Latest Theatrical Reviews
Monsters vs Aliens (2009)
coup de grace
comes in the form of Ginormica, a clever metaphor of figurative and literal female empowerment...Plus there’s lots of explosions.
Any film that depicts a 'superheroic' rapist-brute as a self-styled parody of America's 'true face' can hardly be accused of thematic squeamishness, and any film that sends readers back to the comic for Moore (and Gibbons) has served the public interest.
Two Lovers (2009)
Heartbreakingly explores our romantic delusions, and the tragedy of always wanting more than we can have.
If you want to hear characters talk to each other in
dialogue, I've got a couple of trilogies for you.
America the Beautiful (2008)
The film's examination of our beauty-obsessed culture—however familiar—remains unfortunately necessary.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
America is about to see a sharp upturn in hard-luck stories, which makes Kelly Reichardt’s small-scale drama
Wendy and Lucy
New in Town (2009)
The recipe of
New in Town
isn't secret, and it tastes like pablum to me.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
The hero is named for a disgusting bodily function that's hardly PG material, but the movie itself seems to be aimed at grade schoolers.
A complex production mounted, with confidence and a scrupulous eye for detail, by one of our great American filmmakers.
Hotel for Dogs (2009)
It's not a TV remake, with pooches playing the parts made famous by James Brolin, Anne Baxter, and Connie Sellecca. Damn.
Saving Marriage (2008)
A portrait of democracy in action with high personal stakes and, as such, a moving emotional experience.
Equal parts comedy (inevitably only-in-America satire) and Oedipal psycho-drama...[from] the bard of American political cinema.
What Just Happened (2008)
A scathing insider look at Hollywood...De Niro gives one of his most winning performances of recent years...
Flash of Genius (2008)
Unfortunately, the film’s editing creates a confusing chronology and awkward pace, but it’s easy to see why producers saw a satisfying audience experience in Kearns’ moral crusade.
Save Me (2008)
A film that stands the best chance of winning the hearts and minds of those who now embrace the gay 'recovery' movement.
The Lucky Ones (2008)
The annoyance of its Screenwriting 101 script is hard to overcome, but
The Lucky Ones
just about works in spite of itself, as an actor’s showcase.
Incorporates Freudian psychodrama, twisted romance, and national satire while giving redemption the Heimlich maneuver.
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
It’s too easy to hold the film’s at arm’s length and scoff at Sparks’ cynical repetition of psycho-romance clichés and meteorological metaphors.
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Another predictable romantic comedy, one that insists that spending time locked into an unhappy marriage doesn't breed contempt, but sows love.
Hamlet 2 (2008)
It's Coogan's show, in a grotesquely overstated performance that makes sense for the character but isn't always easy to watch.
A clear-headed and comprehensible picture of American fiscal policy, but one that's not in the least boring.
In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008)
The confluence of events allows the film to arrive somewhere that may not be original, but feels honest...at other times, the film seems to be chasing the same old indie dragon of quirky escapades that can be shot on the cheap.
A Man Named Pearl (2008)
One of those hidden treasures of the art house that it's your duty to seek out.
Fly Me to the Moon (2008)
Only the 3D process helps to dispel the impression that what you’re seeing lacks wit and is completely generic in terms of characters and 'humor.'
Maximum Risk (1996)
The energetic action isn't quite enough to overcome an undernourished story.
Man on Wire (2008)
Engrossing...the great irony of the story is its triumph of the visionary individual over authoritarian bureaucracy.
Bottle Shock (2008)
As for the inevitable fudging of fact, it doesn’t bend the true story to its breaking point—on balance,
is an entertaining tour of wine country.
Brideshead Revisited (2008)
No classic, but it does hold interest, in part by dealing honestly with the intriguing religious themes and in part for its fine cast.
My Winnipeg (2008)
Despite the film's incredible specificity as one man's take on one city, the wistful
achieves a powerful universality.
Step Brothers (2008)
The film's funniest moments come early...But the more outlandish the joke (a.k.a. little kids pick fights with the men), the less purchase McKay finds, as our investment in the film's reality checks out.
American Teen (2008)
More of a marketing sensation than a cinematic one...a documentary shouldn't feel this packaged.
Meet Dave (2008)
Eddie, it's time to start thinking big again.
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.
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