| Jan 20, 2011
| 9:50 AM
After showing gravitas in such recent projects as "Iron Man" and "Sherlock Holmes," Robert Downey Jr. goes for laughs again in this mildly amusing comedy from "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips.
After getting booted off a plane and put on the no-fly...
| Dec 6, 2011
It has its heart in the right place. It has a great cast. It will get nominated for lots of awards.
It’s an entertaining film, but very flawed.
It’s the story of black maids in Mississippi in the ‘60s, working for rich white families...
| Aug 5, 2011
If hack screenwriters are going to give us aliens coming to Earth and being amazed by all our wacky ways…or they’re going to give us yet another body switching comedy…they better be funny.
The alien movie Paul earlier this year was...
| Sep 18, 2011
For a television critic, the Emmys are always a mixed bag. It's always great when shows and performances we have supported from the beginning are recognized, but sometimes — if you can believe it — the shows and people we believe deserve to...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 6:40 PM
Remember when John Belushi wanted to get the band back together in the Blues Brothers and how fun that adventure was?
This is the kiddie version of that, with lots of jokes geared towards us older folks that remember The Muppets from the ‘70s...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 12:49 PM
Two pals get to switch lives in the most literal sense in this sometimes more-crass-than-amusing comedy from director David Dobkin - who put his first big imprint on the genre with "Wedding Crashers" - and "The Hangover" writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore....
| Dec 23, 2011
| 1:38 PM
One of the greatest home video developments in recent years has been a few studios' embracing of “manufactured on demand” DVDs — a way for film buffs to get their hands on favorites that have been deemed (rightly or wrongly) not likely...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:34 PM
Everyone has at least one skill that doesn't have a practical use.
Mine is the ability to name every movie ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
I absorbed that knowledge from years of reading critical studies of the Oscars, to the point...
| Feb 23, 2012
*** (out of four)
Call me a sucker, but “Thin Ice” played me like a violin.
In fact, a violin holds together a situation that seems like a retread through minor indie territory covered recently by “Cedar Rapids” and “Win...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 1:41 PM
There's something about the frozen Northern Plains, filled with folksy, trusting and righteous Dakotans, Minnesotans and Wisconsinites, that screams "insurance fraud" to screenwriters. The notion that there's nowhere in America quite so honest makes...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 1:36 AM
Sometimes seeing so many movies can be a problem. How can a film lover or critic watch this movie and not think of Fargo, The Red Violin, House of Games, Criminal, and John Dahl’s The Last Seduction? Heck, even the violin shop is called Dahl’s...
| Feb 2, 2010
| 4:33 PM
So how did "A Serious Man" pull off that underdog Oscar nomination for best picture? Perhaps because it was among the first wave of DVD screeners shipped to academy members, long before the deluge of discs that arrived during the holiday season. Such an...