Another feel-good slice of petit bourgeois apple pie, filled with boisterous, larger-than-life characters with poor fashion sense, and it’s just about as conservative as a Frank Capra filmRead more "Oscars 2016: Joy"
a selection of movies you can safely wait to show up on cable one rainy afternoon, or can watch if you’re stuck on a plane.Read more "13 Films You Can Avoid This Autumn"
Based on the trailer, this looks to be yet another of David O. Russell’s loose, shaggy period dramas about the American Dream.Read more "Joy (trailer review)"
A quick glance at Stone’s porcelain skin, ginger hair and dazzling blue eyes will affirm what you’ve already suspected: Stone is about as Asian as Mickey Rooney in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.Read more "Meet Emma Stone … Asian"
American Sniper is well-acted, adequately-made, and possibly well-intentioned, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a great film.Read more "Oscars 2015: American Sniper"
Amy Adams is the real standout. Because of her looks, her personality, and the sorts of plucky role she usually plays, I have always thought of her as Nicole Kidman’s perky, sexy little sister. But here she is given the chance to create a real character not soon forgottenRead more "Believing What You Want To Believe. American Hustle (DVD Review)"
I seem to recall that I quite enjoyed The Hangover, and that I watched The Hangover Part II without smiling once. The third – and thankfully final – part in the comedy series falls somewhere between the first two. It goes back to Las Vegas, perhaps to recapture some of the energy of the first […]Read more "The Hangover Part III (DVD review)"
For all its talk of medication and therapy, the film still avoids, however, the problem of living in an over-medicated society, a problem that Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects deals with up front.Read more "Medication Time: Silver Linings Playbook and Side Effects"
I only rented The Place Beyond the Pines because I was getting sick of seeing the trailer, which seems to have been tagged on to every DVD I’ve watched this year. And based upon that trailer, I really wasn’t expecting much. It looked to me like it was a crime-film straining too hard for meaning: I was wrong about that. I was unprepared, therefore, for just how good it is and how hard it finally hits home.Read more "The Place Beyond the Pines (DVD Review)"