Murphy's Movie Reviews
Jesus Camp (2006)
Old Joy (2006)
"To my mind, there was a lot of wasted time -- repetitive shots of scenery from a moving car that felt more like padding than "atmosphere," as if the movie makers had to create a feature length for a project that just as easily and perhaps more effect "
You, Me and Dupree (2006)
The Night Listener (2006)
The Descent (2006)
"Marshall guides his game cast through their paces and it's refreshing to see a group of women as heroines"
World Trade Center (2006)
Color Me Kubrick (2007)
Twelve and Holding (2006)
"Cuesta proves a master with his young cast, coaxing memorable performances from Weizenbaum, Camacho and Donovan"
The Heart of the Game (2005)
"... falls in the tradition of the best sports films and is well worth seeing."
"The entire cast tries gamely to make the lame dialogue work, with some succeeding more than others. ... What salvages the film are the action sequences and the special effects."
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
"Over the course of two and one-half hours, the film unfolds in a series of dull and unengaging episodes."
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
"... hums along at a brisk pace and should appeal to fans of the series. It manages to wrap up some stories while leaving others open for future films. "
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
"The film ... contains some wonderful moments but added together they don't coalesce into something special. This isn't Altman at his best ... nor is it Altman at his worst. Still, middling Altman is far superior to a lot of the dreck playing in movie thea"
Adam & Steve (2005)
"Chester's script is a series of set pieces that all contain exaggerated characters for comic effect. There are numerous one-liners that hit the mark and the central relationship follows its ups and downs along the lines of a conventional romantic comedy w"
The Break-Up (2006)
" The only really nice thing about the story is that it doesn't opt for a Hollywood happy ending."
Dead Man's Shoes (2006)
"What makes it intriguing and eminently watchable is Considine's deft almost low-key portrayal of what is essentially an avenging angel."
Donnie Darko (2001)
"As with any film of this kind, multiple viewings are in order so that one can sort out the plot strands, admire the craftsmanship, and fully grasp what the writer-director's intentions were. When the film opened in the wake of the events of September 11th "
All Over the Guy (2001)
Better Than Sex (2001)
America's Sweethearts (2001)
"Joe Roth steps back into the director's chair after nearly a decade and AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS suffers the same diffused focus that his earlier efforts. After the tightly-paced opening, the film flounders until all the major players have been introduced. "
American Outlaws (2001)