Love Ranch

Director: Taylor Hackford Starring: Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta Review: 3 stars (of five) Love Ranch employs the familiar transition technique between many scenes of showing a landscape at high speed, clouds racing across the sky as hours become seconds. If Taylor Hackford...

Knight And Day

Director: James Mangold Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz Review: 4 stars (of five) Knight and Day is a lot of fun. It’s the cinematic equivalent to a mojito on a Saturday in July. Let’s start with Cameron Diaz. As the entry character, the one through whose eyes we experience the...

Toy Story 3

Director: Lee Unkrich Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton Review: 5 stars (of five) Toy Story 3 is fantastic—compelling filmmaking that surpasses even the impossibly high standards of Pixar. While the studio has experimented, magnificently, with deeper and less kid-cuddlin’ themes (Up) or satire and daring storytelling choices (Wall-E), this is a more conventional piece from the people who have absolutely perfected the art of telling emotionally resonant, beautifully realized adventures. The setup is familiar: As the toys’ owner, young Andy, has grown, he has played with them less and less,...

Jonah Hex

Director: Jimmy Hayward Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovitch, Megan Fox Review: 1/2 star (of five) Jonah Hex is like really cheap booze, like a six-dollar bottle of tequila that gives you a blackout and a hangover without ever giving you a moment of actual pleasure. Actually, the difference...