The Adventures of Tintin

Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis Review: 4 stars (of five) The Adventures of Tintin is a ceaseless wonder of adventure that arguably lacks a true emotional core that would allow audiences to connect with the story and characters. Instead, Stephen Spielberg’s animated adaptation of the beloved European comic is a breathtaking series of events as the director’s restless camera, which literally does not stop moving, roller-coasters through the plot. The action and the look of the movie are simply fantastic. Stephen Spielberg, given an action film and completely untethered from the laws of...

The Girl with the Dr...

Director: David Fincher Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer Review: 2.5 stars (of five) The American version of international crime bestseller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a well-directed film—the guy who did The Social Network and Fight Club ain’t a...

Sherlock Holmes: A G...

Director: Guy Ritchie Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomie Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry Review: 3 stars (of five) The key flaw in Guy Ritchie’s first Holmes film was that the emphasis on action/comedy and hyperactive, modern camera techniques completely jarred with the...

Tinker, Tailor, Sold...

Director: Tomas Alfredson Starring: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Mark Strong Review: 3 stars (of five) John Le Carre’s classic of Cold War espionage is condensed into a two-hour film that suffers from the compression and the tight-lipped, underplayed nature of its...

Young Adult

Director: Jason Reitman Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt Review: 3 stars (of five) The writer and the director who brought you Juno team up again, with another story of unlikely losers, this time a dozen-plus years past the slack miasma of high school. Instead, it focuses on a pathetic...