Film Reviews

The Last Exorcism: Devil out of Nell

This inventive horror flick could be the scariest yet.
So Paranormal Activity 2 is coming out soon. Good luck to it, because while I thought the original Paranormal Activity was built well but didn’t deliver any solid scares, The Last Exorcism is without a doubt the most terrifyi...

Adrian Santiago Hits the Market

A DVD release gives an unexpected boost to a first-time local filmmaker.
“It’s just unreal,” said Adrian Santiago as we talked about the upcoming DVD release of his micro-budget film Grim. “Since we finished, it all feels like it’s been happening to somebody else.”

The Bali/Julia Project: Eat Pray Love

The best-selling memoir becomes a pretty travelogue and not much else.
I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s polarizing memoir Eat, Pray, Love and found it as annoying as many others did, though I couldn’t help but wonder how many Gilbert haters would have been OK with the idea of a childless man in his ...

Hey There, Scott Pilgrim

Your comic book is awesome. Your movie, sometimes.
On paper, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World looks like a dream pairing. Edgar Wright is the British filmmaker who proved his comic genius with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, demented mash-ups of disparate genres. Now he’s adapting...

The Expendables: One Country for Old Men

Stallone and his middle-aged crew blow stuff up.
All you need to know about The Expendables is that it delivers exactly what you would expect, no less and no more: terrible dialogue, macho posturing and male bonding, flying bullets and explosions, and enough testosterone flyi...

Middle Men: The Internet Is for Porn

This movie is for cheap moralism and bad history.
Middle Men’s version of history is a lie. According to this movie, it was the pornographers who invented online shopping before the major retailers or credit card companies cracked the problem. If that were true, it would mea...

Charlie St. Cloud: Sailing Takes Me Away

Zac Efron stumbles — and we learn — in this weeper.
Sometimes being a film critic means being a straight guy who spends hours pondering the meaning of Zac Efron. It’s not that bad, actually. Say what you want to about the High School Musical series, the actor who catapulted to...

The Kids Are All Right: Laser Has Two Mommies

A family of four (plus sperm donor) equals a great comedy.
When I heard that Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were playing a lesbian couple in a movie, I thought, “That sounds like it’ll work.” Then I saw the trailer for the movie and thought, “That looks like it’ll work.”...

Dinner for Schmucks: American Idiot

Steve Carell has some nice gags at this meal.
Maybe the best part of Dinner for Schmucks is the opening credit sequence. It shows the construction of an elaborate diorama, depicting a daytime scene in a park populated by stuffed mice that have been dressed in tiny costumes...

Los Angeles Thames

A TCU graduate works behind the camera and in front.
Even over the phone, Jay Thames is a massive presence. He has a sandblaster of a voice, and his words come tumbling out with the force of a river rapid as he relates colorful anecdotes — frequently in colorful language — ab...