Author: Anne Gilbert

Enchanted

Enchanted

In a fairly surprising move, Disney has come forward and shown it has an actual sense of humor about its patented brand of cheesy, clichéd, and relentless peppiness. Previously, self-reference has been limited to cross...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2007

August Rush

August Rush

Going in to August Rush, you've got to be more than willing to accept fairy tale magic; you've got to be looking to embrace it, with all of its whimsy and overzealous sense of wonder....

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2007

P2

P2

Someone -- either screenwriters Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur or director Franck Khalfoun -- is very, very proud of the name of their new movie. At every possible opportunity, they make a point to linger...

Movie Review posted on 9th November 2007

Good Luck Chuck

Good Luck Chuck

Despite what the marketing folks would have you believe, Good Luck Chuck is not, in fact, an average guy/beautiful klutz romantic comedy, and it's pretty baffling that this is how they choose to sell it....

Movie Review posted on 21st September 2007

No Reservations

No Reservations

Amidst the action-adventure blockbusters and schlocky teen horror of summer, we always get, for better or worse, the requisite Hollywood warm-weather date movie. No Reservations may live up to its ancestry, and while that isn't...

Movie Review posted on 27th July 2007

John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker is a really lucky kid. Not only is he the king of his high school - a real "man's man, ladies' man, man about town" for the under-18 set - but he also...

Movie Review posted on 5th April 2007

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer taught me that, according to the Polish brothers, I am a dream-crushing non-believer. And all things considered, I am just fine with that.The overly cutesy name refers to a man who is...

Movie Review posted on 23rd February 2007

Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics

It's not a complaint when I say that Hugh Grant seems to play the same role over and over these days. It never gets old to watch him play a complete bastard who is also...

Movie Review posted on 14th February 2007

The Night Listener

The Night Listener

I'm going to give Robin Williams the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is so detached and distant in The Night Listener because it's how his character goes through life, not because, if...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Infamous

Infamous

If the cogs of the movie-making machine are going to keep turning out the exact same movie, why do I have to write up a whole new review?It's hard to keep an open mind when...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Haven

Haven

The island of Grand Cayman is truly breathtaking, and the new drama Haven wastes no time in showing off the tucked-away coves of white, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of its setting. It's too...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Peaceful Warrior

Peaceful Warrior

Evidently, as things like yoga, alternative medicine, and meditation become more accepted by the mainstream, it creates a market of films for the new-agey niche. And that is likely just the audience for Peaceful Warrior,...

Movie Review posted on 27th January 2007

Trust the Man

Trust the Man

Something has made Bart Freundlich step away from torrid family melodrama, and thank goodness for it. The writer-director's Trust the Man is a grown-up and intelligent version of a romantic comedy, and for all that...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Confetti

Confetti

While it's a great exercise - and even a decent enough comedy - Confetti imparts one very important lesson: The Christopher Guest-style comedy of improvised mockumentary is not a genre to be entered into lightly.Confetti...

Movie Review posted on 24th January 2007

Harsh Times

Harsh Times

Maybe I am simply not male enough to grasp the full appeal of the seedier parts of Los Angeles, but something about the great cruel fraternity of violence and honor and drugs proves irresistible to...

Movie Review posted on 22nd January 2007

The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

It's very seductive when the popular and powerful want to welcome you into their inner circle, and none is more susceptible to the charms than the brash and reckless new doctor Nicholas Gerrigan.Of course, it's...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Harsh Times

Harsh Times

Maybe I am simply not male enough to grasp the full appeal of the seedier parts of Los Angeles, but something about the great cruel fraternity of violence and honor and drugs proves irresistible to...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Confetti

Confetti

While it's a great exercise - and even a decent enough comedy - Confetti imparts one very important lesson: The Christopher Guest-style comedy of improvised mockumentary is not a genre to be entered into lightly.Confetti...

Movie Review posted on 14th January 2007

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness is a biopic that is inherently risky -- it centers on a figure that, for all intents and purposes, no one has ever heard of. What it lacks in familiarity,...

Movie Review posted on 17th December 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

There is a part of The Pursuit of Happyness -- most of the last third, honestly -- that is just plain too bleak. It's taking an eternally optimistic guy just trying to scrape by and...

Movie Review posted on 15th December 2006

Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied Minors

Every year, we get a fresh batch of treacle at the movie theatre, all in the name of "family holiday entertainment;" approximately 68 percent of it stars Tim Allen. Because many Christmas movies have so...

Movie Review posted on 12th December 2006

Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond has too many politics to be an action movie, too little hanky panky to be a romantic drama, and too many chase scenes to be real social activism. It's action drama against the...

Movie Review posted on 8th December 2006

The History Boys

The History Boys

Plays do not always make the transition well from stage to screen - they can come off too talky or stagnant, mannerisms that work well on a far-off stage sometimes appearing stilted on a big...

Movie Review posted on 30th November 2006

Flushed Away

Flushed Away

As nice as it can be to see movies at press screenings -- nestled in big comfy chairs, away from the masses and ticket prices -- there were benefits to watching Flushed Away in a...

Movie Review posted on 6th November 2006

The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

It's very seductive when the popular and powerful want to welcome you into their inner circle, and none is more susceptible to the charms than the brash and reckless new doctor Nicholas Gerrigan.Of course, it's...

Movie Review posted on 9th October 2006

Trust the Man

Trust the Man

Something has made Bart Freundlich step away from torrid family melodrama, and thank goodness for it. The writer-director's Trust the Man is a grown-up and intelligent version of a romantic comedy, and for all that...

Movie Review posted on 18th August 2006

John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker is a really lucky kid. Not only is he the king of his high school - a real "man's man, ladies' man, man about town" for the under-18 set - but he also...

Movie Review posted on 31st July 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth

We are all so going to die. Al Gore says so.In the deeply scary documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Gore shows more personality - and poses some even more devastating consequences - than he did in...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion

Even among NPR fans - already a rather specific group - there is somewhat of a rift when it comes to the weekly program, A Prairie Home Companion. It's the sort of corny jokes and...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

Wordplay

Wordplay

I am not particularly a puzzler, but Wordplay, Patrick Creadon's ode to crossword makers and lovers is so reverent and infectious, it's hard not to get caught up in the desire to put letters in...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

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RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

We pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away this week at the age of 76.

Album of the Week: Conquering 'Stage Fright' with The Band

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7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music

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Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

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