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Review: Friends with Kids
Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film
There are only so many baggy vagina jokes one can take. And writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film about how parenthood changes a Manhattan circle of friends has its share.
| March 08, 2012
Review: Declaration of War
A puzzler of a cancer drama
A baby with a brain tumor is no laughing matter.
| February 16, 2012
Review: Young Adult
Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's first re-teaming since Juno
A baby, a high school, and esoteric pop culture references once again figure prominently — albeit less glibly — in director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's first re-teaming since Juno.
| December 13, 2011
Review: A Dolphin Tale
Not much of a splash
Winter the dolphin gamely plays herself in this loose re-telling of her fight for survival after a crab trap mangles her tail.
| September 20, 2011
Review: African Cats
To their credit, directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey don't cut away from a downed gazelle or a hippo mid evisceration.
| April 25, 2011
Kristin Scott Thomas stays cool
Kristin Scott Thomas doffs her native language, a recent tendency toward shrewishness, and a couple of sundresses to play an elegant South-of-France housewife hot for an ex-con builder.
| January 11, 2011
Review: Yogi Bear 3D
| December 14, 2010
Review: You Again
Weaver, Curtis are solid enough (also Betty White is in this movie).
In this wildly uneven comedy from Andy Flickman, sleek PR exec Marni (Kristen Bell) has finally buried her geeky high-school history.
| September 28, 2010
Really grows on you
As a latecomer to the growing crop of food-industry exposés, Ana Sofia Joanes's even-handed documentary on the evils of factory farming doesn't live up to its title. Yet despite tilling familiar ground, its argument for sustainable alternatives intrigues.
| June 15, 2010
Review: Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
Exposes the panic beneath all that pancake
Opening with capillaried close-ups of its subject’s bare face, Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg’s competent “year-in-the-life” documentary hints at an unmasking.
| June 18, 2010
Add director Tom Dey's dreadful live-action adaptation of the long-running comic strip to the pantheon of dog flicks that'll make you cry — for all the wrong reasons.
| June 09, 2010
Director Thomas Balmès’s spare, occasionally stirring documentary toddles to Namibia, Mongolia, the US, and Japan to capture a year in the life of four infants. The San Francisco family comes off at once as a gross cliché of Western privilege, complete with roof-deck Jacuzzi and baby yoga.
| May 04, 2010
Review: Furry Vengeance
A violent, coarse, and mirthless eco-dud
Snicker all you want at the unfortunate title of director Roger Kumble’s horrible family film, for that’s the only thing funny about it.
| April 30, 2010
Review: The Cartel
First-time documentarian and TV journalist Bob Bowdon’s broad primer on what’s rotting American education runs like a 90-minute 20/20 segment.
| April 28, 2010
Review: The Back-Up Plan
It's laughing all the way to the sperm bank
As a pregnant single woman, Jennifer Lopez glows spectacularly. Director Alan Poul’s bland baby comedy, however, appears to have been a light labor.
| April 28, 2010
Review: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
Leave It to Beaver , according to Eddie Haskell
Middle-school antihero Greg Heffley may depict himself as a comic illustration in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling kids’ books, but director Thor Freudenthal turns him into an outright caricature.
| March 23, 2010
Review: The Art Of The Steal
Art school meets a whole lot of crazy
Henri Matisse once declared the Barnes Foundation "the only sane place to see art in America."
| March 09, 2010
Review: Saint John of Las Vegas
Dante's Inferno comes to Sin City
Actually, the stakes never feel high in first-time writer/director Hue Rhodes's listless drama about a reformed gambling addict (Steve Buscemi) still itching for scratch tickets.
| February 10, 2010
Review: Old Dogs
Might be time to hang 'em up
Director Walt Becker re-teams with his Road Hogs star and apparent muse John Travolta for another execrable entry in the aging boomer buddy “comedy” genre.
| November 25, 2009
Review: Coco Before Chanel
Bio-pic doesn't quite wear well enough
Based on the book by Edmonde Charles-Roux, Anne Fontaine's soaper of a bio-pic traces the fashion icon's life before the perfume and the bouclé suits.
| September 30, 2009
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| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
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