Fear and self-laceration
I’m glad to see the return of director Tamara Jenkins, idle since her wonderful Slums of Beverly Hills (1998).
Schnabel’s Butterfly is the year’s best
So far this year, the efforts to adapt books deemed unfilmable have proved just that.
Tim Burton’s latest is bloody good
If it weren’t for his beloved turn as Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Johnny Depp would best be known as the cinematic alter ego of Tim Burton.
Three-hour Egyptian epic
A massive Arabic soap opera, a Cairo-based Gone with the Wind.
As much as Talen believes his shill, he’s a performance artist posing as a preacher, on a mission conceived with and funded by his producers.
A fruitcake of a film
Struggling songwriter Benjamin works part-time as a mall Santa.
When Todd Anderson loses his job managing a Seattle catalogue-fulfillment call center, he soon finds himself on a plane to India . . . to train his own replacement.
Underdeveloped (and badly packaged)
This might look better on the big screen, but it would still be just a good idea that Virzi never developed.
All funked up
Depending on when you were born and how much affection you have for a trio of singing rodents, Alvin and the Chipmunks may be a tough sell.
An intimate look at the creative process of a man who has brought nightmares and dreams alive in cinema as no one before or since.
Simplified Runner not up to speed
In spite of being lovingly realized and creatively cast, The Kite Runner is a simplistic adaptation of a powerful, multi-layered story.
It all comes down to Will power
They all start the same way.
Juno is in the family way
Jason Reitman’s film makes the most of a few great ideas.
A gay former evangelist, a kung fu expert, a German terrorist, and a bank robber walk into a documentary.
Adored by students, immune to his tantrums (he cries more than the cast of Spider-Man 3 ), Brown is still an easy-going charmer.
A call to action
Theodore Braun’s probing documentary about the genocide crisis in Darfur takes a hopeful approach.
Incompetent Jessica Alba
“Do you think my new heart will love you as much as my old one?”
Call the script doc
Forget whatever you know about Guy Ritchie films.
Noir makes a return
Tom Bower is the grizzled glue that keeps the picture from coming undone.
This Compass doesn't point to Pullman
Just as there are many universes in the world of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass (published in Great Britain as Northern Lights ), so there are many movies in this New Line adaptation.
The redemption of fictional reality in Atonement
Writers grow tiresome when they (a) write about writers, (b) write about writing, or (c) write about the difference between “fiction” and “reality.”
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