Thursday, December 29, 2011

Flypaper: Movie Review


A crime comedy that's unique and messy and nowhere near realistic.

There comes a time in every criminal's life when he has to make sacrifices. "Flypaper" takes place in a bank where two criminal groups have simultaneously arrived to rob the place. But this is not a crime drama; it's a dark comedy revolving around some very unlikely characters. Namely, Tripp (Patrick Dempsey), an autistic hero of sorts who is super-observant but unable to behave appropriately. 2011

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

Screenplay by: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Starring: Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Young Adult: Movie Review


An almost brilliant look at the world of a darkly troubled young adult.

“Young Adult” takes place in that thirty-something world where young college student ready to take over the world meets experienced cynic (see my review of “The Ides of March”). Both halves exist in troubled Mavis (Charlize Theron) and not sure what to do about it she sets her sights on her high school flame (Patrick Wilson) who is now married with a newborn.2011

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Screenplay by: Diablo Cody

Starring: Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt

Monday, December 19, 2011

Margin Call: Movie Review

The buying and selling of protagonists and antagonists in a profanely straight film.

Set during the recent financial crisis, “Margin Call” does something that most of these sobering dramas do not. It’s not about the characters reactions but their expected actions and takes place primarily in board rooms. A large number of rich and even richer guys work for a financial company that buys and sells. Buys and sells what is blurry, likely on purpose.2011

Directed by: J.C. Chandor

Screenplay by: J.C. Chandor

Starring: Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hugo: Movie Review


An orphan goes on an adventure, and we discover the magic of filmmaking.

“Hugo” has Martin Scorsese master the children’s adventure movie genre. Scorsese’s 2010 hit was “Shutter Island” where he mastered the suspense thriller by paying attention to every detail in the film. Here, the camera is in the walls of a 1930s train station in Paris where we see the inner workings of clocks, an automaton, and an orphan boy looking for a key. It’s also in 3D and is about the history of filmmaking.2011

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Screenplay by: John Logan

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz and Ben Kingsley

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Artist: Movie Review


The golden hue of black and white silence and old-school charm. 

“The Artist” is an artist’s film; a tribute to the golden age of movies. In 1927, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent film star at the height of success. When the studios turn their attention to talkies, George isn’t ready to make the transition. He continues to watch the world in black & white and listen in silence. 2011

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

Screenplay by: Michel Hazanavicius

Starring: Jean Dujardin

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Descendants: Movie Review


Scaling the Hawaiian country-side with tears and laughter.

"The Descendants" is set in Hawaii but Matt King (George Clooney) and his family are not on vacation. Far from it. King is actually in a line descended down from an old Hawaiian princess and has inherited a wealth of land. That's only the secondary plot. The primary plot is that his wife is in a coma and he has to learn how to be a parent to his two unruly daughters. Cue the laugh track.2011

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Screenplay by: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Take Shelter: Movie Review


Shelter in the face of insanity versus reality.

Curtis (Michael Shannon) is having bad dreams and hallucinations. He’s likely just going crazy, but if he is in fact having visions of the future end of the world, then he might as well “Take Shelter”. With Curtis’s dreams turning into nightmares turning into a possible reality, he needs to keep himself safe and his wife (Jessica Chastain) and their young, deaf daughter.2011

Directed by: Jeff Nichols

Screenplay by: Jeff Nichols

Starring: Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Week with Marilyn: Movie Review


An affair with Marilyn Monroe, but who is she?

“My Week with Marilyn” is the week-long affair with Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) for young film enthusiast Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne). It’s also a week from hell for great actor Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) as he tries to make a movie with Ms. Marilyn Monroe. It’s also a week-long glimpse into the beautiful / tragic life of the starlet-turned-starlet.

Directed by: Simon Curtis

Screenplay by: Adrian Hodges

Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh

Friday, November 25, 2011

Melancholia: Movie Review


Feelings of melancholia bursting through the brilliant colours of the Earth.
Justine (Kirsten Dunst) suffers from severe depression. Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) drives herself crazy with paranoia over fear of the end of the world. “Melancholia” just might prove to be the end of the world. This film just might prove to be an example of some of the best filmmaking in the world.2011

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Screenplay by: Lars von Trier

Starring: Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Like Crazy: Movie Review


A story of love, depending on what love really is.

Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) are in love with each like crazy. Hence the title, “Like Crazy”. They are in, or want to be in, a grown-up relationship — one where they act like adults and are just a part of each other’s lives. But they met each other at college and one stupid idea forces them to make grown-up decisions that will affect the rest of their lives quicker than they would have liked.2011

Directed by: Drake Doremus

Screenplay by: Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones

Starring: Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin

Friday, November 18, 2011

Anonymous: Movie Review


Problematic theory, story and characters but worthy acting and end point.

