Latest Film Reviews
The Holiday (2006)
At one point Amanda remarks, 'In the world of love, cheating is not acceptable.' Also no longer acceptable: romantic comedies set in 'the world of love.'
A fitful, contrived, 131-minute guilt trip which fails to convince an audience fully to invest in any of its characters.
Fast Food Nation (2006)
You know what they call a Royale with Cheese in Austin, Texas? The Big One...ambitious and a typically satisfying outing for one of America's most consistent directors.
The Nativity Story (2006)
'When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best'...the film has all the substance, visual appeal, and excitement of a Hallmark card.
10 Items or Less (2006)
A ridiculous but cheerful toss-off...amusing and charming.
Beyond the Call (2006)
Adrian Belic's straightforward film shows the men in action and allows them to tell -- in their salty, no-B.S. way -- their own stories of how and why they do what they do.
Wrestling With Angels (2006)
Ever wondered what playwright Tony Kushner was up to from 2002 to 2004? Then Wrestling with Angels is the film for you. Like a series of semi-promotional newsmagazine segments stitched together, Frie...
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Tarantinoid...the machinations are all familiar enough that your unoccupied brain may drift off to wonder how Hartnett's made a career out of bad haircuts.
Every isolated moment or trapping that might be excused in a better film leaps up like a cowlick that just won't behave: Demi Moore drawling through 'Louie Louie' comes to mind.
The Fountain (2006)
Hugely ambitious and visually commanding...the kind of artful, textured, defiantly non-mainstream gamble more filmmakers should be taking.
For Your Consideration (2006)
Are Guest and Levy scared of biting the hand that feeds or simply out of touch? In either case, the answer can't be good.
A creepy look at the borderline personalities on both sides of the line between celebrity and citizen.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Will the audience be 'rocked' by the band's wily charms or let down by a slack story that repeats too many decade-old jokes? Stoked or bummed? Everyone knows rock is about rebellion, so f*@# it: call me stoked.
Déjà vu (2006)
If you can surrender to the film's crazy convictions, it's a popcorn-munching wild ride worth taking.
The History Boys (2006)
The greatest adventure and saddest irony--taught alike by teachers to students and students to teachers--is that the big picture of history is writ small and ruthlessly unforgiving in each life--indeed, in every moment.
Happy Feet (2006)
Director George Miller—known for the Mad Max movies, The Witches of Eastwick, and the Babe films—returns in the family-friendly vein with a CGI-animated extravaganza about singing and dan...
Steve Anderson gets a lot of people on record about the F-word in his aptly-titled documentary Fuck. If the title offends you, you obviously won't cotton to the 629 utterances of the word, but Anders...
Harsh Times (2006)
It takes only a small leap of imagination to get from Jim Davis to GI Steven Green, the 21-year-old alleged rapist-murderer...men like Jim are trying to unwind from something worse than a bad day at the office.
Iraq in Fragments (2006)
The beautifully photographed digital doc Iraq in Fragments is consistently frustrating, but still a valuable glimpse into contemporary Iraq. Director James Longley devotes roughly a half-hour to each...
51 Birch Street (2006)
We'd all be better off if we could find our grace without a camera's obstruction, but ironically, Block's film provides a useful direction to see our way.
Though its humble pleasures give cause to pause and reflect on the Spanish filmmaker's occasionally overpraised output,
is a diverting melodrama...
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
It's like a Family Channel movie escaped and hid out in a movie theater.
Flushed Away (2006)
More concerned with character, well-timed sight and sound gags, and witty banter than it is with smooth plotting....[but] well-worth the plunge.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
No film in the history of cinema has succeeded in being more 'outrageously funny'...
Little Children (2006)
That the narration and Field's God's-eye camera draw attention to the film's form doesn't detract from its function: to give us that 'second' in the mirror...
Conversations with God (2006)
Conversations with God. Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try.
The Bridge (2006)
Steel assembles a scrapbook of suicide: reminiscences of surviving family and friends and magnetically morbid caught-on-tape records of people's last living moments on Earth.
Catch a Fire (2006)
Plays like a political
, but for the sake of the scrupulously researched social history, a bit of artificially induced pulse-pounding can be forgiven.
When Jeliza-Rose announces in the first scene, 'Today, we're all going on a great trip!', know that it's to the center of an emotional black hole.
Creature Comforts: The Complete Second Season (2005)
The wit of the show is in the clever transplanting of human situations to animal ones, which in turn reflect on the foibles of our daily lives.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Once she makes the sound feminist point that it wasn't easy being a girl in 1768, Coppola proves intellectually taxed.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Broyles and Haggis redundantly hammer home the same point in scene after scene...while fail[ing] in 132 minutes fully to breathe life into their triad of reluctant heroes.
Running with Scissors (2006)
With its compulsive theatricality,
Running With Scissors
enacts what may be the most unpleasant brand of insanity in a film full of them.
Stormbreaker (a.k.a. Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006)
[Rider's] squirrelly film debut amps up Horowitz's wry humor, putting silliness in unintentional competition with the film's action and dramatic elements.
With a bit more discipline, McGrath's wide-ranging film would be the equal of its more straightforward, older brother, but
' many charms deserve their own moment in the sun.
The Grudge 2 (2006)
If Shimizu's aging idea of rage-made wraiths were true, caterwauling critics would be crawling all over the multiplex right about now.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
A sincere examination of the moment, on the cusp of adulthood, when children must decide whether to get out of the only life they've known or honor it by staying home.
American Hardcore (2006)
doesn't achieve a cogent and authoritative history, it succeeds in giving the general impression of the early-'80s hardcore punk scene.
The Queen (2006)
Delicately balances the inherent drama of the tragic circumstances with the comedy of manners that is the Royal Family's dysfunction, and Britain's ambivalent attitudes to the same.
49 Up (2006)
Though less extreme, the
series suggests a real-life
, with subjects sometimes reluctantly allowing their lives to be recorded on film.
All site content © 2000-2016 Peter Canavese.
Page generated at 07/21/2016 06:57:48AM.