Latest Film Reviews
The Road to Guantanamo (2006)
As a look at the injustices blithely wrought in the name of democracy,
The Road to Guantanamo
comes none too soon.
Ray isn't beyond teasing out implications from his true stories, but he's also smart enough to know where to quit, allowing the viewer to resolve the whys and wherefores.
Ghost Rider (2007)
Call this the Legend of the 500-Mile Pothole.
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Undeniably breezy thanks to a quality star pairing.
Factory Girl (2007)
Sedgwick's thoroughly photographed life would doubtless make an engrossing documentary (a genre to which Hickenlooper ought to stick)...
Eddie Murphy's latest laffer is hysterical, all right, but in all the wrong ways. A kitchen-sink comedy (as in everything but), Norbit is a broad, low-comedy spectacle with grotesque cartoon caricatu...
The Dead Girl (2006)
There's an underlying, unifying power and credibility to Moncrieff's cumulative assertion that degradation is expected of too many women, and too often expected by themselves.
O'Toole gives a magnificent old-lion performance...in a role that allows both subtlety and theatrical vigor.
God Grew Tired of Us (2006)
More Lost Boys of Sudan come to the screen in Christopher Quinn's documentary God Grew Tired of Us. Produced by Brad Pitt and narrated by Nicole Kidman, the film traces the paths of lost boys attempt...
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
By the time the mad finale rolls around, the viewer will feel had, for
grasps for significance where there is none to be found.
Miss Potter (2006)
Labors mightily to present world-famous children's author Beatrix Potter as a preternaturally free spirit.
The Good Shepherd (2006)
The film finally resembles nothing so much as its most persistent symbol: an objet d'art crafted to impress with empty trickery.
El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) (2006)
A fresh opportunity to revel in the darkly beautiful dreamscapes unleashed by the increasingly masterful del Toro.
The Painted Veil (2006)
Like a long-term relationship,
The Painted Veil
is well-intentioned and not particularly sexy, but understands duties of forgiveness, sacrifice, and commitment.
We Are Marshall (2006)
I suppose there's a place for this studio picture's brand of popcorn catharsis. One just wishes the powerful story at its heart felt more genuine and less manipulative.
Breaking and Entering (2006)
A clumsily symbolic tale comparing actual theft to crimes of the heart, Breaking and Entering finds writer-director Anthony Minghella meandering for a full two hours through bafflingly unrealistic be...
The Good German (2006)
Still-relevant political observation...[and] a nifty mystery that's a bit too self-conscious for its own good.
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
an awkward flashback structure and a patronizing tone.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Certainly a bad film. But darn it, it ain't a half-bad movie.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Like a prankster let loose in a puzzle factory, director David Lynch creates dysfunctional mysteries which defy the simple piecing together of a coherent solution. His puzzles may lack key pieces, ha...
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Note to self: accept no British imports trying to be American trash.
How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)
[This] honest-to-God kid's movie--and a good one, no less...serves up a sweet-natured and reasonably authentic platter of kid culture.
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Competence and a core faithfulness are enough to communicate the simple charms of E.B. White's perennial children's novel.
If you can be satisfied skipping along its surface,
fulfills its splashy, superficial promise of glitter, glamour, and sass.
The Passion of the Christ
, Gibson's empathy extends only as far as feeling his characters' pain...It is, however, a rip-roaring, ultraviolent action picture.
Blood Diamond (2006)
Lethal Weapon 5
any day. Let's call it a flawed gem.
Off the Black (2006)
For his eccentric indie Off the Black, James Ponsoldt casts Nick Nolte as a slovenly, sloppy-drunk old cuss who cleans up nice only to tape sad and lonely video diaries. In his capacity as a local um...
Opal Dream (2006)
A rather sweet tale about each family member struggling to accept the others on their own terms...provides the sort of heartening, Capraesque movie moment of which we'd all like to believe our lives are capable.
Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
A new generation of kids gets its John Hughes on...surprisingly bearable.
The Holiday (2006)
At one point Amanda remarks, 'In the world of love, cheating is not acceptable.' Also no longer acceptable: romantic comedies set in 'the world of love.'
A fitful, contrived, 131-minute guilt trip which fails to convince an audience fully to invest in any of its characters.
Fast Food Nation (2006)
You know what they call a Royale with Cheese in Austin, Texas? The Big One...ambitious and a typically satisfying outing for one of America's most consistent directors.
The Nativity Story (2006)
'When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best'...the film has all the substance, visual appeal, and excitement of a Hallmark card.
10 Items or Less (2006)
A ridiculous but cheerful toss-off...amusing and charming.
Beyond the Call (2006)
Adrian Belic's straightforward film shows the men in action and allows them to tell -- in their salty, no-B.S. way -- their own stories of how and why they do what they do.
Wrestling With Angels (2006)
Ever wondered what playwright Tony Kushner was up to from 2002 to 2004? Then Wrestling with Angels is the film for you. Like a series of semi-promotional newsmagazine segments stitched together, Frie...
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Tarantinoid...the machinations are all familiar enough that your unoccupied brain may drift off to wonder how Hartnett's made a career out of bad haircuts.
Every isolated moment or trapping that might be excused in a better film leaps up like a cowlick that just won't behave: Demi Moore drawling through 'Louie Louie' comes to mind.
The Fountain (2006)
Hugely ambitious and visually commanding...the kind of artful, textured, defiantly non-mainstream gamble more filmmakers should be taking.
For Your Consideration (2006)
Are Guest and Levy scared of biting the hand that feeds or simply out of touch? In either case, the answer can't be good.
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