Murphy's Movie Reviews
"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)
"Coixet's screenplay may be a little slow in spots and someof the supporting characters are not very well drawn, but the spotlight is on the two leads, and both Robbins and Polley come through. There's some twee voiceover that mars the film's beginning and "
Running With Scissors (2006)
"I had hoped, I guess, that the film would do justice to the book, but sadly that is not the case. If I were you, go out and spend the money on the paperback, curl up and give yourself over to the wacky world Burroughs' creates. It'll be more fulfilling th "
"The digitally restored print showing in theaters is worth seeing. If it doesn't come to your town, then look for it to show up on IFC in its tribute to Janus Films or buy or rent the Criterion Collection DVD. However you see this masterpiece, you absol "
"Like Vera Farmiga in DOWN TO THE BONE, Gyllenhaal creates a full-bodied portrait of a woman struggling with addictions. And like Felicity Huffman in TRANSAMERICA, Gyllenhaal elevates a flawed motion picture to a higher level. "
"Mitchell worked with his cast to develop the various stories and the improvisatory effort may not have resulted in a Mike Leigh sort of drama but it has yielded wondrous moments. The cast is very good with the best performances coming from Lee as Sofia (w "
"Surprisingly, not much has changed in the last 70 years. The tradition of sequestering widows continues in India. Mehta deserves praise for spotlighting this situation. WATER is one of the year's best films. "
Opal Dream (2006)
Off the Black (2006)
"OFF THE BLACK is a small picture that might get lost amidall the holiday hoopla and Oscar-bait fare that is clogging the cineplexes. It's worth seeking out; those who do will find a sweet but not saccharine story. "
The Nativity Story (2006)
"In essence, the film is exactly what one comes to expect in the telling of the story. Hardwicke brings absolutely nothing to the table, except for a colorless palette. The actors struggle to invest what are essentially plaster saints with some verve, but "
Man Push Cart (2006)
Little Children (2006)
"from the film's opening scene when an ill-advised and badly used omniscient narrator is employed, I was squirming in my seat and checking my watch. ... LITTLE CHILDREN runs on too long at close to two and a half hours.There are many sequences that are ext "
Keeping Up With The Steins (2006)
"Will it all turn out? What do you think? Part of the fun is in watching how, although one's enjoyment of the movie will depend on many factors. Comedy, of course, is a very subjective medium; what some find hilarious, others won't. At the screening I atte "
Keeping Mum (2006)
"Director Niall Johnson, who collaborated on the script withRichard Russo deserves kudos for maintaining the tenor and tone of the film. A black comedy such as KEEPING MUM requires a very specific touch and Johnson handles the material with aplomb. "
American Experience (2006)
"The documentary, directed by Stanley Nelson, incorporates rare footage and recordings with a history of Jones and the Peoples Temple. The film's planned airing on PBS will expose many more viewers to this important slice of history. "
Inland Empire (2006)
"Shot on digital video, it is problematic and, at close to three hours, overlong. But there are flashes of brilliance and just when the viewer becomes frustrated and ready to throw in the towel, Lynch makes a hairpin turn that rights the course and once ag "
Into Great Silence (2007)
"Simply put, the film goes on much too long. There's no real shaping of the story, no real structure to the documentary. What on paper sounds like it could be a fascinating prospect in execution turns out to be something of a snooze. "
"I am aware that virtually every critic in America if not on the planet has lauded Hoffman's portrayal of the author and that I am in the minority. Watching Hoffman I felt something primal was missing from his interpretation ... To my mind, Hoffman's work "
The Illusionist (2006)
"I will say that THE ILLUSIONIST is a very beautiful movie to watch, with elegant costumes by Ngila Dickson, a sumptuous production design by Ondrej Nekvasil, and gorgeous cinematography by Dick Pope. The score by Philip Glass also adds immensely to one "
Home of the Brave (2006)
Driving Lessons (2006)
"The film is anchored by Walter's brilliant performance. She has a field day with this rambunctious, pampered yet terribly insecure woman. Grint is often reduced to playing straight man, but his reactions are priceless and the fact that he and Walters have "
The Fountain (2006)
"There is much to admire in the structure and execution of his filmmaking. Not many directors are willing to tackle such deep philosophical questions in a popularist entertainment. ... [But] I would have to rate it as a noble failure. "
Happy Feet (2006)
" I had wanted to like HAPPY FEET more -- I went in expecting a more lighthearted piece. While Miller is to be commended for adding layers to the story, I do feel it went on way too long and that its points were hammered home. And I'm well aware I will be "
Broken Sky (2006)
"I have jokingly described BROKEN SKY (EL CIELO DIVIDIDO) as the gay, Mexican version of THE BREAK-UP, although to be fair, this film at least has more sympathetic characters. ... But, at 140 minutes, [it] goes on far too long. "
"My basic problem with the movie is that the main characters are not terribly likable ... Because of this, the audience really doesn't get caught up in rooting for couple to reunite as they might in a more conventional romance "
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
"Who would have thought that Clint Eastwood would emerge as one of the best and most interesting filmmakers of the early 21st Century? Given his track record, I certainly wouldn't have. But with FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS he has made a superb, if uneven, film. "
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Blood Diamond (2006)
"As the adage goes, though, the road to hell is paved withgood intentions and BLOOD DIAMOND is nothing if not well intentioned. Unfortunately, it squanders a lot of good will and its message about Sierra Leone, the atrocities committed ... , and the result "
"My problem is with Isild Le Besco: She tends to be a bit of a blank and doesn't project any sort of personality. Her blandness may seem appropriate for the roles in which she is cast, but when she is on screen, the movie comes to a dead halt. "
The Architect (2006)
"In my opinion, the film tries to cover too much ground. The plot strands don't exactly coalesce into a tight story. Perhaps that was [the director's] intent, but for me something was missing. The cast does yeoman work but I somehow couldn't exactly get ca "
Breaking and Entering (2007)
"Minghella should be complimented on at least attemptingsomething cerebral, but the experiment falls short. The schematic screenplay complete with bald symbols ... and the various aspects of both "breaking" and "entering" that are employed devalue the fina "
The Queen (2006)
"THE QUEEN is one of the most entertaining and well madefeature films to come along in a while. It showcases a brilliant performance by its leading lady, Helen Mirren, and features sublime supporting performances ... "
Night at the Museum (2006)
"Individual set pieces work nicely, but the story bogs down and certain subplots are dropped almost entirely. ... NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM had the potential to be so much more and in the hand of a real visionary, it could have been something. As it is, it's a p "
Happily N'ever After (2006)
Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
Coffee Date (2006)
The Prestige (2006)