Fayetteville Free Weekly
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
"Quantum of Solace is the most obtuse title of the year. Maybe it means kick-a** action. If so, it's a very apt title. Don't be late arriving at the theater. The pre-opening credit sequence to Quantum of Solace goes just 15 seconds before the"
Seven Pounds (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
"The Dark Knight is a good movie. It has all the ingredients to be a great movie, but it isn't one. I may grudgingly put it on my best-ten-of-the year list (a paltry group at this point), but it could have been so much more. It came so close."
"Sean Penn and gay director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) have created a warm-hearted testament to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay individual who was elected to major political office, and was then murdered/martyred."
The Reader (2008)
"The Reader is the most undeserving of the five Academy Award nominees for Best Picture. A nice quality for a movie to have is if it has one or more characters to whom one can relate. In The Reader the two main characters are clods."
Last Chance Harvey (2009)
"When the movie version of Frost/Nixon was being cast, Frank Langella might well have been bypassed. Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty were mentioned, but Langella survived and got the role. On screen Langella nails -- or fangs -- Nixon. Langella does not m"
The Wrestler (2008)
"In The Wrestler, Rourke -- with a scraggly mane of dyed hair -- portrays "The Ram," a once-adored wrestler, who is living in a trailer park, working menial jobs lifting boxes and behind a meat counter, trying to hawk signed memorabilia in nearly de"
Revolutionary Road (2008)
"Revolutionary Road is a dumbed down movie. But it's not dumbed down for just general audiences; it's dumbed down for would-be intellectual audiences, people who are supposed to like books. It sorely fits contemporary times."
"Defiance runs for 137 minutes, but that doesn't make it an epic. It just makes it long. Near the beginning, we are informed on screen that Defiance is "a true story." It may be a true story, but it is not truly told."
Gran Torino (2009)