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Pride and Glory

Pride and Glory

Police thrillers these days aspire to replicate the CSI formula on the big screen. Not Pride and Glory. It wants to be this generation's Serpico.Director Gavin O'Connor certainly understands the difference between the two. Though...

Movie Review posted on 24th October 2008

The Express

The Express

Ernie Davis made the most of his too-brief life.Football came naturally to the Pennsylvania native, and it was on the gridiron where he cemented his identity. A gifted running back, Davis was recruited by the...

Movie Review posted on 10th October 2008

Body Of Lies

Body Of Lies

No matter their talent, actors, directors, producers, and editors will always have difficulty overcoming a flawed script, and William Monahan's Body of Lies screenplay is broken beyond the point of repair. A bewildering mishmash of...

Movie Review posted on 10th October 2008

RocknRolla

RocknRolla

Here's some good news for Guy Ritchie fans. RocknRolla gives off the impression that the once-heralded filmmaker isn't trying so hard any more to jolt, confuse, stimulate, and entertain his demanding followers. As a result,...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

Flash of Genius

Flash of Genius

Did you ever wonder who fine-tuned the technology behind the intermittent windshield wiper?Neither did I until I caught Marc Abraham's Flash of Genius, a sober biopic with a surprisingly destructive core that recounts how casual...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

Soldiers returning home from Iraq deserve a proper narrative feature that addresses the physical discomfort, mental anguish, and emotional hardship they encounter while assimilating into the day-to-day routines of normal life.The Lucky Ones is not...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

Nights in Rodanthe

Nights in Rodanthe

With the Gulf Coast narrowly dodging Gustav and the Houston area recuperating from Ike, now might not be the best time for a breathy romance that uses the violent lashing of a vicious hurricane to...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

Miracle at St. Anna

Miracle at St. Anna

Spike Lee's latest joint disappoints. It opens in the late 1980s with a literal bang, as aging bank teller Hector Negron (Laz Alonso) puts a bullet in the chest of a random customer. The senior...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

The Duchess

The Duchess

The Duchess is an Oscar-worthy film. Now, they may be technical Oscars. It's too soon to catapult Saul Dibb's exquisite period biopic into the Best Picture race, what with 20 or 30 award-hungry competitors left...

Movie Review posted on 20th September 2008

Appaloosa

Appaloosa

Unlike its immediate predecessors, which have retooled (Unforgiven), remade (3:10 To Yuma), revered (Open Range), and re-imagined (The Proposition) the genre, Ed Harris' Appaloosa is simply content being a good Western. It's unapologetic of its...

Movie Review posted on 20th September 2008

The Longshots

The Longshots

Almost every year, Hollywood welcomes the college and pro football seasons by programming inspirational gridiron dramas that ask us to join The Program, turn on some Friday Night Lights, or simply Remember the Titans. After...

Movie Review posted on 22nd August 2008

Death Race

Death Race

Movies like Death Race exist so critics will have something to put on their year-end "Worst Of" lists.Technically, it's a remake of Paul Bartel's schlocky Death Race 2000 from 1975. But director Paul W.S. Anderson...

Movie Review posted on 22nd August 2008

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Sanaa Hamri's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 works perfectly as a soap opera squeezed into a feature-length package and dispensed to its (preferably female) teenage demographic. The four "sisters," now college-aged but still...

Movie Review posted on 8th August 2008

Swing Vote

Swing Vote

Swing Vote arrives during one election cycle but heavily references another, spinning the hanging chad scandal of the 2000 presidential race into a formulaic feel-empowered comedy for today's huddled masses.Bud (Kevin Costner) and Molly Johnson...

Movie Review posted on 1st August 2008

Step Brothers

Step Brothers

You know you're in trouble when the George W. Bush quote you open your movie with ("Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream") gets the evening's biggest laugh.It's no stretch to...

