Films by Title : P - T

Pacific Rim (2013)  Very Good
July 16, 2013

Pacific Rim vaults our 12-year old selves into two universes. It's a vigorous ride into the past -- and the future.

Once again we sit with our Raisinettes and Tootsie Rolls in front of the magical screen, awaiting adventure and exci ... more

Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)  Very Good
July 22, 2011

Page One: Inside the New York Times is a sometimes fascinating, unsettling, and informative look at a venerable institution that has to cope with a rapidly changing world.

Can it survive a brave, new world in which information and ... more

Pan's Labyrinth (2007)  Better than average
Paranormal Activity (2009)  Very Good
Paris 36 (2008)
Passenger, The (1975)  Classic
Passion of the Christ, The (2004)  Badly flawed
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)  
Patriot Games (1992)  Better than average
Paul (2011)  Better than average
April 2, 2011

Paul is E.T.'s crude twin.

Paul smokes, jokes, and pokes. He's the antithesis of naivete.

Paul has a terrific concept -- an affectionate send-up of the sci-fi genre. Paul has it ups, but it also has unfortuna ... more

Paul Blart, Mall Cop (2009)
Payback (1999)  Watchable
Performance (1970)  Watchable
Pete Kell's Blues (1955)  Better than average
Philadelphia (1993)  Great
Philomena (2013)  Better than average
December 9, 2013

Philomena is cinematic titanium.

Like the character Phenomena's hip replacement, the movie is serviceable. As she says titanium is "anti-rust," which means the past won't mar the present.

Since Philomena ... more

Pianist, The (2002)  Great
Pink Panther 2, The (2009)  Badly flawed
Pink Panther, The (2006)  Badly flawed
Pirate Radio (2009)  Exemplary
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)  Better than average
June 7, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: at World's End is a hearty, bumpy sea marathon. For some, it will be a fun ride; for others, it will be an ordeal. I'm somewhere in between.

It's surely an endurance test. At the length of two hours and 47 minutes, it ... more

Place in the Sun, A (1951)  Classic
Planet of the Apes, The (1968)  Great
Play Misty for Me (1971)  Better than average
Player, The (1992)  Great
Pleasantville (1998)  Great
Please Give (2010)  Very Good
June 17, 2010

Go East 50-year old woman. Go East.

Director/writer Nicole Holofcener goes back east for Please Give. It is an auspicious move.

Her last two movies were set in Los Angeles. Friends with Money (2006) was dreadful, even ... more

Postman, The (1997)  Awful
Prairie Home Companion, A (2006)  Better than average
Precious (2009)  Very Good
Prime Suspect (1995)  Exemplary
Prince and the Showgirl, The (1957)  Watchable
Prisoners (2013)  Watchable
September 21, 2013

Prisoners is a con job.

It's a gloomy, rumbling torture chamber.

The film's best quality - mostly created by the masterly cinematographer Roger Deakins -is the atmosphere.

But style isn't enough. ... more

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The (1970)  ExemplaryPrivate Life of Sherlock Holmes, The (1970)  Exemplary
Prometheus (2012)  Watchable
June 9, 2012

Prometheus is no odyssey. It's more a slog through space glop.

The characters are sketchy, and the plot is scrawny. It goes where a lot of filmmakers have gone before.

However, despite the lack of originality in Prome ... more

Promised Land (2012)  Watchable
January 2, 2013

Promised Land is no Good Will Hunting (1997).

It brings back director Gus Van Sant and actor Matt Damon, but it's another example of you can't go home again.

Who knew Ben Affleck was so crucial? He's missi ... more

Proof of Life (2000)  Watchable
December 14, 2000

The unconvincing Proof of Life is a missed opportunity

There is something major missing in Proof of Life. When Director Taylor Hackford decided to cut a steamy sex scene out of the film, he emasculated it. What is left of the romantic r ... more

Prophet, A (2009)  Exemplary
Psycho (1960)  Classic
Public Enemies (2009)  Great
Pulp Fiction (1994)  Very Good
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)  Very Good
Pursuit of Happyness (2006)  Watchable
Quantum of Solace (2008)  Better than average
Quartet (2012)  Very Good
Queen Kelly (1929)  Very Good
Queen, The (2006)  Very Good
Quiet Man, The (1952)  Very Good
Rabbit, Run (1970)  Watchable
Rachel Getting Married (2008)  Badly flawed
Racing Dreams (2010)  Watchable
May 13, 2010

Racing Dreams -- or Chariots of Tire -- is a niche documentary about three young Kart race drivers who aspire to some day be NASCAR champions.

