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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.
Whether taken as a cultural relic or the definitive screen treatment,
demands to be seen for Olivier's bravura, high-wire performance.
Becoming Jane (2007)
This lifeless speculative historical fiction about 20-year-old Jane Austen's romantic involvement with an Irish lawyer could've happened as screenwriters Sarah Williams and Kevin Hood imagine it, sin...
One to Another (Chacun sa nuit) (2007)
Transplanting the young, naked flesh and seedy theatrics of Larry Clark to sunny France, directors Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr neglect the primary compensations of Clark's work: a strong photogr...
The Ten (2007)
Ken Marino & David Wain—beloved by a cult audience since their days in comedy troupe The State—reteam as writers of The Ten, an absurdist anthology of short tales based on the ten com...
El Cantante (2007)
Vanity, thy name is J.Lo. This take on the rise and fall of salsa legend Héctor Lavoe ostensibly puts singing star Marc Anthony center stage, but the drama is disproportionately tilted toward...
Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show—The Complete Series (TV) (1984)
We've come a long way in terms of animated superhero adventures, but the Superfriends have an old-fashioned charm and, to many, a nostalgic kick.
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Paterson's lovely, sweet story locates unexpected emotional power...
My Best Friend (Mon Meilleur Ami) (2007)
Patrice Leconte's pleasant comedy-drama proposes a hero with no friends. Antique dealer François (Daniel Auteuil) is an expert at taking advantage of others, but a failure at the give and take...
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
A good movie, but also one that betrays the strain of great expectations, a four-episode length, and a 400-episode back catalog.
No Reservations (2007)
A great big cheeseburger of a movie...For those who have been waiting for Philip Glass to score a pillow fight, your wait is over.
Inland Empire (2006)
In his 36 years of filmmaking, David Lynch has never been more fearless or more fearsome...
brims with surprising and scary images.
Go West (1940)
Go West, one of the Marx Brothers' decidedly off-kilter later outings from the MGM years, tenaciously manages some memorable moments and makes a virtue of its slim running time by generally hastening...
Your Mommy Kills Animals (2007)
Your Mommy Kills Animals—Curt Johnson's documentary on the animal rights movement and the response to it—lays out some interesting information about the ire between "animal welfarists" an...
's eccentricity holds, but Ellis and his audience would have benefited from a clearer direction and a bit more restraint.
There is nothing new under the sun, but at least the talented Boyle still brings the heat.
Rescue Dawn (2007)
Werner Herzog's stunning Rescue Dawn models true-story restraint. Based on the true story of U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler—downed in Laos in 1965—Herzog's script hews closely to Dengler'...
Boyle's energetic pace and typically creative visuals suit the film's fanciful brushes with magic realism.
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