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Review: Moonrise Kingdom(1)
Wes Anderson should always make movies featuring characters who are pubescent or younger — like Rushmore , which until this film was his best.
Wes Anderson paints his masterpiece
| June 01, 2012
Review: Red (2010)
If the late Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red had been a comedy action thriller about retired CIA agents, it would probably be nothing like this adaptation of the DC graphic novel.
Grandfather claws: Willis and crew aren't the retiring types
| October 15, 2010
Review: The American
Why so many movies this year about aging secret agents? Probably to accommodate all the aging lead actors.
Gun for hire: Clooney's aim is true
| September 03, 2010
Review: The Expendables
Just about every superannuated action hero in Hollywood — Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren and a couple of uncredited cameos among others — takes a bow in this lumbering hulk of a movie.
| August 13, 2010
Whose perfume is this? It's a cologne, baby: Bruce Willis fragrance now on sale
Seems like these days everybody's got their own fragrance. Jenny from the Block, Enrique Iglesias, Alan Cumming. (Seriously, Alan Cumming.) Hell, even Mike "The Situation"...
| July 07, 2010
Review: Cop Out
Directing has never been Kevin Smith's strong suit ...
More like strike out
| March 05, 2010
When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
| October 23, 2009
Some day in the future — or is it right now? — people will be replaced by surrogate robots, superhuman automatons who live out big-screen fantasies while their hosts, with their greasy hair and bad skin, sit back in wired-up La-Z-Boys.
Philip K. Dick-ian premise deserves better
| October 02, 2009
Review: Sorority Row
You can't fault young actresses (here including Rumer Willis, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, and Briana Evigan, who's nearly Moore's double) for jumping into a mindless movie like this one from Stewart Hendler.
Inadvertent murder leads to inadvertent camp
| September 18, 2009
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
| September 18, 2009
What Just Happened
“There isn’t a film there,” Ben tells the screenwriter. Sounds like What Just Happened .
Half-baked insider parody
| October 15, 2008
The House Bunny
Once again Anna Faris, the only reason to see the Scary Movie franchise, adds undeserved riches to an awful premise.
Cheap gags and the requisite amount of T+A
| August 27, 2008
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
| August 19, 2008
The medium is the movie
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
| March 05, 2008
Heroes of our time
In interviews promoting The Bourne Ultimatum , Matt Damon has argued that his Jason Bourne has supplanted James Bond as the hero of our time.
From Bond to Bourne, the good guys (and girls) buck the system
| July 31, 2007
Bruce Willis lets loose
I n the middle of my conversation with Bruce Willis at the Four Seasons, the lights inexplicably go out and we’re plunged into darkness.
On the Die Hard films, Paris Hilton, and what scares him
| June 29, 2007
Live Free or Die Hard
The Die Hard series was about as animated as Rocky’s face until director Len Wiseman restored it to its kinetic essence.
The franchise proves aptly named
| June 27, 2007
Andrew Fleming’s Nancy Drew kicks off with a mystery that eluded even our supersleuth.
Nancy Drew lifts off on screen
| June 13, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
The Hip Hop Project
Like basketball, hip-hop offers a way out of the inner-city cycle of violence and poverty.
A project in opportunity
| May 08, 2007
Hell, after Catwoman and now this, the Academy should demand that Berry return her Oscar.
Worse than a root canal
| April 10, 2007
The best dick on the silver screen
On Tuesday, I mentioned the death of Paul Gleason, who had died May 28, 2006 of a form of lung cancer, to several of my co-workers.
Paul Gleason, 1944-2006
| June 02, 2006
Over the Hedge
“We eat to live; they live to eat.”
Unexpectedly deep family fare
| May 19, 2006
Apocalypse now and then
With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
| May 03, 2006
Crossword: 'A life of Es'
Those other vowels are so overrated
| April 19, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin
“It all starts with a horse,” begins wheelchair-bound Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis), describing a “Kansas City shuffle” — hipster slang for elaborate misdirection, this film’s MO.
Just another Pulp Fiction wannabe
| April 05, 2006
Assigned to transport a talky, small-time crook (Mos Def) to court, NYPD detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) rediscovers his inner cop when he learns that the kid is about to testify against some corrupt cops.
Willis can still do Die Hard , but Donner's a long way from Lethal Weapon
| March 01, 2006
Best left alone
Wshould offer a tax break to a group described by an authoritative source as “generally more intelligent, better looking, imaginative, and multi-talented” than the majority of the population: Left-handed people.
Politics and other mistakes
| February 22, 2006
Politics as usual?
Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
| January 26, 2006
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