December 24, 2008 A sad-sack handyman gets a new life thanks to the magical plot twists his niece and nephew add to his impromptu tales. But the unlikeliest thing about this bland comedy is watching Sandler play nice for a PG rating.
December 24, 2008 Ari Folman's animated memoir explores the legacy — for a soldier and for his comrades — of Israel's 1982 incursion into Lebanon, which eventually led to the massacre of refugees at the Sabra and Shatila camps.
December 24, 2008 The noir-crime movie revisits a comic-serial world that's more sophisticated than most — but Frank Miller's take on the Central City story is a by-the-numbers superhero story, haphazardly told.
December 18, 2008 It opens with a warning of a suicide, so it's instantly clear that Seven Pounds will address mortally important matters — though its whydunit structure means we can't tell you much more.
December 18, 2008 French cinema is known for characters who play, whether at love, crime or thought. Filmmaker Laurent Cantet, however, is more interested in work — here, the work of knowledge and of knowing. (Recommended)
December 18, 2008 With a title like Yes Man, Jim Carrey's latest caper is angling for a two-thumbs-up notice. But this account of the power of positive responding turns out to be more of a maybe.
December 11, 2008 Indie director Kelly Reichardt makes films about youngish, poorish people with wanderlust. But the stories she tells, and the characters she creates, are so low-key as to be tales of "wanderlike."
December 11, 2008 The erstwhile Dirty Harry defends one of the country's lesser-known minorities, playing a jaded war veteran who knows that self-sacrifice is not transcendental — but who finds that it can lend purpose.
December 10, 2008 Adapting books for the big screen can be tricky — more so when language is key to the story. Stephen Daldry's film is handsome, but it ultimately shortchanges this story of an illicit Holocaust-era tryst.
December 5, 2008 An exuberant fictionalization of the Chess Records story, Darnell Martin's movie constructs a wobbly history. But the film is truer to one essential thing: the music. And that may be just enough to put it in the rock-flick Top 10.
October 9, 2008 A leaner, more linear version of a 1994 drama from cult director Wong Kar-wai; entrancingly atmospheric, emotionally elusive and saturated with colors so vivid as to verge on the psychedelic. (Recommended).
October 2, 2008 Would you see a movie about patenting the intermittent windshield wiper? It's a modestly stylish movie, but critic Mark Jenkins says the answer may depend on your interest in, well ... patenting the intermittent windshield wiper.
October 2, 2008 Austerely beautiful and emotionally candid, Lance Hammer's debut melds plain-spoken American realism with oblique European minimalism. A study in stalemated lives, it's as dread-filled as a Robert Johnson song — though never that direct.
September 18, 2008 Wayne Wang's low-key father-daughter story succeeds less with the peaks and valleys of its family drama than with the gently amusing immigrants-discovering-America vignettes it offers.
September 18, 2008 Based on events — anti-globalization protests turned violent — that occurred barely a decade ago, Stuart Townsend's directorial debut plays like an update of '30s social melodrama.
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