Film Reviews

Try and Fail

Nelson Mandela reportedly said that if an actor ever were to portray him on screen, he’d want it to be Morgan Freeman. Well, with the release of Invictus this week, he now has his wish. I don’t have mine, though. I ...

Carrying the Flame

Unlike seemingly everybody else, I don’t know any famous actors. However, I do have personal ties to a character from a new Danish biopic who was famous, wasn’t, and now because of the movie is famous again.

The Kids Are All Right

This whole decade has been pretty much a waste for Robert De Niro. A lucrative waste, but even so …

For Fox Sake

The golden age of kids’ movies is upon us. I’m not just talking about Pixar, though they’re obviously a huge part of the creative wealth we’re currently enjoying from these types of films. I’m talk...

Lonnng Haul

Every frame of director John Hillcoat’s reverent adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road trembles with grim nobility. “Trembles” might be the key word — the near-future America where the mov...

About a Girl

The radiant and gently heartbreaking An Education opens in Grapevine this Friday and is still playing at the Modern this weekend. It richly deserves to be seen, in a week when the buzz machine is at full roar for that other mov...

Protection Scheme

Conservatives like to complain (not without some basis) about how Hollywood frequently portrays them in a negative light. I hereby point out that just about every character in The Blind Side, including the heroes of the story, ...

Mother Mary Comes to Me

Before anyone had seen Precious, it had to battle negative perceptions. People had every reason to think it would be terrible when they heard that this drama about a poor, fat, illiterate, HIV-positive girl was by a neophyte fi...

Don’t Rock the Boat

The opening credit sequence of Pirate Radio fooled me momentarily into thinking I was being shown a trailer for the movie rather than the movie itself. This fatally innocuous British comedy uses zippy editing, frames within the...

I Taped an Alien

If The Fourth Kind had come out next spring, we could have dismissed it as a Johnny-come-lately rip-off of Paranormal Activity. Coming out now, this alien-abduction flick will likely receive a fairer hearing because writer-dire...