Film Review Archives
Anonymous (2011, 130 min., PG-13)
Normally a maker of big, explosive movies, Roland Emmerich directs this conspiracy-minded potboiler which questions the veracity of Shakespeare's authorship.
This will forever be known in some circles as the film that sent Larry Clark back to his old heroin habit, and watching the four leads slog through a junkified parody of Midwestern family rituals, it's ...
Shaky science fiction shacks up with a corny redemption tale in this Sundance Film Festival double award-winner.
Yet another genuinely scary case of the suits not quite realizing that sequels aren't necessarily warranted all the time. When I first caught the trailer for Another Stakeout, it didn't click. Surely this couldn't be a ...
Mike Leigh directs this brilliantly acted film about the loneliness experienced by those shut out of the family circle.
You've got to know that something's seriously wrong when you attend a movie on opening weekend and you're the only person in the audience. Especially when it sports Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in the leads. ...
Childhood's fascination with all things small and squirmy makes this story of a boy who becomes an ant a pleasant, if undernourished, tale.
Ant-Man (2015, 117 min., PG-13)
The Marvel Universe expands to include comedy
Antichrist (2009, 104 min., NR)
Lars von Trier lives to affront again. Chaos, indeed, reigns.
Antitrust (2001, 120 min., PG-13)
Antitrust has it all -- duplicitous schemers, killer sesame seeds, dead code poets societies, laughably bad CGI mansions -- and then some. The trouble is it's not all that sure what to do with it. Styling ...
This is an even-handed portrait of discontented lovers: A love that starts out in a fever winds up with lots of pistol-waving.
Jane resents Antonia's classy, good looks, her impressive job in publishing, her ordered family life and her easy wealth and good fortune. Or so Jane tells her therapist. Antonia envies Jane's free-spiritedness, her willingness to embrace ...
The writing on the wall reads “Welcome to our liberators” as Antonia and her teenage daughter Danielle light from the bus that delivers them to the World-War II-ravaged, Dutch countryside town of Antonia's birth as the ...
In his debut as a film director, Denzel Washington delivers a lean and engaging work that tells the based-on-true-life story of a young Navy seaman's difficult maturation process. It is the type of male “weepie” that ...
Antz (1998, 77 min., PG)
It's about to get a little crowded in the world of computer-generated animation (CGI). This fall sees the release of both this offering from DreamWorks SKG, as well as the Disney/Pixar collaboration A Bug's Life, two ...
Stone's tale of a professional football team is full of excess, machismo, and a ripped-out eyeball.
Woody Allen's latest was not screened before press time.
The relationship between mother and daughter is often a prickly one, as Clytemnestra and Electra can attest. In recent films -- Terms of Endearment, Mermaids, and Gas Food Lodging come to mind -- the conflict between ...
Aparahan (2005, 173 min., NR)
Not reviewed at press time.
The hallucinogenic chuk-chuk-chuk of an unseen gunship's rotors is the first sound you hear in Coppola's masterpiece. For filmgoers of a certain age it's a thrilling, heart-quickening sound; no other film I know of can elicit ...
The ever-astonishing filmmaker Mel Gibson continues his (probably unintentional) study of the mortification of the flesh through the ages.
Apollo 18 (2011, 86 min., PG-13)
This secretive film's premise is that it reveals suppressed footage of the U.S. government's secret mission to the moon.
Apollo 13 (1995, 140 min., PG)
Howard's take on the ill-fated 1970 moon shot is filled with the almost unassailable heroics of the U.S. space program and the genuine urgency of history.
The Apostle (1998, 133 min., PG-13)
The movies haven't portrayed the evangelical preacher in a very flattering light, suffice to say. Invariably, this man of the cloth is depicted as a hymn-singing, prayer-spouting charlatan who hypocritically breaks the commandments with a singular ...
Appaloosa (2008, 114 min., R)
Ed Harris takes a turn behind the camera again in this Western in which he co-stars with Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, and Jeremy Irons.
A supernatural presence is released during a college experiment.
Applause (2011, 85 min., R)
Danish actor Paprika Steen's turn as a fresh-from-rehab alcoholic is a tour de force performance.
The Apple (1998, 85 min., NR)
This perplexing and provocative movie, which is not quite fiction or documentary, is about the real-life experiences of twin Iranian 12-year-old girls whose lives had been spent locked in their house by their worried, fundamentalist father ...
Two of France's top actors pair up for this wishful farce about good deeds and their consequences.
Animated French steampunk fantasy is delightfully imaginative