“Anonymous” is a story that accounts the theory that William Shakespeare did not write all the works credited to William Shakespeare. Instead the true author is Edward, Earl of Oxford, a nobleman of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. It is known as the Oxfordian Theory. And it is a real theory; it’s just not a good one.2011

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Screenplay by: John Orloff

Starring: Rhys Ifans

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene: Movie Review


Martha, Marcy May, and Marlene all caught between truth, sanity and madness.

Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) is a character who has forgotten what it means to be normal. Marcy May is a character who has been taught to ignore social values and any definition of “normal.” Martha and Marcy May is the same person and that’s where the conflict lies. “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is a dramatic character study which edges towards psychological thriller.2011

Directed by: Sean Durkin

Screenplay by: Sean Durkin

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen

Friday, November 11, 2011

J. Edgar: Movie Review


Presenting a hero but not defining hero versus villain.

“J. Edgar” is worth the hype, the fuss and the wait. I was particularly intrigued by the prospect that it was directed by the older, masculine Clint Eastwood and written by the younger, out-and-proud Dustin Lance Black. I got the biographical story of the FBI leader and I also got the deeply-touching love story of a closeted gay man. Both were woven together seamlessly.2011

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Screenplay by: Dustin Lance Black

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer

The Skin I Live In: Movie Review


Into the mind of mysteriously disturbed individuals.

“The Skin I Live In” is the latest Spanish film from writer and director Pedro Almodóvar who once again explores issues of sexuality, rape, and extremely dysfunctional relationships. Set in the future, as in, next year, a scientist, Robert (Antonio Banderas), has invented the “perfect” skin. Presumably to help burn victims. But things get more mysterious, sinister and unnatural.2011

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

Screenplay by: Pedro Almodóvar

Starring: Antonio Banderas

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friends with Benefits: Movie Review

Insulting romantic comedies, its fans, and everything else.

The thing about ‘Friends with Benefits” is that you have, in fact, seen it before. Not in the generic way the film implies that all romantic comedies are the same. But this exact movie was released earlier this year with the title “No Strings Attached”. And what’s worse is that vapid, uninspired, Hollywood-love-fest original is actually better.2011

Directed by: Will Gluck

Screenplay by: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Will Gluck and Harley Peyton

Starring: Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake

Friday, October 21, 2011

Red State: Movie Review


This is the stuff that nightmares are made of.

“Red State” is a horror the way “Jesus Camp” (the 2006 documentary) is a horror; not in the way Hollywood makes horror movies. It’s actually scary. It’s scary because these people exist and events like the fictional ones portrayed here have occurred and there’s no reason they won’t occur again. I’m assuming Kevin Smith had nightmares for years and to try and right his world, he had to tell this story. 2011

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Screenplay by: Kevin Smith

Starring: Michael Parks and John Goodman

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Entitled: Movie Review


Rich kids, poor kids, their parents, and all their attitudes locked in a house.

A group of under-privileged kids starving for money and attention; a group of over-privileged kids starving for action and attention; a group of over-privileged adults trying to be content with their current state of life. That’s “The Entitled.” One group wants what the others have and the others just plain want. If you want an intelligent, thought-out thriller, you’ve got it. 2011

Directed by: Aaron Woodley

Screenplay by: William Morrissey

Starring: Kevin Zegers and Ray Liotta

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Ides of March: Movie Review


The games people play to get ahead, not necessarily in politics, but within themselves.
George Clooney is running for President. Well, I mean, in “The Ides of March,” as Governor Mike Morris, he’s running for the Democratic Presidential nomination. He’s the good guy and his opponent is the bad guy. Because that’s how it is supposed to be, right? The opponent’s campaign manager is played by the ever shady Paul Giamatti, while Morris’ campaign is run by the young, handsome idealist Stephen (Ryan Gosling).

Directed by: George Clooney

Screenplay by: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon
Based on the play by Beau Willimon

Starring: George Clooney and Ryan Gosling

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Moneyball: Movie Review

More than a game of numbers.

It has long been said that professional sports are more a game of politics than an actual game. The MLB is not just a game of money, but here, it’s a game of numbers versus a game of people. It's callousness at its highest when general managers trade away people as objects with little regard for them or their family. Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland As, seems to take that even further, treating people as if they are only numbers, and yet there was something refreshing and humanistic about the whole thing.2011

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Screenplay by: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book by Michael Lewis

Starring: Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill

Friday, September 30, 2011

Prom: Movie Review

Disney-ifying of prom for an immature but sweet re-hash of predictability.

