Latest Theatrical Reviews
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.
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...
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...
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.
No Reservations (2007)
A great big cheeseburger of a movie...For those who have been waiting for Philip Glass to score a pillow fight, your wait is over.
Your Mommy Kills Animals (2007)
Your Mommy Kills Animals—Curt Johnson's documentary on the animal rights movement and the response to it—lays out some interesting information about the ire between "animal welfarists" an...
's eccentricity holds, but Ellis and his audience would have benefited from a clearer direction and a bit more restraint.
There is nothing new under the sun, but at least the talented Boyle still brings the heat.
Rescue Dawn (2007)
Werner Herzog's stunning Rescue Dawn models true-story restraint. Based on the true story of U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler—downed in Laos in 1965—Herzog's script hews closely to Dengler'...
Boyle's energetic pace and typically creative visuals suit the film's fanciful brushes with magic realism.
Lady Chatterley (2007)
D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover has been adapted several times for film, but few realize Lawrence wrote three entirely distinct novels about a wife thrillingly cuckolding her husband with the...
Manufactured Landscapes (2007)
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky specializes in arresting photography of "manufactured landscapes": factories, quarries, mines, recycling plants, shipyards, dams, and heaps of rubble. Trailing...
A straightforward, unfussy musical comedy, one that entertains twice as much as the dour
Talk to Me (2007)
Could stand to focus more on scrupulous sociocultural history and less on compulsively entertaining the audience...has enough untold story and acting chops to make it worthwhile.
Gypsy Caravan (a.k.a. When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan) (2007)
To best enjoy the energetic and big-hearted
, know that it's not so much a concert film as it is a cultural-anthropology documentary...
Introducing the Dwights (a.k.a. Clubland) (2007)
A collision of Jeannie's story and Tim's story, and while that's appropriate, it also results in wobbly tone shifts (
, without the horses?).
Black Sheep (2007)
King's film is a boffo short wantonly stretched to feature-length, well beyond the scope of his ideas...
As the film wears on, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the dry humor from the supposed chills. Consequently,
drifts into camp.
License to Wed (2007)
Told primarily from the point-of-view of a young man (John Krasinski of The Office) about to be married, License to Wed makes hay of male anxieties about love and marriage. Robin Williams plays Rever...
Though a debate about practical application would be welcome, Moore's people-person approach and sense of humor make
a warm, humane, sad, and funny response to a social crisis.
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Disappointingly generic...slips into last place in the series.
From its laughably lyrical opening to its bow-tying resolution, Lajos Koltai's
invites comparisons to
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Built as it is around child actors, Fredi M. Murer's Vitus is the sort of cute import upon which the Weinstein Brothers used to pounce. Sony Pictures Classics does the honors this time, but Vitus is...
Stephanie Daley (2007)
Writer-director Hilary Brougher brings satisfying subtlety to Stephanie Daley, an issue film about a sixteen-year-old who may or may not have murdered her newborn child in a public restroom. The film...
Pierrepoint (a.k.a. Pierrepoint—The Last Hangman) (2007)
The new British indie Pierrepoint, co-produced by Masterpiece Theatre, bitterly regards the culture of capital punishment. Adrian Shergold's film is based on the true story of Albert Pierrepoint, who...
You Kill Me (2007)
A surprisingly resonant examination of getting sober, made amusing by [an] assassin's increasing honesty about his career.
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