Detroit Free Press

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Rating Title/Year Author
Too Funny To Fail (2017) Julie Hinds The documentary revels in the details of how the show confounded the network and infuriated many viewers during its seven-episode run. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Buster's Mal Heart (2016) Julie Hinds Smith's eye for arresting images is as strong as Malek's gift for being both present in the moment and lost in his character's anxieties. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2017
War Machine (2017) Julie Hinds It's sort of fascinating to watch Pitt aim for something close to George C. Scott's hyper-confident Gen. Buck Turgidson from the Stanley Kubrick 1964 Cold War classic "Dr. Strangelove. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2017
Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg (2016) Julie Hinds He still can't stop living and breathing comedy. But finally, Klein has the visual autobiography he deserves. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Batman & Bill (2017) Julie Hinds The comics cognoscenti, who are aware of Finger's saga, should still find much to appreciate in the documentary. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2017
Heart of a Dog (2015) John Monaghan The film is often notable for Anderson's honesty. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2017
Raiders! (2015) John Monaghan The joy of the Raiders! remake (and the doc about its making) is the ingenuity with which the kids face filmmaking challenges, from borrowing snakes from the local pet shop to creating a wall of flame in one of their basements. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
The Fits (2015) John Monaghan What the movie lacks in narrative it makes up for in mood and invention. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2016
Rules Don't Apply (2016) Julie Hinds If Rules Don't Apply is merely a nostalgic love letter to Beatty's early days as an actor in the years before 1961's Splendor in the Grass made him an international sex symbol, that's enough. Give it a whirl. You'll be time traveling with one of the best. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2016
Game Change (2012) Brian Dickerson Game Change, which explores how smart people make dumb decisions, is a movie for all of us. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2012
3/4 The Giant Mechanical Man (2012) Julie Hinds It's a wistful charmer. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2012
3/4 Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010) John Monaghan What makes this better than the usual Behind the Music-style doc is the frankness of its subjects and the fun way the filmmakers intersperse Fat Albert-style animation to tell their story. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2011
3/4 Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010) John Monaghan Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is a Canadian-made horror spoof that delivers both comedy and gross-out thrills. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3/4 Died Young Stayed Pretty (2008) John Monaghan The poster makers... mine the outer limits of violence and misogyny with a garish, pop art palette. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2009
3/4 Gran Torino (2008) John Monaghan Ultimately, Gran Torino is not recommended for its moralizing or its scenery, but for Eastwood's compelling performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2009
3/4 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) John Monaghan This new Narnia has more of everything, especially action and top-notch effects, but loses some of its soul in the process. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2008
4/4 One Week (1920) John Monaghan In 1920's One Week, the silent comedian known as the Great Stone Face attempts to assemble the build-it-yourself home he received as a wedding present. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2008
4/4 Let's Get Lost (1989) John Monaghan There are moments in Let's Get Lost when, if you squint just a little, [Chet] Baker is a ghost image of his former self, the 1950s musical equivalent of James Dean. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2008
4/4 The Blacksmith (1922) John Monaghan As The Blacksmith, [Buster Keaton] bungles horse grooming and auto repair with slapstick finesse. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2008
3/4 The Violin (2005) John Monaghan The film from first-timer Francisco Vargas puts a human face on universal suffering. It is also about the power of music, as the title instrument saves (for a while anyway) three generations of peasant men in their roles as guerrilla fighters. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2008
3/4 Billy the Kid (2007) John Monaghan The best documentaries take you places you don't normally have access to. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2/4 Charlie Bartlett (2007) John Monaghan Tone is everything in a movie like this, and director John Poll spends the entire running time trying to find it. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2008
2/4 Honeydripper (2007) John Monaghan It's best to forget the story here and focus on those small moments that shine in any Sayles film. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2008
3/4 The Rape of Europa (2006) John Monaghan As thorough as the movie is, it could easily devote another hour to cases like this. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2008