The more addicted you are to going round and round, the more you'll relate to Raci ... more

Raging Bull (1980)  Classic
Raising Arizona (1987)  Very Good
Rambo (2008)  Badly flawed
February 7, 2008

Rambo and Stallone

Do you want disembowelment and decapitation with your popcorn? Is gore glorious? Is brutality orgasmic? Is spurting blood the fountain of fun?

If so, Rambo is 4 U.

There is an audience that goes to the mo ... more

Ratatouille (2007)  Great
Reader, The (2008)  Badly flawed
Rear Window (1954)  Great
Recount (2008)  Very Good
June 5, 2008

The first five months of 2008 at the movies have been a distressing period. Iron Man had its moments as did The Bank Job and Street Kings, but only The Visitor will make my ten best list. It's been a tepid time for ... more

Red Dragon (2002)  Better than average
Red River (1948)  Great
Redbelt (2008)  Better than average
Reds (1981)  Very Good
Reign Over Me (2007)  Watchable
March 29, 2007

Reign Over Me is like spending two hours with a shrink.

Self-absorbed and repetitive, it has an occasional moment of truth, and a lot of hot air.

Actors Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler provide the occasional moments of truth and writer-di ... more

Requiem for a Dream (2000)  Watchable
Resident Evil (2002)
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)  Watchable
September 6, 2007

Resurrecting the Champ is a movie I was going to recommend. It was contrived and dopey, but it seemed like pleasant entertainment. Then came the terrible last ten minutes when it casts itself on the rancid junk heap of hokum.

Resur ... more

Return of Martin Guerre, The (1982)  Very Good
Return of Ringo, The (1965)
Reuben, Reuben (1983)  Exemplary
Revolutionary Road (2008)  Badly flawed
Rewrite, The (2015)  Very Good
February 16, 2015

Hugh Grant has the best facial expression of bemusement in films. Probably ever.

Even in negligible comedies, such as The Rewrite, that expression is gold. What makes it special is the intelligence behind it. Despite being baffled, ... more

Ride the High Country (1962)  Great
Righteous Kill (2008)  Badly flawed
September 25, 2008

Righteous Kill

Imagine this conversation

A phone call between actor Bob De Niro and director Marty Scorsese

Bobby: Hello, Marty. I've been calling and texting, but you never answer.


Bobby: I'm talking to you. Are you ... more

Rio Bravo (1959)  Great
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)  Very Good
August 7, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a gripping test of anxiety.

Those who have seen the previews know that the apes launch an attack on the Golden Gate Bridge in California. How far will they go? What will set them off? When is it al ... more

River Runs Through It, A (1992)  Better than average
Road to Perdition (2002)  Exemplary
Road, The (2009)  Badly flawed
November 4, 2009

Alaska has its Bridge to Nowhere. The movie The Road has its Bridge to Less Than Nowhere.

One wonders why it was made. It's misery, misery, misery. It's misery for The Man (Viggo Mortensen), The Boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and t ... more

Roadie (2011)  Better than average
February 24, 2012

Roadie shows the gulf that at times separates critics and general viewers.

The audience User Rating of Roadie on Rotten Tomatoes is a feeble 28% positive. Critics have been much more tolerant. Amidst the movie's liabiliti ... more

Robin and Marian (1976)  Great
Robin Hood (2010)  Better than average
May 20, 2010

Prequel, prequel, prequel.

After remakes and sequels, what is left? Originality. Hell, no.

Let's go back and back, ad nauseum. We want our genre back! Unfortunately for those who yearn for a 3-color past -- just red, white, and ... more

Robot & Frank (2012)  Very Good
September 8, 2012

Robot & Frank is an airy, engaging flight of fancy.

It's also part caper film, part character study, and part allegory about aging. Robot & Frank shouldn't work, but it does.

