Ratatouille

[rating:5] Director: Brad Bird Starring: Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Janine Garafolo After the disappointing detour into mediocrity that was “Cars,” one could fear that perhaps the Disneyfication of Pixar meant that a great era of animation was ending prematurely. This would...

Live Free or Die Har...

[rating:4] Director: Len Wiseman Starring: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant It’s a sequel to a franchise that’s actually older than its PG-13 target audience. It’s an action movie starring a guy in his 50s. It’s the fourth movie in a series that went way...

A Mighty Heart

[rating:5] Director: Michael Winterbottom Starring: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Archie Panjabi “A Mighty Heart“ is the first unconditionally excellent film to come out this year. As we wade through a disappointing summer of lackluster sequels, that seems like faint praise,...

1408

[rating:3] Director: Mikael Hafstrom Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack There was a point about halfway through “1408” where I thought, “Crap. I’m now gonna be too creeped out to stay in hotel rooms anymore.” After the two-thirds mark,...

Fantastic Four: Rise...

[rating:2.5] Director: Tim Story Starring: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis The second Fantastic Four movie is definitely better than the stitched-together near-disaster that was its predecessor, but where it succeeds, it succeeds only as a comic-book movie, not as a...