Murphy's Movie Reviews
Fay Grim (2007)
Fast Food Nation (2006)
" The large cast is uniformly excellent and the film has been designed to stir the pot ... Unfortunately, audiences don't seem to be responding. Global warming is the hot button issue but our food supply and its contamination is just as important. "
Fallen (Falling) (2006)
Exterminating Angels (2007)
Encounter Point (2007)
" Perhaps it may have something to do with its nternational -- and predominantly female -- crew, but ENCOUNTER POINT actually posits a glimmer of hope for a nonviolent solution to a problem that has existed for generations. "
The Departed (2006)
" Scorsese is clearly a master filmmaker but in my opinion, he's only phoning it in here. THE DEPARTED is a matter of been there, done that. Second tier Scorsese is still good, it just doesn't rank up there with his best work. "
The Conrad Boys (2006)
Broken English (2007)
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
" I was alternately charmed and disappointed ... The movie is certainly light years ahead of the mediocre television adaptation but it is not quite the definitive version of the story, despite the strong screenplay and fine lead actors. "
Belle Toujours (2007)
The Road To Guantanamo (2006)
Rescue Dawn (2007)
Hula Girls (2007)
" While the outline of the film's plot is fairly standard and predictable, director Lee Sang-il and his co-screenwriter Daisuke Habara have concocted enough obstacles ... to keep the audience's interest. When the film reaches its climax ... it arrives there "
My Best Friend (2007)
Talk to Me (2007)
Shi gan (Time) (2007)
" Even with its flaws, WAITRESS is a fitting tribute to the quirky independent spirit that Shelly brought to so many projects. It also hints at what might have been and that makes it all the more heartbreaking. "
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Knocked Up (2007)
" KNOCKED UP mines a vein that has been tapped before by filmmakers, but which has rarely been presented with as much warmth and genuine humor. I just wish that a more judicious editor (or a stronger producer) had tightened it up. "
Brooklyn Rules (2007)
" PROVOKED: A TRUE STORY sets out to tell an important story in the history of the British judicial system. Unfortunately, the project was undertaken by filmmakers who seemingly didn't know how to handle the implications of the story they wanted to tell. "
" Buried somewhere in this messy, strange and occasionally affecting film is an interesting idea -- perhaps even a good one. But what's on screen in DUCK also veers into territory that is precious and even boring. "
28 Weeks Later... (2007)
" There are no easy answers in the film and it provides a welcome relief from the horror and action films that are filling the multiplexes. Jindabyne tackles adult topics in a subtle and intriguing manner. "
In the Land of Women (2007)
" The script is problematic. Much of it feels half-formed; there are some potentially interesting ideas but they are not really developed well. The audience is supposed to take certain things on face value -- and there are many missed opportunities, particu "
" Admittedly, some of the humor doesn't translate well, and the performers tend to carry on too long in some scenes. Once the action shifts to the boat, there's only so much that can be done, given the confines of space. L'ICEBERG delivers laughs, though, a "
The Host (2007)
The Hoax (2007)
" THE HOAX is an enjoyable romp that features one of Richard Gere's best screen performances. Not everything on screen may be true -- but then look at the title. Maybe this is really a case of truth in advertising. "
Great World of Sound (2007)
" This is a small film that was clearly made on a shoestring budget, but in many ways that works in its favor. The screenplay does bog down a little into a somewhat repetitive manner in the middle section. Still, Zobel and his actors try to find variations "
" this taut little film is a psychological thriller about revenge. If the Japanese horror adaptation hadn't already used the title THE GRUDGE, that might have served as a more appropriate title for this drama. "
The Man of My Life (2007)
" Although the actors try gamely, they cannot fully rescue THE MAN OF MY LIFE from its flaws. There's a germ of a very good idea in the screenplay, but I just don't feel that the writers fully grasped what they were undertaking. "
Flanders (Flandres) (2007)
La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)
Dans Paris (2007)
The Dead Girl (2006)
" THE DEAD GIRL provides several of terrific actresses with meaty roles and for that reason alone (let alone Moncrieff's fluid direction and solid, if uneven, scripting) it deserves to find an audience. "
Comeback Season (2007)
" The film is a gentle comedy -- there aren't that many laugh outloud moments, but there are a few nicely observed details. Unfortunately,the plotting is fairly obvious -- one can easily predict where the movieis going to wind up. "
Civic Duty (2006)
Children of Men (2006)
Boy Culture (2007)
" BOY CULTURE is a well-made, engrossing and well acted comedy-drama. [The main character] X can easily reside alongside Jon Voight's Joe Buck in MIDNIGHT COWBOY as one of the screen's more memorable hustlers. "
Black Sun (2005)