Lolita.
The Puffy Chair (2006)
[Not] very amusing--its stabs at humor are low-key to a fault, and too sporadic--but it is mostly truthful about yuppie love, and that's something.
Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist: Season One (TV) (1995)
Arguably, the more satisfying elements of the series were its miniaturized sitcom elements, which in their way did
The Bob Newhart Show
one better in their low-key, true-to-life ramblings.
The Proposition (2006)
Cave uses the taming of Australia as the backdrop for a nasty, dirty western about the implications of violence.
Sgt. Bilko—The Phil Silvers Show—50th Anniversary Edition [DVD Box Set] (1955)
Served up a solid-gold sitcom character in Silvers' conniving Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko.
See No Evil (2006)
Amateur Hour-and-a-Half....It isn't fit for human consumption.
I Love Lucy—The Complete Sixth Season [DVD Box Set] (1956)
The alpha sitcom of the fifties and forever more,
I Love Lucy
went out, without ceremony, at the top of the ratings heap.
Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)
Fatally short on laughs. The jokes are mostly bad vaudeville, as when Piven asks, "How much for 50 Cent? Okay, how about 17 Cent?"
Over the Hedge (2006)
The voice work and animation are both a cut above the average, and the film's energy is brisk.
National Treasure (2004)
It's bad news when a Bruckheimer movie makes one downright nostalgic for
Banshun (Late Spring) (1949)
exemplifies Ozu's rich, mature style, an apparent stylelessness of patient, lifelike rhythms, unobtrusive camerawork, and credibly subtle performances.
Wenders bops around Tokyo with the assurance of a skilled filmmaker, and emerges with an understated but certainly curious sociological postcard of '80s Tokyo.
The Andy Griffith Show—The Complete Sixth Season [DVD Box Set] (1965)
The sixth season proved there was still life in the now-classic sitcom...[and] Knotts shows up in an Emmy-winning return appearance.
The White Countess (2005)
[The] soft-glowing facade always seems more real to Ivory than harsh reality...represent[s] our own attempts to stave off reality with the romantic projections of cinema.
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