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Seeking Direction From ‘The Way, Way Back’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Way, Way Back starts right off with that signature scene from the trailers. Duncan (Liam James), a slightly awkward 14-year-old, sits in the back of an old station wagon that belongs to Trent (Steve Carell), the new boyfriend of his mother Pam (Toni Collette).  

Seven Psychopaths

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
In Seven Psychopaths, Colin Farrell plays a struggling screenwriter who stumbles into a criminal plot to earn money by kidnapping dogs for large ransoms. Things go awry when the writer’s bumbling crew (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) faces off against a dangerously deranged mob boss (Woody Harrelson).  

Conviction (Review)

Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell highlight pedestrian drama

0 Comments · Thursday, October 28, 2010
Yet another inspiring true story, this time about Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) who earns her GED, a four-year college diploma and eventually a law degree in order to prove the innocence of her wild-child brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell), who is serving a life sentence for a murder that he didn't commit. But it's difficult to watch Swank and Rockwell do their respective things without noticing that they are struggling against material that looks like a glorified television movie of the week. Grade: D-plus.  

Iron Man 2 (Review)

Robert Downey Jr. is again charming and amusing, but Mickey Rourke's presence is mostly wasted

0 Comments · Thursday, May 6, 2010
Director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Theroux deserve credit for trying to infuse the sequel to 2008's 'Iron Man' with equal parts pleasure, wit, intelligence, silliness, self-awareness and steely action-movie grit. In other words, Favreau tries to make it a worthwhile vehicle for the acting ability of his star, Robert Downey Jr., succeeding enough to make this enjoyable by the standards of summer-movie comic-book adaptations/sequels. Grade: B-.  

Everybody's Fine (Review)

DeNiro ain't what he used to be

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
If you had polled a random sampling of movie nerds in 1993 and asked them to name the best living male and female American actors, I'm willing to bet the winners would have been Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep. Fifteen years later, Streep is as revered and versatile as ever. But what about Bob? 'Everybody's Fine' is exactly the sort of role he doesn't need at this point in his career one so low key and inoffensive that he doesn't seem to know what to do with it. Grade: B-.  

G-Force (Review)

Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 3-D adventure is an uninspired dud

0 Comments · Friday, July 24, 2009
'G-Force' strains the Jerry Bruckheimer brand model past the breaking point by creating a kid's film with no real kids, using the animals as stand-ins, I suppose, but there's nothing particularly kid-friendly about them. Nor, to be brutally honest, is there anything engaging about them on a pop-cultural level for adults. Grade: D.  

Moon (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, July 9, 2009
The wiry Sam Rockwell, one of the most sensitive and exciting actors to emerge from the indie scene, nicely plays an astronaut finishing up a three-year stint as a moon miner, working for a corporation that needs a lunar mineral for energy demands on Earth. His only real companion is the robot/computer GERTY (voice by Kevin Spacey). "Moon" shows first-time director Duncan Jones to be capable of giving us a relevant, literate, thought-provoking sci-fi movie that also has clever, pop-fueled twists. Grade: B.