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The Way

Emilio Estevez makes a road movie for our existentially confused times

0 Comments · Thursday, October 20, 2011
  Is it possible to make a movie about religious faith — why it works for some people, why it doesn’t for others — that explicates the matter in ways that anyone can appreciate, even if they  

X-Men: First Class (Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2011
"Best. Comic Book Movie. Evah!” So my inner fangirl is screaming at the moment as she does a little happy Snoopy dance. “X-Men: First Class is totally awesome!” The cooler, more rational part of my brain is looking upon that inner fangirl with something like indulgent, affectionate pity.  

Astro Boy (Review)

Anime kids classic translates poorly to screen

0 Comments · Friday, October 23, 2009
Sometime in the future, the lucky humans of Metro City live in a floating paradise above the post-apocalyptic surface of the Earth, slaved over by armies of sentient, emotional robots who present happily subservient faces while grumbling to themselves about how they "hate" their jobs. I'm not familiar with the 1960s Japanese cartoon that's the basis for this American retread, but I'm guessing it wasn’t this icky. Grade: D.  

The Time Traveler's Wife (Review)

A mind-bending story of quantum love

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Will 'The Time Traveler's Wife' turn out to be the loveliest adaptation of a novel to get boos from diehard fans of the book? Could be. The ending, for one, is different. Not a lot different, but some will scream, "Ohmygod, they ruined the book!" They didn't ruin the movie, I promise. Grade: A-.  

Film: Gorgeous People in Danger

As mindless distraction goes, Poseidon is pretty unbeatable

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 10, 2006
"There's nothing fair about who lives and who dies," says manly Kurt Russell to manly Josh Lucas in Poseidon, trying to buck up the younger guy who I am shocked -- shocked! -- to report starts