| Dec 6, 2011
It has its heart in the right place. It has a great cast. It will get nominated for lots of awards.
It’s an entertaining film, but very flawed.
It’s the story of black maids in Mississippi in the ‘60s, working for rich white families...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 4:54 PM
I liked this movie, but it’s one of those rare films I like and can hardly recommend to my friends. You either have to be a fan of Hunter S. Thompson or madly in love with Johnny Depp, to really appreciate this. That being said, I was never that big...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 1:20 PM
It may be present day, but it seems like you’re watching a town (and film) from 1963. In fact, if a cell phone didn’t pop up, I would’ve thought it was the early ‘60s.
In the French harbor city of Le Havre, an African refugee...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 7:06 AM
When I was asked to come up with movies I was looking forward to in 2012, I was first at a loss. As a critic, I find it a lot of fun to do lists of the best/worst of the previous years; but we try not to watch too many trailers. They give away key plot...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 7:22 AM
Johnny Depp had encountered the writing of "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson before ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"), and in this round, he channels the writer again in the semibiography of a reporter who goes to work in Puerto Rico.
| Jan 28, 2012
| 12:01 AM
This takes place in Iran (please don’t let the subtitles scare you). It touches upon the unfair divorce laws in the contemporary Islamic part of the world, but it really becomes a courtroom drama about a divorcing couple. And could easily be the...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 7:28 PM
The Farrelly brothers are known for their offbeat comedies that challenge the limits of good taste.
"Dumb & Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary" are their familiar big hits. But their current remake of"The Three Stooges"takes them firmly into safer...
| Jan 23, 2009
They are now the leading contenders for the top Academy Award -- and although "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" could hardly be more different in plot, style, spirit and budget, they epitomize the increasingly perilous path...
| Feb 2, 2010
| 4:33 PM
So how did "A Serious Man" pull off that underdog Oscar nomination for best picture? Perhaps because it was among the first wave of DVD screeners shipped to academy members, long before the deluge of discs that arrived during the holiday season. Such an...
| Nov 29, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Michael Stuhlbarg gives such an impressive performance as a 1960s suburban poppa whose life crumbles in "A Serious Man" that he's a good bet to be nominated for best actor at the Golden Globes. The comedy/musical category is light, and the filmmakers...