Film Review Archives
Spirited doc traces the rise and fall of Tower Records
Bow Wow plays a National Guard soldier who goes AWOL in the early Nineties in this unfoused drama
Alleluia (2014, 93 min., NR)
A Belgian riff on the pitch-black legend of the Honeymoon Killers
Christina Ricci stars in this strained romantic comedy set in the world of renaissance festivals.
This sweet, amiable, and knowing coming-of-age tale is Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical boyz-to-men story about how he grew into the role of a rock & roll journalist in 1973.
Oh, bitter irony! Christopher Guest, the great satirist of crap artists (he wrote or co-wrote This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and The Big Picture)) has joined their ranks. And he can't even blame it ...
Doc chronicles one pastor's mission to keep Ukrainian kids off the street
Aloft (2015, 116 min., R)
Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy play an odd and estranged mother and son
Aloha (2015, 105 min., PG-13)
Cameron Crowe parks this rom-com in Hawaii
There's a certain majesty to German director Boll's style of filmmaking: a freedom from art, talent, skill of any formal kind, and the sheer pigheadedness to keep going at any cost.
Much like its predecessor, 1997's Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider is an efficient, if overly mechanized, delivery system of thrills 'n' chills, classed up by some narrative sleight of hand and the rock-solid performance ...
Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston date and become more than just friends.
This 3-D animated film is about two wolves trying to find their way back to their pack.
Alpha Dog (2007, 115 min., R)
It’s a soggy true-crime drama – too serious to be trashy, too trashy to be serious.
What's it all about, Alvin? This by-the-numbers attempt at a chipmunk revival is not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
We're wondering if anyone will call the ASPCA if we leave these animated rodents chipwrecked far from civilization.
Call the exterminator: The tuneful rodents are back
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore have good reason to squeak: Girl chipmunks enter the picture.
(This Chronicle review is reprinted from an earlier screening of the film at the Austin Film Festival 2002.) The history of apartheid in South Africa is an ugly story, but one that needs to be told. ...
Amateur (1994, 105 min., R)
A Hal Hartley film is an acquired taste. A viewer can slip in and out of appreciation for Hartley's work, but it takes a true Hartley-ite to champion all of his films without pause. With Amateur, ...
Unfortunately, what makes British abolitionist William Wilberforce a great man is also what makes him dull: his single-minded righteousness.
How about The Boring Panda Adventure? Or maybe The Formulaic Disney Ripoff? Either one is a more apt title for this tired retread of Uncle Walt's past nature-in-jeopardy vehicles. When 10-year-old Ryan Tyler (Slater) is invited ...
More proves to be less for Spidey this time out.
The Amazing Spider-Meh might be a better name for this dullish retread.
The Amazon River Basin -- seething with life, death, corruption and rebirth -- has always been easy food for filmmakers, and though this new film is about as far as one can get from recent, guilt-heavy ...
With daring, gonzo filmmaking, this documentary film penetrates the blood-diamond trade in the Central African Republic.
Amelia (2009, 111 min., PG)
Hilary Swank stars as Amelia Earhart in Mira Nair's big-budget biopic.
Amélie (2001, 122 min., R)
Why not get happy? Why not celebrate love, and little twists of fate, and a sepia-in-Technicolor portrait of Paris? Amélie's heart is in the right place – squarely on its sleeve. And what better place for it?
Amen. (2002, 132 min., NR)
Firebrand filmmaker Costa-Gavras (Missing) turns his lens upon the Holocaust, examining the conditions that allowed the mass exterminations of Jews to continue in virtually full view of the world. This is the story of Lt. Kurt ...
Although grounded in Libertarian theory, this documentary by producer-turned-director Aaron Russo presents provocative material about the perceived illegality of income taxes – and various freedom-restricting consequences of the new world order.