|Undefeated (2011) |
February 4, 2012
At its best, Undefeated is a Hail Mary TD pass. It recently received an Oscar nomination as Best Documentary feature. Other times, it's a routine punt.
Undefeated is an anthem of decency and empathy. It's also about l ... more
|Under the Same Moon (2008) |
April 3, 2008
Lou Dobbs will hate Under the Same Moon (la Misma Luna). In the past Dobbs has debunked his roots.
He said, "I have no idea who in the heck or where in the heck my grandparents came from. I don't even care."
Some who are not so dismi ... more
|Unfinished Song (2013) |
July 2, 2013
Unfinished Song is shameless hokum, but it should please its target audience.
It's about Arthur (Terence Stamp), a grumpy pensioner in London, whose beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) has cancer. She has an incredibly sunny ... more
|Unforgiven (1992) |
|Unknown (2011) |
February 25, 2011
Unknown turns Hitchcock into Hitchschlock.
The movie is purring along nicely relying on character and suspense, until suddenly it takes a U-turn and goes on a violent car chase, which shatters credibility. From then on it never reco ... more
|Unraveled (2012) |
April 24, 2012
Unraveled is a con job.
It has the clammy hands of its crooked main figure all over it.
Unraveled is a documentary, directed by entertainment attorney and filmmaker Marc H. Simon, about Marc Dreier, who bilked hedge f ... more
|Up in the Air (2009)|
|V for Vendetta (2006)|
|Vantage Point (2008)|
|Venus in Fur (2014) |
June 26, 2014
Venus in Fur bristles with possibilities - some intriguing, some galling.
Adapted from a play by David Ives, based on a novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, it's stagebound but vaults into multi-faceted imagination.
|Verdict, The (1986)|
|Vertigo (1958) |
|Very Bad Things (1998)|
|Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)|
|Vincent and Theo (1990)|
|Visitor, The (2008)|
|Wag the Dog (1997)|
|Waking Ned (1998)|
|Walk the Line (2005)|
|Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) |
September 29, 2010
Director Oliver Stone based some of his film Nixon (1995) -- an underrated movie -- on Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941). It added to the vision and scope.
With Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Stone may be follow ... more
|Waltz with Bashir (2008) |
March 5, 2009
The Israeli film Waltz with Bashir looked like a sure thing to win the Oscar as Best Foreign Film.
It had received raves; it had garnered more than 90% favorable reviews. It had better distribution than any of the other candidates. ... more
|War Horse (2011) |
January 8, 2012
Every once in a while, one needs unbridled sentimentality.
Director Steven Spielberg and War Horse fill that need. War Horse is a combination of The Wizard of Oats and Gone with the Whinny.
Sentimentality is ... more
|War of the Worlds (2005)|
|Watchmen (2009) |
March 13, 2009
Duck, here comes the kitchen sink -- from Mars!
Author Alan Moore kept the sink secure in his graphic novel Watchmen; director Zack Snyder throws it clattering erratically across the screen in his screen version.
Watchme ... more
|Way We Were, The (1973)|
|Way, The (2011)|
|We Are Marshall (2006)|
|We Are the Best! (2014) |
October 24, 2014
We Are the Best! is as unique as chips and chocolate sauce. It's also as universal as cosmic pubescence.
Set in Stockholm and environs in 1982, We Are the Best! is the story of three girls who join together to create a pu ... more
|We Have a Pope (2012) |
April 16, 2012
Although We Have a Pope is a heady concoction, it may not have mass appeal.
It is part romp, part pratfall, part hymn. It's difficult to get a grasp on the sensibility of We Have a Pope. Where is it going, and how is it g ... more
|We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)|
|West Side Story (1961)|
|What Goes Up (2009) |
June 4, 2009
Usually I'm the naysayer, going against the preposterous flackery of such venal arbiters as Pete Hammond and Rex Reed.
But I find myself giving faint praise to a movie that 20 out of 20 reviewers on Rottentomatoes rated "rotten."... more
|What Happens in Vegas (2008)|
|What Just Happened (2008)|
|What's Up, Doc? (1972)|
|Where Eagles Dare (1968)|
|Whiplash (2014) |
November 7, 2014
Whiplash should "wow" its audiences. It should have them leaving the theater with that word on their lips.
Whiplash is drum-pounding and heart-pounding. It's whip smart and full of emotional lashing. ... more
|White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) |
October 16, 2014
Gregg Araki has lost his sting.
It's a sad loss.
Director Araki's latest film White Bird in a Blizzard is a floundering satire. It's American Beauty (1999) revisited in a flaky, snowy glaze.
It has ... more
|White Heat (1949)|
|White House Down (2013) |
June 29, 2013
After seeing White House Down, you could well leave the theater as I did, saying, "God, that was an awful movie."
But you could have a smile on your face, as I did, because of the sheer amount of nonsense which you've su ... more
|White Hunter Black Heart (1990)|
|White Ribbon, The (2009)|
|Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)|
|Wild Bunch, The (1969)|
|Wild Grass (2010) |
August 29, 2010
In Wild Grass 87-year old director Alain Resnais sows his wild oatmeal.
Born in 1922 (now 88), Resnais was a paragon of the French New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague) in the late 1950s and 1960s.
His latest film Wild Grass i ... more
|Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, The (2003)|
|Wild Strawberries (1957)|
|Will Penny (1968)|
|Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)|
|Win Win (2011)|
|Winslow Boy, The (1999)|
|Winter in Wartime (2008) |
May 4, 2011
Winter in Wartime (2008) is an evocative Dutch movie about a youthful adolescent coming of age in Nazi-occupied Holland in January 1945.
It smacks of familiarity, but has a few surprises that invest it with life, if not originality. ... more
|Winter Light (1962)|
|Winter's Bone (2010)|
|Witness for the Prosecution (1957)|
|Wizard of Oz, The (1939)|
|Wolf of Wall Street, The (2013)|
|Wolfman, The (2010) |
February 19, 2010
To mix monsters -- The Wolfman is one of those films that was put together like Frankenstein.
It's a patchwork mess, but it lives!
The Wolfman had severe problems -- delays, reshoots, a change of director, new edi ... more
|World Trade Center (2006)|
|World War Z (2013)|
|Wrestler, The (2008)|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) |
May 25, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of the best movies of the year - until it Xs out.
In its climactic last 1/4, it loses its nerve and settles for blowing everything apart. At that point, it becomes just another action movie. It& ... more
|X-Men: First Class (2011) |
June 3, 2011
On the surface, prequels may seem to be the final attempt to drain the last dregs from a franchise.
But, on occasion, a prequel can not only revive a franchise; in some cases, it can enhance it.
X-Men: First Class brings fre ... more
|X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)|
|Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)|
|You Kill Me (2007)|
|You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)|
|Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)|
|Zabriskie Point (1970)|
|Zero Dark Thirty (2012)|
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