Movie Reviews

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...
MOVIE REVIEW- Hedon seek: Depp's 'Libertine' a pompous bore
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments "You will not like me," John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the 2nd Earl of Rochester, promises at the opening of The Libertine. "The gentlemen will be envious and the ladies will be repelled– I do not...
Hedon seek: Depp's 'Libertine' a pompous bore
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments   "You will not like me," John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the 2nd Earl of Rochester, promises at the opening of The Libertine. "The gentlemen will be envious and the ladies will be repelled– I...
MOVIE REVIEW-Going the distance: '16 Blocks' is a long way
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments Have you heard the one about the old drunk who finds redemption? If you haven't heard it, you've surely seen the movie. It's a Hollywood staple that often scores Oscar nominations for actors of...
Going the distance: '16 Blocks' is a long way
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments   Have you heard the one about the old drunk who finds redemption? If you haven't heard it, you've surely seen the movie. It's a Hollywood staple that often scores Oscar nominations for actors...
MOVIE REVIEW- Dysfunctional: Family novelty wears thin
Published on Feb 23rd, 2006
0 comments A year ago, few Caucasians had ever heard of Tyler Perry, but he was well known to African Americans. If they hadn't seen him touring in his plays, they had made him a multi-millionaire by buying the...
MOVIE REVIEW- Moore is less: Burn but no 'Crash'
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments When you have two top talents like Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore acting their asses off in a movie, why would you open it in February? You could be hoping for another "S.O.L." (Silence of the...
Moore is less: Burn but no 'Crash'
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments When you have two top talents like Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore acting their asses off in a movie, why would you open it in February? You could be hoping for another "S.O.L." (Silence of the...
MOVIE REVIEW- Simiantics: Hard to keep kids awake
Published on Feb 9th, 2006
0 comments In Madagascar, some animals left a New York zoo and sailed for Africa. In Curious George, one monkey makes the reverse trip, leaving the African jungle for Manhattan's urban one. (Technically it's a...
MOVIE REVIEW- 'Something New': Is Mr. White Mr. Right?
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments You can't exactly say Bridget Jones's Diary meets Crash in Something New, but for a romantic comedy, it gets pretty heavily into racial issues. Sanaa Lathan stars as Kenya McQueen, a workaholic...
Sign language: War of 'The New World'
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments [NOTE: The film has been recut and shortened by 16 minutes since it was screened for critics in December. This review is of the original version.] Didn't we just see a movie about strange aliens...
MOVIE REVIEW- 'Match Point': Is Woody Allen's magic back?
Published on Jan 19th, 2006
0 comments   Woody Allen must watch a lot of Turner Classic Movies, the network that feted his 70th birthday with a documentary and quintuple filmathon. Match Point, widely hailed as the Woodman's return...
Obi-wan Latifah: Film snobs stay away
Published on Jan 12th, 2006
0 comments   I don't want to be a spoiler, but the only person who would want to see a romantic comedy in which Queen Latifah dies at the end is Mo'Nique, who would expect to pick up some good roles for a...
Not sheepish: Ledger, Gyllenhaal rise to roles
Published on Jan 5th, 2006
0 comments Brokeback Mountain is one of the year's most romantic films, and the romance happens to be between two men. Apparently Focus Features' focus groups determined that enough gay men and straight women...
2005 in review - Call it 2004, version 2.0
Published on Dec 22nd, 2005
0 comments Just when it seemed impossible for Hollywood to get any less creative, along came 2005 looking like a rerun of 2004. And they wondered why the box office was down most of the year. If this year's...
Simian sizzler: <I>King Kong</I> apes earlier versions
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments A simian the size of "King Kong" has a lot of meat on his bones, even if they would seem to have been picked clean by a succession of filmmakers. The 1933 apeflick, one of the most influential films...
Narnia 1: The passion of the lion
Published on Dec 8th, 2005
0 comments In the Queen's English, a wardrobe is a freestanding closet, what we, preferring French to English, would call an armoire. In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the...
Iceman cometh: Cusack's every guy's idol
Published on Dec 1st, 2005
0 comments John Cusack is the guy most guys want to be– or think they are. It would be interesting to see him play a terrorist or a serial killer because he would probably make them likable, as he did a...
Harry's back: But magic's getting old
Published on Nov 24th, 2005
0 comments In addition to facing the three tasks of the Triwizard Tournament, the revived Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), and a gossipy tabloid reporter (Miranda Richardson) who keeps insisting he's 12, 14-year...
Cashing in: Too much walk, not enough fire
Published on Nov 17th, 2005
0 comments The trailer for Walk the Line emphasizes "Ring of Fire" instead of the title song. (In the movie itself, "Jackson" and "Folsom Prison Blues" are the only songs sung twice.) The film should have done...
Cold blooded: Capote captures its man
Published on Nov 10th, 2005
0 comments What Michael Moore has done for the documentary film, Truman Capote did in the book world with the publication of In Cold Blood, which he called "the first nonfiction novel." The movie Capote isn't...
FILM LISTINGS
Published on Nov 3rd, 2005
0 comments Chicken Little (G, 81 minutes) * 1/2 This embarrassingly bad animated feature indicates the sky is falling on Walt Disney Pictures! A story about the quest for a father's love, it's structured in...
Semper feisty: Jarheads ain't Rambos
Published on Nov 3rd, 2005
0 comments U.S. Marines are proud to be known as "jarheads," a reference to the shape given their skulls by their regulation haircuts. It also implies, according to the protagonist of Jarheads, that their heads...
'North Country': Norma Rae meets Erin B.
Published on Oct 20th, 2005
0 comments What's the world coming to? Next they'll be letting women review movies. Sure, like they're going to appreciate the subtleties of something like North Country. Add New Zealand's Niki Caro (Whale...
Sole sisters: 'In Her Shoes' toes the line
Published on Oct 6th, 2005
0 comments Philadelphia becomes the City of Sisterly Love (not the Sapphic kind) in In Her Shoes, a refreshingly (or irritatingly, depending on your point of view) testosterone-free dramedy directed by Curtis...
Bow no Wow: Some <I>Roll</I> but no bounce
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments In 1977 Star Wars was released, inspiring generations of filmmakers. Hardly a month goes by without the opening of a film that was somehow influenced by George Lucas' seminal sci-fi epic. Two years...
It adds up: Praise for 'Proof': not boring
Published on Sep 22nd, 2005
0 comments Here comes Gwyneth Paltrow, re-teamed with her Shakespeare in Love director, John Madden, and gunning for another Oscar. She's doing it the hard way in Proof– without an accent. Adapted from...
Great guns: War 'lord' the ultimate antihero
Published on Sep 15th, 2005
0 comments It's not to be confused with any other "Lord of..." movies, but Lord of War runs rings around most of the competition at the multiplex. The movie Lord of War is most likely to be confused with, and...
No rosy ending: Whatever possessed her?
Published on Sep 8th, 2005
0 comments The financial success of The Passion of the Christ has made some Hollywood studios see the light. They're getting religion, even if they don't exactly "get" religion. That explains why the...
Compromised: Gardner less than thrilling
Published on Sep 2nd, 2005
0 comments The problems in Africa are enough to provide fodder for countless films (and musical events). The Constant Gardener rolls too many of the problems into one film– a good one that could have been...