Latest Home Video Reviews
The Truman Show (1996)
[A] hugely entertaining dramatization of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave"...a fable that would be relevant 50 years earlier and no doubt will remain relevant 50 years hence.
Whedon's smart, densely plotted, fast-paced story provides ample opportunities for characterization, revealing the pain beneath the characters' defensive humor.
Last Holiday (2006)
A better way to seize the day would be to do something other than sitting through the sitcomedic
The Longshots (2008)
That's the problem with this well-intentioned celebration of the spirit of Title IX: it wants so badly to be liked that it tries to blend into the crowd.
Surfer, Dude (2008)
A celebration of unrealistic lifestyles, which makes it exactly the wrong film for our times.
The Duchess (2008)
Willing to settle for all-around competency instead of excavating history for deeper insights, leaving audiences with another undemanding genre placeholder.
Ghost Town (2008)
The comic voice of Ricky Gervais comes through loud and clear, and Koepp's vision of a classical Hollywood comedy creates a confluence not only of great performers but of considerable wit and heart.
Days of Thunder (1990)
An unofficial "sideways sequel" to
...except with national treasure Robert Duvall in the role of crusty mentor.
An unqualified populist success...works because it evinces a sincerity rarely felt in today's cinema.
Tommy Boy (1995)
Farley and Spade have a definite chemistry, and they do their best to pick up the slack.
Burn After Reading (2008)
Sour candy...redeemed by its humor and its clever construction, harkening back to the relatively optimistic crime comedy
The House Bunny (2008)
Almost worth seeing just for Faris' spot-on work...Shelley becomes an endearing character in Faris' nonjudgmental hands.
Old School (2003)
The sort of bad movie that constantly threatens to turn into something good, mostly on the strength of a few talented actors.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
is full of buried treasures and holds up to repeated viewings, as any cult film should. [Criterion Collection Blu-ray]
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Complete fluff, and proud of it...Once you adjust your senses, however, you're bound to submit to this vacation of a movie.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Joyless spectacle: it has a certain epic sweep...but it also has tacky CGI Yeti.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Gleefully silly...plays like an extension of a
Ben Stiller Show
sketch (but a pretty good one, at that).
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
The Farrellys' knack for stupid, Three Stooges-esque comedy writ larger by an infusion of heart excels with the complementary screen teaming of manic Jim Carrey and consummate screen actor Jeff Daniels.
Lost: The Complete Fourth Season—The Expanded Experience (2008)
Particularly in the strike-shortened fourth season, the writers propelled their plot aggressively...
Super Troopers (2002)
A surprisingly engaging entry in the stupid comedy sweepstakes, and sure to become a minor cult favorite.
Fred Claus (2007)
Though the film teases questions that would spark a child’s imagination, they’re all dropped like hot potatoes in favor of cheap infusions of dancing, slapstick, and...cartoon sound effects.
Grindhouse (Planet Terror & Death Proof) (2007)
isn't great cinema, but it is a genuine event picture, a rare good reason to venture out on a Friday night with a big crowd and the necessary wad of cash.
Jet Li's Fearless (2006)
If this is Li's epic swan song, it's a reasonably graceful exit.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Ledger slips into the purple suit as if it were an animal skin for a primal, archetypal dance...Nolan's richly realized adaptation of a modern American mythology fulfills our faith in the material and its interpreters.
The X-Files (1998)
For fans, it's the equivalent of a "very special episode," with a beefed up budget and an imperative to advance the storyline at least a little
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
A fantasy, so it's not obligated to be logical, but it should at least have
logic and follow its own set of rules. A failure to do so untethers the film.
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
Interesting enough as a symbolic drama of conflicting and conflicted beliefs. But this is also supposed to be a spooky movie, right?
Encounters at the End of the World (2008)
A Discovery Channel production about Antarctica that breaks the mold with Herzog's eccentric musings and auteur's eye.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
The movie's crackpot message—'To make something special, you just have to believe it's special'—may best be proven by the existence of this funny, unpretentious crowd-pleaser.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Adamson is willing to jettison Lewis' 'quaint' (I'd say loveable) whimsy and mythical acumen in favor of more martial sequences that'll sucker in the
Lord of the Rings
Delivers slam-bang action entertainment, and does it while putting a surprising twist on the archetypal heroic journey.
In the hands of Will Ferrell,
beats a hackneyed script into submission and cajoles smiles and chuckles from obvious material.
Torchwood: The Complete First Season (2006)
The show can be summed up in a single exchange between the flirty Captain Jack and audience surrogate Gwen. 'I'm getting tired of following you,' says Gwen. 'No you're not,' Jack replies. 'And you never will.'
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Lazarus' cliched idea of a black man is funny in itself...but Downey's immersive take on the immersive actor is pure genius.
The Polar Express (2004)
The film's only fatal failing is its inability to make any of the characters seem real. Most of them are downright creepy in their doll-like inexpressiveness.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
Provides a strong showcase for four deserving actresses and healthy lessons for an underserved audience of girls and young women.
It's best not to ask too many questions...Take the film's outstretched hand and go with it. That's the best way to enjoy a film that's as charming as a tale of two robots falling in love can be.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Redundant, boring, and not terribly attractive in telling a story more suited for the Junior Fiction shelves of your local library than the screens of your local multiplex.
Mad Money (2008)
A typical studio cast-off...[not] enough to justify letting go of your own hard-earned cash.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
The line from special effects whiz Ray Harryhausen to director Guillermo del Toro has never been so clearly visible...
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