Capital Times (Madison, WI)
In Bruges (2008)
The Walker (2007)
Youth Without Youth (2007)
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
The Savages (2007)
"The fact that "Savages" looks at an ordinary and often inevitable part of life shouldn't obscure the fact that this is a beautifully written and wonderfully played film, capturing the nuances of family dynamics as assuredly as any film I've seen in quite"
"Temple gets at the heart of Strummer's character, at the unbridled joy that existed within his righteous anger, the satisfaction of knowing he was on the right side of history and hadn't had to sell any part of himself to get there."
27 Dresses (2008)
"Watching "27 Dresses" is like going to a wedding that's kind of lame -- the chicken marsala is stringy, the DJ only knows show tunes, and the best man's toast almost triggers an annulment -- but you end up having a decent time anyway."
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
"Documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev's "My Kid Could Paint That" is an impressive feat in that it revels in its own ambiguity while still giving us a very entertaining, ripped-from-the-headlines mystery story."
The Kite Runner (2007)
Ira and Abby (2006)
The Golden Compass (2007)
"Every character in The Golden Compass has a 'daemon', a talking animal sidekick who follows them everywhere. It's a neat idea -- I wished I had one sitting in the theater with me to explain what the heck was going on."
What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)
Last Winter (1984)
I'm Not There (2007)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
"About the only audience that might get something out of "Love in the Time of Cholera" are lazy college students who want to learn the plot points for class without having to sit down and read the book."
American Gangster (2007)
"I expected that "Gangster" would pay homage to films like "The French Connection," "Superfly," "Serpico" and even "The Godfather." What I didn't expect was that the spirit of those films was deeply imbedded in its bones."
The Kingdom (2007)
The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
""The Jane Austen Book Club" is far from a failure, especially if it sends curious fans of the movie back to Austen's original six books. I just wish Swicord had gone back to Fowler's original novel once or twice more to see why it works so well."
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Dan in Real Life (2007)
"Add in a terrific soundtrack of original songs by singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche, and "Dan in Real Life" is an unexpected and very welcome treat, a crowd-pleasing mainstream comedy with the soul of an indie."
"You sense that Seeger may feel his greatest legacy is not what he accomplished, but what his presence gave others the courage to accomplish. Even if it was just singing along with a roomful of strangers."
2 Days in Paris (2007)
Eastern Promises (2007)
""Promises" is a solid, involving crime thriller elevated by some quintessentially Cronenbergian touches, but it's not a truly disturbing Cronenberg experience like "A History of Violence" or "Spider.""
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
Lady Chatterley (2007)
"I can certainly recommend the experience of having seen "Lady Chatterley." The experience of actually seeing it, however -- all 168 leisurely paced minutes of it -- doesn't generate quite as much enthusiasm."
The Ten (2007)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
"It's way too early to signal the rebirth of the western at the movies, but if it happens, it'll be because of smart and thoughtful entertainment like this that sucks audiences in whether or not they care how the West was won."
"You just want to shake the filmmakers by the shoulders and yell, "You have a damaged spaceship loaded with nuclear weapons speeding straight into the heart of the sun. Really, that's not enough drama for you?""
Hot Rod (2007)
"When the film falters, it's when it pulls its punches and gives us conventional horror that we can hold off at a safe distance, rather than uncomfortable insights that we can unsettlingly recognize from our own household experience."
Black Sheep (2006)
Becoming Jane (2007)
Introducing the Dwights (2007)