Movie Review posted on 25th July 2008

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Have you ever noticed how one measly letter separates "laughter" from "slaughter?"I almost missed this off-the-cuff joke -- it's spray-painted on the side of a semi as the Joker (Heath Ledger) descends on a police...

Movie Review posted on 17th July 2008

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Eric Brevig's Journey to the Center of the Earth would play great at a drive-in, if drive-ins still existed.Characters wave tape measures at the screen for no reason other than to make an audience bob...

Movie Review posted on 11th July 2008

Wanted

Wanted

A scrawny, self-loathing office drone gets plucked from his humdrum existence by a steely, gun-wielding super babe, is mentored by a Zen warrior with limitless intelligence but limited patience, then endures harsh physical training to...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2008

WALL-E

WALL-E

And the bar gets raised even higher.Right around the time Pixar Animation Studios released its fifth feature, Finding Nemo, conversation shifted from "Is it any good?" to "Just how amazing is it?" Quality was assumed,...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2008

Get Smart

Get Smart

Remaking the satirical '60s spy sitcom Get Smart without Steve Carell in the Maxwell Smart role would have been pretty dumb.Lucky for them -- and, by extension, us -- the creative team behind this rejuvenated...

Movie Review posted on 20th June 2008

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

The entertainment industry thrives on second chances. Take Robert Downey Jr., for example. A one-time drug abuser and convicted felon, the admittedly gifted performer cleaned up his act and now flies high in Paramount's massive...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2008

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

You don't laugh with the Zohan, either.Adam Sandler's latest lewd creation is Israel's top trained assassin who dreams of escaping his nation's ever-present conflict with the Palestinians. For the Zohan, killing comes as easy as...

Movie Review posted on 6th June 2008

Speed Racer

Speed Racer

Speed Racer currently leads a race it won't want to win. Right now it's the summer's most irrelevant blockbuster, the first missed opportunity of a still-developing season that hasn't yet entered turn one. Even worse,...

Movie Review posted on 9th May 2008

Son of Rambow

Son of Rambow

My wife lives in a house of boys. Our oldest son is four, our youngest three months. And my maturity level falls somewhere between the two. The next time this poor, outmatched saint-in-the-making shoots me...

Movie Review posted on 2nd May 2008

Made of Honor

Made of Honor

Tom (Patrick Dempsey) had one good idea in college. He invented the coffee collar, that cardboard ring that fits around a cup and keeps a customer's hand from burning.Today, Tom's a self-made (and self-absorbed) millionaire...

Movie Review posted on 2nd May 2008

Iron Man

Iron Man

The summer movie season arrives with a clang as Iron Man, a second-tier superhero from the mighty Marvel Comics universe, receives a first-rate film adaptation courtesy of director Jon Favreau (Elf, Zathura) and his perfectly-cast...

Movie Review posted on 2nd May 2008

Under the Same Moon

Under the Same Moon

"Somewhere Out There," the maudlin theme song to Disney's animated An American Tail, is audio torture. It's not just Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram's warbling. It's the heavy-handed longing -- important to the song --...

Movie Review posted on 10th April 2008

Nim's Island

Nim's Island

Movies aimed at preteen boys are a dime a dozen, particularly as we approach the summertime when superhero movies compete with science-fiction sequels and bawdy high school comedies for available multiplex screens.Young girls, unfortunately, aren't...

Movie Review posted on 4th April 2008

Leatherheads

Leatherheads

With his nonchalant sophistication and relaxed charm, George Clooney often gets compared to the icons of Hollywood's Golden Age, from Cary Grant to Clark Gable. But as Leatherheads demonstrates, the leading man really wants to...

Movie Review posted on 4th April 2008

Horton Hears a Who!

Horton Hears a Who!

Listen closely to Horton Hears a Who! You might be surprised by what you hear. Without reading too deep into this animated adaptation of a Dr. Seuss' classic, one will find strong messages of tolerance...

Movie Review posted on 14th March 2008

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