Latest Film Reviews
Deluxe tribute to the playwright gets by, surprisingly, as much by romantic poignancy as farce...it's hard to dislike a picture so
with its subject.
The Great Debaters (2007)
Were the film not so insistent on conventional payoffs,
The Great Debaters
could have been much more satisfying. As it is, it's a pleasant holiday film with a positive message.
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Sends the endlessly bickering couple to Paris, where the great director Roman Polanski gives them a rectal exam. I wish I were kidding.
Zwartboek (Black Book) (2007)
Verhoeven doles out his customary boobs, bombs, and blood, but the tension between thrills and serious consequences splits
Charms in large part due to the performances of the two stars.
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
A Bizarro-world Frank Capra picture...Though the story deserves more weight...still a pleasing, unusually smart, consistently witty mass entertainment.
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Butler, though puportedly attractive, gives a chipmunk-chipper performance that can only be described as supremely annoying.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The cinematic equivalent of the guy who runs up to a cop, grabs the cop's hat, throws it to the ground and takes a shit on it. One is left a bit speechless.
Le Scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007)
Qualifies as a masterpiece of sensual cinema and poetic subjectivity.
Away from Her (2007)
A profound and poignant requiem for our preferred human conditions.
Grace is Gone (2007)
What might have made a nice short film becomes an annoying feature in James C. Strouse's Grace is Gone. John Cusack plays a war widower too screwed up to break the news of his wife's death in Iraq to...
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
Frank Langella stars as a New York City-based novelist in Andrew Wagner's film Starting Out in the Evening, based on a novel by Brian Morton. Langella plays Leonard Schiller, who finds himself warily...
Youth Without Youth (2007)
After a decade-long absence, Francis Ford Coppola returns to his roots with the indie Youth Without Youth. It's an ambitious adaptation of the novella by Mircea Eliade, full of magic realism and phil...
The Golden Compass (2007)
Posh fantasy...the film's dazzling imagery and serviceable story hustle along agreeably, if a bit dourly.
In the story's nooks and crannies are ideas to savor...the human-condition horrors of unpassable distances of space, time, and reconciliation.
Steal a Pencil for Me (2007)
"The course of true love never did run smooth," wrote the Bard, and truer words could not be spoken of Ina and Jack Polak, whose love survived the Holocaust. Michèle Ohayon tells their story i...
Alpha Dog (2007)
A well-researched model of the true-crime genre...[and] close cinematic relative of Larry Clark's
Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007)
"Science-fiction nerds will be in hog heaven with this feature-length indulgence of time travel, and the customary
gag humor rarely disappoints."
Moshe and co-screenwriter Guy Jacobson use their white protagonist not cynically to exploit white guilt, but to excavate it and examine its possibilities and failings with an anthropological eye.
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Writer-director Robin Swicord's surprisingly effective adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's chick-lit novel The Jane Austen Book Club proves to be a delightful romantic comedy that (gasp) even men can en...
Sydney White (2007)
The latest Amanda Bynes vehicle, Sydney White, gives "Snow White" a college try. I know what you're thinking: they still make Amanda Bynes vehicles? Abandon all hope, ye who enter the unhallowed hall...
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Even the most abysmal romantic comedy will appeal to someone, and Good Luck Chuck is aimed squarely at those with a drunken-frat-boy mentality. Even they will be hard-pressed to score date-movie poin...
Amusing and heartfelt, Delirious comes from indie darling Tom DiCillo. Steve Buscemi gives a crackerjack leading performance as Les, a profane, selfish, hypocritical, star-struck, self-absorbed papar...
The Hunting Party (2007)
Based on an article in Esquire magazine, The Hunting Party tells the true-ish tall tale of a band of reporters on the trail of the most wanted war criminal in Bosnia. Richard Gere plays an incorrigib...
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
The lazy comedy Mr. Woodcock almost skates by on star power, but the notoriously troubled production shows the seams between credited director Craig Gillespie and the man who directed three weeks of...
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
For those who aren't already well-versed with the chapter in history, David Sington's documentary about the Apollo space program is an invaluable document; those who are will find this appendix&mdash...
The Brave One (2007)
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, and director Neil Jordan slum for the slick Hollywood thriller The Brave One. The seedy revenge flick finds Foster's radio host turning vigilante: Ira Glass crossed wit...
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Two gripping hours so richly realized you won't want them to end.
The Bubble (2007)
Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox offers up a "Romeo & Romeo" tale about an Israeli man (Ohad Knoller) and a Palestinian man (Yousef Sweid) who make a go of love in Tel Aviv. But The Bubble is also an...
Deep Water (2007)
In Deep Water, documentarians Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell recount the dramatic story of the 1968 Golden Globe yacht race, with a focus on one remarkable individual: Donald Crowhurst. The decided...
The King of Kong (2007)
About ethics and personal character as much as it is about the weird world of die-hard arcade gaming.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007)
Gracefully condenses the complicated history of the Irish Troubles in ways both literal and allegorical.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
The humor is up to Muppet par, with physical comedy, puns, running jokes, and layered gags...
Muppet Treasure Island
is grand family entertainment. [new DVD review]
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV) (2005)
We're a long way from the creative energy, heart, and charm of Henson's Muppet movies, even though I'm not ready for the Henson Company to stop trying.
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
A brisk and consistently funny family entertainment. [new DVD review]
The Muppet Show: Season Two (TV) (1976)
The series may well have been the last great variety show, weaving running-gag comedy through standards, novelty songs, and sketches performed with impeccable puppetry and alongside entertainment legends.
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.
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