It has the potential to be ... more

Rock of Ages (2012)  Watchable
June 26, 2012

Were Ken and Barbie rockers?

Rock of Ages seems to think so. Its version doesn't have a speck of dirt or an iota of grit. It makes the dancing gangs in West Side Story (1961) authentic in comparison.

I knew we wer ... more

Rocky (1976)  Great
Rocky Balboa (2006)  Very Good
Roger Dodger (2002)  Very Good
Roman Holiday (1953)  Exemplary
Rookie, The (2002)  Exemplary
Rosemary's Baby (1968)  Better than average
Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001)  Watchable
Ruby Sparks (2012)  Very Good
Rudo y Cursi (2009)  Very Good
May 31, 2009

Rudo y Cursi is a kicky movie about the giddy heights and crushing lows of the sporting life.

It's the tale of two half-brothers -- Tato (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Beto (Diego Luna) -- from a village in Mexico, who work on a banan ... more

Runaways, The (2010)  Watchable
April 2, 2010

The Runaways is not a potent cherry bomb. It's more a sputtering candle.

While not quite a dud, it's not the movie it should be. It's a packaged cake with vanilla icing and a Cherie on top. A maraschino Cherie, at that. ... more

Rundown, The (2003)  Watchable
June 22, 2009

The box office success of The Hangover puts into interesting context another movie about a bachelor party that goes wrong in Las Vegas. The other brutal bachelor blast is 1998's Very Bad Things.

The Hangover is an ... more

Rush (2013)  Very Good
September 29, 2013

Rush is a slick movie based on an actual rivalry in Formula One racing in the 1970s.

The two fierce competitors were England's James Hunt and Austria's Niki Lauda.

Director Ron Howard, screenwriter Peter Morgan, and ... more

Rush Hour 3 (2007)  Watchable
September 23, 2007

This has been a great summer for movies -- one of the best ever.

Some movies that have excelled in one way or another are The Bourne Identity, Ratatouille, Live Free or Die Hard, The Transformers, and Harry Potter

and the Order of th ... more

Rushmore (1998)  Watchable
Rust and Bone (2012)  Very Good
January 15, 2013

What makes us identify with characters in a movie? Do they have to be likeable? Or are they flawed beings caught in a human condition which in some way we share?

How much does plot matter?

The French-Belgian film Rust and Bone ... more

Sabrina (1954)  Very Good
Safe House (2012)  Watchable
February 18, 2012

Why would you cast Denzel Washington, and then cut his performance to ribbons?

Daniel Espinosa, director of Safe House, either has a severe, spasmodic problem or a huge ego - or both. He slices and dices like a crazed butcher. ... more

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)  Better than average
June 25, 2012

Safety Not Guaranteed is an indie flight of fancy.

As an indie, it might crash on the shoals of self-indulgence, but it doesn't. It's fresh and imaginative. It doesn't reach the stars (the creators obviously are fans of ... more

Salinger (2013)  Awful
September 22, 2013

My name's Holden.

If you really want to hear about it, Salinger is a lousy movie.

Some crumb-bum named Shane Salerno just made a crappy documentary about my mentor. I'm a liar myself, but - as you may know - ... more

Salt (2010)  Better than average
July 28, 2010

Movies manipulate.

They can get you to identify with a character or root for an action.

Alfred Hitchcock, with stylistic aplomb, was the master of manipulation. Hitch could play on his audience's expectations. He could even get ... more

Samson and Delilah (1949)  Watchable
Sarah's Key (2011)  Better than average
September 2, 2011

Sarah's Key is elevated by luminous performances by two actresses -- veteran Kristin Scott Thomas and 10-year old Melusine Mayance.

Fortunately their talent often is able to transcend the contrivances that mar the plot.

... more

Savages, The (2008)  Better than average
Save the Tiger (1973)  Exemplary
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)  Better than average
December 23, 2013

Authoress P.L. Travers would greet Saving Mr. Banks with her patented frown. But it will please audiences.

Such is the world of Disneyfication.

Saving Mr. Banks - based on actual events - is the story of Trave ... more

Saving Private Ryan (1998)  Very Good
Scarface (1932)  Very Good
Scent of a Woman (1992)  Very Good
Schindler's List (1993)  Great
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)  Badly flawed
August 19, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a film full of sound and fury signifying WTF. It's slick shtik.

