Movie Reviews

MOVIE REVIEW- Snoozer: Take No Doz to 'Scoundrels'
Published on Sep 28th, 2006
0 comments Call School for Scoundrels the School of Missed Opportunities, or maybe The Sting without zing. There are some hilarious moments here– and seeing it the night after Jackass Number Two, the...
MOVIE REVIEW- Hicksville: Not fit for any king
Published on Sep 21st, 2006
0 comments If you want to see corrupt politics on a grand scale, watch the news. If you're nostalgic for cruder, low-tech dirty politicians of a bygone era, see All the King's Men. The latter is also...
MOVIE REVIEW- Kiss off: Wishing for what might be
Published on Sep 14th, 2006
0 comments Who knew relationships were so damn complicated? Things were simple in the movies I grew up with. If I'd seen The Last Kiss when I was a teenager... I don't know what I would have done differently,...
MOVIE REVIEW- Odd couple: Can 2 days in Paris save this affair?
Published on Sep 13th, 2006
0 comments Although the line from Casablanca most often cited with regard to 2 Days in Paris is "We'll always have Paris," there's another that's more appropriate: "The problems of three little people don't...
MOVIE REVIEW- It's tempting, but... In men we don't trust
Published on Sep 7th, 2006
0 comments You won't go broke betting a movie called Trust the Man is going to involve at least one untrustworthy man. In other words, it's a chick flick– a chick flick written and directed by a man (Bart...
MOVIE REVIEW- Wild western: '3:10 to Yuma' worth Crowe-ing about
Published on Sep 6th, 2006
0 comments If you've ever wondered why most actors (as opposed to movie stars) would rather play villains than heroes, watch Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma. Both do excellent work, but Bale,...
MOVIE REVIEW- V for Vienna: A romantic spooky illusion
Published on Aug 31st, 2006
0 comments Magicians creep me out, okay? Maybe it's a guy thing: if I can't be in control, I want to at least understand how things work. In the movies, it's safe to attribute anything that appears magical (...
MOVIE REVIEW- Bad bounce: Apply paddle to 'Balls of Fury' makers
Published on Aug 30th, 2006
0 comments Timing is everything in comedy, and in the movie business that goes double for the timing of a film's release. Death at a Funeral got lost in the shadow of Superbad, opening the same weekend....
MOVIE REVIEW- Rays-ing the bar: Let the 'Sunshine' in
Published on Aug 24th, 2006
0 comments Feeling depressed? Think no one's got it worse than you? You need a little sunshine in your life– a Little Miss Sunshine, to be exact. This dysfunctional family road trip comedy wallows in...
MOVIE REVIEW- Big hate: Night of the living Mormons
Published on Aug 23rd, 2006
0 comments Zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls, sharks. To the pantheon of classic movie monsters, add the most fearsome of all: Mormons! September Dawn uses the classic horror plot of unsuspecting...
MOVIE REVIEW- School daze: 'Animal House' meets 'Old School'
Published on Aug 17th, 2006
0 comments At the end of Accepted– while I was wondering what the Dept. of Veterans Affairs had done to rate an acknowledgement– the critic next to me proclaimed, "I could feel the world getting...
MOVIE REVIEW- All in the moments: 2001: a Stone odyssey
Published on Aug 10th, 2006
0 comments One might expect conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone, in making a film about 9/11, to rub salt in the nation's wounds with a scenario about the Bush administration staging the day's events as an excuse...
MOVIE REVIEW- Can't wait: Itching to exit Miami, vice
Published on Jul 27th, 2006
0 comments If you watched NBC's three-hour hypefest for the Miami Vice movie, you got a taste of the lack of chemistry between stars Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. As they did on TV, the guys strike individual...
MOVIE REVIEW- Jack's back: How much action can Pirates endure?
Published on Jul 13th, 2006
0 comments What was so great about Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl was the way it came out of left field, reviving the action-adventure subgenre of the pirate movie and winning Johnny...
MOVIE REVIEW- Out of season: 'Monster House' months too early
Published on Jul 13th, 2006
0 comments The idea of new animated features opening three weeks in a row sounds like three studios made a suicide pact, or Hallmark declared National Animation Month so they could sell cards for it–...
MOVIE REVIEW- Sadistic Streep: Over the top in <i>Prada</i>
Published on Jul 6th, 2006
0 comments What happens when Mean Girls grow up? They become mean women, of course, and some of them go to New York and find work in journalism or other fields where a lack of compassion is an asset. The...
