January 21, 2011
Critics Consensus: No Strings Attached Is A Little Frayed
This week at the movies, we've got friends with benefits (No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher) and a great escape (The Way Back, starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell). What do the critics have to say? Once in a while a romantic comedy will come along and represent the messiness of the contemporary dating scene. Most of the time, however, we get movies with a little bit of insight and a lot of contrivance. Critics say No Strings Attached falls into the latter category, with moments of warmth and sweetness that are spoiled by a predictable narrative and a dirty mind.
November 8, 2010
The Company Men Face the Recession
During the Great Depression, filmmakers used our economic woes as the setting (and sometimes the inspiration) for some classic movies -- but the upcoming "The Company Men" is one of the few films to acknowledge the recent recession.