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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 (  

Film: Review: Girls Rock!

Well-intentioned documentary follows girls at Rock & Roll camp

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Opening to the urgent sounds of Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl," Girls Rock! wants to be an incisive call for action against a culture that seems to value surface over substance. Or at least that'  

Film: Stayin' Alive

A chorus of seniors interprets Rock classics in Young@Heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Just before the film Young@Heart -- about a chorus of seniors, ages 73 to 92, who sings Rock & Roll songs -- opened in New York last month, music director Bob Cilman was cautiously optimistic abou  

Film: Aging Franchise Players

Will Harrison Ford's return as Indiana Jones spur likeminded resurrections?

0 Comments · Sunday, May 4, 2008
Can you imagine Toby McGuire, at age 65, still playing Spider-Man? Or a Social Security-age Daniel Radcliffe still working his way through Harry Potter books, assuming J.K. Rowling or her estate   

Film: Blockbuster Nights

Parsing the bombastic summer movie season

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Showcase Cinemas Erlanger will forever hold a special place in my movie-going heart. Once the palace of local multiplexes, Erlanger's long, narrow screening rooms and spacious, promotions-lad  

Film: Review: CJ7

Stephen Chow toys with family-friendly conventions

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2008
As writer, director, producer and star, Stephen Chow wears more hats at one time than most players in the movie game, but his comic sensibilities are a bit of a throwback. Likely best known in th  

Film: Review: Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?

Morgan Spurlock is back with another entertaining quasi-documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Morgan Spurlock's latest quasi-documentary asks many questions, including the biggie that stands as the film's title: Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? Yes, spurred by the pending birth of