A surprisingly sharp and cynical story about success, public image, and fame and is about both those who have it and those who don't.
Posted Oct 25, 2009
The story is simple and compelling and the title leaves no doubt where the story is going. This is a powerful film for those willing to see its extreme violence.
Posted Oct 20, 2009
While the book works fine for the younger set, the film tries to be too much an Alice-in-Wonderland-class story for all ages, but it rarely works for both young and old at the same time.
Posted Oct 19, 2009
Co-written and directed by animator Bill Plympton, this film is uneven both in its humor and in its appeal.
Posted Oct 14, 2009
From opposite ends of the world the two can say anything to each other, and the clay animation lets us see what their minds' eyes are seeing. The story is wise and funny in ways it could not be in live action.
Posted Oct 11, 2009
After UP set a standard for character development, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS falls short.
Posted Oct 6, 2009
In Steven Soderbergh's hands and with some very strange stylistic choices the story becomes muddled and more confusing than necessary.
Posted Sep 30, 2009
Hayao Miyazaki is off his game with this film that has weaker art and animation than his usual films and a script that needed another draft or two.
Posted Sep 2, 2009
While RUNAWAY TRAIN does balance action and philosophy quite neatly it's still intriguing to wonder how differently Kurosawa would have handled it
Posted Sep 1, 2009
Some of it is good; much of it is preposterous. In trying to meld comedy and tragedy it entertains fitfully and requires more patience than most Tarantino films do.
Posted Aug 31, 2009
The film is bizarre and at times touching, but in the end leaves the viewer perplexed and a little unsatisfied with the stories.
Posted Aug 27, 2009
issues are complex and the approaches to the solution are even more so. This film makes it hard to agree with either side.
Posted Aug 26, 2009
The plot of this film is impenetrable but the dialog is hilarious and comes a staccato pace. This is a comedy of political backbiting, in-fighting, and out-fighting.
Posted Aug 24, 2009
The first half is inventive, but the film really loses steam in the second half. Too many technical problems went unsolved in bringing this story to the screen.
Posted Aug 23, 2009
While the film is asking difficult questions, it is a first rank piece of science fiction. When it starts to answer those questions in the easiest and most predictable ways the film becomes just another loud summer action film.
Posted Aug 19, 2009
Rather than a serious attempt to resurrect the Gothic horror of the 1960s it is more just a reverential nod or even a send-up.
Posted Aug 16, 2009
This film will bring back memories of films like MEMENTO, 21 GRAMS, and some time machine stories, but it is really very different.
Posted Aug 14, 2009
This is a classic, and I consider it one of the best family films evermade. It is moving and says a very great deal about life and about art.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
The film is fun, but the characters are not well developed. The audience has to be onboard not for the characters but for the twisty ride.
Posted Jun 28, 2009
This is a big, spectacular film that may even be an education for American audiences. We see little historical spectacle from Hollywood these days and hopefully Bollywood will help fill the gap.
Posted Jun 24, 2009
It builds to a satisfying and almost funny denouement with a cleverly intricate sequence involving all of the primary characters of the plot.
Posted Jun 24, 2009
DEAD SNOW is done with sufficient style to keep it interesting, but a little originality would have gone a long way.
Posted Jun 15, 2009