Film Reviews

Rainbow Lounge Prompts a Documentary

A comedian by nature, Robert Camina gets serious for a moment.
“People were incredibly traumatized,” said Dallas filmmaker Robert Camina. He’s talking about the Rainbow Lounge incident, which he almost was a part of. His friend Todd Camp had invited him to share some drinks with frie...

Love and Other Drugs: Jagged Little Pill

This romance is about commitment, not Viagra. That’s good.
The promotional materials for Love and Other Drugs make it look like a cookie-cutter romantic comedy, but that’s wrong. The movie is actually a cookie-cutter Disease of the Week movie, albeit a much funnier version than you u...

Tangled: Split Ends

Separating the good hair from the bad in Disney’s animated Rapunzel story.
Disney’s latest animated musical is a fractured take on the Rapunzel story. Presumably it’s called Tangled because there’s already a musical entitled Hair.

The Trouble With Harry

The seventh Potter film doesn’t hold up. Does that matter?
I’m in a difficult position here. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the seventh installment of an eight-part series. As such, it’s not necessarily meant to stand on its own. Instead, it’s a means to an end, ...

We Need to Leave in The Next Three Days

Forget jail — a fugitive family must escape Pittsburgh in this thriller.
Best known as the filmmaker who inflicted Crash upon the world, Paul Haggis turns his attention to popcorn entertainment in The Next Three Days, a remake of a 2008 French thriller released in English-speaking countries as Anyth...

Inside Job: Forever Blowing Bubbles

Our financial system sucks. This documentary explains why.
 “It is impossible to get a man to understand something when his paycheck depends on him not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair

Morning Glory: Happy Talk

When we come back, we’ll see this newsroom comedy fall short.
A romantic comedy aiming to be the Broadcast News for our generation, Morning Glory boasts a wealth of talent both in front of and behind the camera, which is partly why it’s so disappointing. Rachel McAdams stars as Becky Fu...

Due Date Past Due

Bits of hilarity aside, this Robert Downey/Zach Galifianakis road-trip movie is nothing new.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: There’s this tightly wound business guy who has to get across the country to be with his family in time for an important day. Through no fault of his own, his original and totally reasonabl...

For Colored Girls: “Sing a Black Girl’s Song”

The Tyler Perry treatment mars a trailblazing play.
The mere existence of For Colored Girls is encouraging, though it would be unremarkable if we lived in a better world. African-American actresses have been historically under-represented in movies, so it’s nice to have a film...

Conviction Has Courage, Lacks Craft

A true story becomes this plodding, unoriginal legal drama.
Hilary Swank stars in Conviction as a woman who launches a more or less single-handed assault on the legal system, and this suffocating, curiously overpraised drama provides compelling evidence of her artistic decline.