Saturday, 20 October 2007 06:10Seldom do we find an understanding in either Penn's shaping of the Christopher character or Hirsch's rather languid performance. As he flounders in style and tone, Penn additionally can't decide whether Christopher McCandless is a real person, a metaphor, or a pawn to some greater purpose.
Saturday, 20 October 2007 05:59It’s also worth noting that Gone Baby Gone is Ben Affleck’s first foray into screenwriting since he and Matt Damon won the Oscar for Good Will Hunting. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, Affleck, with co-writer Aaron Stockard, ambitiously sets out to disrupt the formula of so many bad crime films you’ve seen before (Ben really should know what a bad screenplay looks like).
Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 12 October 2007 09:15
Depending on your receptiveness to reinterpreted Fab Four tunes, this film will either be a startling, immersive entertainment or a pretentious misfire.
Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 12 October 2007 09:12
Shekhar Kapur has built the movie around lush imagery that firmly puts the audience in Elizabeth's world, but sometimes he goes overboard with the creativity.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 12 October 2007 09:09
Wilkinson is mesmerizing as the unhinged attorney trying to come to grips with the filth he has trafficked during his professional life.
Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 12 October 2007 09:02
Throw in a few side plots and you have a nicely authentic story about small-town life, the importance of baseball and the inevitability of change.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 12 October 2007 08:57
Clocking in at two hours and 37 minutes, Lust, Caution is just too long and is really, really boring. Really boring.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 12 October 2007 08:55
So many things about the film are good and worth watching; the problem is they are scattered throughout a film with a weak plot that develops way too easily.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Monday, 08 October 2007 01:35
As Eddie gets closer to Miranda, he quickly regrets having rushed into a marriage with someone who could be considered mentally insane.
Friday, 28 September 2007 17:05
The script encompasses almost more than one script should, but Carnahan pulls it off flawlessly. The conflict between cultures, beliefs and even members of the same country creates tension between nearly every character. Carnahan is gifted, however, at interspersing just enough levity and humor to keep the film from having a one-note feel.
Friday, 28 September 2007 16:53Balancing Douglas' erratic behavior and ramblings is the sincere and lovely Evan Rachel Wood in yet another great performance as Miranda, who has grown up too fast but is still a little girl tugging on her father's pants leg in so many ways.
Friday, 28 September 2007 16:39Johnson does a decent job looking comfortable around the kid throughout the movie, and even the tender moments don't seem too mushy. However, that can't save it.
Monday, 24 September 2007 02:38A friend of mine commented that if Eastern Promises were released in the 1950s, it would have been simply a pleasant time at the picture show. It has all the qualities of a sophisticated B-movie.
Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 20 September 2007 01:45
Sydney White is a morphed, modern version of Snow White that's tailor-made for most 12-year-old girls.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 September 2007 01:43
Of course, self-absorption is a privilege of youth, so why should young Israelis be any different? If they weren't speaking in Hebrew, Yali, Noam and Lulu could be mistaken for three hipsters in London or New York.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 September 2007 01:39
Like the 2002 documentary about obsessive filmgoers called Cinemania, I find it difficult to laugh at the weirdos onscreen as much as the filmmakers want me to, because I'm spending too much time identifying with them.
Written by Joe Bowman Thursday, 20 September 2007 01:37
The simple mention of Spice World attracts scowls from hell, as if I had just made a joke about someone's dead grandmother and the Holocaust.
Written by Joe Bowman Sunday, 16 September 2007 13:24
At times, one begins to wonder whether there's something more to The Brave One than just a schlocky revenge thriller, as the film infrequently suggests it might be a lament toward the dying American city.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 06 September 2007 13:54
The massive number of shootouts and graphic deaths are predicated on the simple plot of the movie (if it can be said to have one).
Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 06 September 2007 13:36
I'm glad Hollywood is long past its obsession with westerns, because it makes a film like 3:10 to Yuma all the more special.
Written by Joe Bowman Thursday, 06 September 2007 13:30
Here, Delpy's the half of the romantic duo that holds all the self-confidence; her Marion is considerably more self-assured than her Céline.
Saturday, 01 September 2007 06:43Its abandonment of the expected rules of film replaces itself with noted characteristics of the New Wave. Where the filmmakers of the New Wave tried to break prior expectations, Honoré takes their defiance and turns it into a whole new mode of rules.
Saturday, 01 September 2007 06:34Walken, who spoofs himself as Feng, is for some reason dressed as a flamboyant Dracula throughout the movie, creating some decently funny visual jokes.
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