"Prom" is the Disney version of prom for teenagers. Or make that 17 year-olds acting like 12 year-olds (but of course acted by 20 year-olds). It's immature because it fails to bring in any humour, reality, or surprises that people of any age could enjoy. The plot is like every other adolescent romantic comedy. High-schoolers are getting ready for prom, led by the over-achieving, blonde, class president, but who is being opposed by the local rebel.2011

Directed by: Joe Nussbaum

Screenplay by: Katie Wech

Starring: Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell

Friday, September 16, 2011

Drive: Movie Review


Driving a slow and thoughtful character study into a full-on violent crime thriller.
Ryan Gosling is a driver. During the day, he’s a part-time Hollywood stunt man and a part-time car mechanic. During the night, he seems to spend most of his time helping out with criminal activities. All of the time, he’s a leading man. He has a quiet and unassuming charm about him that can drive girls wild, and grateful bosses (like Bryan Cranston) since he’s so trustworthy and capable.

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

Screenplay by: Hossein Amin

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chapter 27: Movie Review


Observations without judgement for a character study deserving of judgement.

Mark David Chapman (Jared Leto) has flown from Hawaii to New York to meet John Lennon. This is his second trip. This time he’s going to do something big; he just doesn’t know if it’s going to be a good or bad thing. There are multiple ways to interpret that line. I like the inference that he knows what he’s going to do, he just doesn’t know if it’s good or bad. 2007

Directed by: J.P. Schaefer

Screenplay by: J.P. Schaefer

Starring: Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan, Judah Friedlander

Monday, August 29, 2011

Peep World: Movie Review


A true comedy that you don't have to hold up a mirror for.

"Peep World" is a peek into a world of a dysfunctional family. It's a dysfunctional family comedy and it's funny. Henry had four children, even though he really shouldn't have had any, and they all pretty much hate each other and him. This movie is set on one particular day: Henry's birthday, and right after the youngest sibling, Nathan (Ben Schwartz), wrote a best-selling book revealing the family's secrets. 2010

Directed by: Barry W. Blaustein

Screenplay by: Peter Himmelstein

Starring: Ben Schwartz, Kate Mara and Michael C. Hall

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ceremony: Movie Review


The romantic desperation of flawed characters with humour, love and understanding.
Sam (Michael Angarano) is going to take his friend Marshall (Reece Thompson) on an adventure. It starts with Sam referring to liking a book in his “younger and more vulnerable years.” Sam used to think it was written about him; Marshall thinks it is written about him. And if you already know which book they are referring to, the characteristics of Sam and Marshall, and the adventure they are about to go on, instantly fall into place. 2010

Directed by: Max Winkler

Screenplay by: Max Winkler

Starring: Michael Angarano, Reece Thompson, Uma Thurman and Lee Pace

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Our Idiot Brother: Movie Review


Light on the comedy but so charming that "Our Idiot Brother" is likable.
As has been stated many times already, Ned (Paul Rudd) is not an idiot. Well, he kind of is. He lacks understanding of normal social protocol, and not in a genius kind-of-way, but as a hippie. Prone to frequent breakdowns in communication, one such instance lands him in jail. When he’s out, he’s off to live with his family. His sisters all treat him like he’s an idiot. Hence, the title, “Our Idiot Brother.”

Directed by: Jesse Peretz

Screenplay by: David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz

Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Miss Nobody: Movie Review


Murder in a fun, cartoon-like environment.

Sarah Jane McKinney (Leslie Bibb) is "Miss Nobody", a secretary for a pharmaceutical company who has no boyfriend but faith that her guiding angel will send her messages as to what she should be doing. Her mother ensures her that everybody lies, so a very smudged resume gets her a promotion to junior executive. 2010

Directed by: Tim Cox

Screenplay by: Doug Steinberg

Starring: Leslie Bibb and Adam Goldberg

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Soul Surfer: Movie Review


Without the constant presence of God, "Soul Surfer" would have been more inspiring.

Based on the true story of soul surfer Bethany Hamilton, “Soul Surfer” is close to the true story, just exaggerated to make sure we don’t miss any subtle points on how perfect everybody is. Wikipedia even defines the term “soul surfer” incase you couldn’t catch the meaning that it’s about a girl who surfs for the sheer pleasure of surfing. God has put surfing in her soul, if you will. 2011

Directed by: Sean McNamara

Screenplay by: too many to name

Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Help: Movie Review


Comedy, drama and characters who walk Hollywood's high rope.

