Latest Film Reviews
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.
Lady Chatterley (2007)
D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover has been adapted several times for film, but few realize Lawrence wrote three entirely distinct novels about a wife thrillingly cuckolding her husband with the...
Manufactured Landscapes (2007)
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky specializes in arresting photography of "manufactured landscapes": factories, quarries, mines, recycling plants, shipyards, dams, and heaps of rubble. Trailing...
A straightforward, unfussy musical comedy, one that entertains twice as much as the dour
Talk to Me (2007)
Could stand to focus more on scrupulous sociocultural history and less on compulsively entertaining the audience...has enough untold story and acting chops to make it worthwhile.
Gypsy Caravan (a.k.a. When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan) (2007)
To best enjoy the energetic and big-hearted
, know that it's not so much a concert film as it is a cultural-anthropology documentary...
Introducing the Dwights (a.k.a. Clubland) (2007)
A collision of Jeannie's story and Tim's story, and while that's appropriate, it also results in wobbly tone shifts (
, without the horses?).
Black Sheep (2007)
King's film is a boffo short wantonly stretched to feature-length, well beyond the scope of his ideas...
As the film wears on, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the dry humor from the supposed chills. Consequently,
drifts into camp.
License to Wed (2007)
Told primarily from the point-of-view of a young man (John Krasinski of The Office) about to be married, License to Wed makes hay of male anxieties about love and marriage. Robin Williams plays Rever...
A sort of Ambien/No-Doz cocktail likely to send all but fanboy brains into self-protective shutoff mode.
Though a debate about practical application would be welcome, Moore's people-person approach and sense of humor make
a warm, humane, sad, and funny response to a social crisis.
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Disappointingly generic...slips into last place in the series.
From its laughably lyrical opening to its bow-tying resolution, Lajos Koltai's
invites comparisons to
Hallmark Hall of Fame
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...
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