Latest Film Reviews
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.
Casino Royale (2006)
Everyone's favorite British agent is still good for a punch, a shag, and a quip...
gives the reborn franchise a second chance to grow up.
What if Hollywood made a movie with a recent Best Actress which required her, rigorously scantily-clad, to run about screaming "I'm a rational person" as if trying to convince herself it was a good i...
Fails on the scores of credibility and originality, but since it's nearly as thrilling as it is unlikely, the picture works out to be trashy fun.
First Snow (2007)
The idea of fate having a grip on our lives hasn't exactly gone out of vogue since the days of Oedipus Rex, but the notion has been relegated mostly to romantic comedies promoting the existence of so...
Are We Done Yet? (2007)
Ostensibly, the message...is the difference between an expensive house and a priceless home, but since the message is taught by a greedy psychopath, it rings a bit hollow.
The Hoax (2007)
What should we expect...other than being taken for a ride? Just as Irving does, Hallstrom picks out a sexy convertible for the job.
Amazing Grace (2007)
A creditable historical drama about those who choose to be in the world, not merely of it.
Blades of Glory (2007)
The script's failure leaves a heavy burden on the cast, and how well they compensate is both a testament to their talent and a waste of it.
Nicole Kidman tells the ubiquitous Will Farrell, "I think the fact that you're a hopeless mess is very refreshing," but critics are not so charitable about bad movies.
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Zhang Yimou is back with the latest Chinese competitor in the Opulence Olympics, and not a moment too soon.
Reign Over Me (2007)
Builds up a nice head of steam...as a warm and quirky comedy of men trying to be men in a post-feminist world...also succumbs to niggling artificialities that drain the story of credibility and genuine heft.
Black Snake Moan (2007)
Welcome to the Lazarus Rehabilitation Center, where tarts become dear hearts since 2007...Mandinga to Maria--that's our motto.
The Prestige (2006)
Nolan's supreme confidence, narrative skill, and taste for complexity make for unusually rich popular entertainment. Where was
this summer when we needed it most?
Indigènes (Days of Glory) (2006)
Ably performed and effective as an old-fashioned war movie.
Reno 911!: Miami (2007)
While it's intermittently amusing, none of this was appointment television to begin with, so it's hard to imagine big crowds shelling out for it at the multiplex.
The Astronaut Farmer (2007)
The perfect film for all those delusional, self-entitled
rejects...darn it, this is America, where any man can lead a horse around his ranch in a spacesuit...
The Number 23 (2007)
Though the holes were rather small, I had to count them all. Now we know how many holes it takes to fill
The Number 23
Gray Matters (2007)
If you've ever stared into the Stepford-blank visage of a beauty-pageant competitor--with its frozen, unyielding smile--you may have some idea of what to expect.
The Zodiac (2006)
The Bulk(e)ly brothers repeat The Zodiac's famous quotation "I am waiting for a good movie about me" with an ironic lack of self-reflection.
The Quiet (2006)
Meanders at times, and stretches credibility...[but]
's creepy character study reaches an emotionally satisfying conclusion.
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006)
Returning to a sentimental mode, Zhang Yimou brings us Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, a hard-to-resist emotional journey graced with near-epic visual appeal and subtle lost-in-translation humor...
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