Latest Theatrical Reviews
Blades of Glory (2007)
The script's failure leaves a heavy burden on the cast, and how well they compensate is both a testament to their talent and a waste of it.
Nicole Kidman tells the ubiquitous Will Farrell, "I think the fact that you're a hopeless mess is very refreshing," but critics are not so charitable about bad movies.
Reign Over Me (2007)
Builds up a nice head of steam...as a warm and quirky comedy of men trying to be men in a post-feminist world...also succumbs to niggling artificialities that drain the story of credibility and genuine heft.
Black Snake Moan (2007)
Welcome to the Lazarus Rehabilitation Center, where tarts become dear hearts since 2007...Mandinga to Maria--that's our motto.
Indigènes (Days of Glory) (2006)
Ably performed and effective as an old-fashioned war movie.
Reno 911!: Miami (2007)
While it's intermittently amusing, none of this was appointment television to begin with, so it's hard to imagine big crowds shelling out for it at the multiplex.
The Astronaut Farmer (2007)
The perfect film for all those delusional, self-entitled
rejects...darn it, this is America, where any man can lead a horse around his ranch in a spacesuit...
The Number 23 (2007)
Though the holes were rather small, I had to count them all. Now we know how many holes it takes to fill
The Number 23
Gray Matters (2007)
If you've ever stared into the Stepford-blank visage of a beauty-pageant competitor--with its frozen, unyielding smile--you may have some idea of what to expect.
The Zodiac (2006)
The Bulk(e)ly brothers repeat The Zodiac's famous quotation "I am waiting for a good movie about me" with an ironic lack of self-reflection.
Ray isn't beyond teasing out implications from his true stories, but he's also smart enough to know where to quit, allowing the viewer to resolve the whys and wherefores.
Ghost Rider (2007)
Call this the Legend of the 500-Mile Pothole.
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Undeniably breezy thanks to a quality star pairing.
Factory Girl (2007)
Sedgwick's thoroughly photographed life would doubtless make an engrossing documentary (a genre to which Hickenlooper ought to stick)...
Eddie Murphy's latest laffer is hysterical, all right, but in all the wrong ways. A kitchen-sink comedy (as in everything but), Norbit is a broad, low-comedy spectacle with grotesque cartoon caricatu...
The Dead Girl (2006)
There's an underlying, unifying power and credibility to Moncrieff's cumulative assertion that degradation is expected of too many women, and too often expected by themselves.
O'Toole gives a magnificent old-lion performance...in a role that allows both subtlety and theatrical vigor.
God Grew Tired of Us (2006)
More Lost Boys of Sudan come to the screen in Christopher Quinn's documentary God Grew Tired of Us. Produced by Brad Pitt and narrated by Nicole Kidman, the film traces the paths of lost boys attempt...
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
By the time the mad finale rolls around, the viewer will feel had, for
grasps for significance where there is none to be found.
Miss Potter (2006)
Labors mightily to present world-famous children's author Beatrix Potter as a preternaturally free spirit.
The Good Shepherd (2006)
The film finally resembles nothing so much as its most persistent symbol: an objet d'art crafted to impress with empty trickery.
El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) (2006)
A fresh opportunity to revel in the darkly beautiful dreamscapes unleashed by the increasingly masterful del Toro.
The Painted Veil (2006)
Like a long-term relationship,
The Painted Veil
is well-intentioned and not particularly sexy, but understands duties of forgiveness, sacrifice, and commitment.
We Are Marshall (2006)
I suppose there's a place for this studio picture's brand of popcorn catharsis. One just wishes the powerful story at its heart felt more genuine and less manipulative.
Breaking and Entering (2006)
A clumsily symbolic tale comparing actual theft to crimes of the heart, Breaking and Entering finds writer-director Anthony Minghella meandering for a full two hours through bafflingly unrealistic be...
The Good German (2006)
Still-relevant political observation...[and] a nifty mystery that's a bit too self-conscious for its own good.
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
an awkward flashback structure and a patronizing tone.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Certainly a bad film. But darn it, it ain't a half-bad movie.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Like a prankster let loose in a puzzle factory, director David Lynch creates dysfunctional mysteries which defy the simple piecing together of a coherent solution. His puzzles may lack key pieces, ha...
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Note to self: accept no British imports trying to be American trash.
How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)
[This] honest-to-God kid's movie--and a good one, no less...serves up a sweet-natured and reasonably authentic platter of kid culture.
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Competence and a core faithfulness are enough to communicate the simple charms of E.B. White's perennial children's novel.
If you can be satisfied skipping along its surface,
fulfills its splashy, superficial promise of glitter, glamour, and sass.
The Passion of the Christ
, Gibson's empathy extends only as far as feeling his characters' pain...It is, however, a rip-roaring, ultraviolent action picture.
Blood Diamond (2006)
Lethal Weapon 5
any day. Let's call it a flawed gem.
Off the Black (2006)
For his eccentric indie Off the Black, James Ponsoldt casts Nick Nolte as a slovenly, sloppy-drunk old cuss who cleans up nice only to tape sad and lonely video diaries. In his capacity as a local um...
Opal Dream (2006)
A rather sweet tale about each family member struggling to accept the others on their own terms...provides the sort of heartening, Capraesque movie moment of which we'd all like to believe our lives are capable.
Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
A new generation of kids gets its John Hughes on...surprisingly bearable.
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.
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