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Film: Review: Hancock

Will Smith mines familiar terrain for the summer holiday season

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2008
There's something genuinely redundant about casting Will Smith as a superhero in a release on the Fourth of July. Much has been made about his supreme box-office domination of America's summer   

Film: Review: Wanted

Action film stumbles in an effort to redraw the comic book genre

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) might seem more than vaguely familiar to both film and comic book fans. Wesley is a societal drone in a world that has never felt genuinely dynamic or three-dimensio  

Film: Review: Fugitive Pieces

World War II era drama is too ethereal for its own good

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces dives deep from the get-go, immersing itself in the scarring emotional terrain of World War II-era Poland. A young boy, Jakob (Robbie Kay), hides in a secret wal  

Film: Review: The Incredible Hulk

New blockbuster is a nostalgic, often noisy look back

0 Comments · Sunday, June 15, 2008
In an effort to perhaps exorcise the sense of failure surrounding Ang Lee's 2003 film version of Hulk -- which did a monster opening weekend then promptly circled the box-office drain -- most of  

Film: The Hustler

Local film actor Russell Hurley keeps his dream alive via 'The Vagrant'

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
"Anything that you write bad about this is my fault," Russell Hurley says of his role as producer of The Vagrant. "Even if it didn't look like my fault, it was my fault." There's no need f  

Film: Review: Standard Operating Procedure

Errol Morris takes on Abu Ghraib in new documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2008
When a documentary tackles a subject as important as the prisoner abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib prison, it almost seems gauche to review it on the basis of anything other than just its subject   

Film: Review: Kung Fu Panda

Animated film looks great, but its story is hollow

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Like any child, I was willing to believe in fairies enough to clap and help save the dying Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, and felt touched and empowered when it worked. But I'm older now. I still be  

Film: Americans in Cannes

Checking in on the U.S. filmmakers at the world's most prestigious film festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Cannes, France -- Sean Penn has great taste in movies. He championed Russian director Elem Klimov's 1985 Come and See long before most critics had ever even heard of it. So it's fitting that the  

Film: Review: The Fall

Tarsem Singh's period adventure is pretty but vacant

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tarsem Singhs The Fall suffers from the same problem as his previous effort, The Cell grandiose images alone do not make for a compelling or coherent narrative. Probably best known as the dir  

Film: Review: Sex and the City

Carrie and the girls return with mediocre results

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Crossing over from premium cable to the big screen would seem to indicate that Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristen Davis) would   

Film: Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Latest Lucas/Spielberg adventure fails to capture the old magic

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Maybe some relics shouldn't be dug up. That was certainly the lesson in the earlier movies in the Indiana Jones series. And it's the lesson for the creators of the latest one, Indiana Jones and  

Film: Review: Son of Rambow

Garth Jennings' ode to the 80s a heartfelt coming-of-age story

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
British writer/director Garth Jennings is a child of 1980s multiplex cinema, as the presence of his new film, Son of Rambow, overtly attests. And like many young directors working today, Jennings  

Film: Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian rises above its kid-friendly first installment

0 Comments · Friday, May 16, 2008
As a bit of a corrective, this follow-up to 2005's The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe certainly packs more filmmaking savvy than the other, more recent talking-animal allegory The Golden Comp  

Film: A Marvelous Summer

Marvel Comics comes of age as a summer movie player

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Back in the day, I avidly read comic books. I was the kid who earned an allowance primarily so that I could rush the cigar store and newsstand every Friday to pick up my favorite titles (of course  

Film: Review: Starting Out in the Evening

Frank Langella's understated performance carries this rich, compelling drama

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The movies love lonely middle-aged (and older) professors, as well as struggling, aging literary and academic writers. In the 1930 classic Blue Angel from Josef von Sternberg, an old professor (