Miracle at St. Anna

  Director: Spike Lee Starring: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Valentina Cervi Rating: 4.5 stars (out of five) Spike Lee movies vary in quality to a degree rarely seen among filmmakers. You can always count on a Scorcese movie to be pretty damned good, at...

Badmouth on Badmouth

  Every now and then, I Google myself — which is not as dirty as it sounds — and I am always amazed at the other John Marcottes out there. There’s John Marcotte the social policy expert for the Urban Institute; John Marcotte the Director of Research Data Services at the University of Pennsylvania; and the John Marcotte IMDB lists as a grip on the 2007 Joaquin Phoenix movie, Reservation Road. But since 1999, “Badmouth” has been pretty much all mine. (Except for that dillweed spam-lord who owns badmouth.com.) But all th at is about to change as a new Badmouth hits the international scene: Badmouth the Swedish...

Ghost Town

Director: David Koepp Starring: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni Rating: 3.5 stars (out of five) So Ghost Town has a silly premise to launch a fairly familiar journey for a mean, lonely man who needs to let his love light shine. It has some good moments, largely provided by Ricky...

Burn After Reading

Director: Ethan & Joel Coen Starring: George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt Rating: 4 stars (out of five) Following the intense drama No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers return to their sweet spot—deadpan black comedies about losers. With Burn After Reading...