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Project Nim (Review)

James Marsh doc delivers another unique cinematic experience

0 Comments · Thursday, July 28, 2011
James Marsh, director of 'Man on Wire,' examines the 25-year chronicle of Nim Chimpsky, a research chimpanzee who was put through the mill in the service of science when Columbia University professor Herb Terrace took the baby chimp away from his mother and attempted to train it to communicate through sign language. Grade: A.  

Submarine (Review)

Coming-of-age tale features real tenderness

0 Comments · Friday, July 8, 2011
Newcomer Craig Roberts takes at least a pound and a half of inspiration from Bud Cort's romantically inclined misfit in 'Harold and Maude' for his defiantly humorous portrayal of the 15-year-old Oliver Tate.   

Mr. Popper's Penguins (Review)

Jim Carrey delivers comic physicality in flawed adaptation of children's book

0 Comments · Friday, June 17, 2011
Loosely based on Florence Atwater's 1938 children's book, 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' never completely gels. But that doesn't stop Jim Carrey from using everything in his arsenal of comic physicality. Grade: B-.  

Incendies (Review)

Oscar-nominted drama is a powerful tale of a fracture family

0 Comments · Thursday, June 2, 2011
Brilliantly constructed from the bountiful narrative fabric of Wajdi Mouawad's complex stage play about a familial legacy passed down from a mother to her fraternal twins, 'Incendies' is one of the most powerful dramas ever conceived. Grade: A.  

Kung Fu Panda 2 (Review)

Jack Black is back for another round of animated mayhem

0 Comments · Thursday, May 26, 2011
Grand-scale animated spectacle in an atmosphere of China's exotic natural beauty is part and parcel to DreamWorks Animation's winning sequel to the 2008 original. Although the filmmakers only take full advantage of the film's 3-D aspect once to allow Jack Black's panda character Po to discharge dumplings across the fourth wall, the animation is gorgeous. Grade: B.  

The Double Hour (Review)

French thriller melds mystery and romanticism

0 Comments · Thursday, May 26, 2011
Although not as witty in plot design as debut director Giuseppe Capotondi imagines, The Double Hour is an atmospheric suspense thriller that succeeds on the strength of its two leading actors. Grade: B-.  

The Beaver (Review)

Mel Gibson strong in Jodie Foster's latest directorial effort

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
Mel Gibson's cinematic mea culpa might not equate to a public apology to the countless people he's insulted in recent years. Still, and more importantly to moviegoers, the embattled actor turns in a memorable performance as a suicidal character grasping for straws in 'The Beaver.' Grade: B-.  

Elektra Luxx (Review)

Upper-crust actors can't save this unmitigated flop

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
How writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez got upper-crust actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Julianne Moore to take part in this unmitigated flop is a mystery. Everything about this movie is off. Grade: D.  

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Review)

Werner Herzog illuminates the world's oldest cave paintings

0 Comments · Thursday, May 5, 2011
Werner Herzog's latest fascinating documentary (shot in effective 3-D) enters Southern France's usually sealed Chauvet Cave, which holds the world's oldest known artwork — rock paintings from nearly 33,000 years ago. Grade: A-.  

Trust (Review)

Powerful drama looks at the issue of online predators

0 Comments · Thursday, April 21, 2011
David Schwimmer's sophomore effort as a director is a tour de force of socially relevant dramatic filmmaking. Clearly a labor of love for Schwimmer and his outstanding ensemble, 'Trust' comes at you from all angles. Grade: A.