July 23, 2009 Sit up straight, girls, director Robert Luketic is here to instruct you in what women really want. Katherine Heigl stars as a hard-nosed TV-news producer who gets tamed, old-skool style, by a standard-issue cad.
July 10, 2009 Adolescence and its discontents are once again the theme of a Chris Columbus film. Critic Ella Taylor says the man behind Adventures in Babysitting hasn't had much in the way of new ideas.
June 26, 2009 Even by Hollywood standards, My Sister's Keeper is shoddy goods. It's an arm-twisting weepie that panders to our reflexive need to blame someone for a no-fault tragedy. Critic Ella Taylor isn't buying.
June 19, 2009 She's a tired cliche, but in Anne Fletcher's new movie, the dragon-lady career woman (Sandra Bullock) adds a welcome touch of evil — to what, alas, is another soggy, self-betraying Hollywood romantic comedy.
June 11, 2009 Daryl Wein's vital documentary argues that Richard Berkowitz, a divisive but prophetic voice early in the AIDS epidemic, has never been properly recognized for his influential safe-sex advocacy. (Recommended)
June 4, 2009 Johan Renck's brutal thriller comes stacked with pedigree talent — stars Maria Bello and Rufus Sewell included — but none of it rescues this repellent piece of work from its preening self-regard.
May 22, 2009 The pleasures of this nonsensical comedy are anarchic ones: Director Sean Levy tosses a sequence or a character into his CGI sandbox and plays there happily, affectionately twitting the higher arts all the while. (Recommended)
May 21, 2009 A gently existential rite-of-passage dramedy from Norwegian writer-director Bent Hamer, O'Horten centers on a railway engineer facing a retirement he doesn't much welcome.
May 1, 2009 Goetz Spielman's Revanche juggles the sacred and the profane, the pastoral and the urbane, by way of a muscular plot touched with black comedy. Critic Ella Taylor says it's got a touch of the timeless. Recommended
April 23, 2009 What's not to like about a documentary that takes up the cause of impoverished Latinos trying to keep their community garden from being snatched by greedy fat cats and maneuvering pols? Quite a lot, as it turns out.
April 3, 2009 When a convict breaks out of the pen to make peace with his dying daughter, his route takes him through the tunnels and sewers beneath London — and through far too many of the genre's formulas.
March 26, 2009 A gruff old man and an outgoing West African immigrant become unlikely allies in a North Carolina town. Ramin Bahrani's soulful, stirring film re-frames the encounter between white and black, between old and new America. (Recommended)
March 19, 2009 An ex-CIA operative (Julia Roberts) and a former MI6 agent (Clive Owen) take on corporate gigs — with a twist. Michael Clayton director Tony Gilroy delivers an action-packed caper with an overly labyrinthine plot.
March 12, 2009 Anxious to get her son into private school, a thirtysomething single mom (Amy Adams) starts a crime-scene cleaning service. Formulaic alterna-flavored hijinks — some surprisingly enjoyable — ensue.
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