| Jun 23, 2011
| 6:16 PM
"The Best and the Brightest" might have had some real teeth -- and some real smarts -- in the hands of a savvy satirist such as Christopher Guest. Unfortunately, writer-director Josh Shelov's sendup of the Manhattan private school culture flies off its...
| Sep 9, 2011
Like detention, "Tanner Hall," the new coming-of-age-in-a-boarding-school drama, allows room for a lot of thinking about other things — its cast most notably, since watching their struggle to move beyond the mundane is painful.
I found time to...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Oct 27, 2011
** (out of four)
How dare they delay the highly anticipated fifth “Shrek” movie!
If the spinoff “Puss in Boots” has anything going for it (besides avoiding pop culture references), it’s that its mother franchise sunk to...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 10:47 AM
As the debut of her starring role in the much-anticipated "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" nears, Rooney Mara is first among equals in the ensemble cast of this boarding-school tale. Usually bookish, her character is prompted to experience more of life...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 10:30 PM
"When forced to leave my house for an extended period of time, I take my typewriter with me, and together we endure the wretchedness of passing through the X-ray scanner. The laptops roll merrily down the belt, while I'm instructed to stand aside and open...