Movie Reviews

MOVIE REVIEW- No man's land: Meg & you and a dog named Bozo
Published on Apr 19th, 2007
0 comments Another movie, another disappointment. Thanks, Hollywood. The award for the most deceptive trailer of the week goes to In the Land of Women, which looks like a bright romantic comedy. Teenage girl...
MOVIE REVIEW- High praise: Look out for ‘The Lookout'!
Published on Mar 29th, 2007
0 comments Some movies sneak up on you, but The Lookout, which should be the sleeper of the year, grabs you by the throat with its opening scene and never lets go. Scott Frank, screenwriter of Out of Sight and...
MOVIE REVIEW- Mimzy whimsy: 'ET' for the green generation:
Published on Mar 22nd, 2007
0 comments If you believe children are the future, you'll be a sucker for The Last Mimzy, a hippy-dippy sci-fi movie about a pair of youngsters recruited to save the planet. It's E.T. for the next, hopefully...
MOVIE REVIEW- Rock-y marriage: Comedian's latest too true for comedy
Published on Mar 15th, 2007
0 comments Chris Rock is a hilarious stand-up comic, a decent actor in other people's movies (Nurse Betty, Dogma); and if he's not an all-around nice guy, he sure can fake it in interviews. What he really...
MOVIE REVIEW- Hog slog: Nothing if not a boar-ing movie
Published on Mar 1st, 2007
0 comments Not since Deliverance, which is referenced therein, has a movie about four straight men been more obsessed with, and repulsed by, the possibility of homosexual contact, than Wild Hogs. On the surface...
MOVIE REVIEW- Macho man: Conan the Spartan's epic history lesson
Published on Mar 1st, 2007
0 comments "Graphic" used to describe the level of sex and violence in a movie; now it refers to the source material. The latest graphic novel to reach the screen, 300, was written/drawn by Frank Miller, author...
MOVIE REVIEW- Dangle-ing participle: Silliness reigns in Reno 911!
Published on Feb 22nd, 2007
1 comments The advantage of not belonging to the National Society of Film Critics is that one is permitted to enjoy a movie like Reno 911!: Miami without lamenting its lack of intellectual content. As fans of...
MOVIE REVIEW- One-joke wonder: Will 'Norbit' kill 'Dreamgirl' buzz?
Published on Feb 15th, 2007
0 comments The one joke in Norbit, Eddie Murphy's new comedy that grossed some $33 million last weeeknd, is a tired one: Murphy plays a large woman, as he did in two Nutty Professor movies, Martin Lawrence did...
MOVIE REVIEW- Geezer porn: O'Toole hopes for one last score
Published on Feb 8th, 2007
0 comments Peter O'Toole showed the world he could act 44 years ago in Lawrence of Arabia and hasn't had to prove anything since, although he's proved it dozens more times anyway. He proves it again in Venus,...
MOVIE REVIEW- Notes on <i>Notes:</i> Witty dialogue leavens sad story
Published on Feb 1st, 2007
0 comments The Oscar nominations got a lot more right than usual this year, including giving Letters from Iwo Jima the Best Picture and Director noms everyone thought were in the overrated Dreamgirls' pocket....
MOVIE REVIEW- Come again? A mother of a ghost story
Published on Jan 25th, 2007
0 comments When your dead mother's ghost moves in with you, who you gonna call? No, not Ghostbusters– Pedro Almodóvar. It might give him an idea for a movie. Oh, wait. He's already made it. It's...
MOVIE REVIEW- Disturbing: Arthur and the inappropriates?
Published on Jan 18th, 2007
2 comments A disturbing trend emerged at the end of 2006 involving movies about underage boys and older women. It's not so bad, since it's an R-rated film for adults, that in Notes on a Scandal teacher Cate...
MOVIE REVIEW- Dreamboys: Stompin' up a storm
Published on Jan 11th, 2007
0 comments For those people, mostly non-black, unfamiliar with step dancing, it doesn't matter, because the Atlanta-filmed Stomp the Yard moves it into the next generation. The lame-ish plot concerns a clash...
MOVIE REVIEW- Gang buster: Swank turns student savior<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>
Published on Jan 4th, 2007
2 comments If I have to watch one more inspirational film about an educator who went the extra mile to reach and teach his or her students I think I'll puke. I always think that; but the movies, if they're any...
MOVIE REVIEW- Sugar-cured ham: What a boring web we weave
Published on Dec 14th, 2006
0 comments Don' t plan to serve ham at Christmas if your kids have seen Charlotte' s Web. If you plan to serve any other pork product, don' t tell the young'uns what's in it, unless you want to hear, "Omigod,...