It begins with 22-year old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) dating a high school girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), as he's trying ... more

Se7en (1995)  Great
Seabiscuit (2003)  Watchable
Searchers, The (1956)  Classic
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (2015)  Watchable
March 1, 2015

The sequel to a film about old age is more old age.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not the Second Coming. It's the Second Going.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a paean to flightiness. But the c ... more

Secret in Their Eyes, The (2009)  Very Good
June 3, 2010

It's very rare when a movie's ending surprises me. No Way Out (1987) is my barometer for a movie whose credible ending surprised -- and therefore delighted -- me. Also, I never figured out The Sixth Sense (1999) as I was seei ... more

Secretariat (2010)  Watchable
October 15, 2010

Secretariat is the Galloping Gospel According to a Horse. Granted the horse is the equine king of kings.

Secretariat was directed by Randall Wallace who majored in religion at Duke. He was born in Tennessee, raised in the Sou ... more

Selma (2014)  Great
Semi-Pro (2008)  Watchable
March 12, 2008

Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro is a dreadful comedy. It's lazy and slipshod. On RottenTomatoes, it received 24 percent favorable from critics, and, even more notable, 49 percent of viewers thought it was rotten.

If Semi-Pro is so la ... more

Separation, A (2011)  Very Good
February 13, 2012

Separation is an active international phenomenon. Cultures and societies are at war with themselves.

A Separation is about one of these cultures and societies.

A Separation was written and directed by Iranian Asghar F ... more

September Issue, The (2009)  Very Good
September 17, 2009

Film can transport you into a world where you are an alien. It can enchant, bewilder, and inform.

The documentary film The September Issue is enchanting, bewildering, and informing.

My fashion sense begins and ends with the ... more

Sergeant York (1941)  Watchable
Serious Man, A (2009)  Better than average
Sessions, The (2012)  Better than average
November 13, 2012

The Sessions is another movie about a man on a journey. Destination: Ejaculation Junction.

In 1990 Mark O'Brien, journalist and poet, had his article, "On Seeing a Sexual Surrogate" published in Sun Magazine.

... more

Seven Pounds (2008)  Very Good
Sex and the City (2008)  Watchable
June 13, 2008

There are some places men just don't belong:

1) In a pink Cadillac going to a shopping shindig -- yes, I know Clint was in a movie called "Pink Cadillac," but there was no Mary Kay decal in the window.

2) At Girls' Night Out at Thunder F ... more

Sex and the City 2 (2010)  Badly flawed
June 9, 2010

Films that are aimed at a particular target audience can cause a critic dyspepsia.

The latest Target movie -- actually more Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergdorf Goodman -- is Sex and the City 2, which is erratically slung toward middle-age ... more

Shakespeare in Love (1998)  Exemplary
Shame (2011)  Badly flawed
Shampoo (1975)  Very Good
Shane (1953)  Classic
Shattered Glass (2003)  Great
Shaun of the Dead (2004)  Very Good
She's Funny That Way (2015)  Badly flawed
August 31, 2015

She's Funny That Way may bring back a rush of memories. Or just a spasm.

It's directed by Peter Bogdanovich, who created several major films, e.g., The Last Picture Show (1971), What's Up, Doc? (1972). And ... more

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)  Watchable
January 14, 2012

Dear Guy Ritchie:

My name is Robin Hood.

I desperately need your help. I need you as a director to do for me what you did for Sherlock Holmes.

I need to be brought into today's world of short attention spans, nonreading ... more

Shifty (2008)  Very Good
October 18, 2012

Shifty is low-key, low budget, but high grade. It's a film about sitting and talking. And drug dealing.

It builds slowly - some may want more action, but it has a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.

Shifty is ... more

Shine (1996)  Better than average
Shining, The (1980)  Classic
Short Cuts (1993)  Exemplary
Shrek the Third (2007)  Watchable
Shut Up and Sing (2006)  Exemplary
Shutter Island (2010)  Better than average
Side by Side (2012)  Very Good
Side Effects (2013)  Watchable
February 11, 2013

Several reviewers have mentioned Hitchcock in their reviews of Side Effects, as though somehow Stephen Soderbergh has successfully channeled the master in his direction of Side Effects.

