| Jul 6, 2010
| 9:22 PM
The near-universal praise for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo continues to confound, given the film’s tired mechanics, programmatic plotting and preference for Hollywood formula over art-house adventurousness. Thankfully, it appears that in the case...
| Oct 28, 2010
| 8:02 PM
For the concluding film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, the principal players emerge from The Girl Who Played With Fire worse for wear: Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) spends much of the 148-minute running time in the hospital,...
| Nov 11, 2010
| 5:39 PM
With the legendary DreamWorks studio behind "Megamind," you know this animated offering will have first-rate special effects and production values. The studio fully delivers this film's expected technical quality. The movie won the weekend with almost $50...
| Dec 8, 2010
| 12:05 PM
The New York Times has a gorgeous video package of 14 actors -- from the famous (Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Javier Bardem) to the up-and-comers (Chloe Moritz, Jennifer Lawrence, Noomi Rapace) -- wordlessly acting out emotions and situations such as...
| Nov 6, 2011
This much is clear: It's 1891, a year after their first adventure, and the great English detective and Dr. Watson are facing off with Professor Moriarty, a mysterious, peripheral character from their initial blockbuster.
Ask the creative forces behind...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 2:22 PM
Director David Fincher's announcement that little-known actress Rooney Mara would be starring in the American version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" prompted some head scratching. Granted, she rocked the killer put-down in "The Social Network," but...
| Dec 15, 2011
** (out of four)
A convoluted plot. A generic adventure score. A lead performance that’s already played its best hand. What is this, a “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel?
No, it’s the follow-up to Guy Ritchie’s mildly...
| Dec 15, 2011
It's elementary. If you enjoyed the first "Sherlock Holmes" directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson, then you'll likely leave the sequel feeling satiated.
If you hated the first one, you'll probably...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 10:45 AM
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced Sherlock Holmes to the world in the 1800s, and the Guinness World Records has said that Holmes has been the “most portrayed movie character” on the screen, with well over 200 movies.
Buster Keaton had an...
| Dec 19, 2011
*** (out of four)
No hard feelings, Danish director Niels Arden Oplev. In helming the poorly paced 2009 Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” you tried your best. But David Fincher now owns you.
With his English language...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 8:38 PM
Steven Spielberg made his first big splash in the churning waters of action films with "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1981.
Thirty years later, he recreates the same high energy and wild escapades in "The Adventures of Tintin." The title character is a...