Latest Theatrical Reviews
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)
May not be the definitive doc for which Thompson's fans may be hoping, but it is a worthy contribution to the ongoing popular legend of a distinctive American personality.
The second half gets so worked up over itself that
becomes nearly unrecognizable as the movie we were all enjoying twenty minutes earlier.
Finding Amanda (2008)
Doesn't have a nuance in it, but it's pretty consistently amusing in its latter-day Woody Allen way. For most of the way, its morals are happily, believably wrong, but all bad things must come to an end.
Savage Grace (2008)
Disturbing in the extreme,
gives a guided history tour of a family as dysfunctional as they come.
The Edge of Heaven (2008)
Thomas Wolfe wrote, "You can't go home again," but the new film from Fatih Akin explores a number of ways one can.
The Love Guru (2008)
Hello, police? I'd like to report a mugging. Oh, it was horrible, horrible! Yes, I'm safe now. The mugging took place in a movie theatre, but I fear the mugger will strike again!
The Happening (2008)
It's engrossing one minute and stupefying the next, off and on, off and on, for ninety minutes.
The Promotion (2008)
skates out onto that thin ice of comedic subtlety. Like its characters, it's not terribly successful, but it's an admirable effort all the same.
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2008)
Tucker delivers a stroke of casting so perfect it might seem obvious: Oscar winner Jim Broadbent as the father and Colin Firth as the son.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)
May be the most entertaining and provocative hybrid of personal essay and American social-satiric documentary since
Roger & Me
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
Methinks the kids to whom this superhero movie will most appeal won't be able to separate the stereotypes from the political wishful thinking.
The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
You'll forget this one ten paces from the theatre.
The Fall (2008)
Tarsem hasn't the Gilliamesque chops to make
amount to anything
than a monument to preposterous thinking.
Sex and the City (2008)
King whips up enough quips and emotional moments to treat the faithful to a sort of moviegoing spa.
The Strangers (2008)
If you put yourself through the wringer only once this year, you could do worse than
Before the Rains (2008)
A poor man's rehash of
A Passage to India
Le voyage du ballon rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2008)
All suggestion and no imposition, a subtle meditation on how we position ourselves in space and to what end.
Mio fratello è figlio unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2008)
The Italian dramedy My Brother Is an Only Child traces a boy's journey from a crumbling family home to something like the opposite. Beginning in 1962 with an adolescent passage in the 400 Blows vein,...
Body of War (2008)
Filmmaker Ellen Spiro and legendary TV journalist Phil Donahue join forces for Body of War, a portrait of wounded veteran and antiwar activist Tomas Young. One thread of the narrative follows Young's...
With an average age of 80, the Young@Heart chorus stays terrifically active. Under the direction of tenacious Bob Cilman, the two dozen singers tackle challenging songs that are mostly rock and punk....
88 Minutes (2008)
Another lamebrained variation on the noir standard D.O.A., 88 Minutes propels itself through a requisite excess of plot to keep viewers guessing from whence the stench of herring comes and, as they s...
The Visitor (2008)
Character actor Richard Jenkins finally steps to center stage in The Visitor, Tom McCarthy's follow-up to indie darling The Station Agent. While not lacking in comic observation, the new film has a t...
My Blueberry Nights (2008)
Master of moody romance Wong Kar-Wai--the auteur behind In the Mood for Love--stumbles a bit with his first English-language picture, My Blueberry Nights. The usual components remain: pop music, slo-...
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
The long-anticipated pairing of martial-arts stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li arrives under great scrutiny. On the one hand are the great expectations; on the other is healthy skepticism that Stuart Litt...
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
The Judd Apatow juggernaut rolls on with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which Apatow produces for writer-star Jason Segel. Like his onetime Freaks and Geeks co-star Seth Rogen, Segel is an unlikely star...
Never Forever (2008)
Writer-director Gina Kim helms this corker about the delicacy of marital infertility and sympathetic infidelity. Vera Farmiga (The Departed) plays Sophie, a Caucasian housewife married into a Korean-...
With Leatherheads, director-producer-star George Clooney clearly has in mind a "Golden Age of Movies" pastiche like The Hudsucker Proxy, made by his Oscar-winning buddies the Coen Brothers. But lacki...
Irina Palm (2008)
For something completely different (though also written and directed by men), there's Irina Palm, which casts Marianne Faithfull as a self-described "frump" who dresses like a housecleaner but discov...
Three women don head scarves and sunglasses, get in a convertible, and go on a road trip past big rigs and picturesque canyons. It may sound like Thelma and Louise from someone who can't count, but i...
Snow Angels (2008)
David Gordon Green helms Snow Angels, an upscale indie starring Sam Rockwell as a fractured soul trying to piece his life back together. Rockwell hounds his wife (Kate Beckinsale), who has dumped but...
Shotgun Stories (2008)
Don't do a double take if Jeff Nichols' Shotgun Stories puts you in mind of David Gordon Green. Green is a producer on the project, and DP Adam Stone helped to shoot three of Green's films. Writer-di...
The standard-issue "indie bromance" Backseat develops a nice rapport between its leads, but feels more like four strung-together episodes a 1990s sitcom than a compelling reason for a film. Writer Jo...
The Grand (2008)
An improvisational poker-championship comedy in the vein of Christopher Guest's Best in Show sounds like a better idea than it is, but screenwriter Zak Penn (the X-Men films) does solid work in his s...
Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul (2008)
Looking for something completely different? Why not try Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul, a lyrical set of interconnected, spiritual-minded fables? Filmed in Tunisia and Iran, the story...
The Family Stone (2005)
[A] pleasingly off-kilter domestic comedy.
An enthralling bauble of many facets: part feminist thriller, part "howdunnit" mystery, and all good old-fashioned story.
Charlie Bartlett (2008)
Honors the neuroses of high school while also holding out the hope every teen needs...
The Hammer (2008)
Adam Carolla fans will feel they've died and gone to heaven...Unfortunately it all adds up to something more like a viral video than a full-fledged film.
10,000 BC (2008)
Our favorite Teutonic huckster presumes that prehistory means that anything narrative goes: hey, who can prove him wrong?
Under the Same Moon (La misma luna) (2008)
Tries so hard to put a human face on the immigration issue that it ends up feeling as genuine as a plastic Halloween mask.
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