Film Review Archives
It's time to find out if a 3-D lightsaber is any more effective than 1999's 2-D model.
Starbuck (2013, 109 min., R)
A sperm donor learns 20 years after the fact that he is the father of 533 children in this mild, French-Canadian comedy.
Stardust (2007, 130 min., PG-13)
This uneven adaptation of Neil Gaiman's bestselling novel is clogged with too much fairy dust.
When genres collide. Ridley Scott fused the science fiction movie with film noir in Blade Runner. James Cameron fused the science fiction movie with the war movie in Aliens. In this genre-bending era, it was only ...
In this spectacle, lethal insects from outer space do battle with student soldiers. When in Austin recently, Oliver Stone called Starship Troopers "One of the best war films in recent years."
Seventies TV shows live on through Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Snoop Dog.
This British coming-of-age drama and romantic comedy is fairly predictable, although the charming actors manage to keep the story’s characters just this side of stereotype and mediocrity.
In this contemplative meditation on the pained aging of literary lions, Frank Langella delivers a brilliant performance as the story's elderly New York City novelist.
Doc exposes big money on campus
Mamet's story about a big-budget Hollywood production that steamrolls into a little Vermont town is told with a gentle smirk.
Starring Russell Crowe, this American redo of a great BBC miniseries about investigative journalism and nefarious institutions neither embarrasses the original nor is superior to it in any way.
The pace of this political thriller about a Nazi collaborator on the run for four decades (Michael Caine) is as listless as the justice system that pursued him.
Award-winning indie favorite shows how human beings form emotional connections – despite their best efforts not to.
In the language of movies, there's nothing so desolate as a clock ticking in an empty train station. Punctuation comes in the screech of a train whistle and loneliness is emphasized when the train roars by. ...
Stay (2005, 99 min., R)
With a script by David Benioff (25th Hour) and direction by Marc Forster of Monster's Ball fame, Stay is an ambitious experiment that never quite jells.
Stay Alive (2006, 85 min., PG-13)
Contrary to the hopes of geeks everywhere, Stay Alive is not an all-zombie musical remake of Sly Stallone's 1983 Saturday Night Fever sequel, but instead a fatuous and dull horror film about gamers.
Satan has developed an ingenious new way to garner souls: He forces them to run a gauntlet through various caustic television shows, and if they survive 24 hours they're free to go.
The tightly structured narrative of Andrew Davis' last film The Fugitive is definitely absent from Steal Big, Steal Little, his latest effort starring Andy Garcia as identical twins. Elements of screwball comedy and even a hint ...
If nothing else, Steal This Movie! provides an invaluable service in educating a new generation about the man, the myth, and the manic depression that was Abbie Hoffman. Unfortunately, that's also the film's biggest problem; for ...
This documentary account of Election Day 2004 thinks it has the answer: conspiracy and treason, Republican-style.
Bertolucci returns to his native Italian soil for the first time in 15 years, and the result is a gorgeous albeit fairly insubstantial homecoming. Set in a villa nestled amongst the rolling hills of Tuscany, Stealing ...
Stealing Harvard is about a good man feebly attempting a life of crime. Life imitating art: The result is a corps of good actors stuck with feeble, unfunny material that could easily pass as a crime ...
Stealth (2005, 121 min., PG-13)
Masterful aerial action sequences don't compensate for earthbound plot.
Steam is a little moist around the edges, often to the point of being soggy. This Italian-Spanish-Turkish production about an uptight Italian businessman, Francesco, who inherits a deteriorating hamam -- a Turkish steam bath -- in ...
Steamboy (2004, 126 min., PG-13)
Japanese anime director Katsuhiro Ôtomo, best known for Akira, here delivers a dazzlingly straightforward rush that thrusts its protagonist into astonishing action set-piece after set-piece.
Steel (1997, 105 min., PG-13)
This year's Shaquille O'Neal vanity acting project features the sky-blotting LA Lakers pivotman as the armored crimefighter of DC Comics fame. Shaq plays former army metal engineer John Henry Irons, and there's a certain felicity in ...
Steep (2007, 92 min., PG)
The glories of extreme skiing are proclaimed from international mountaintops.
In the mid-19th century while on a tour of Italian architecture, the famed French author Stendahl found himself so overwhelmed by the beauty of what he was seeing that he slipped into a mysterious fugue state ...
Will Ferrell's newest is a lot like Will Ferrell's oldest, which is to say it feels like an amped-up Saturday Night Live skit.
Surf's up! It's The Endless Summer: The Next Generation.