It's the 1960s in Mississippi, and the uppity, high-class, rich white girls have returned from university with husbands in tow and babies in their bellies, and now they get to hire maids of their own. The maids of course are poor black women from the other side of the tracks (literally). Skeeter (Emma Stone), on the other hand, has returned home from university with a degree in hand, rather than a husband, and after a stop-off in New York City in a failed attempt to get a job as a writer. 2011

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Screenplay by: Tate Taylor
Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett

Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Trust: Movie Review


The simple act of trusting runs deep and dramatically. 

“Trust.” That’s what the online sexual predator keeps telling 14 year-old Annie (Liana Liberato). “Trust me.” Problem is, she does. Even when he keeps lying about his age, lying about where he lives, and then taking her to his motel room. This movie is about the stupid things that 14 year-old girls do. Although Annie is relatively careful she doesn’t understand what qualities good people have and what qualities evil people have. 2010

Directed by: David Schwimmer

Screenplay by: Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger

Starring: Liana Liberato, Clive Owen and Catherine Keener

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dear Lemon Lima: Movie Review


A smart, boy-obsessed girl creating a unique, quirky indie.

I have discovered a missing genre in the American film landscape: the smart, quirky girl teen comedy. Most notably with “Rushmore” (1998) and filmmakers like Wes Anderson, the smart, isolated male teen have become heroes in quirky indie films. Up until now, there hasn’t really been a female equivalent. But here comes “Dear Lemon Lima” where our heroine is awkward and boy-obsessed, but she’s also ambitious, kind-hearted and smart, and those are the qualities that drive this film. 2009 (with 2011 DVD release)

Directed by: Suzi Yoonessi

Screenplay by: Suzi Yoonessi

Starring: Savanah Wiltfong and Shayne Topp

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Beautiful Boy: Movie Review


The beauty of love and the beast of life's realities.

“Beautiful Boy” is about people. Husband Bill (Michael Sheen) and wife Kate (Maria Bello) and their son who is in his first year of college. They have an emotionless marriage, one where things are done logically rather than with feeling. They’re separated, just not physically. Bill is going to save up money, then find an apartment, then put a down payment on it, and then move out. But then comes the news of a mass shooting at their son’s school. The police arrive at their door and the tears start flowing. But, wait, as the cops say, “There’s more.”2010

Directed by: Shawn Ku

Screenplay by: Michael Armbruster and Shawn Ku

Starring: Maria Bello and Michael Sheen

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Crazy, Stupid, Love. : Movie Review


Twisting your standard romantic comedy into something that's hilarious and refreshing.

Love is the be-all and end-all of life. It's crazy, it's stupid, but you have to put everything towards winning over your soul-mate. That is what all of the characters believe. Except Jacob (Ryan Gosling). He believes that people who are in love are pathetic. Thank God for Ryan Gosling. I've been saying that a lot recently, but it's true. He makes everything he's in better.2011

Directed by: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Screenplay by: Dan Fogelman

Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

Friday, July 29, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens: Movie Review

Action heroes versus cowboys and aliens where thinking is not allowed.

"Cowboys & Aliens" is actually just Daniel Craig versus cowboys and aliens. It's very handy that he has an alien countdown timer bracelet on his wrist that doubles as a special alien killing machine. It works better than guns and knives which is all that real cowboys have. But Jake Lonergan (Craig) doesn't know how he got that bracelet, or what his name is, or who he is. He does know English.2011

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Screenplay by: Too many to name

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Little White Lies: Movie Review


You will laugh and cry as you are sure to find at least one character to care about.

“Little White Lies” is a multi-relationship drama; one about love, loss and life. It has witty situations, witty lines, and a near-fatal accident. Oh yes, this is an attempt at the hard-to-write comedy-tragedy genre. Thankfully, it doesn’t really fail, but instead of being overly comedic or tragic, it plays out mostly dramatically.2010

Directed by: Guillaume Canet

Screenplay by: Guillaume Canet

Starring: Marion Cotillard, François Cluzet and Benoît Magimel

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Submarine: Movie Review


Fresh, funny and twisted turns to this quirky coming-of-age tale. 

Submarine is Welsh. It opens, at least in North America it does, with a letter from its protagonist (Oliver) to Americans; educating us that Wales is a country located next to England. Although thankful that America has not yet invaded his country, Oliver informs us that this is an important film which we should treat with the utmost respect.

Directed by: Richard Ayoade

Screenplay by: Richard Ayoade

Starring: Craig Roberts and Sally Hawkins

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Good Neighbours: Movie Review


So much set-up, so little purpose.

