Author: Pete Croatto

Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun

The last few years have seen a ton of anti-war, anti-government films come our way. I'm all for a director making a statement, but one wonders what the shelf life is for most of these...

Movie Review posted on 13th April 2009

Woodstock

Woodstock

The appeal of Woodstock isn't as a concert film, though there are some great performances that hold up 40 years later. The film is a historical document, representing the zenith of the peace and love...

Movie Review posted on 10th April 2009

Mario Barth: Under the Skin

Mario Barth: Under the Skin

Tattoo entrepreneur Mario Barth is juggling two successful businesses (the celebrity-approved Starlight Tattoo and manufacturing sterile ink), a family, and flying across the world to get his tattoo bodysuit worked on. The last part of...

Movie Review posted on 10th April 2009

Johhny Got His Gun

Johhny Got His Gun

The last few years have seen a ton of anti-war, anti-government films come our way. I'm all for a director making a statement, but one wonders what the shelf life is for most of these...

Movie Review posted on 28th March 2009

Inside Moves

Inside Moves

Director Richard Donner became a name by making big, action-packed blockbusters like Superman and the Lethal Weapon quartet. So watching Inside Moves, his 1980 character study about outcasts who find salvation in a watering hole,...

Movie Review posted on 24th March 2009

Elegy

Elegy

Not every book is meant to be adapted into a movie. Come to think of it, not every author is meant for celluloid success. Philip Roth has won pretty much every major book prize, save...

Movie Review posted on 20th February 2009

Bustin' Down The Door

Bustin' Down The Door

Professional sports today are so well-financed that it's hard to imagine them without the trappings of agents, extravagant contracts, and round-the-clock coverage on ESPN. The cool part about Bustin' Down the Door, an enjoyable documentary...

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2009

Sabrina

Sabrina

I'm afraid your opinion of Billy Wilder's 1954 romantic comedy classic Sabrina depends on your opinion of Audrey Hepburn. And even if you find her enchanting, a delicate flower, you may have a tough road...

Movie Review posted on 23rd December 2008

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire

What was the last Robin Williams comedy that anyone was excited about? Williams wore out his welcome about the time he and pal Billy Crystal made the unbearable Father's Day in 1997. About Williams in...

Movie Review posted on 30th December 2007

Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way, the Christmas-themed 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy, is ideal for kids because it's broad and silly. As for the adults watching, they should make sure their eggnog contains a little extra rum....

Movie Review posted on 4th November 2007

Commando

Commando

The director's cut of Mark L. Lester's Commando couldn't come at a better time. Action movies are getting increasingly cerebral and character-driven, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Batman Begins was so focused on character...

Movie Review posted on 8th October 2007

The Death Lords

The Death Lords

The promotional material for The Death Lords promises "raunchy renegades" and lots of other neat stuff that's supposedly the make-up of biker films -- drugs, women, and debauchery... and with 1970s trimmings nonetheless. Sounds great.Unfortunately,...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

Meatballs

Meatballs

Bill Murray has enjoyed a career renaissance in recent years, playing the model of middle age and forlorn cool in movies from precocious youngsters such as Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson. Having cachet in the...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Major League

Major League

A baseball nerd like me loves Major League because the action scenes look realistic. No one throws the ball like a three-year-old or swings the bat like a drunken teen making a pass at his...

Movie Review posted on 5th April 2007

An Officer And A Gentleman

An Officer And A Gentleman

Most articles about the state of American movies in the 1980s feature writers bitching and moaning about how the era was built on sequels and action-packed, plot-deprived blockbusters. They may have a point. Independent films...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2007

Employee Of The Month (2006)

Employee Of The Month (2006)

Employee of the Month's main character, thirtysomething box boy Zack (Dane Cook), relishes having a job with the least amount of responsibility. When the Costco-like store where he works hires a new, comely cashier (Jessica...

Movie Review posted on 8th February 2007

The Sentinel (2006)

The Sentinel (2006)

The Sentinel is one of those movies made for commercials and trailers full of shots of well-dressed Secret Service agents running and impassioned scenes where actors bark out lines like, "He's looking for an ally...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Last Kiss (2001)

The Last Kiss (2001)

Watching The Last Kiss is one of the most uncomfortable experiences I've had in a movie theater since I worked at a multiplex and a girl I had a severe crush in high school saw...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Look at Me (2004)

Look at Me (2004)

Maybe in Europe, whining is looked upon as an art form. Three years ago, the Italian movie The Last Kiss -- a precursor to Garden State -- was released in the U.S. It bitched and...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Everyone's Hero

Everyone's Hero

As I've said before, I have one rule for reviewing a kids' movie: Does it offer anything for adults who may be watching? Stale jokes, a soundtrack of songs that sounds like a combination of...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Paparazzi

Paparazzi

ATTENTION ASPIRING FILMMAKERS!!Forget what those how-to screenplay books advise. The key to getting a screenplay sold is to find a pet peeve of Hollywood celebrities, and write a script where they get revenge on those...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

L'Auberge Espagnole

L'Auberge Espagnole

A movie like L'Auberge Espagnole should feel like an embrace. You should be pulled into the close-knit environment of seven young, smart, sexy Europeans living together in a Barcelona flat (The title translates to "Euro...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Punisher (2004)

The Punisher (2004)

Over the course of two hours, the Punisher, Marvel Comics' black-clad antihero (played by Thomas Jane -- now rebranded as "Tom Jane") kills more people than cardiovascular disease. Bad guys get their head split in...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

A Nightmare On Elm Street

A Nightmare On Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street, and more notably Freddy Kruger, has a special place in the hearts of many Americans in their late 20s and early 30s. When the movie was released in 1984, these...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

The plot in Winter Solstice is more of a subplot, never mind a feature length movie. And that's one of the many problems in writer/director Josh Sternfeld's sluggish account of a New Jersey family under...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Road House

Road House

Mike Nelson, in his fantastic book of reviews of awful movies (Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese), calls Road House "the single finest American film. Certainly it stinks, but I believe the filmmakers meant it to, and...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

A recent Associated Press article reported how documentaries were among the best-reviewed movies of the year. One of the movies mentioned was Jonathan Demme's Neil Young: Heart of Gold, which profiles the legendary singer/songwriter's August...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Taps

Taps

Thank goodness that Timothy Hutton didn't have the career of, let's say, Sean Penn or Tom Cruise. It would have been tough to stomach years of fragile acting, the kind that some might label "sensitive,"...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

I believe that if A Fish Called Wanda opened today, it would make at least $100 million, and possibly more if it weren't sharing screens with Borat and the next comedian of the month after...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Employee Of The Month

Employee Of The Month

Employee of the Month's main character, thirtysomething box boy Zack (Dane Cook), relishes having a job with the least amount of responsibility. When the Costco-like store where he works hires a new, comely cashier (Jessica...

Movie Review posted on 26th October 2006

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