MOVIE REVIEW- Witless: Some 'Holidays' never seem to end
Published on Dec 7th, 2006
1 comments Extolling the virtues of classic films without exhibiting them, The Holiday is as artificially inflated as a Vegas showgirl's breasts. It's a potentially cute 90-minute romantic comedy stretched to...
MOVIE REVIEW- Pass the plate: Putting the $ back in Chri$tma$
Published on Nov 30th, 2006
0 comments In the 21st century there's no point putting Christ back in Christmas unless you can make a buck doing it. I'm sorry if I sound cynical, but if you believe The Nativity Story was made for purely...
MOVIE REVIEW- Taking aim: Buzz-sawing the Oscar buzz
Published on Nov 23rd, 2006
0 comments When critics tout a film's Academy Award chances in reviews, they often have an ulterior motive: 1) to be quoted in ads (e.g., "Hulk Hogan's Hamlet is Oscar-worthy" –Steve Warren); or 2) to jog...
MOVIE REVIEW- Best yet: 'Casino Royale' tops old Bonds
Published on Nov 16th, 2006
0 comments It takes balls to tamper with a formula while it's still working. The four films with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond grossed a total of nearly $1.5 billion worldwide, with the last being by far the...
MOVIE REVIEW- Royal strain: A great drama, 'Queen'
Published on Nov 9th, 2006
0 comments Poor Stephen Frears will never be knighted while Queen Elizabeth II lives, now that he's made The Queen, a subtly satirical mockudrama about the uneasiness of the head that wears the crown in the...
MOVIE REVIEW- Everybody talks: But what's everybody doing about war?
Published on Nov 8th, 2006
0 comments Would you rather have "a high-minded debate about war and policy" or watch movie megastars do it? The makers of Lions for Lambs are betting you'll choose the latter, but that doesn't make them...
MOVIE REVIEW- Snippy: Bening's shameless Oscar bid
Published on Nov 2nd, 2006
1 comments Annette Bening delivers a shameless, "Gimme an Oscar!" performance as bipolar Deirdre Burroughs in Running with Scissors, a bipolar movie based on Augusten Burroughs' memoir of coming of age in the...
MOVIE REVIEW- Blue magic: Crowe, Washington take us back
Published on Nov 1st, 2006
0 comments Despite a large number of African Americans in our prisons, most of them have grown up without role models for major crime. Even in ‘70s blaxploitation films like Black Caesar and The Black...
MOVIE REVIEW- Oh, grow up: Raves for 'Little Children'
Published on Oct 26th, 2006
0 comments "From the director of In the Bedroom‚" is enough to raise expectations unrealistically high for Little Children. Well, damned if Todd Field's second feature isn't even better than his first....
MOVIE REVIEW- In training: 'Darjeeling' not everyone's cup of tea
Published on Oct 25th, 2006
0 comments The Whitman brothers, who haven't spoken in the year since their father's funeral, meet in India to try to reconnect in The Darjeeling Limited. Francis (Owen Wilson), the control freak who organized...
MOVIE REVIEW- Teen queen: A hairy look at <i>la reine</i>
Published on Oct 19th, 2006
0 comments Not as bad as its hostile reception at Cannes would suggest, Marie Antoinette, Sofia Coppola's follow-up to Lost in Translation, has its screamingly horrible aspects but others that are excellent. It...
MOVIE REVIEW- Ben in Boston: Directing debut satisfies some
Published on Oct 18th, 2006
0 comments If he wanted street cred, why didn't Ben Affleck just cut a rap album like everyone else? Instead, he's gone home to Boston for his feature directing debut and filmed Gone Baby Gone in seedy sections...
MOVIE REVIEW- Minute man: Diebold and de beautiful
Published on Oct 12th, 2006
0 comments Looking at the state of American politics, you have to laugh or cry. Man of the Year laughs. Barry Levinson is back in the satirical mode of his Wag the Dog in what is essentially a two-hour Robin...
MOVIE REVIEW- Legal evil: A thriller with a heart and brain
Published on Oct 11th, 2006
0 comments Can enlightenment catch on? It does, only slowly, in movies like The Insider, Erin Brockovich, and now Michael Clayton, one of the best legal thrillers that doesn't involve John Grisham. It's not...
MOVIE REVIEW- Top fin: Dude, where's my boat?
Published on Oct 5th, 2006
0 comments It's hard to believe there's an elite force left that hasn't been celebrated in a movie. Perhaps the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers are the last, and they get their dramatic due in The Guardian....