Latest Theatrical Reviews
The Constant Gardener (2005)
A bit staid in its thriller mechanics...[but] engaging in its drama, amusing in its fragments of bone-dry wit, and suspenseful in its dual mystery.
The Cave (2005)
Now that Hollywood has manufactured enough
clones to fill a wall at Blockbuster, who needs another?
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Easy to recommend but hard to love, distinguished by Gilliam's extravagant and funny style, but compromised by creative warfare and budgetary limitations.
The Baxter (2005)
is hobbled, and all Showalter has is his concept.
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Miller freely uses the unusual as an allegory for the most usual of subjects: parentage and the rocky path from childhood to adulthood.
The Aristocrats (2005)
Gilbert Gottfried's version at a Friar's Roast just after 9/11 reminds us that irony will never be dead. It's the role of comedy to test our ...boundaries of comfort.
The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D (2005)
The injury of 3D eyestrain [adds] to the insult of garish production design...[looks] like a 94—minute Saturday-morning commercial for Marshmallow Toast Crunch...
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Sweet and raunchy in equal measure, which I suppose makes it the aged-to-perfection version of
De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005)
[Audiard's] hamhanded touch with the obviously symbolic plot elements results in a static accounting of polar personal themes...lacks spontaneity, authenticity, or suspense.
Les Choristes (The Chorus) (2004)
A conspicuously charming kids' film [but] adults who slobber over
are kidding themselves if they think it's sophisticated, realistic, or original.
Dopo Mezzanotte (After Midnight) (2004)
A beautiful and beguiling film about love, cinema, and love of cinema...has the quirky, breezy quality of a bicycle ride by night.
Paper Clips (2004)
Has powerful moments, mostly courtesy of the Holocaust survivors, but the interviews and narration sound overly coached, and...the film is given to repetitive overstatement.
Politiki kouzina (A Touch of Spice) (2004)
The Greek-Turkish co-production A Touch of Spice has a lot on its plate. In my neck of the woods, Greece's official selection for the 2005 Best Foreign Language Oscar is getting a Thanksgiving-week o...
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
A bloated melodrama more interested in poses than inner lives (according to some Japanese-culture-vultures, it gets the poses wrong, too).
Going Shopping (2005)
Like the funky little shop at its heart,
may not look like much from its exterior, but a little browsing turns up unexpected treasures.
Ellie Parker (2005)
Watts' performance is brave and jazzy, but Coffey's riffing lacks lasting impact.
The Universal Studios brand famously adorns the best Hollywood monster movies. Now two men named Lee have joined forces to reinvent the monster movie and the comic-book movie in one collective stroke...
Just Friends (2005)
Brush aside the pratfalls, cheap-shot fat jokes, and creative variety of crotch attacks, and what's left? Not a lick of emotional sense.
Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
Plays like a giant warning to get out of town before
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
[Afield] from its off-Broadway origins, but the intimacy afforded by the camera and...most of the original cast occasionally restore the emotional vitality of the piece.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Wright's ability to evoke sympathy for even the marginal characters--partly by exercising ingeniously economical staging to catch them in private moments--distinguishes this
Pride & Prejudice
Ballets Russes (2005)
The utterly charming dance-history doc Ballets Russes traces the legendary ballet company from its 1909 inception to its 1962 dissolution. Clearly, the Ballets Russes, in its various incarnations, re...
Chicken Little (2005)
Far more manic than funny,
tries to spin the kiddie standard about a little chick convinced the sky is falling into a depressingly "hip," Shreky-green comedy act.
Bee Season (2005)
Myla Goldberg's novel Bee Season becomes one of the fall's funkiest pictures, as directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. A husband, wife, teenage son, and 11-year-old daughter comprise the appare...
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
On the evidence of Jumanji and its sideways sequel Zathura, children's author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg has a thing for exorcising childhood trauma by elaborately laying waste to family home...
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
Writer-director Shane Black's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Black wrote the influential buddy-cop movie Lethal Weapon and the underlooked The Long Kiss Goodnight, but also overkilled with the profane The Las...
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Triumphant coming-of-age drama (complete with horses!) [aimed] at little girls and their captive-audience fathers.
North Country (2005)
Feature films about sexual harassment are hardly a dime a dozen, so Niki Caro's
—gawky though it may be at times—comes as welcome.
Quality of Life (2005)
Benjamin Morgan's provocative debut Quality of Life is a true San Francisco movie. Shot and edited in the Mission District, this fly-on-the-wall drama about graffiti writers makes brilliant use of lo...
Mysterious daddy issues, a color scheme that washes everything in fluorescent urine and lime-green Jello, and....editing so jittery it'll send you into rapid eye movement.
In Her Shoes (2005)
[Jerks] every tear in the "chick-lit" book...but the fertile combination of Hanson, Grant, and the stars allows blossoms of truth and humor to spring up out of the mulch.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
A theatrical movie infused with the energy of live TV....
Good Night, and Good Luck.
reminds us that, when played right, journalism is a dangerous game.
A movie for young people, and they're welcome to it. Anyone older than teenage already will have seen every joke in
in more finely crafted, funnier movies.
Into the Blue (2005)
Into the Blue
displays plenty of priceless booty (and the treasure is impressive, too...).
Kirn's sharp-tongued novel would suggest an Alexander Payne film rife with arch satire, but Mills ultimately goes for a more deeply affecting emotional study.
Roll Bounce (2005)
Affectionate retro fun that coasts on soul sounds of the '70s and Cosby Kids-styled camaraderie.
Touch the Sound (2005)
Glennie and Reidelsheimer prove equally adept at tapping into found sound and transforming it into art.
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
[Burton paints] death as a (literally) more colorful plane of existence than life, the ultimate subversive joke in a movie full of them.
Just Like Heaven (2005)
Painfully predictable romanticized crap, but dealing as it does with mortal tragedy—death, brain-death, and loss—it's also unscrupulous and exploitative.
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