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Review: Megamind

Let’s hear it for celebrity voices and an excess of licensed pop music!
Did you like Universal's Despicable Me and its computer-animated 3D tale of a misunderstood criminal mastermind? Well, then, you're in luck.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 03, 2010


Review: For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry turns Ntozake Shange’s “choreopoem” into . . . a Tyler Perry movie.
Can a mid-'70s play consisting of 20 monologues delivered by seven women survive the transition to movie screens in 2010? The short answer: not if it's adapted by Tyler Perry.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 03, 2010


Review: Gerrymandering

Political doc draws an odd line
Perhaps quoting Thomas Pynchon at the beginning of this political documentary wasn't such a hot idea.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 03, 2010


Review: Paranormal Activity 2

We deserve to be demonized
We demanded this sequel — or so Paramount's marketers would have us believe.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 26, 2010


Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Pulp affliction: this Girl has lost her sting
This Swedish-language adaptation of the bestseller is a B-movie, the screen equivalent of a "summer beach read."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 27, 2010


Review: Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Can Chekhov work on the big screen?
Can Chekhov work on the big screen?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 13, 2010


Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's kind of a cuckoo's nest
The moment comes at around the midway mark of Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck's third narrative feature.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2010


Review: Never Let Me Go

A portrait of passivity
Logan sure was on to something when he made his run in Michael Anderson's kitschy 1976 sci-fi classic.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 24, 2010


Review: Mademoiselle Chambon

 Stéphane Brizé’s heartbreaking waltz
Hungarian violinist and composer Franz von Vecsey’s Valse triste strikes a delicate chord in Stéphane Brizé’s subtle and exquisitely acted adaptation of Eric Holder’s novel.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 16, 2010


Review: Machete

Less is indeed more
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In the case of Machete , the Mexploitation picture directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, it was the trailer.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 08, 2010


Review: Going the Distance

Long, Barrymore are out of gas
For a documentary, Nanette Burstein's American Teen felt awfully scripted. But it had a pulse, and characters you could invest in.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 03, 2010


Review: Centurion

Veni, vidi, viscera: The Roman Empire gets Pict apart
Those Romans in the second century sure were a surly bunch. And what pottymouths!
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 28, 2010


Review: Mao's Last Dancer

The red ballet-shoe diaries
Bruce Beresford may here be closer to the manipulative Driving Miss Daisy (1989) than to his earlier masterpieces of emotional restraint, Breaker Morant (1980) and Tender Mercies (1983) — but he gets good performances from his cast.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 18, 2010


Review: The Extra Man

Adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel may leave you bored to death
Dandy dreamer Louis Ives (Paul Dano) fancies himself a hero in the F. Scott Fitzgerald mold. He's Nick Carraway to this film's Gatsby, Henry Harrison (a fine Kevin Kline), who proclaims himself "to the right of the pope" in matters of sex.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 11, 2010


Naked truth

George Kuchar exposed at the HFA
The George Kuchar renaissance that began with the release of Jennifer M. Kroot's affectionate documentary detailing "the 8mm Mozarts," George and his twin brother Mike, builds to a climax this weekend when the Harvard Film Archive welcomes George.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 17, 2010


Review: The Concert

Enjoy laughing uproariously at cartoonish Russian stereotypes?
Has Radu Mihaileanu made the film for you!
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 04, 2010


Review: Agora

Alejandro Amenábar: Man of Science  
We're but tiny specks in the cosmos, a point Alejandro Amenábar drives home via nigh-omnipresent powers-of-10 shots.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 20, 2010


Review: Predators

Can't get the Governator? Cast a real actor!
Eight archetypical soldiers and killers awaken, disoriented, falling through the sky, slow-opening parachutes strapped to their backs.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 17, 2010


Review: The Last Airbender

Yep, it's bad.
If the 11th-hour addition of 3-D to M. Night Shyamalan's odious live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's beloved anime -influenced cartoon series doesn't make your head hurt, the excess of narration and intertitles surely will.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 06, 2010


Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty

Disney-produced documentary on Disney criticizes ex-Disney employees
"It was the spring of 1994, and we were just finishing The Lion King , which would go on to earn great reviews and about three-quarters of a billion dollars at the box office," begins Don Hahn, that film's producer, in the fascinating documentary he directed and narrates.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 06, 2010


Review: Love Ranch

"There's no business like ho business!"'
A worthwhile tale might lurk somewhere in Taylor Hackford's latest, but this flaccid look at the early days of Reno's legalized bordello business takes a fictionalized approach to history rather than the more fact-based strategy that enriched Hackford's Ray .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 30, 2010

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