What should I be doing instead of this?

Nanny McPhee Returns (Review)

Sequel a vast improvement over the contrived first installment

0 Comments · Friday, August 20, 2010
A vast improvement over the 2005 franchise introduction of co-writer/actress Emma Thompson's Mary-Poppinsish household savior, Nanny McPhee Returns finds modern-day meaning in its World War II-era English trappings. Grade: B.  

Pirate Radio (Review)

Richard Curtis' '60s tale is superficial and unrevealing

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Richard Curtis, like 'FM' 30 years ago, has used the premise as little more than an excuse for tried-and-true sitcom scenarios. Worse, while he's kept this a period piece, he has given all the characters a modern sensibility more fitting for 'Superbad' than the 1960s. Grade: C-.  

More Harveys, Please

Praising a rare romantic drama about middle-aged lovers

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We need more movies like 'Last Chance Harvey' to cover the middle ground on relationships. It not only respects actors (Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson), it respects their legacy, their back-story. And why can’t other actors of a certain age (Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, etc.) try similar films rather than the stale and dishonest action pieces and buddy comedies they grind out?  

Last Chance Harvey (Review)

Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson team up in a unique love story

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Audiences will likely find solace in the homey comforts of watching Hoffman and Thompson find a measure of love that feels true despite all that we've come to expect from the usual romantic-comedy presentations of love. There is none of the usual phony, overly plotted drama, just a lifetime of hurt and remorse infused with a dash of hope. Grade: B.