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Rio (Review)

Computer-animated feature revisits a seemingly long-lost style

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Plenty of contemporary animated features are trying so hard to be clever that they forget to be fundamentally enjoyable — and as for the emotional depth, we can appreciate Pixar's impressive track record without dismissing everything that doesn't live up to that standard. 'Rio' manages to be entertaining by working within an unlikely formula: making something that's fun for kids, in the style of movies that their parents would have watched when they were kids. Grade: B.  

The Social Network (Review)

David Fincher's sleek new film examines the rise Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Social Network is not the unvarnished true story of Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook. But it seems as if one of Zuckerberg's friends should have posted that on his little social network because he sure is acting like people might think it is. This film is stirring up the social media world. Grade: A-  

Zombieland (Review)

Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson team up for entertaining genre pillager

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Arriving on the coattails of 'Twilight,' 'True Blood' and myriad other recent living dead offerings (not to mention decades of George A. Romero's genre-defining entries), 'Zombieland' is as much buddy-centered road movie as it is gore-laden splatter fest. This juicy piece of pop culture pleasure centers on the unlikely duo of Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson as humans with differing philosophies about how to eradicate zombies from a desolate, now nearly human-free U.S. Grade: B.  

Adventureland (Review)

Romance and nostalgia bloom on the midway

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Some will hear the first guitar blast during the opening moments and think nothing of it. For others, The Replacements' "Bastards of Young" is such a touchstone that writer/director Greg Mottola ('Superbad') might have you in the palm of his hand before you've seen a single frame of the actual movie. Grade: B.   

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