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Review: Bride Wars

Chixploitation at its creative nadir
There are no pleasant surprises in this partly-Boston-shot Gary Winick film.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 13, 2009


Review: Bedtime Stories

Sandler reassures his audience
Adam Sandler returns to his simpering manchild persona in this witless ode to "imagination" directed by Adam Shankman.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 23, 2008


Review: Seven Pounds

A gimmicky tale annoyingly told
Will Smith's previous film with director Gabriele Muccino, The Pursuit of Happyness, was a tale well told. Their new one is a gimmicky tale annoyingly told.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 06, 2009



A comic but poignant collision of biography and filmography
Action hunk Jean-Claude Van Damme, who hasn't had a US theatrical release in years, found a more creative venue than Celebrity Rehab in which to seek redemption.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  November 11, 2008


My Name is Bruce

Rarely feels like more than a padded sketch
Chisel-profiled B-movie icon Bruce Campbell struck gold not with any particular role but by detailing his career ups and downs in a very funny memoir, If Chins Could Kill .
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  November 05, 2008


Ashes of Time Redux

Sumptuous, angsty swordplay drama
Ashes ’ sumptuous tapestry depicts intersecting tales in a mediæval China teeming with 20th-century angst.  
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 25, 2008


An American Carol

A dissent-bashing tale
A Michael Moore–esque documentarian changes his stars and stripes after trying to abolish the Fourth of July.  
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 09, 2008


Beautiful Losers (2008)

An energized portrait of Alleged Gallery artists
A documentary, directed with Joshua Leonard, about an energized group portrait whose accessibility is abetted by the artists’ collectively keen sense of humor.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 06, 2009


The Pool

Quietly moving, and full of dark secrets
Chris Smith, maker of the hilarious indie gems American Job and American Movie , set this quietly moving story in the Indian state of Goa, using a mostly non-professional cast.  
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 01, 2008


Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

A smart, refreshing teen romance
In what has been an excellent year for comedies, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist ensures that the young ’uns won’t be left out.  
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 01, 2008


Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild

A campy, smutty, neon-hued, extremely silly good time
Todd Stephens brings back the characters from Another Gay Movie for a homo-erotic Where the Boys Are .
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 23, 2008


Momma's Man

A lovely cocoon of a movie
Jacobs films his childhood home with grace and endows it with an air of mystery.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 16, 2008


Babylon A.D.

Incoherent and somewhat amusing
Vin Diesel’s bad-ass boomfest will do if you’re in the mood for post-environmental-apocalypse action that doesn’t make you think too hard.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 03, 2008


What We Do Is Secret

Exposition trumps atmosphere
That staple of the musical bio-pic — a close-up of dope bubbling on a spoon — punctuates Rodger Grossman’s account of the short life of Darby Crash.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  August 20, 2008


Mamma Mia!

Passable, frothy fun
The Abba musical, helmed by stage director Phyllida Lloyd, sails to a real Greek island with its fairy-tale aura intact.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 16, 2008


Elsa y Fred | Elsa + Fred

Geriatric hijinks abound
Set in modern-day Madrid, Marco Carnevale’s gentle romantic comedy slaps two touchstone images from Italian cinema on the screen.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 16, 2008


Sputnik Mania

A brisk, informative documentary
The film underlines the political consequences of the space race.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 11, 2008


The Promotion

A bumpy seesaw ride
Reilly is an actor who excels at both realism and caricature — too bad the director doesn’t have the chops to take advantage either way.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 11, 2008


The Animation Show 4

Skewed humor and sophisticated animation
The traveling collection of international animation gems is back.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 11, 2008



Smart, gonzo pulp
A post-Katrina parable that’s smart, sobering, and frequently hilarious.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 28, 2010



Unimaginative erotic thriller
Director Marcel Langenegger has a way with a nocturnal urban landscape, but his feature debut goes splat on the pavement.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 30, 2008

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