4/4 Persepolis (2007) John Monaghan More than just the first film in recent memory to be considered a must-see, Persepolis begs for a second viewing, if only to chart the way it so delicately weaves together the different stages of Marjane's life. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/4 27 Dresses (2008) John Monaghan Sorry, Sandra. Too bad, Meg. The mantle of movie cute queen has just been passed to Katherine Heigl, starring as the romantically challenged New Yorker of 27 Dresses. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3/4 Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains (2007) John Monaghan Demme says he entered the project expecting 'fireworks,' and he gets them time and again... EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2008
One Missed Call (2008) John Monaghan Another mediocre remake of a Japanese horror film in which flashes of computer-generated ghosts are meant to compensate for lousy acting and a banal storyline. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2008
3/4 The Savages (2007) John Monaghan The Savages not only boasts Oscar-worthy performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as a self-absorbed brother and sister, its attention to detail makes it sweetly funny and genuine. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2007
2/4 The Great Debaters (2007) John Monaghan The Great Debaters has value, to be sure, especially for teenage viewers. But serious moviegoers, especially those attracted by the movie's aggressive Oscar campaign, will likely find the package gorgeously wrapped but intellectually empty. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/4 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) John Monaghan You can't deny the solid performances, the meticulous period detail and, most importantly, the way it refuses to talk down to young audiences. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2007
3/4 The Kite Runner (2007) John Monaghan The filmmakers go by the book in The Kite Runner, a literate, if occasionally listless adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3/4 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) John Monaghan This smart new spoof works because its makers...obviously love the genre they have so much fun sending up. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) John Monaghan This National Treasure sequel, like its 2004 original, is a dumb movie about smart people that uses just enough historical trivia to make you feel like you're bettered by the experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 P.S. I Love You (2007) John Monaghan Tone is everything in a movie like this, but writer-director Richard LaGravanese, working from a novel by Cecelia Ahern, can't decide between quirky indie dark comedy and laugh-a-minute TV sitcom. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
4/4 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) John Monaghan One of the most memorable films of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2007
3/4 The Walker (2007) John Monaghan This is no masterpiece, but a fine-tuned little thriller packed with meticulously chosen details of character and place. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/4 Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) John Monaghan Young viewers will enjoy the slapstick, while parents will relate to Lee's amiable frustration as the trio's surrogate dad. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2007
2/4 I Am Legend (2007) John Monaghan All the effort that went into the spectacle of destroying Manhattan in flashbacks could have been better spent on developing the claustrophobic, creepy present. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2007
2/4 The Perfect Holiday (2007) John Monaghan Dear Santa: Please leave better scripts under her Christmas tree. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2007
2/4 The Page Turner (2006) John Monaghan This must be what a French movie-of-the-week look like, deemed art here because of the subtitles. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/4 The Magic Flute (1975) John Monaghan Using the opera's timeless whimsy and inventiveness, the movie replicates a performance on the stage that is so good that it almost makes you forget the participants' ABBA-like hairstyles. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/4 The Magician (1958) John Monaghan The movie has elements of Gothic horror and philosophy, along with lusty, low comedy rolls. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
4/4 The Seventh Seal (1956) John Monaghan Its view of a seemingly godless landscape in the grip of plague is still bold and frightening. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2/4 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) John Monaghan 12:08 East of Bucharest is easier to admire than enjoy, funnier to describe than actually watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
2/4 Redacted (2007) Terry Lawson It is simply so amateurish and overacted that it makes it impossible to become invested in the documentary-like reality De Palma hopes to achieve. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
4/4 I'm Not There (2007) Terry Lawson It willfully denies one of the sacred tenets of cinematic storytelling, that every movie -- comedy, romance or biography -- is actually a mystery, one the audience expects to see solved. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2007
2/4 August Rush (2007) Terry Lawson Director Kirsten Sheridan has no interest in keeping August Rush tethered to reality or toning down the sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/4 Enchanted (2007) John Monaghan What could have been an epic Disney misfire is saved by the charming Adams. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/4 Hitman (2007) Terry Lawson While Hitman is decidedly more watchable than Resident Evil and most previous video-game movies, it shares its forerunners' lack of interest in storytelling or logic. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007