Sherlock Holmes

Director: Guy Ritchie Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Marc Strong, Rachel McAdams Review: 3 stars (of five) This new Sherlock Holmes movie is, without question, a stupid, loud, frenetic action movie, ably directed as such. Put that at the middle of the continuum. Now, at the far left is...

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Writer/Director: James Cameron Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi Review: 5 stars (of five) (Note: This breathless review was written shortly after midnight, right after I got home from the screening. While I was still drunk on the experience. I could get all sober and stuffy on later reflection, but I think this reaction is the reaction that matters.) When I was eight years old, my parents came home from seeing Star Wars (one of only two films I can ever remember them going to see in the theater) and raving like lunatics. The opening shot, with this giant ship that...

The Princess & T...

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, John Goodman Review: 3 stars (of five) Man, I wanted to love The Princess & The Frog. Disney finally offers up a black princess, which is a major step forward for fictional African Americans, and is...

Up in the Air

Co-writer/Director: Jason Reitman Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick Rating: 5 stars (of five) This is the best new movie I’ve seen this year. Like Everybody’s Fine, also opening today, it’s a movie that grapples with relationships and has as its greatest...

Everybody's Fin...

Writer/Director: Kirk Jones Starring: Robert DeNiro, Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, a storm called Truth Review: 2.5 stars (of five) The last page of notes I scribbled during this screening says, “Should be called “╦ťEverybody’s Sad & Lying About...