Film Reviews

Mother and Child: Missing Girls

Oh, mama! This fragmented adoption drama is reheated stuff.
Rodrigo García makes his living as a director of episodes of TV shows such as In Treatment and Six Feet Under. However, the son of the famed Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez spends his spare time making quiet, low-k...

MacGruber: The ’80s Live! (Sort Of)

A SNL action hero bumbles onto the big screen.
What a strange trip it’s been for MacGruber. At first, a movie made from the recurring series of Saturday Night Live sketches seemed like an astoundingly bad idea. On the small screen, the two-dollar set and the repetitive na...

Sex and the City 2: Hanging On

Despite bad writing, the franchise keeps its buddy-buddy heart.
Sex and the City 2 picks up two years after the first, with the wedding of Stanford (Willie Garson) and Anthony (Mario Cantone), Carrie’s and Charlotte’s gay best friends. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and John “...

Racing Dreams: You’ve Got a Fast Kart

This documentary follows three kids with visions of NASCAR.
How cool is it that we’ve had so many notable documentaries showing at our multiplexes lately? There’s even better news: Racing Dreams is the best of the lot.

Shrek Forever After: Fairy-Tale Ending

The ogre’s saga winds to a nice Rumpeled conclusion.
Sobering reflection of the day: The little kids who are old enough to remember seeing the original Shrek in theaters are teenagers now. Similarly, the young men who made the original film have aged into young fatherhood, and th...

Few Shocks in A Surprise in Texas

A documentary on last year’s Cliburn: You really had to be there.
Let’s get this out of the way: The reason A Surprise in Texas is getting a theatrical release is because a blind guy won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition last summer. Don’t believe me? Nobuyuki Tsujii is the ...

Letters to Juliet: Under the Tuscan Suck

This overcooked Italian romance is like the food at the Olive Garden.
Amanda Seyfried is clearly bidding to become America’s romantic-comedy sweetheart, and I’m afraid that she’ll succeed at it. The 24-year-old with the feline eyes and quick smile definitely has the talents to do it, but th...

Babies: I Was Born, But …

This oh-so-cute documentary throws out the baby with the bath.
I don’t have children. If I did, I’d probably see many movies differently. Take Babies, for instance. This documentary has drawn plenty of oohs and awws from festival audiences, publicity screenings, and the like. Since I...

City Island: An Actor Prevaricates

This little indie film should have confined its drama to the stage.
Writer-director Raymond De Felitta made an excellent movie in 2000 called Two Family House, a drama that drew heavily on his early life and his memories of his dad. Since then he’s made only three films, including this one an...

La Mission Is Missin’

A stalwart cast can’t redeem Peter Bratt’s maudlin San Francisco affair.
Watching La Mission is a real whiplash experience. Writer-director Peter Bratt’s second feature follows intense, emotionally resonant scenes with moments that are so ham-fisted and underdeveloped, you have to stifle a giggle....