MOVIE REVIEW- Super 'Superman': He's baaaaaaack....
Published on Jun 29th, 2006
0 comments We don't need another hero, but we still need the old ones, judging from Superman Returns, which confirms the superhero status of Bryan Singer, the ex-director of the X-Men series. We didn't need...
MOVIE REVIEW- Libre it alone: <i>Nacho</i>'s no <i>Napoleon</i>
Published on Jun 15th, 2006
0 comments When is a smackdown not a slamdunk? When it˙s reviewed by someone who doesn˙t care for wrestling. I'˙m not one of the people who didn˙t get Napoleon Dynamite, the breakthrough...
MOVIE REVIEW- Nashville, MN: 'Prairie Home...' does Altman proud
Published on Jun 8th, 2006
0 comments A Prairie Home Companion is assured of two audiences: fans of Robert Altman and fans of Garrison Keillor. Both will have a great time, as will just about anyone lured by the rootsy music, the comedy...
MOVIE REVIEW- Assinine Aniston:<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Giving divorce a bad name
Published on Jun 1st, 2006
0 comments There's no winner in the battle of the sexes, according to The Break-Up, a romantic comedy, or anti-romantic comedy, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn in what could be a foreshadowing of...
MOVIE REVIEW- Opie v. Opus Dei: Howard's code for 'let down'
Published on May 25th, 2006
0 comments 'No one is more worshipful of the gods of cinema than I, yet I manage to keep them separate from the God I worship in a spiritual sense. When I can't distinguish fact from fiction in the movies, I...
MOVIE REVIEW- RJ's eleven: Furry friends take on suburbia
Published on May 18th, 2006
0 comments In The Wild a lot of familiar ingredients appeared to have lost their flavor, but master chefs have mixed them to the best effect yet in Over the Hedge, an early frontrunner for the year's best...
MOVIE REVIEW- Sketchy sketch pad: Ordinary movie disappoints
Published on May 11th, 2006
0 comments If almost anyone else had made Art School Confidential, it would be a perfectly enjoyable tale of a young artist's freshman year and the strange people he encounters; but after Crumb, Ghost World and...
MOVIE REVIEW- What a hoot: An environmental movie for tweens
Published on May 4th, 2006
0 comments It's easy to take Hoot at face value, as a family-friendly tale of teen environmentalists fighting greedy land developers to save endangered owls. It's just as easy, in this post-Brokeback era, to...
MOVIE REVIEW- Rich 'Friends': Aniston hangs with new gang
Published on Apr 20th, 2006
0 comments Uh-oh, I just enjoyed a chick flick! Does that mean I'm gay? The question is relevant, since a possibly misunderstood metrosexual is a major character in Friends with Money. Nicole Holofcener proved...
MOVIE REVIEW- Don't bother: Skip 'Wild,' look at the DVDs
Published on Apr 13th, 2006
0 comments Creative bankruptcy" is a relative term. The Scary Movie series assembles plots, scenes, lines, and characters from other movies in new contexts and calls it satire. The Wild does the same thing and...
MOVIE REVIEW- Cancer shticks: 'Thanks' not as smug as it might be
Published on Apr 6th, 2006
0 comments It's not that Thank You for Smoking isn't resoundingly entertaining, it just happens to have tremendous educational value. You'll learn as much about debate and manipulation in an hour and a half as...
MOVIE REVIEW- Not so cool: 'Ice Age' redux leaves viewers cold
Published on Mar 30th, 2006
0 comments Now we know how the mammoths died: sequelitis killed them. Ice Age: The Meltdown (the "2" was removed from the title a few weeks ago, perhaps to make it sound less like a sequel) is two movies in one...
MOVIE REVIEW- Career spike: Lee's the real 'Inside Man'
Published on Mar 23rd, 2006
0 comments You're in line at the bank. Armed thugs lock the doors and scream at everyone to "Get down on the f**king floor!" If this were anywhere but New York it might seem unusual. Then again, it's Spike Lee'...
MOVIE REVIEW- Fawkes you: One part 'Phantom,' two parts Moore
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments Fans who flock to V for Vendetta because they hear Natalie Portman is showing a lot of skin may be disappointed when they find out it's only the skin on top of her head. The movie has enough...