Long Island Press

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Rating Title/Year Author
Rust and Bone (2012) Prairie Miller Everybody finally sees the light on fast forward with happy endings all around, despite intense performances. While Alain eventually decides that full-time boxing is the way to go, to find dignity and get liberated from worker exploitation. Go figure. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2012
Craptastic! (2011) Prairie Miller So how much are attention addicts Giancola and Anna Nicole Smith alike as they weirdly bond away in his movie? Giancola was shrewd enough to foolproof his film with deliberate self-parody, while Smith succumbed to her own self-dehumanization. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2012
Parked (2011) Prairie Miller Infused with the visceral impact of raw truth connected to the homeless insider point of view looking out at a callous world. But when it comes to the director's outside looking in perspective, there's a second hand sense of little felt or endured. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2012
On the Road (2012) Prairie Miller A case of alienation twice removed. First by the characters who wander in an emotionally distant fog through a perplexing American landscape. Then the filmmaker, whose voyage into palpably unfamiliar cultural territory compounds everything else. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2012
The Prosecution of an American President (2012) Prairie Miller There's a joke in the nazis on the moon sci-fi satire Iron Sky that the only fair fight the US ever had in its many assaults and invasions around the world, was with Hitler's Germany. Which is no laughing matter for Vincent Bugliosi or this documentary. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2012
The Other Son (2012) Prairie Miller Though lacking subtlety, the story conveys a rare sensitivity and compassion. But what divides humans historically are more complex issues of power and domination. And shouldn't be buried, even in fiction, under sentimental appeals which change nothing. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2012
Least Among Saints (2012) Prairie Miller Excels in performances resonating with raw intensity and dramatic authenticity. But while earnestly inspired by the tragic circumstances facing US soldiers in war for real, the material forming the basis here is without historical context, and it shows. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2012
Fat Kid Rules the World (2012) Prairie Miller Though Fat Kid Rules The World does lay too many of its cards on the table with its giveaway title, the pleasures to be garnered from this Matthew Lillard directed indie debut are more about the journey there, rather than the Hollywood-ish destination. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2012
That's What She Said (2012) Prairie Miller A word of advice to all those women out there bent on making the definitive chick flick revenge, raunchier than thou female Hangover movie. Knock it off, enough already. And that goes for those self-hating sexpots in their own mind inhabiting them too. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2012
Arbitrage (2012) Prairie Miller Arbitrage as a title may confound audiences, but maybe that's the point. An inner circle shop talk, insider trading manipulation of money, this Wall Street Noir intimates a secretive financial world from which most of us are excluded and manipulated. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2012
For Ellen (2012) Prairie Miller It is the sensitively crafted, difficult struggle of father and daughter to connect, that forms the tender and awkward anchor of this tale. And that is the real romance here, a delicately nuanced unusual love story that is the heart of this movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2012
Lawless (2012) Prairie Miller This tangy tall tale moonshine noir uncorks on screen as a rare glimpse into the backwoods bootlegging flourishing back then. And an oddly comedic violent yarn, as narratively soaked in its own inebriated juices as the taboo product on tap in question. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2012
Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012) Prairie Miller Embodies a knack the Chinese have perfected in blockbusters, still leaving similar US fare far behind. That is, how to combine the exquisitely crafted imagery of poetic, leisurely paced arthouse elegance, with fast forward blunt action in a movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2012
ParaNorman (2012) Prairie Miller A genuine emotional core at the heart of this glum young outsider's world. Especially as to just how otherworldly adults can seem in a solidly cartoonish universe from the ground up, and all those magnified bulging bellies and backsides surrounding him. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2012
Robot & Frank (2012) Prairie Miller The director does his best to infuse emotional weight into this rather light and meandering boy toy bonding misadventure. Though with an injection of quite a heartfelt finale that nearly salvages whatever inconsequential escapades preceded it. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2012
Assassin's Bullet (2012) Prairie Miller What do belly dancers, wigs, shrinks, split personalities and secret ops sexpot mercenary mayhem have to do with a movie? Well, an awful lot it seems, in this CIA espionage freakout that makes waterboarding appear tame by comparison. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2012
Ruby Sparks (2012) Prairie Miller Oddly enough, though the idea of female submissiveness may have seemed less strange before the women's movement reared its defiant head, male sexual misconceptions under the sway of muted feminist reprimand, work nicely here in rather unexpected ways. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2012
Grassroots (2012) Prairie Miller You don't have to look too far these days to notice films abounding with jobless and financially struggling characters, in stark contrast to the recession-proof movies they inhabit. Top that off with emerging election year movies, and enter Grassroots. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2012
Red Shirley (2010) Prairie Miller The famed Velvet Underground performer momentarily steps out of the spotlight himself to defer to an unsung woman and her own rich buried history as a union activist and movement builder, during the dismal days of garment center sweatshops in 1930s NYC. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2011
The Music Never Stopped (2011) Prairie Miller This loosely adapted biopic drawn from the Dr. Oliver Sacks case study, The Last Hippie, resonates with the emotional power of music back in time to heal and awaken broken lives. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2011
Albert Nobbs (2011) Prairie Miller Close gives a mesmerizing performance as a 19th century woman determined to live her life covertly as a man, not out of any gender identity imperative, but to never again endure sexual violence from men. Girl bonding rules under the radar in hard times. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2011
Meet Monica Velour (2010) Prairie Miller Cattrall does what she does best, pushing boundaries unapologetically. And there's not a hint of lewd intentions, but plenty of saucy satire surrounding US culture's sexual contradictions, in a geek's determined fantasy romance bypassing cougar labels. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2011
