August 31, 2007 A tricky, head-trippy mystery, John August's three-part cinematic thingamawhatzit seems to have been conceived as a film for puzzle addicts.
August 30, 2007 "Martial Arts Ping Pong" probably sounded hilarious when pitched, and there are just enough laughs in the picture to fill a modestly amusing 30-second TV spot. But the thinness of the material becomes oppressive before the film is five minutes old.
August 24, 2007 The Hottest State sounds like the ultimate vanity project — it's based on director Ethan Hawke's semi-autobiographical novel — but the film turns out to be an affecting story of a young man's first love.
August 24, 2007 Ethan Hawke's film, based on his own semi- autobiographical novel, centers on a young actor and a beautiful singer; when they break up, he flees to his Texas homeland.
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August 24, 2007 Rowan Atkinson says this is your last chance to catch Mr. Bean, and you should; a couple of Buster Keaton-ish bits, including an improvised and improbable staircase that gets Bean to the beach in France, are pretty inspired.
August 24, 2007 Rod Lurie's back-from-adversity movie centers on fathers and sons, losers and winners. Samuel L. Jackson is a broken-down former prizefighter, Josh Hartnett the sportswriter who finds him homeless and senses a scoop.
August 24, 2007 Jon Voight stars in a handsome but ham-fisted melodrama about the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the Sept. 11, 1857 slaughter of California-bound pioneers by a group of Mormons. Based on an actual event, but fictionalized.
August 22, 2007 The dog days of summer have traditionally been a movie wasteland, a time when Hollywood tends to release relatively few pictures. Not so this year; August is no longer a movie graveyard, but a month with plenty of competition at the multiplex.
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August 17, 2007 The director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin here allows his favorite freaks and geeks to explore the mindset of the 18-year-old virgin. Knocked Up star Seth Rogen and his writer buddy Evan Goldberg reportedly started working on this script when they were 13, which doubtless explains the many penis jokes.
August 17, 2007 Sweetly smutty Superbad is a high-school riot, a comedy that's all about raunch; Brit-farce Death at a Funeral is all about stiff-upper-lip reserve. But both push the envelope, and even the English one has little to do with propriety.
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August 17, 2007 A father's death brings a family together — physically, at least — in a brightly funereal farce that mixes last rites with comic wrongs. Director Frank Oz fills the screen with Muppetlike faces and stages comic catastrophes with Monty Pythonish excess.
August 17, 2007 Based on Neil Gaiman's fantastical graphic-novel romance, Matthew Vaughn's film offers up a sprite-filled kingdom, a pair of literally star-crossed lovers, and a witch whose every spell causes her to age. Also Robert De Niro, as the occasionally cross-dressing Captain Shakespeare.
August 11, 2007 You know too well where Hollywood would take a story about a stutterer who joins the debate team to get a girl. But writer-director Jeffrey Blitz is a Hollywood outsider, and he's going someplace else — into quirky, indie-flick social satire.
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August 10, 2007 Jeffrey Blitz's feature debut centers on an adolescent stutterer who joins the debate team to impress a girl — but Blitz doesn't take the story where you'd expect Hollywood to take it. (Recommended)
August 9, 2007 After the biggest international opening weekend for any American comedy in history (more than $93 million), the picture is proving to have legs. For two weeks in a row, it has topped foreign box-office charts — trouncing Shrek, Spider-Man, even Harry Potter.
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