Latest Theatrical Reviews
The Strangers (2008)
If you put yourself through the wringer only once this year, you could do worse than
Before the Rains (2008)
A poor man's rehash of
A Passage to India
Le voyage du ballon rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2008)
All suggestion and no imposition, a subtle meditation on how we position ourselves in space and to what end.
Mio fratello è figlio unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2008)
The Italian dramedy My Brother Is an Only Child traces a boy's journey from a crumbling family home to something like the opposite. Beginning in 1962 with an adolescent passage in the 400 Blows vein,...
Body of War (2008)
Filmmaker Ellen Spiro and legendary TV journalist Phil Donahue join forces for Body of War, a portrait of wounded veteran and antiwar activist Tomas Young. One thread of the narrative follows Young's...
With an average age of 80, the Young@Heart chorus stays terrifically active. Under the direction of tenacious Bob Cilman, the two dozen singers tackle challenging songs that are mostly rock and punk....
88 Minutes (2008)
Another lamebrained variation on the noir standard D.O.A., 88 Minutes propels itself through a requisite excess of plot to keep viewers guessing from whence the stench of herring comes and, as they s...
The Visitor (2008)
Character actor Richard Jenkins finally steps to center stage in The Visitor, Tom McCarthy's follow-up to indie darling The Station Agent. While not lacking in comic observation, the new film has a t...
My Blueberry Nights (2008)
Master of moody romance Wong Kar-Wai--the auteur behind In the Mood for Love--stumbles a bit with his first English-language picture, My Blueberry Nights. The usual components remain: pop music, slo-...
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
The long-anticipated pairing of martial-arts stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li arrives under great scrutiny. On the one hand are the great expectations; on the other is healthy skepticism that Stuart Litt...
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
The Judd Apatow juggernaut rolls on with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which Apatow produces for writer-star Jason Segel. Like his onetime Freaks and Geeks co-star Seth Rogen, Segel is an unlikely star...
Never Forever (2008)
Writer-director Gina Kim helms this corker about the delicacy of marital infertility and sympathetic infidelity. Vera Farmiga (The Departed) plays Sophie, a Caucasian housewife married into a Korean-...
With Leatherheads, director-producer-star George Clooney clearly has in mind a "Golden Age of Movies" pastiche like The Hudsucker Proxy, made by his Oscar-winning buddies the Coen Brothers. But lacki...
Irina Palm (2008)
For something completely different (though also written and directed by men), there's Irina Palm, which casts Marianne Faithfull as a self-described "frump" who dresses like a housecleaner but discov...
Three women don head scarves and sunglasses, get in a convertible, and go on a road trip past big rigs and picturesque canyons. It may sound like Thelma and Louise from someone who can't count, but i...
Snow Angels (2008)
David Gordon Green helms Snow Angels, an upscale indie starring Sam Rockwell as a fractured soul trying to piece his life back together. Rockwell hounds his wife (Kate Beckinsale), who has dumped but...
Shotgun Stories (2008)
Don't do a double take if Jeff Nichols' Shotgun Stories puts you in mind of David Gordon Green. Green is a producer on the project, and DP Adam Stone helped to shoot three of Green's films. Writer-di...
The standard-issue "indie bromance" Backseat develops a nice rapport between its leads, but feels more like four strung-together episodes a 1990s sitcom than a compelling reason for a film. Writer Jo...
The Grand (2008)
An improvisational poker-championship comedy in the vein of Christopher Guest's Best in Show sounds like a better idea than it is, but screenwriter Zak Penn (the X-Men films) does solid work in his s...
Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul (2008)
Looking for something completely different? Why not try Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul, a lyrical set of interconnected, spiritual-minded fables? Filmed in Tunisia and Iran, the story...
The Family Stone (2005)
[A] pleasingly off-kilter domestic comedy.
An enthralling bauble of many facets: part feminist thriller, part "howdunnit" mystery, and all good old-fashioned story.
Charlie Bartlett (2008)
Honors the neuroses of high school while also holding out the hope every teen needs...
The Hammer (2008)
Adam Carolla fans will feel they've died and gone to heaven...Unfortunately it all adds up to something more like a viral video than a full-fledged film.
10,000 BC (2008)
Our favorite Teutonic huckster presumes that prehistory means that anything narrative goes: hey, who can prove him wrong?
Under the Same Moon (La misma luna) (2008)
Tries so hard to put a human face on the immigration issue that it ends up feeling as genuine as a plastic Halloween mask.
Planet B-Boy (2008)
An independent generation's struggle to be understood by parents, the ravenous hunger to be affirmed as a champion, and the phenomenal creativity, skill, and athleticism of breaking.
Ne touchez pas la hache (a.k.a. The Duchess of Langeais) (2008)
Director Jacques Rivette, a contemporary of famous New Wave filmmakers Truffaut and Godard, turned 80 this month, and he celebrates with a new film in theaters. The Duchess of Langeais, adapted from...
The gay romantic drama Shelter is rather ordinary (if a gay romantic drama can be called ordinary in today's political climate), especially in its filmic technique. But quietly and cumulatively, it s...
It's telling that Sleepwalking is distributed by Overture Films, "a Starz company," as one can see it speedily arriving at its afterlife on cable and home video. Despite its best of intentions, this...
Funny Games (2008)
In a way, Michael Haneke's Funny Games is the best-made bad movie you'll ever see, something equivalent to Stanley Kubrick directing Death Wish 6. With painstaking control, Haneke details a horrifyin...
Married Life (2008)
Writer-director Ira Sachs puts marriage under the ultimate strain in Married Life. Infidelity? That's nothing. Try a husband determined to kill his wife because it would be inhumane simply to dump he...
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who (2008)
Adapting the slim and charmingly quaint stories of Dr. Seuss into feature-length films has always been a dicey proposition, which makes the success of Horton Hears a Who all the sweeter. This loving...
George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead (2008)
At 67, George A. Romero can still kick upstart film-school horror junkies to the curb with his restless intellect and artful vitality. It sounds like a joke, but it's a compliment: Romero comes up wi...
The Bank Job (2008)
Tunneling underground notwithstanding, a heist movie shouldn't feel this much like drudgery.
Girls Rock! (2008)
An inspiring rebel yell from four girls unwilling to recede into the background as passive sacrifices to the MTV culture.
Penelope, a gender swap on the old Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, casts Christina Ricci as an innerly beautiful rich girl literally cursed with a pig snout. Marriage to "one of her own kind" can re...
The Signal (2008)
The tripartite film The Signal borrows a conceit from J-horror—technology as a portal for evil—and puts it through the American indie horror wringer. The signal in question, sent by someo...
One of this year's five Oscar-nominated foreign films, the Israeli entry Beaufort essays the last days of the 12th Century Beaufort Castle, a mountain stronghold in Southern Lebanon. Once held by the...
Eastern Promises (2007)
' unusually ambiguous character study makes for a different kind of crime drama, a striking if not entirely satisfying one.
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