This is bunk.

Hitch used illogi ... more

Sideways (2004)  Great
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)  Classic
Silence, The (1963)  Classic
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)  Very Good
Singin' in the Rain (1952)  Classic
Single Man, A (2009)  Very Good
February 13, 2010

There's still a place in movies for small, literate, well-acted niche movies that focus on character.

In the cinema of explosions and rampant CGI, occasionally character still matters. A Single Man has character.

Based o ... more

Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)  
Skyfall (2012)  Watchable
October 26, 2012

Here I go again.

Wanting better and unwilling to settle for less. It's a curse. Why can't I just sit on the edge of my seat or stand up and cheer?

At the end of the screening of Skyfall for critics and reviewers, the ... more

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)  Exemplary
Sleepless Night (2012)  Very Good
Sling Blade (1996)  Very Good
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)  Better than average
Smart People (2008)  Very Good
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)  Better than average
Snake Eyes (1998)  Badly flawed
Snake Pit, The (1948)  Very Good
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)  Better than average
June 7, 2012

What's next - Bambizilla?

Snow White and the Huntsman turns the once Disneyfied fairy tale upside down. In fact, in one scene, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) are literally hanging upside down ... more

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)  Classic
Snowpiercer (2014)  Badly flawed
July 6, 2014

Snowpiercer is Throw Momma and the Kitchen Sink off the train. It's a snow job.

Character goes clattering helter-skelter into mile high drifts of icy chaos.

When you go to see this film be sure to leave your shtick detec ... more

Social Network, The (2010)  Exemplary
Soloist, The (2009)  Watchable
May 1, 2009

Just because The Soloist is about a homeless person doesn't mean it should have pedestrian direction. But it does -- pedestrian and clodhopping.

When it was announced that Steve Lopez's book The Soloist was going to b ... more

Some Came Running (1958)  Better than average
Some Like It Hot (1959)  Classic
Somewhere (2010)  Badly flawed
Song of the South (1946)  Very Good
Sophie's Choice (1982)  Very Good
Source Code (2011)  Very Good
April 6, 2011

Ah, product placement.

It's obviously a reason to take a train ride over and over.

At first upon seeing the movie, I thought Source Code might be some new kind of doughnut at Dunkin' Donuts. There's a well-placed ... more

Southpaw (2015)  Very Good
July 29, 2015

Southpaw is MMA.

Mixed Movie Arts, with the emphasis on mixed.

It goes from the highs of Eminem's music to the lows of Jim Lampley's and Roy Jones's boxing analysis.

Southpaw breaks into two parts ... more

Space Cowboys (2000)  Very Good
Spanglish (2004)  Badly flawed
Spanish Prisoner, The (1997)  Great
Spectacular Now, The (2013)  Watchable
August 20, 2013

Writers matter. Words matter.

Except in screenplays.

Screenwriters can't be trusted with novels. A recent blatant example is what Sundance-darling hacks Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter did to Tim Tharp's fine, articul ... more

Spider (2002)  Better than average
Spider-Man 3 (2007)  Very Good
May 3, 2007

You know that the third Spider-Man had to be bigger. The third movie in a franchise goes for broke.

And Spider-Man 3 is bigger, if not better. It's overdone, overlong, and overplotted. It's all over the place.

This does not mean Spider-Man 3 ... more

Squid and the Whale, The (2005)  Awful
Stand by Me (1986)  Very Good
Stanno tutti bene (1990)  Exemplary
Star Trek (2009)  Great
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)  Better than average
May 19, 2013

At its best, Star Trek Into Darkness is majestic and thrilling. At its worst, it is conventional and repetitive.

Director J.J. Abrams takes us on a rowdy thrill ride through bumpy space.

At its best, Star Trek Into Darkne ... more

Star Wars (1977)  Great
Starman (1984)  Very Good
Starship Troopers (1997)  Better than average
Starting out in the Evening (2008)  Better than average
State and Main (2001)  Better than average
December 17, 2001

David Mamet tones it down a second time in the relaxed State and Main

When one has proven himself, he has earned his right to go his own way -- even if its less adventuresome than his past route. Director/screenwriter David Mamet has ... more

State of Play (2009)  Better than average
State of Play - TV Series (2003)  Classic
Station Agent, The (2003)  Exemplary
Stay Hungry (1976)  Very Good
Stella Days (2012)  Better than average
July 17, 2012

Move over Scientologists.

