Archive for July, 2010

Al Pacino (Will Dormer), Robin Williams (Walter Finch), Hilary Swank (Ellie Burr). Screenplay by Hillary Seitz. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Rating: 15. Running time: 118 minutes. What a poor, poor soul. Will Dormer must be the most troubled detective in history, and as him Al Pacino gives one of his most powerful performances, rivaling every […]


Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood), John Rhys-Davies (Sallah), Paul Freeman (Dr. René Bellog). Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rating: PG. Running time: 115 minutes. Everyone’s not only supposed to love this one, but they’re supposed to love it the most. Unfortunately I definitely cannot associate myself with the latter […]


Robert De Niro (Max Cady), Nick Nolte (Sam Bowden), Jessica Lange (Leigh Bowden), Juliette Lewis (Danielle Bowden). Screenplay by Wesley Strick. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 122 minutes. Max Cady thinks he’s a Nietzschean Übermensch. We see Thus Spake Zarathustra on a shelf in his prison cell, and we’re told he’s reading […]


Jodie Foster (Meg Altman), Kristen Stewart (Sarah Altman), Forest Whitaker (Burnham), Dwight Yoakam (Raoul), Jared Leto (Junior). Screenplay by David Koepp. Directed by David Fincher. Rating: 15. Running time: 112 minutes. ‘Say ‘fuck,’ mom.’ ‘FUCK!’ There’s two lines from Panic Room, as mother Meg Altman and her daughter shout out on loudspeaker to the burglars outside the […]


Leslie Cheung (Ho Po-wing), Tony Leung (Lai Yiu-Fai). Screenplay by Wong Kar-wai. Directed by Wong Kar-wai. Rating: 15. Running time: 96 minutes. Oh I so wanted to love this one. I really did. I’m still in awe of Chungking Express after first seeing it a week ago, and I was eagerly hoping my second encounter […]


Gregory Smith (Alan Abernathy), Kirsten Dunst (Christy Fimple), Frank Langella (Archer) [voice], Tommy Lee Jones (Chip Hazard) [voice]. Screenplay by Gavin Scott, Adam Rifkin, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Directed by Joe Danté. Rating: 12. Running time: 108 minutes. Not sure why I’ve adhered to my tradition and titled this review with the director’s name […]


Marion Mack (Annabelle Lee), Glen Cavender (Captain Anderson), Jim Farley (General Thatcher), Buster Keaton (Johnny Gray). Screenplay by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton. Directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton. Rating: U. Running time: 75 minutes. Is there a legitimate debate to be had between the relative virtues of Charlie Chaplin, who was so popular […]