Long Island Press
"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."
Addicted To Fame (2012)
"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."
"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."
On the Road (2012)
"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."
"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. "
The Other Son (2012)
"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."
Least Among Saints (2012)
"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."
Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)
"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."
That's What She Said (2012)
"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."
"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."
For Ellen (2012)
"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."
"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. "
"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."
"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."
Robot & Frank (2012)
"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."
Assassin's Bullet (2012)
"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."
Ruby Sparks (2012)
"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."
"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."
Red Shirley (2010)
"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."
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Albert Nobbs (2012)
"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."
Meet Monica Velour (2011)
"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. "
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
"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?"
Martian Child (2007)
"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."
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Happy Endings (2005)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
"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."
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
"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."
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
The Nines (2007)
Death Sentence (2007)
"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."
Balls of Fury (2007)
"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."
Illegal Tender (2007)
"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."
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
The Invasion (2007)
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
The War on the War on Drugs (2002)
Daddy Day Camp (2007)
Arctic Tale (2007)
"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."
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
"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."
"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."
The Last Mimzy (2007)
License to Wed (2007)
Stolen Life (Sheng Si Jie) (2005)