Film Reviews

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris

The iconic filmmaker’s latest is a valentine to the City of Light.
So I’ve now seen two Woody Allen movies, the first being 1973’s Sleeper. I saw that when I was in high school, when the film was already nearly two decades old. The second is his latest, Midnight in Paris, and I can tell I...

Potiche Power

Even the mighty Catherine Deneuve can’t charm her way out of this French farce.
Between them, Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu, the stars of Potiche, have a whopping four wins and 27 nominations for the César Awards, France’s version of the Oscars. In fact, Deneuve’s 11th nomination was for her...

Superpowers Falter in the New X-Men

This reboot is just good enough in spots to disappoint you.
Well, crap. I had such high hopes for X-Men: First Class. The fifth entry in this loosely connected series features the return of Bryan Singer, the filmmaker behind the excellent first two X-Men movies, as a story writer and pr...

The Lion of Judah: Lamb Chop

OMG! This animated Christian film is so bad, it’s ungodly.
If I tell you that The Lion of Judah is an animated film set during biblical times pitched at Christian audiences, you might think you know what to expect. Let me assure you, you have no idea what’s in store here. This isn’...

Sequels Galore

The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hangover, and Kung Fu Panda franchises keep growing.
Admit it: If you like a movie and a sequel comes out, you’ll probably go see it, even though everyone knows sequels usually suck. I loved Iron Man, but for various reasons, its follow-up didn’t knock my socks off. For every...

The Beaver: Talk to the Hand

Depression has a rodent’s face in this wispy indie drama.
Sometimes when a star misbehaves in public, a perfectly blameless movie takes the hit. Such appears to be the case with The Beaver, an independent drama that so far has had trouble drawing viewers. The studio’s spin is that b...

Skateland: Brand New Key

This Texas-set indie drama idly spins its wheels.
The makers of Skateland are all from Longview, and it was filmed mostly in Shreveport and Marshall. Texans will probably find that bit of quasi-local information more interesting than anything that happens in this earnest drama...

Bridesmaids Takes the Cake

Put on your ugliest dress to watch the comedy of the season.
There’s no shortage of recent comedy films that revolve around male friendship, so where are the equivalent movies about women? When it comes to comedies about adult female characters that don’t primarily focus on romance, ...

Thor: Good God Almighty

Can Kenneth Branagh make a comic book movie? Thertainly!
Everyone seems surprised that Kenneth Branagh is directing Thor. Well, I’m not. True, he made his name directing and starring in a string of cinematic Shakespeare adaptations in the 1990s, but his love for the classics always...

Happy Couples (More or Less)

Jumping the Broom trumps both Tyler Perry and Something Borrowed.
Wedding season is upon us. Can you stand it? After the big blowout nuptials in London dominated our TV screens last week, we have two movies about weddings this week, and next week another one arrives. (That’s the best one, b...