Bolt (2008) Prairie Miller A frisky addition to that collection of man's best friend movies, with a generous portion of one-joke-fits-all humor to captivate kid and adult audiences alike. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2008
Margot at the Wedding (2007) Prairie Miller An ensemble cast of Kidman, Leigh, Black and Turturro-who should all know better, got together to compete for the worst family member of a bickering, insufferable clan. But isn't yucky family life what people run to the movies to get away from? EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2007
Martian Child (2007) Prairie Miller John Cusack gets seriously spaced out, in this cross between A Beautiful Mind and ET. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2007
Slipstream (2007) Prairie Miller Stylish attempt at Hopkins visualizing post-traumatic Hollywood syndrome, but there should be a rule that movies helmed by movie stars turned directors need to come with some sort of equivalent of the Surgeon General warning label. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2007
The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Prairie Miller An insane role reversal that positions the gorgeous trophy bride as the unrequited ugly duckling to Ben Stiller's geeky womanizing newlywed stud. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2007
Happy Endings (2005) Prairie Miller There's a little fanciful magic to spread over this flighty romance on the run, or at least enough to take that hackneyed notion of the happy ending, and fashion something fresh and new. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2007
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Prairie Miller A touching, sweet tale about an adult trio of brawling brothers who go to India and bliss out tackling sibling rivalry issues, while essentially getting in touch with their divine if somewhat goofy inner mystics. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2007
Good Luck Chuck (2007) Prairie Miller Raunchy in the extreme, Good Luck Chuck like its sexually jaded cavity expert, forlorn dentist Charlie, wants it both ways, juxtaposing Alba's lovestruck innocent with Cook's overcooked, reluctantly lusty flesh magnet. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2007
In the Valley of Elah (2007) Prairie Miller Grueling truths more intimated than spelled out, touching on the battle scars turning normal young men into unimaginable monsters. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2007
Shoot 'Em Up (2007) Prairie Miller Shoot 'Em Up is simply wild fun and nothing more, though suspiciously intent on blowing away the whole kick butt genre with a wink, while taking down as many bad guys as possible in sight. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2007
The Nines (2007) Prairie Miller A rather aimless and convoluted brain teaser that attempts to transfer the kind of introspective discourse literary device of novels, that is best just left on the page. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2007
Death Sentence (2007) Prairie Miller More tainted yuppie superhero wet dream, than the original Charles Bronson anti-inner city backlash burb paranoid freakout. And as a result, the lines are more clearly drawn as to distributed dark sides of these sympathy-challenged characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2007
Halloween (2007) Prairie Miller Many ambitious moviemakers have recklessly tread on John Carpenter's seriously hallowed ground anointed by the raving screen maniac's many fans, and found themselves sorely lacking. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2007
Balls of Fury (2007) Prairie Miller Balls Of Fury sweeps across the screen with delightfully wacko one liners per second, locked solidly into the genius premise of ping pong as a girlie game morphed into superjock rivalry between ferocious, sweaty he-men. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2007
Illegal Tender (2007) Prairie Miller There's a supposed family values clause tossed into the violent mix that goes something like, the family that slays together, stays together. And with assassins closing in, mom needs her son to spend some quality time with her, mowing them all down. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2007
Dedication (2007) Prairie Miller So apparently maladjusted adult sensibility can give rise to a special gift for weirdly connecting to a child's imagination. Who knew. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2007
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) Prairie Miller The master of many faces and a bountiful bag of body language tricks where words exist as mere secondary reference points if at all, Atkinson outdoes even himself this time around. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2007
The Invasion (2007) Prairie Miller Oddly detouring into Oedipal territory, Kidman's meds dispensing DC doubting shrink instructs her son how to kill dad, and also shoot mommy up with speed to keep her focused. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2007
Delirious (2006) Prairie Miller At once chaotic, moody, outrageous, ridiculous and deeply tragic, Delirious reaches way beyond Buscemi's wacko rabbit hole excursion into the fetid, goofy shallow heart of celebrity glitz. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2007
Rush Hour 3 (2007) Prairie Miller Yet another man versus motor vehicle smash 'em up. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2007
The War on Kids (2009) Prairie Miller This sly guerilla documentary takes pot shots, pun intended, at both the absurdities and victim injustices inherent in the US government's longstanding campaign against lighting up. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2007
Daddy Day Camp (2007) Prairie Miller A Cuba Gooding, Jr. kind of boyz in the woods career trajectory switch. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2007
Arctic Tale (2007) Prairie Miller The striking visuals that sweep across both the landscape and awesome natural world beneath, compete for center stage with the film's critical ecological cautionary warning pertaining to the careless harming of the planet. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2007
The Simpsons Movie (2007) Prairie Miller A delectable antidote to family values dictum ad nauseam imposed on contemporary audiences, the brash attitude movietoon slugs viewers with its devilishly rude mantra of family dysfunction twisted mystique. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2007
Interview (2007) Prairie Miller This toxic hate at first sight sly entrapment is a deliciously wicked concoction of mutual suspicion, contempt and above all fame game obsessive co-dependency that exists between the worlds of entertainment and the corporate media. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2007
The Last Mimzy (2007) Prairie Miller Incidentally, forget the toys, which seem to be upstaged by Wilson's underwear, reportedly the most expensive drawers ever in a movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2007
License to Wed (2007) Prairie Miller Williams doing his bad boy standup comic cleric routine with relish, can be counted as performing an act of salvation on a movie desperately in need of such not quite divine intervention. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2007
Stolen Life (2005) Prairie Miller The filmmaker takes stock with brutal candor of the traumatic turn of events in new market economy China, as the national social support system in place is increasingly dismantled for the sake of foreign greed and profit. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2007