Film Reviews

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...

Super: Frank’s Last Shot

This movie is not Kick-Ass. It’s an intriguing, flawed latecomer.
It’s a chestnut, but it does bear repeating: Sometimes getting there first matters most. The comic-book satire Super reaches us about a year after Kick-Ass did, and it definitely comes off looking late to the superhero costum...

Red Rides Again: Hoodwinked Too!

Here’s a long-delayed sequel to an animated film you probably forgot.
Before I saw the needlessly subtitled Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, I watched the original Hoodwinked, the animated film that came out way back in 2005. Though I still appreciated the ingeniousness of its flashback structure, ...

Certified Copy: Love Among the Ruins

An Iranian master does his thing in Italy.
In a small Tuscan village, we see an elderly Frenchman apparently yelling abuse at his wife in the middle of the piazza. But then they shift positions slightly, and we can see that the target of his ire isn’t his wife but rat...

Tek Doko vs. the Mob

The local filmmaker’s real target is bigotry.
“People think because I run an Italian restaurant, I must be mobbed up,” said Tek Doko, whose family has owned and operated Roma Pasta & Pizza in Haltom City since 1994. “I can’t tell you how many times people have ...

Legal Eagle: The Conspirator

James McAvoy shines in this 19th-century legal thriller.
Even though it has a bigger budget and higher production values than most of the entries at the Sundance Film Festival, the historical legal drama The Conspirator is still Robert Redford’s first independent film as a director...

Blame It on Rio

A rare parrot takes flight, but his movie never does.
Jesse Eisenberg has carved out quite the career so far, one made even more impressive by the fact that he has such a tiny, high-pitched voice. Such a voice might constrict the roles offered to an actor, but Eisenberg hasn’t l...

Hanna and the Company

This teenager and her action thriller confuse me.
Our action thrillers right now seem to be awash in young girls who are stone cold killers. The odd British entry Hanna is the latest of the bunch, coming after the flawed but unfairly maligned Sucker Punch and last year’s Kic...

Win Win Loses Half the Battle

I hate to take down this wrestling movie, but here goes…
By all rights I should like Tom McCarthy’s movies much better than I do. The writer-director of low-budget dramedies The Station Agent and The Visitor has a delightful, low-key sense of humor and handles actors exceptionally ...