Latest Film Reviews
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.
A creepy look at the borderline personalities on both sides of the line between celebrity and citizen.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Will the audience be 'rocked' by the band's wily charms or let down by a slack story that repeats too many decade-old jokes? Stoked or bummed? Everyone knows rock is about rebellion, so f*@# it: call me stoked.
Déjà vu (2006)
If you can surrender to the film's crazy convictions, it's a popcorn-munching wild ride worth taking.
The History Boys (2006)
The greatest adventure and saddest irony--taught alike by teachers to students and students to teachers--is that the big picture of history is writ small and ruthlessly unforgiving in each life--indeed, in every moment.
Happy Feet (2006)
Director George Miller—known for the Mad Max movies, The Witches of Eastwick, and the Babe films—returns in the family-friendly vein with a CGI-animated extravaganza about singing and dan...
Steve Anderson gets a lot of people on record about the F-word in his aptly-titled documentary Fuck. If the title offends you, you obviously won't cotton to the 629 utterances of the word, but Anders...
Harsh Times (2006)
It takes only a small leap of imagination to get from Jim Davis to GI Steven Green, the 21-year-old alleged rapist-murderer...men like Jim are trying to unwind from something worse than a bad day at the office.
Iraq in Fragments (2006)
The beautifully photographed digital doc Iraq in Fragments is consistently frustrating, but still a valuable glimpse into contemporary Iraq. Director James Longley devotes roughly a half-hour to each...
51 Birch Street (2006)
We'd all be better off if we could find our grace without a camera's obstruction, but ironically, Block's film provides a useful direction to see our way.
Though its humble pleasures give cause to pause and reflect on the Spanish filmmaker's occasionally overpraised output,
is a diverting melodrama...
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