Who says there aren't movies for 60-year old Roman Catholics? Stella Days is making room for a pewful of moviegoers.

Stella Days - set in Tipperary, Ireland - in 1956 and 1957, is ... more

Step Brothers (2008)  Better than average
August 7, 2008

“Step Brothers” is a rowdy, rambunctious, fitful, against-the-wall comedy. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and director writer Adam McKay heave comedy, like spaghetti, against the wall. About half sticks; the other half makes a real mess.

... more

Still Alice (2014)  Better than average
Sting, The (1973)  Great
Straight Outta Compton (2015)  Very Good
August 16, 2015

When one goes to see Straight Outta Compton, he knows he's going to experience violence, police harassment, gang conflict, vicious hostility, and appalling destruction.

What is surprising - despite the galling downbeats - ... more

Strange One, The (1957)  Great
Strangers on a Train (1951)  Classic
Straw Dogs (2011)  Watchable
September 21, 2011

If Sam Peckinpah were alive today and read that director Ron Lurie had remade his Straw Dogs, he would have scowled his famous scowl.

When he heard that Lurie had supposedly tweeted, "one of the reasons for remaking was to turn ... more

Street Kings (2008)  Very Good
Stuey (aka High Roller: The Stu Unger Story) (2003)  Exemplary
Subject Was Roses, The (1968)  Very Good
Sugar and Spice (2001)  Awful
January 25, 2001

Sugar and Spice is more like snips and snails and puppy dog tails

Director Francine McDougall thinks of her film Sugar and Spice as "a sophisticated black comedy." Yeah, right. Its as sophisticated as a Twinkie, and as black as a marshm ... more

Sun Also Rises, The (1957)  Watchable
Sunset Boulevard (1950)  Classic
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)  Very Good
April 17, 2009

Independent films are the stepchildren of cinema.

They often lack the sustenance of normality. They are hit-or-miss offspring.

Because they are outside the immediate family of Hollywood, they lack conventional discipline. But they ... more

Super 8 (2011)  Better than average
June 14, 2011

Like Silly Putty, Super 8 is silly fun.

It stretches, snaps, and bounces. It's as elastic as pubescent imagination.

It may be something of a metaphor for the younger days of the two major filmmakers involved in S ... more

Superbad (2007)  Watchable
Superman Returns (2006)  Very Good
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)  Better than average
Swing Time (1936)  Very Good
Sylvia (2006)  Better than average
Synecdoche, New York (2008)  Badly flawed
December 4, 2008

Writer Charlie Kaufman is the pseudo-intellectuals' "intellectual." He's pompous, self-flagellating and pretentious. So they love him.

Kaufman makes Sarah Palin seem humble.

Kaufman wrote Being John Malkovich, which was a diverting ... more

Syriana (2005)  Better than average
Take Shelter (2011)  Exemplary
Taken (2009)  Better than average
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The (2009)  Better than average
Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The (1974)  Very Good
Taking Woodstock (2009)  Badly flawed
Talk to Me (2007)  Better than average
Talledega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)  Very Good
Tangled (2010)  Very Good
Taxi Driver (1976)  Very Good
Ted (2012)  Very Good
Ted 2 (2015)  Watchable
June 27, 2015

Comedy is a fickle buddy.

It has to be nourished, or it loses its potency.

When you have someone like Seth MacFarlane in the comedy kitchen, you probably are going to lack nourishment. You certainly crave more wit.

Is it Ma ... more

Tell No One (2008)  Very Good
April 3, 2009

A lot of people have stopped going to movie theaters. Going out to the movies is a habit. It's a great habit, but it's a habit.

Today many people wait until a movie comes out on DVD, so then they can watch it at home.

On oc ... more

Ten Commandments, The (1956)  Better than average
Tender Mercies (1983)  Exemplary
Terminal, The (2004)  Very Good
Thank You For Smoking (2006)  Exemplary
Thanks to Gravity (2006)  Badly flawed
That Guy... Who Was in That Thing (2012)  Very Good
The Girl from Monaco (2008)  Better than average
The Humbling (2014)  Watchable
January 26, 2015

The Humbling begins like a Master Class in acting, with Al Pacino emoting grandly.

