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Review: The Big Year
Dorky, obsessed with trivia, and badly dressed — birders get a bad rap.
The Big Year falls short
| October 14, 2011
Review: Midnight in Paris
Yet this tartly ironic tour of the Modernist playground of '20s Paris is his funniest movie since Deconstructing Harry (1997), the last time he indulged in such a playful conceit.
| May 27, 2011
Lisa Nesselson: Cannes report
The Cannes Film Festival started yesterday, and our crack correspondent Lisa Nesselson is on the scene. Here's her first dispatch: There are people who don't...
| May 12, 2011
Review: Hall Pass
Domesticity might be comfortable, but it hasn't done much for the comedy of Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
A tepid hornball farce you might wanna pass on
| February 25, 2011
Review: How Do You Know
It's strange that James L. Brooks should take so long to make his movies, since he started out writing for TV shows like That Girl and My Mother the Car .
Where's the Brooks of Broadcast News ?
| December 17, 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 11, 2010
Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
In the three years since last he was on screen, Ben Stiller's bored night guard, Larry Daley, has become a well-to-do hawker of infomercial crap, but he's still not in the right place.
Dusting off the same old display cases
| May 22, 2009
Review: Marley & Me
Will Jennifer Aniston ever get a good film role?
| December 23, 2008
Cock and bull?
Americans will finally know who Steve Coogan is.
Interview: Not if it’s British actor Steve Coogan
| August 11, 2008
Early on in this Owen Wilson vehicle, someone says, “I got an old saying for you: you can’t polish a turd.” Indeed.
Leftovers from the '80s
| March 19, 2008
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
| March 10, 2008
Halfway through Wes Anderson’s picaresque train ride through India, everything stops.
Darjeeling is limited but rewarding
| October 03, 2007
Movie miniaturist Wes Anderson ( The Royal Tenenbaums , Rushmore ) expands his horizons in The Darjeeling Limited.
Wes Anderson talks about India, Owen, and the short
| October 03, 2007
This noisy animated paean to NASCAR and Route 66 gets mired in the middle laps on a grippy track.
Pixar's rise of the machines is slow death in the fast lane
| February 20, 2007
Night at the Museum
“This is not worth $11.50 an hour,” blurts exasperated dreamer Larry Daley when his night-watchman job at New York’s Museum of Natural History takes on a life of its own. Watch the trailer for Night at the Museum (QuickTime)
Matinee worthy, but not a dime more
| December 28, 2006
“I’m not trying to kill myself,” Mina sarcastically reassures her younger brother Evan, who thinks she smokes too many cloves.
Blink portrays it well, but what can we learn?
| September 27, 2006
You, Me and Dupree
Formulaic might have been okay. But this vacuous comedy about a predictable slacker who moves in with a pair of lame-ass newlyweds isn’t nearly formulaic enough. Watch the trailer for You, me and Dupree (QuickTime)
Not formulaic enough
| July 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
It's easy to see how Wedding Crashers , the latest offering from the New Comedy Mafia, became the sixth-highest grossing film of 2005 (out-grossing The 40-Year Old Virgin by a cool hundred million dollars).
Wedding Crashers comes uncorked on DVD
| January 31, 2006
New to DVD for the week of January 3, 2006
Broken Flowers , The Cave , The Gospel , Hustle & Flow , and Wedding Crashers
| January 13, 2006
Broken Flowers, Wedding Crashers, The Gospel, Hustle & Flow , and The Cave.
New to DVD for the week of January 6, 2006
| January 07, 2006
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