Somewhere

Director: Sofia Coppola Starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning Review: 1.5 stars (of five) Somewhere goes nowhere. It’s a self-indulgent exercise that has good acting and a strong sense of style and mood, but … so what, you know? It adds up to very little, driving to a conclusion...

How Do You Know

Writer/Director: James L. Brooks Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson Review: 2 stars (of five) I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the state of manhood in America—or at least in American pop culture. It’s pathetic. The occasion of this...

The Fighter

Director: David O. Russell Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo Review: 4 stars (of five) The Fighter is a solid character drama that’s maybe not in the weight class of Raging Bull or Rocky, but with fantastic acting, crisp direction and a story that nearly finds its focus, it’s one of the better films of 2010. (MPAA regulations require reviews of boxing movies to have at least one sport-related pun. “Weight class” was it. We’re safe from here on.) The most noteworthy thing about the movie is Christian Bale’s amazing submersion into the character of Dicky Ward, an ex-boxer who...

The Tempest

Director: Julie Taymor Starring: Helen Mirren, David Straithairn, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand Review: 2 stars (of five) Helen Mirren starring in an inventive, visual director’s adaptation of a Shakespeare play, and with the novel twist that she’s playing a role written for a man?...

Chronicles of Narnia...

Director: Michael Apted Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter, Ben Barnes Review: 3 stars (of five) The third adaptation of a Chronicles of Narnia adventure (of which there are seven) is a sort of lackluster affair, with less grim warfare than the second film, and way more...