Friday, December 6 2013
Like a great battle, or a criminal desperately trying to avoid capture, Hollywood breaks out the big guns this month, giving us new efforts from Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, the Coen Brothers, and Spike Jonze, along with the typical mainstream holiday fare.
Thursday, January 15 2009
Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.
Wednesday, April 30 2008
Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.
Tuesday, April 12 2011
The Cable Guy and I Love You Phillip Morris show what Jim Carrey is capable of when no one is watching.
Thursday, September 4 2008
The problem with the (inexplicably popular) Tropic Thunder may be that Ben Stiller is just not a funny filmmaker. Not even remotely.
Sunday, December 14 2008
A fun, occasionally brilliant satire of these Hollywood tropes that actually retains its comic punch after multiple viewings.
Tuesday, August 12 2008
Tropic Thunder tells you that race and masculinity and class identity issues make men in this business mean and juvenile. And then it tells you again.
Saturday, December 31 1994
Zoolander's parody of the fashion industry is a pretty pointless endeavor, for the simple fact that ultimately, it parodies itself.
Tuesday, December 24 2013
It's the Lonely Planet version of personal reinvention, a winning if ultimately weak walk through casual carpe diem and taking risks.
Thursday, October 17 2013
Walter Mitty doesn't sport much comedy. It doesn't plunge into a character's emotional depths. But it has an adventurous spirit. And that may be reason enough to see the movie.
Tuesday, August 12 2008
We hear it all the time, that comedy cop out meant to assuage the offender of all implied guilt: "It's just a joke." Be it
Monday, August 11 2008
That's it. I've had it. I am officially at my character actor capacity. Nothing personal on the man in question, but after a summer where
Wednesday, August 13 2008
They teach it in Interviewing 101: find common ground with your subject. But when your subject is rich, famous, plump and happy Jack Black, that might
Wednesday, October 3 2007
Just prior to last year's opening of the Ben Stiller comedy "Night at the Museum," the film's screenwriters, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, were
Monday, December 18 2006
It would have been easy to get the wrong idea on the set of "Night at the Museum." There was star Ben Stiller being chased