Admission

Director: Paul Weitz Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn, Gloria Reuben Review: 2.5 stars (of five) Admission has a strong cast and the admirable goal of making an adult movie about adult things, rather than a frat-level comedy about gross-out sight gags and...

Stoker

Director:  Park Chan-Wook Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney Review: 3 stars (of five) Stoker is not a satisfying moviegoing experience, which isn’t to say that it’s a bad piece of cinema. If you go to the movies expecting a story (and I...

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Director:  Don Scardino Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Alan Arkin Review: 2.5 stars (of five) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone feels like a card trick. You know that you’re being fooled, you know that the trick is pretty simple at heart, and you might even suspect exactly how it’s being done, but when the magician has craft and personality, you’re still entertained, in the way a familiar old song on the radio can charm you, get you to bob your head to the four-four beat, without really moving you. Which might be a problem if you had to pay ten bucks to hear the song. This is the story of a...

Emperor

Director:  Peter Webber Starring: Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune Review: 3 stars (of five) Emperor asks a question that is on the minds of maybe 15 people currently living on this planet: How much of World War II can we blame on Japanese Emperor Hirohito? (Partial answer: Pretty...

Oz, the Great and Powerful

Director:  Sam Raimi Starring: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis Review: 3 stars (of five) I enjoyed Oz, The Great and Powerful, because it had a great cast, captivating visuals and, most importantly, Sam Raimi at the helm. For many, enjoyment is the first and last question: I had a good time watching the film, and that’s all that needs be said. People as clear-headed as that, however, do not sit around typing up movie reviews, so none of us are getting out of here that easily. I had three questions or criteria to apply to this new adventure into the magical land invented by Frank L. Baum and made sacred in...