Murphy's Movie Reviews
Away From Her (2007)
Amazing Grace (2007)
"BRANDO does provide an important reminder of the immense talent and ability he had as a performer. It hints at his love/hate relationship with his profession -- and it is a shame that in some ways this man squandered his abilities, especially when he clea"
Black Book (2007)
G.I. Jesús (2007)
"G.I. JESÚS isn't perfect but in its modest manner it is an ambitious and intriguing film. It is packed with topics ranging from immigration to the deployment of potentially ill men and women to the lack of proper care for veterans to the haunting effects"
The Hip Hop Project (2006)
Day Night Day Night (2006)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Music and Lyrics (2007)
"The film is buoyed by the wonderful work of Grant and Barrymore who together work as deftly as, well, as music and lyrics. The harmonious result of this pairing is a charming and enjoyable romantic film."
Black Friday (2005)
"There's a lot of material covered in the film and its structure ... requires an audience to pay careful and close attention. But [director Anurag] Kashyap keeps the action moving and the overall movie turns out to be engrossing."
Levantando a pápa (2007)
The Situation (2006)
Puccini for Beginners (2007)
"Granted, there aresome amusing moments, but I can see someone making a drinking game of the DVD -- every time Allegra says "I'm a lesbian" take a swig. Oops! You'll be in an alcohol-induced coma fairly quickly."
East of Havana (2007)
Because I Said So (2007)
"While worthy, Bamako suffers somewhat fromits structure. Some of the testimony becomes so complicated that unless you are an expert or really truly versed on the subject, you just might tune out (as I found myself doing on occasion)."
An Unreasonable Man (2007)
Seraphim Falls (2007)
Blood and Chocolate (2007)
"This film is not one of the worst I've ever seen, but it won't be winning any prizes either.It may find a secondary life as a DVD rental but in terms of where it stacks up against other werewolf films, it's a dog."
Catch and Release (2007)
Smokin' Aces (2007)
V for Vendetta (2006)
"I know it sounds a little strange to be recommending a movie about a revolutionary at this time, but I thoroughly enjoyed this motion picture and, if taken for its fantasy alone, it provides great escapist entertainment."
"The film has some minor flaws which do not fully deter from one's enjoyment. Kunder, who also wrote the screenplay, stages some spectacular musical numbers -- some of the best seen in recent years. The musical score by Anu Malik is lovely and enjoyable."
The Proposition (2005)
"Cave's screenplay is masterful in taking the trappings of the western genre and transposing them to the Australian Outback. There's an ebb and flow to his writing and there's also the sense that tragedy is inevitable. He also manages to work in the dep"
United 93 (2006)
"Greengrass recreates the attacks on the World Trade Center utilizing existing news footage and it still retains the horror of that day. Despite knowing the ultimate outcome of this film, UNITED 93 is a harrowing and important film."
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
"If you have ever held an office job, you probably have encountered the "boss from hell" and Streep manages to make the character both amusing, scary and touching (sometimes simultaneously). She alone makes the film worth seeing."
Adrenaline Drive (1999)
"The film's humor arises mostly out of the flouting of Japanese social codes which admittedly don't necessarily translate to belly laughs for American audiences. Some of the supporting roles are played broadly and the seemingly indomitable bad guy is one o"
10 Items or Less (2006)
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006)
"[Almodóvar] raises some intriguing and moving ideas in Volver, but the plot strands are not woven tightly together, remaining loose and frayed. It's a shame, because the potential was there for a great film. Instead, we merely get a good one."
School for Scoundrels (2006)
The Science of Sleep (2006)
"THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP has some magical moments, butjust as the protagonist struggles with finding a place that can integrate his dream life with reality, the movie fights against itself and eventually leaves the audience as the loser."
Sweet Land (2006)
Gloomy Sunday (2003)
"Like many European films, GLOOMY SUNDAY has crisp cinematography and gorgeous production design, not to mention that hauntingly melancholic titular tune. The principal actors, for the most part, are attractive and talented. The movie apes the traditi"
"The Quay brothers have created a gloriously gorgeous filmwith wondrous set pieces that have been beautifully shot inburnished tones by cinematographer Nic Knowland. It's a dark and disturbing fairy tale that fans of the brothers' work will embrace."
"Tykwer's direction is solid, Whishaw lends a weight to the character and despite having little dialogue delivers a masterful performance. Of the large supporting cast, [Rachel] Hurd-Wood is a pleasant surprise and Alan Rickman as her protective father off"
The Secret Life of Words (2006)