New York Theatre Wire
Man of Steel (2013)
"Man of Steel indirectly tackles the conundrum of how a mankind engrained in monolithic religion greets the concrete proof of a mythological figure. Is it possible for an alien from Krypton to reside alongside an unquestioning faith in Christ? "
"With a striking palette of greens and vermillions, an eerie soundtrack, inept swordfighting, and several performances that would fit right into an Abbot and Costello burlesque, 'Ghost Cat' is the perfect film for those fans of tasteful B-cinema inanity. "
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
"The closer you are to puberty, the more you'll be blown away by "Katy Perry: Part of Me." Just imagine Madonna's "Truth or Dare" (1991), but without the sexual innuendo, glamour, wit, and Warren Beatty. "
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
"But it is Gosling who steals the show. Flexing his extraordinarily buffed torso and his acting chops, the young star proves his comic skills are as well honed as his dramatic ones, and that's saying a lot. "
Elvis & Madona (2012)
Every Day (2011)
Berlin 36 (2011)
"While this dramatization of a heartwrenching story is never less than fascinating intellectually and the actors are adroit, the screenplay by Lothar Kurzawa is choppy and at times slightly clichéd. It's as if someone has sat on the dramatic arc. "
"Dan Well's Kip is completely believable as an innocent, transplanted Kansan, although I'm not speaking from too much experience. Other than Dorothy and Toto, I can't think of any other Kansans I've ever interacted with. "
The Caller (2008)
Roman de gare (2007)
"With truly fine performances, resulting in several riveting scenes, one can easily overlook the dingy cinematography and bothersome sound track to befriend this beguiling look at loneliness."
The Air I Breathe (2008)
The Brave One (2007)
"In this dreary, cockamamie Valentine to New York City haters, concocted by the father/son team of Roderick and Bruce A. Taylor--a good argument for the government sterilization of a certain family's genes--radio personality Erica Bain (Foster) is confront"
Broken English (2007)
Dark Days (2000)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Freshman Orientation (2007)
Sydney White (2007)
"As for the creators' notions that all Jewish boys are Orthodox nerds with flopping peyos and that all homosexuals are drag queens, what the hell! It's only 2007."
The Price of Sugar (2007)
"In the end, this is a fevered tale of an outsider, spurred on by his belief in God, who believes his role in life is to save a people, and for a while it seems he is making a difference. What film can top that nowadays? "
"As for Olmos, he has achieved more than most could have with an often cliched screenplay ("Homies are getting killed every day. It's sad." "Those are our f***en homeboys back there. Why don't you show a little respect?"). "
Introducing the Dwights (2007)
"There are films about monstrous overbearing moms, often played by Shelley Winters, and there are those "heartwarming" losing-one's-virginity flicks ("Summer of '42"). Australia's entry into this field consolidates the best elements of both genres. "
"this production gives The Sopranos a run for the money when it comes to blood-laden butchery. Not once but twice does this Macbeth saunter about splattered with hemoglobin from head to foot, looking very Carrie-like, post-bucket spilling. "
"SiCKO is, without argument, one of the most important films you'll ever see in your lifetime, which might be rather short depending upon your HMO."
The Bubble (2007)
"Although the head-shaved, sprightly Eytan Fox might just be a prince of the Kosher New Wave emanating out of Israel for the past decade, he's definitely the king of the faygala division of the same movement. "
Hot House (2006)
"Essential viewing for any student of Middle-Eastern affairs and scholar of human nature."
"What makes Venus unforgettable is not the fine direction and script, or Vanessa Redgrave's startling cameo as Maurice's suffering ex-wife, or Whittaker's award-worthy debut; it's that the viewer can't draw a line between O'Toole's career and Maurice's. "
Puccini for Beginners (2007)
"Puccini is the joyously refreshing romancer that it tries so hard to be. Its success has a lot to do with its casting directors who have peopled both the major and minor roles with aplomb. Even off-off-Broadway legend Helen Hanft has a cameo. "
The Valet (2007)
"One can see Moliére being jealous of the plot line, and Karl Marx applauding. You see capitalists who exploit the masses do not fare too well in this venture."
Hot Fuzz (2007)
And Then Came Love (2007)
I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
"Rock seems to be unintentionally arguing that a black male of any economic class will still go through life with the thought and speech patterns of an uneducated juvenile delinquent who's ready for lockup on "Law and Order.""
"delightfully acted, entertaining, Franco take on the "Sex in the City" lifestyle among the kosher set."
The Black Dahlia (2006)
"most fun is the high priestess of British stage, Fiona Shaw, who goes over the top as Madeleine's unbalanced mom. Her dinner scene alone with all of her epileptic-like tics and scowls is the grandest of Grand Guignol"
"You can easily tell that the budget was threadbare. In fact, the catering for the crew probably consisted of tap water and peanut-and-jelly sandwiches. "
"If in 20 or 30 years, Daniel Craig has retired from playing Ian Fleming's stalwart secret agent, the series' producers need look no further than Alex Pettyfer for their new man."
Old Joy (2006)
"if you are not afraid of tranquility, if your favorite part of Antonioni's "Blowup" is the tennis game with the imaginary ball, or if you carry a joint in your Velamints tin, "Old Joy" will be your joy."
Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006)
"John Waters Meets "Sleepless in Seattle" in this sweet, at-times "tasteless" comic concoction about romance, reputation, the need to confess, and the yearning of society to pigeonhole everyone with a one-dimensional label."
"what we have here is an at-times plaintive love letter to women: a paean to their humor, their loyalty, and especially their ability to survive their encounters with cheating, lying fornicators who employ their penises as weapons of submission."
Keeping Mum (2006)
"Just when I thought I'd bore myself to death, having to tell yet another inquirer that the only must-see comedy of the moment was "Little Miss Sunshine," an almost equally fine option has arisen."
Happy Birthday (2002)
"Cutting from one angst-filled moment to another, Malaysian-born Tan has created an honest exploration of what it is to be gay and have more on your mind than creatine, Ellen's talk show, and Queer Eye on the Straight Butt. "
"The unsightly Bukowski, in his rumpled attire, and his lead characters (who are most often spins on himself) are fascinating personalities to watch, sort of like little tornados which are more destructive to themselves than to society at large."
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
"Miranda is a distaff version of Donald Trump. There's the power, the arrogance, the success, plus the delicious-to-view unbridled narcissism of an unchecked megalomaniac. She's Hannibal Lector in Dolce & Gabbana."