About 1/2 hour into the film, actress Greta Gerwig arrives straight from her senior class play.

King Lear becomes Glee.

... more
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)  Very Good
May 16, 2012

Question: When is a pirate a lark?

Answer: When he's composed by the Aardman Animations production company and voiced by Hugh Grant.

When Grant is at his best - as he was in About a Boy (2002) - there's nobod ... more

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)  Watchable
March 30, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines is ten pounds of film stuffed into a five-pound movie.

It's an action film. No, it's a police corruption film. No, it's a political film. No, it's a broken-family film. No, it's a teen druggie film.

< ... more
Thelma & Louise (1991)  Very Good
Theory of Everything, The (2014)  Watchable
There Will be Blood (2008)  Very Good
There's Something About Mary (1998)  Better than average
Thief (1981)  Great
Thieves Like Us (1974)  Very Good
Thin Ice (2012)  Better than average
March 15, 2012

Thin Ice is in the tradition of movies that were filched from their directors, recut, changed, and then released in a different, more "commercial" version from what their creative directors intended.

Probably the most notorious case ... more

Thin Red Line, The (1998)  Better than average
Thor (2011)  Better than average
Three Caballeros, The (1944)  Very Good
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)  Very Good
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)  Very Good
Time of Thier Lives, The (1946)  Exemplary
Time to Kill, A (1996)  Very Good
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)  Watchable
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - TV Series (1979)  Classic
Titanic (1997)  Great
To Be or Not to Be (1983)  Better than average
To Catch a Thief (1955)  Great
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)  Classic
To Rome with Love (2012)  Watchable
June 20, 2012

In his latest endeavor, To Rome with Love, Woody Allen goes on a scooter, weaving his way through Rome on a sputtering vehicle.

His bumpy trip hits some potholes on a well-worn road. He's certainly not in the fast lane. To Ro ... more

Tomcats (2001)  Watchable
March 29, 2001

The zipper, the apple pie -- and now, Tomcats' runaway testicle

Tomcats is a raunchy, rambunctious, crowd-pleasing film. It has a scene with our hero chasing after a bouncing, runaway testicle through a hospital that will define the ... more

Tootsie (1982)  Great
Topaz (1969)  Watchable
Town, The (2010)  Watchable
Toy Story (1995)  Exemplary
Toy Story 3 (2010)  Very Good
Train, The (1965)  Very Good
Trainwreck (2015)  Watchable
July 21, 2015

I don't care if Amy Schumer gets laid.

Or my favorite comedian Lewis Black.

Or Dennis Miller. Although he definitely needs to get laid more.

Or actress Mackenzie Davis. Actually, I might be a little interested in her ex ... more

Transatlantic Coffee (2011)
Transformers (2007)  Very Good
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)  Badly flawed
July 3, 2011

Animator Chuck Jones was a brilliant master of comic destruction. It had wit, style, and grace.

Director Michael Bay is a master of destruction. It is witless, styleless, and graceless.

Jones's movies went "beep, beep." ... more

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)  Watchable
July 1, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a popular mixture of absorbing adventure and clattering claptrap. Unfortunately, the latter dominates way too much.

It's machines on Viagra. I'm happy for the machines -- less so for th ... more

Transporter 2 (2005)  Better than average
Transporter, The (2002)  Better than average
Transsiberian (2008)  Exemplary
Tree of Life, The (2011)  Badly flawed
Tropic Thunder (2008)  Awful
Trouble with the Curve (2012)  Badly flawed
True Grit (1969)  Great
True Grit (2010)  Watchable
Truth About Charlie, The (2002)  Better than average
Twelve Angry Men (1957)  Classic
Two Faces of January, The (2014)  Very Good
Two Women (1961)  Very Good
Tyson (2009)  Very Good
May 8, 2009

Mike Tyson is thoughtful.


The documentary movie Tyson reveals a Mike Tyson I can almost guarantee you haven't seen before.

Hardly anyone thinks of former boxer Tyson as articulate and sincere. But director J ... more

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