Tangled

Director: Nathan Greno & Byron Howard Starring: Mandy Moore, Donna Murphy, Zachary Levi Review: 4 stars (of five) Disney’s newest princess movie is both a powerful entrant into its modern myth-making and possibly the most enjoyable example of 3D animation I’ve ever seen. It...

Nutcracker in 3D

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy Starring: Elle Fanning, John Turturro, Nathan Lane, Richard E. Grant Review: 0 stars (of five) Nutcracker in 3D is simply an offense. It is a grim and relentless assault on childhood dressed up in perhaps the most beloved and innocuous holiday entertainment for...

Harry Potter & t...

Director: David Yates Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint Review: 2 stars (of five) (three, maybe, if you’re already a fan) Deathly bore. It’s the obvious snark, but I’m not afraid to go with it. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Part One, god help us)...

127 Hours

Director: Danny Boyle Starring: James Franco Review: 4.5 stars (of five) Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire made the crowded slums of Mumbai a celebration of life and passion and, with that Bollywood finale, one of the most satisfying expressions of joy ever committed to celluloid. With 127 Hours, he takes a single man trapped for five days in the middle of nowhere and manages to provide an equally inspired and inspiring ride. While Boyle’s direction, really nice editing and his script (cowriten with Simon Beaufoy) deserve major credit, the weight of the movie rests on James Franco, who spends most of it not only alone, but...

Unstoppable

Director: Tony Scott Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson Review: 4 stars (of five) A runaway train slowly builds speed until it’s a juggernaut threatening an entire Pennsylvania town, and naturally the only average joes with a chance of stopping it are the two A-List...