Latest Film Reviews
I'm hard-pressed not to recommend
as an energetic family-movie distraction...[but] plotting is...mechanical.
Ice Age (2002)
Sizing up fox's new animated entry Ice Age, it's hard not to think about the no-brainer formula fueling the recent, abundant output of animated kiddie flicks. Though each film has its own spin, the b...
Dear Frankie (2005)
isn't a good film, but it is a nice little movie...[about] what can happen when people become the conscious artists of their own lives.
Gunner Palace (2005)
A valuable if understandably haphazard record of the American occupation of Iraq.
remade with butter knives...takes a lazily superficial tack on the old werewolf yarn.
Dare mo shiranai (Nobody Knows) (2005)
Emotional truth and delicate visual cues distinguish a story so patiently naturalistic that the viewer will feel a part of this dysfunctional family.
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
The disconcerting examples of Damiano, Reems, and Lovelace—each, in his or her way, regretful—are the hardest pills to, um, swallow.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
I'm not sure if
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
is heartfelt or cynical, but if anyone can write a movie that's both, it's probably Tyler Perry.
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Comes across as patently false...are there really any suburbs in America like this one, with its family's cute, tragicomic disintegration in the wake of a son's suicide?
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Because of Winn-Dixie
—based on the beloved novel by Kate DiCamillo—turns out to be a modest success for the family crowd.
Sky Blue (a.k.a. Wonderful Days) (2004)
From [its] tone-poem opening to an operatic finale,
is a visual marvel that deserves to be seen if not believed.
Her Majesty (2004)
has worse problems than a lack of realism, namely mediocre direction and acting that's at the level of bad community theatre.
Reasonably satisfying cinematic junk food...enough crackerjack sequences and admirably trippy rhythms for a recommendation.
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (V) (2003)
Over a decade after the premiere of
Batman: The Animated Series
, the extended
animation family hasn't quite worn out its welcome.
Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero (V) (1998)
One of the less-inspired animated
efforts [but] an enjoyable and generally kid-friendly adventure all the same.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Respects the character...and winningly combines personal drama and clever themes with intrigue and action to tell a story in keeping with Batman's classic comic adventures.
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (V) (2000)
The PG-13 rating...reflects the mortal intensity of this most chilling of animated
Gegen die Wand (Head-On) (2005)
is not for the faint of heart, with its depressive magnetism to bloody violence...[a] twisted, rough-hewn mad-love story.
The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (2004)
To see the high-pitched sponge...protest, "I am 100 percent man!" is to laugh: don't try to deny it...Kids will have a ball; parents will be forgiven a few cat-naps.
The Wedding Date (2005)
It's a blessing that
The Wedding Date
doesn't try too hard, but it's a curse that it doesn't try hard enough.
Mar adentro (The Sea Inside) (2004)
Amenábar's lyricism and Bardem's keen projection of dignified commitment enable
The Sea Inside
movingly to evoke humanity affronted...
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Roars to life in its least intimate passages...If not for his blind spot for his "angel in hell" Phantom, Schumacher would do Webber's popular entertainment justice.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The screenplay by playwright Jose Rivera skillfully translates the straightforward diaries into quietly compelling dramatic terms.
The Mother (2004)
Film too rarely dares to tread where classic modern drama lived at the turn of the century: states of complex and stormy emotional realism. Ibsen and Chekhov shone a harsh light on human foibles, and...
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Puts Sean Penn through his actorly paces, which would be enough for most movies, but also intelligently explores the development of a [desperate] man.
The Woodsman (2004)
Raises a number of interesting and disturbing questions...[but] takes artistic and intellectual missteps...deserves some credit for its performances and provocation.
The Machinist (2004)
Though Brad Anderson's new film The Machinist proves a diverting exercise, it breaks no new ground in the psychological thriller genre. In fact, many viewers will get the nagging feeling that they've...
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)
The gentle, G-rated documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill records the sort of story that used to simply pass into urban legend. In the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, one-time...
The Last Shot (2004)
Has the blunt energy of a teamster's truck taking on speed bumps...watch underrated actors Broderick and Baldwin try to outdo each other.
The Forgotten (2004)
Mood over matter...[If] a puzzle is more about spending time with the pieces than regarding the finished picture...you can enjoy
as a matinee trifle.
The Cookout (2004)
Jerryrigged out of painful stereotypes...so offensive, crude, and dumb that the occasional legitimate satire and good-natured family-values message are effectively negated.
The Brown Bunny (2004)
That Gallo's narrative never allows Daisy to be more than a foil for Bud betrays...that the director has it in for those darn women, leaving—well, a bad taste in our mouths.
Bride and Prejudice (2005)
Chadha has an eye for casting and visual color, and a knack for goosing the story along with modernized references...[and] musical numbers...
The Hitch pitch probably went something like this: Alfie meets Cyrano de Bergerac. Hitch is an urban fantasy, with florid observations about life and love ("Life is not the amount of breaths you take...
Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
Ever since 1966's animated short "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree," Walt Disney Pictures has happily mined A.A. Milne's classic stories of the tight-knit (pardon the pun) community of lively stuff...
Born Into Brothels (2005)
An account of a random act of kindness more than it is an exposé of the red-light district....Kauffman and Briski illuminate the potential and promise inherent in any child.
Edited too spastically to be of any use....a slow-leaking tire which goes flat before we reach a destination.
Alone in the Dark (2005)
Dear Alone in the Dark, I'm afraid it's just not working out between us. It's not you, it's me. No, if I'm going to be perfectly honest with you, it is you. It's all the little things: your laughabl...
Rory O'Shea Was Here (a.k.a. Inside I'm Dancing) (2005)
Differently abled characters are too seldom portrayed on screen [but] the overall impression of the film is rather mawkishly obvious.
Conspiracy of Silence (2004)
Conspiracy of Silence
is well-meaning but has has no faith in its audience.
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