Astro Boy

Writer-Director: David Bowers Starring: Freddie Highmore, Donald Sutherland, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane Review: 4 stars (of five) How the new Astro Boy movie compares to the old manga by comics genius Osamu Tezuka and the subsequent cartoons that invented “anime” style—whether it’s better or worse, true to the source material—I dunno, having never seen a bit of it. Badmouth comes to the new movie as a clean slate, much like general American audiences, especially younger kids, will. From that perspective, writer-director David Bowers’ adaptation is lively and entertaining. It’s story about a...

Motherhood

Writer-Director: Katherine Dieckmann Starring: Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, Anthony Edwards Review: 2 stars (of five) Did you like the way Sex & the City would always be interrupted by Carrie’s stunningly trite observations about single life, and how her role in most episodes was to...

Amelia

Director: Mira Nair Starring: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor Review: 2.5 stars (of five) Amelia is about half there. Mira Nair creates a smooth, visually engaging recreation of the last decade of Amelia Earhart’s life, evoking the period without fetishism, and she has a...

New York, I Love You

Directors: Shekhar Kapur, Allan Hughes, Yvan Attal, Brett Ratner, Natalie Portman, tons more … Starring: Natalie Portman, Andy Garcia, James Caan, Chris Carter, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Hayden Christensen, Eli Wallach, tons more … The producers of the charming collection of...

Where the Wild Things Are

Director: Spike Jonze Starring: Max Powers, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Forrest Whitaker, Catherine O’Hara Review: 2.5 stars (of five) The beloved children’s picture-book is a slight, charmingly drawn tale of a mildly misbehaving boy letting his imagination run wild. Director/cowriter Spike Jonze has extrapolated it into a full-length picture that takes apart the psyche of a troubled boy and fails to put it back together. The slick, visually impressive film has an excellent human cast (young actor Max Powers delivers a great performance that by necessity carries the film), solid voice actors and creature designs, and a...