Latest Film Reviews
Built as it is around child actors, Fredi M. Murer's Vitus is the sort of cute import upon which the Weinstein Brothers used to pounce. Sony Pictures Classics does the honors this time, but Vitus is...
Stephanie Daley (2007)
Writer-director Hilary Brougher brings satisfying subtlety to Stephanie Daley, an issue film about a sixteen-year-old who may or may not have murdered her newborn child in a public restroom. The film...
Pierrepoint (a.k.a. Pierrepoint—The Last Hangman) (2007)
The new British indie Pierrepoint, co-produced by Masterpiece Theatre, bitterly regards the culture of capital punishment. Adrian Shergold's film is based on the true story of Albert Pierrepoint, who...
You Kill Me (2007)
A surprisingly resonant examination of getting sober, made amusing by [an] assassin's increasing honesty about his career.
Dreaming Lhasa (2007)
Dreaming Lhasa scores points simply for being the first film by Tibetans about contemporary Tibetan experience. Karma (Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso), a Tibetan documentarian living in New York, comes to Dhar...
is to recognize we're living in another golden age of American animation.
Eagle vs. Shark (2007)
In the case of Eagle vs. Shark, the crime in question is plagiarism. New Zealand director Taika Waititi brought his short film "Two Cars, One Night" to Sundance the same year that Napoleon Dynamite m...
Driving Lessons (2006)
It's Grint who grounds in reality, as best he can, Brock's directing debut...this conventional Britcom lightly hums along for a good stretch before running off the road.
Evan Almighty (2007)
Will presumably charm wee ones, and...go over like gangbusters with the holy rollers, but others may notice this comedy of faith skimps on the comedy.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Soderbergh can no more put the fizz back in his flat bubbly than one can put a genie back in a bottle, but at least
can still give you a light buzz.
In this soft-spoken satire, writer-director Andrew Currie and co-writer Robert Chomiak imagine the '50s if every household had an enslaved zombie servant, and little Timmy (chipper child star K'Sun R...
Race You to the Bottom (2007)
Race You to the Bottom tells an only-in-California story: partly because it primarily takes place in Napa Valley, and partly because it's about a sexual relationship between a gay man and a straight...
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
A reading from the Books of Marvel...And the Surfer passed through buildings and buses with a squish...And Twentieth Century Fox said that it was good.
Crazy Love (2007)
Klores tells this story as well as its ever likely to be told...[and] as stories go, this one's a doozy.
Coeurs (a.k.a. Private Fears In Public Places) (2007)
Believe in forgiveness comes dropping slow on the characters, in the form of a snowfall that's possibly redemptive, but also cold.
Nancy Drew (2007)
The cumulative effect of Fleming's direction and Roberts' casting is to make eternal heroine Nancy into a chipmunk-chipper detective and a social nincompoop.
Nuovomondo (a.k.a. Golden Door) (2007)
All too successful in evoking the simple-mindedness of its immigrant naifs and the interminability of the Atlantic passage.
Knocked Up (2007)
Apatow's part in the rehab of the mainstream comedy relies on the underlying yearnings of archetypal social strivers.
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)
Gives a strong impression of the atmosphere, excitement and complexity of a Broadway production.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
More a visual-aural poem about Piaf than a definitive bio-epic of Piaf's complex life story.
Surf's Up (2007)
What's black and white and brings in the green?
Hostel Part II (2007)
Cultural poison...[or] a helluva lot of fun[?]...When it comes to a gore movie, there
two ways about it.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
With Ocean's Eleven, Steven Soderbergh practically stumbled into an Old-Hollywood movie. Loose-limbed camerawork nothwithstanding, Ocean's Eleven wielded an all-star cast, a zesty heist-movie script,...
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Rum should be mandatory for every man, woman, and child misguidedly attempting to make sense of the frantic
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The [angel] turns out to be Stuart Smalley, parking André in front of a mirror so he can tell himself he's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, people like him.
Hollywood Dreams (2007)
The director lets actors do their thing, to a fault, which makes Frederick's blitzkrieg of a performance often off-putting but occasionally mesmerizing.
How often do you see a film that's not only interested in girls' lives but equally honest about their tribulations and their potential?
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Evans makes Mr. Brooks the CEO of a box factory--because
who would suspect the CEO of a box factory
? Plus he's pro-life--how ironic!
Paris je t'aime (2007)
In the generally deft new anthology film
Paris je t'aime
, short films are like streetcars.
Its brutal mental and physical outbursts will likely remain the most grueling screen scenes of 2007...but it's a shame
isn't more than it cracks up to be.
It's a musical courtship--he on guitar, her on piano, and both in vocal harmony. It's also a scruffy cinematic sleeper with which anyone's liable to fall in love.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
As if to mock the film's all-trappings, no-sense agenda, Depp's Sparrow gets off the film's sole sign of verbal wit: 'Look! An undead monkey!'
Shrek the Third (2007)
No one but patrons with fistfuls of dollars can save this cash grab from itself.
As family films have changed to appease jaded audiences, an emphasis has been put on dazzling kiddies while keeping the parents awake. As such, animated adventures have begun to evolve into a strang...
A power play about power plays, Jean Anouilh's now-classic
provided the basis for one of the great screen pairings.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Go-for-broke pop entertainment...more action, more humor, and more nastiness than either previous installment, often in loopy combinations.
The earnestness of Cage and tough-as-nails Moore backfires in the face of godawful dialogue and a very poorly established central conceit.
Year of the Dog (2007)
Thrives on bone-dry humor.
Perfect Stranger (2007)
By the time the big finish rolls around, you'll be too jaded-too worn-down by the endless, pointless red herrings--to muster an interest in whodunnit.
Wild Hogs (2007)
If you listen closely, you can hear your brain cells fizzling.
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