Posts Tagged ‘film reviews’
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard take in the latest speed bump on their trip to L.A. in "Hit & Run."

Hit & Run: Dax a Lot

A Shepard leads his flock in this interesting, forgettable hybrid.
Dax Shepard became famous as one of Ashton Kutcher’s crew of pranksters on the now-defunct TV show Punk’d before settling into a career of playing loudmouthed jerks in middling-to-bad comedy films. (I haven’t seen him on ...

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

Timothy Green: Autumn Leaves

A kid grows from a garden in this strange, uneven fable.
The word “odd” is entirely appropriate in the title of The Odd Life of Timothy Green. This family-oriented movie has the bad luck to come to us just one week after Ruby Sparks, another magic-realist fable about a person who...

I’ve found the write girl: Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano in Ruby Sparks.

Ruby Sparks: Dreamgirl

A novelist writes a girlfriend for himself, and an actress writes a role for herself.
When you hear the plot of Ruby Sparks, you’ll think you’ve heard it before. You’ll be right, in a sense — the story’s roots go back to the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. But you’ll be wrong, too, because this retell...

Will Ferrell poses in front of a negative ad aimed at Zach Galifianakis in "The Campaign."

Fizzy Campaign

Will Ferrell and company stump for laughs in this election season.
When we last left Will Ferrell, he was starring in Casa de mi Padre, an intriguing though failed experiment in genre parody. His new comedy, The Campaign, is a better, funnier movie, and even if it doesn’t rank among Ferrell...

Colin Farrell gets his mind royally messed with in "Total Recall."

Rebooting Total Recall

I forget why they remade this sci-fi thriller.
On paper, remaking Total Recall is a better idea than restarting the Spider-Man series. The original film came out back in 1990, and while its special effects were cutting-edge at the time, technology has reached heights since ...

Ruby Sparks opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Ruby Sparks (R) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) direct this comedy about a struggling novelist (Paul Dano) who magically conjures a girl (Zoe Kazan) to life after creating her as a character in...

Quvenzhané Wallis faces down an extinct creature in the Louisiana bayou in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Animal Kingdom

Break out the o-word for this festival darling.
The wildly original Beasts of the Southern Wild comes to Grapevine this week toting a host of critical hosannas and an eye-catching haul of festival awards, having won the Grand Jury Prize and cinematography awards at Sundance ...

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade star in "The Watch" opening Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: The Watch (R) Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade star in this comedy as overzealous neighborhood watchmen who are forced to deal with an invasion of space aliens. Also with Rosemarie DeWitt, Will...

Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt have a heart-to-heart in Your Sister’s Sister.

Your Sister’s Sister: Cabin in the Woods

This domestic comedy portends good things for Lynn Shelton.
I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to one of the more significant emerging talents in independent film right now. Lynn Shelton was associated early on with the so-called “mumblecore” movement, but she stood out fr...

Neil Young Journeys opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Neil Young Journeys (PG) Jonathan Demme’s concert film of the rock star’s return to Toronto in May 2011. (Opens Friday in Dallas) NOW PLAYING: The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) The series goes back to its origins with...