Horror movies are generally not good. Good comedies, although hard to write well, are easier to find. I normally wouldn’t recommend anybody attempt a horror comedy, but “Good Neighbours” is Jacob Tierney and Jay Baruchel’s follow-up to “The Trotsky” (2009) and I couldn’t pass up that potential. The result though is something that’s not scary and not very funny.2010

Directed by: Jacob Tierney

Screenplay by: Jacob Tierney

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire and Scott Speedman

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Meek's Cutoff: Movie Review

A journey not about the destination but which prejudices to fight to stay alive.

As bleak as the 1845 Oregon landscape they are traversing, “Meek’s Cutoff” is about the arduous journey three wayward families are taking. Their trip is at first to get to a better life, but later it becomes just about finding water. Although the film is less about their voyage and more about the characters and their decisions.2010

Directed by: Kelly Reichardt

Screenplay by: Jon Raymond

Starring: Michelle Williams and Will Patton

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives: Movie Review

There may be something to this appealing but disturbing and possibly offensive film.

With a mystifying title like "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives", it begs viewers to be open to transcendental ideas like the belief of past lives, forms of the spiritual world, and the transformation of the human world, the animal world and nature. I am usually open to those kinds of perceptions, at least in the world of film. When this film took those forms, I could at least appreciate it, if not understand it. 2010

Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Screenplay by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Starring: Thanapat Saisaymar

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

3 Idiots: Movie Review


A college comedy, and joking aside, they're not idiots.

A college comedy. You know the genre, movies where idiots get into college and then continue to behave as idiots, and usually by the end they get a girl. "3 Idiots" is not such a movie. Mostly because our three protagonists are not idiots. Rancho is a smart-alecky trouble-maker but he's not an idiot. Raju and Farhan might fail a lot of exams, but they try hard and they have good hearts. Same goes for the movie. 2009 (with 2011 DVD release)

Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani

Screenplay by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi

Starring: Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and Madhavan

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Beginners: Movie Review

The relationships of life told with drama, humour, subtlety, and thoughtfulness.

“Beginners” is one of those life dramas where Oliver (Ewan McGregor) has to take care of his dying father, Hal (Christopher Plummer). Except Hal has just announced that he’s gay and has hooked up with a much younger man, Andy. Oliver hasn’t been able to carry on any relationship but meets the mysterious Anna (Mélanie Laurent) just as he’s grieving over the loss of his father. Oh, and there’s a talking dog.2010

Directed by: Mike Mills

Screenplay by: Mike Mills

Starring: Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer

Friday, July 8, 2011

Horrible Bosses: Movie Review

Adding coarse and sexual content to make a plot-rich story funny.

In the vein of "The Hangover" (2009), "Horrible Bosses" has three friends taking a wild trip to—well, jail, most likely. They mean well, but when you spend your free time drinking at a bar complaining about your bosses, reckless plans are bound to be hatched. But I'm glad they do. It's a premise with lots of possibilities, never quite knowing which turns they would take, and they were all hilarious.2011

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Screenplay by: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kaboom: Movie Review

College students that are over-sylized and over-sexed.

Described as trippy, entertaining, and very funny, "Kaboom" is actually just a very stylized version of the college-aged sexual exploration. It gets interesting when it mixes sex with a thriller plot, but colour-coating over-sexed college students doesn't make them anymore profound.2010

Directed by: Gregg Araki

Screenplay by: Gregg Araki

Starring: Thomas Dekker

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Tree of Life: Movie Review

Life in the grandest, and almost inexplicable, of scales.

"The Tree of Life" is not a film that can be understood, nor can it be explained. It also does not want to be described in any one way. We jump from decade to decade, from solar system to solar system, and from era to era in the history of the planet. As specific as can be allowed, it's about life, also the universe. In parts, it's about family or childhood, but certainly, not on the whole.2011

Directed by: Terrence Malick

Screenplay by: Terrence Malick

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastian and Sean Penn

Friday, July 1, 2011

Larry Crowne: Movie Review


Too little of anything other than juvenile and cheap laughs.
Tom Hanks is a nice guy. Larry Crowne is a nice guy. But as a movie, “Larry Crowne” is only somewhat likable. Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is fired from his 9-time-employee-of-the-month job at U-Mart. Yes, we’re supposed to feel sorry for him, and we do, but it’s mostly played up for laughs. The most we get into the psychology or economics of the down-sizing is that “times change.”

Directed by: Tom Hanks

Screenplay by: Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos

Starring: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts