Film Review Archives
I have to admit being at least a little bit curious about a film whose release dates have been shuffled more times than a tired deck of cards and was not screened for critics anywhere in ...
All Power wants is to be the best possible air drummer he can be.
A trio of “showgirls” – two drag queens and one transgender – venture out of tolerant, big-city Sydney and into the wilds of central Australia.
Rocket J. Squirrel (voiced by June Foray) and Bullwinkle J. Moose (voiced by Keith Scott) return after a 35-year absence in this wildly uneven but occasionally hilarious updating that takes the animated duo and pits them ...
Robert Rodriguez adds a dimension with this kids fantasy movie, but only in the most literal sense – 3-D.
Steven Spielberg brings Hergé's comic books to animated life.
Aeon Flux (2005, 95 min., PG-13)
Its heart is in the right place, but Aeon Flux's head is just a little too high to make much sense.
"Some days I feel just like a whipped dog," says Wade Whitehouse (Nolte). The sad, uncomprehending look in his eyes both confirms his words and foreshadows the ones that follow: "… someday, I swear, I'm gonna ...
In Afghanistan's version of American Idol, there's a lot more at stake than the glory.
If Sigmund Freud had directed horror movies they might have looked something like Afraid of the Dark. This British movie uses common childhood fears and anxieties to create a frightening stage on which the subconscious dramas ...
Lions and cheetahs in the African savanna look lovely onscreen but are imbued with human emotions.
After Earth (2013, 100 min., PG-13)
Often gorgeous, sometimes fascinating, this Smith-family outing is ultimately unwieldy and unsurprising.
This documentary raises staggering questions about virtually every aspect of the criminal-justice system as it follows what happens to several convicts who have been exonerated by DNA evidence submitted by the Innocence Project.
After Life (2004, 118 min., NR)
They file in one by one, emerging from a hazy white light into the waiting area of what appears to be some drab, pre-computer-age social service agency. Most, but not all, of them are old; they ...
Possibly the ideal film to more or less ignore while lounging poolside and sipping Jamaican rum, After the Sunset is 100-proof pap.
An expat Danish aid worker in Mumbai returns to Copenhagen to meet with a benefactor, only to discover that the world is even smaller than it seems.
After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, what's life like for the 4 remaining doctors who perform late-term abortions in this country?
Marcia Gay Harden stars as a lonely woman on vacation in an exotic locale
Afterglow (1997, 113 min., R)
Afterglow is an adult love story tinged with large measures of comedy and sadness. It's also illuminated with superb performances by Nick Nolte and sight-for-sore-eyes Julie Christie, whose work was recognized this week with an Oscar ...
A woman creates a tempest in her domestic teapot when she invites a lap dancer to stay with her family.
Like a lot of sports movies, this biopic about boxing promoter Jackie Kallen is better than it has to be but not as good as it ought to be.
Romantic hokum, well done
I suppose I never had enough unrequited angst percolating through my high school years to take full pleasure in the works of Edith Wharton. I may have worn black 90 percent of the time, but Victorian ...
Almost all Hollywood kids fare can be assessed with a single sentence: The youthful star is likable enough, the action is constant, the message is reasonably wholesome ("Just be yourself!"), and parents don’t have much else ...
Frankie Muniz, playing the star agent of the CIA's kiddie corps, saves the day in London.
Angela McCourt, the Irish heroine-mum of Frank McCourt's witheringly sentimental novel Angela's Ashes (as well as Alan Parker's recent film adaptation) has a twin of sorts in Agnes Browne. Although Mrs. McCourt's straits were dire indeed, ...
Jonathan Demme's riveting documentary about slain Haitian populist and radio personality Jean Dominique.
Alison Klayman's doc is as much a rallying cry for freedom of expression as it is a portrait in progress of an artist whose career is ongoing.
Executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos leaves little doubt as to her sanity in this second Nick Broomfield documentary on the subject.
Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a homely, luckless, lesbian hooker who haunted the interstates of jerkwater Florida, committed a series of seven murders. All of the victims were middle-aged, caucasian males who had tried to ...