Latest Theatrical Reviews
The Golden Compass (2007)
Posh fantasy...the film's dazzling imagery and serviceable story hustle along agreeably, if a bit dourly.
In the story's nooks and crannies are ideas to savor...the human-condition horrors of unpassable distances of space, time, and reconciliation.
Steal a Pencil for Me (2007)
"The course of true love never did run smooth," wrote the Bard, and truer words could not be spoken of Ina and Jack Polak, whose love survived the Holocaust. Michèle Ohayon tells their story i...
Alpha Dog (2007)
A well-researched model of the true-crime genre...[and] close cinematic relative of Larry Clark's
Moshe and co-screenwriter Guy Jacobson use their white protagonist not cynically to exploit white guilt, but to excavate it and examine its possibilities and failings with an anthropological eye.
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Writer-director Robin Swicord's surprisingly effective adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's chick-lit novel The Jane Austen Book Club proves to be a delightful romantic comedy that (gasp) even men can en...
Sydney White (2007)
The latest Amanda Bynes vehicle, Sydney White, gives "Snow White" a college try. I know what you're thinking: they still make Amanda Bynes vehicles? Abandon all hope, ye who enter the unhallowed hall...
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Even the most abysmal romantic comedy will appeal to someone, and Good Luck Chuck is aimed squarely at those with a drunken-frat-boy mentality. Even they will be hard-pressed to score date-movie poin...
Amusing and heartfelt, Delirious comes from indie darling Tom DiCillo. Steve Buscemi gives a crackerjack leading performance as Les, a profane, selfish, hypocritical, star-struck, self-absorbed papar...
The Hunting Party (2007)
Based on an article in Esquire magazine, The Hunting Party tells the true-ish tall tale of a band of reporters on the trail of the most wanted war criminal in Bosnia. Richard Gere plays an incorrigib...
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
The lazy comedy Mr. Woodcock almost skates by on star power, but the notoriously troubled production shows the seams between credited director Craig Gillespie and the man who directed three weeks of...
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
For those who aren't already well-versed with the chapter in history, David Sington's documentary about the Apollo space program is an invaluable document; those who are will find this appendix&mdash...
The Brave One (2007)
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, and director Neil Jordan slum for the slick Hollywood thriller The Brave One. The seedy revenge flick finds Foster's radio host turning vigilante: Ira Glass crossed wit...
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Two gripping hours so richly realized you won't want them to end.
The Bubble (2007)
Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox offers up a "Romeo & Romeo" tale about an Israeli man (Ohad Knoller) and a Palestinian man (Yousef Sweid) who make a go of love in Tel Aviv. But The Bubble is also an...
Deep Water (2007)
In Deep Water, documentarians Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell recount the dramatic story of the 1968 Golden Globe yacht race, with a focus on one remarkable individual: Donald Crowhurst. The decided...
The King of Kong (2007)
About ethics and personal character as much as it is about the weird world of die-hard arcade gaming.
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
Director Rod Lurie, once a journalist himself, wrings every drop of pathos out of a true story recounted by J.R. Moehringer in the pages of L.A. Times Magazine. While there's a fair amount of insight...
2 Days in Paris (2007)
Fans of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are likely to enjoy this loose-limbed comedy, written, directed, edited, co-produced, and scored by Julie Delpy. Did I mention she's also the star? Delpy play...
The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)
What exactly does an "unarmed military observer" do? And what kind of toll does the job take? These are the surprising questions answered by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's documentary as it pursues...
Right at Your Door (2007)
Right at Your Door has enough material for a great episode of The Twilight Zone; unfortunately, writer-director Chris Gorak has made a 96-minute film with it. Despite this discrepancy, Gorak's film h...
September Dawn (2007)
Christopher Cain's September Dawn has succeeded in whipping up controversy by unambiguously pointing a finger at Brigham Young (Terence Stamp) in recounting the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah...
The Nanny Diaries (2007)
From the "chick lit" files comes a surprisingly satisfying mainstream satire about life in a high-end tax bracket. The Nanny Diaries works to the degree that it does because Emma McLaughlin and Nicol...
The 11th Hour (2007)
This documentary could just be the most important movie ever made. Okay, now that could just as easily be hyperbole, but do you really want to take that chance? The 11th Hour takes on our current env...
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
Atkinson's over-the-top clowning is catnip for the wee ones, but adults will find it an acquired taste.
The Invasion (2007)
Kidman's psychiatrist is the biggest dolt--err, bolt--in a machine that turns out nothing but phoniness.
Rocket Science (2007)
Comes tantalizingly close to the genius of Hal Ashby's unforced, sympathetic humanism...
A riotous story of friendship, debauchery, and pizza bagels.
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Woody Allen does the treadmill every day, and it seems to be working. Not only is the 66-year-old director still trim, but his insular collection of themes keeps him firmly in one place. Unfortunatel...
Allen's old-fashioned films are now like a ratty pair of slippers that are too comfortable even to consider throwing away.
This Is England (2007)
Meadows' recollections of his own youth...lend a terrible immediacy to an unusually potent coming-of-age story.
No End in Sight (2007)
Charles Ferguson's documentary looks back at the Bush Administration's rush to war in Iraq, and the series of short-sighted, short-term decisions that resulted in insurgency and sectarian violence, w...
It's been quite some time since a fantasy adventure this cheekily entertaining has made its way down the pipeline.
The Lookout (2007)
One of the most enjoyable films of the year to date, Scott Frank's
has all the good points and none of the bad of a screenwriter-turned-director labor of love.
One to Another (Chacun sa nuit) (2007)
Transplanting the young, naked flesh and seedy theatrics of Larry Clark to sunny France, directors Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr neglect the primary compensations of Clark's work: a strong photogr...
Becoming Jane (2007)
This lifeless speculative historical fiction about 20-year-old Jane Austen's romantic involvement with an Irish lawyer could've happened as screenwriters Sarah Williams and Kevin Hood imagine it, sin...
The Ten (2007)
Ken Marino & David Wain—beloved by a cult audience since their days in comedy troupe The State—reteam as writers of The Ten, an absurdist anthology of short tales based on the ten com...
El Cantante (2007)
Vanity, thy name is J.Lo. This take on the rise and fall of salsa legend Héctor Lavoe ostensibly puts singing star Marc Anthony center stage, but the drama is disproportionately tilted toward...
My Best Friend (Mon Meilleur Ami) (2007)
Patrice Leconte's pleasant comedy-drama proposes a hero with no friends. Antique dealer François (Daniel Auteuil) is an expert at taking advantage of others, but a failure at the give and take...
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
A good movie, but also one that betrays the strain of great expectations, a four-episode length, and a 400-episode back catalog.
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