Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Capsule Movie Show Reviews - March 2010

The Men Who Stare At Goats ** - A briefly funny satire about the Iraq War that never really satisfies as a movie. Some good performances but a very hit or miss affair. Catch The Hurt Locker instead.

2012 * 1/2 - Rolland Emmerich's latest disaster movie is just that. Some nonsense involving the earth's crust and retro-fitted super Arks that will save you if you're either part of John Cusack's family or a billionaire. You're way better off catching up on your 70's disaster flicks.

The Blind Side
**1/2 - A well put together sports drama that perhaps would have benefited from more sports and less drama. Still, it was fairly effective. Sandra Bullock may have stolen the Oscar from Meryl Streep, but if Julia Roberts can have one, why not Sandy...

The Twilight Saga: New Moon * 1/2 - I liked the first Twilight film, but there really isn't much to recommend here. Unless you like endless Slo-Mo and whining about lost love. Quite the hack job by director Chris Weitz.

Precious *** - A surprisingly robust drama with a great lead performance by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe. Monique may have gotten all the attention, but Gabourey is the one who really shines.

Gentlemen Broncos *** - One bizarre movie show. It took me awhile after seeing Jared Hess' third film to really gauge how much I liked it. It's a mix of smart and scatological humor that doesn't always stick, but there's no denying that it's a true original.

The Young Victoria **1/2 - A strong performance by Emily Blunt is The Young Victoria's greatest asset. The film itself is rather a conventional period drama that while good looking, is pretty dull.

Bright Star **** - Jane Campion's latest about the poet John Keats is my second favorite directed film of 2009 after Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. Shame Campion wasn't given the recognition she so deserved. A truly beautiful film.

Couples Retreat * - A dog of movie about couples in beach front therapy felt like a trial to sit through for it's nearly 2 hour running time. Shouldn't comedy actually be funny?

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever *** - A silly, over-the-top mess from director Ti West (House Of The Devil) It works because it never takes itself seriously.... This is after all a sequel to Eli Roth's silly and fun movie from 2002.

The Informant! **1/2 - I ended up liking The Informant more than I thought I would. But even then, this picture really doesn't go out of it's way to exceed your expectations. A fun retro score by Marvin Hamlisch and a good supporting cast make up for it's obviousness.

The Box
**1/2 - I was with Richard Kelly's latest for awhile, but then the movie retreads and ends up in the exact place I feared it might go. There are some good touches here, but the picture's short story origins really show.

The September Issue *** - A fascinating and surprisingly entertaining look into Vogue's most influential issue. You really get an idea of it's subject and the inner workings of a high profile magazine.

Whip It ***1/2 - I really enjoyed Drew Barrymore's debut film. It's part coming of age film, part sports drama and Drew injects a lot of personality into the film. Special nods to the very funny supporting performance by Andrew Wilson and the totally bitchy Juliette Lewis.

Coco Before Chanel **1/2 - Like The Young Victoria, this period drama left me a little sleepy. Still, it's always interesting to see the origins of one's genius put on display so lovingly.

**** excellent
***1/2 very good
*** recommended
**1/2 not bad
** not so hot
*1/2 skip it, buddy
* don't even think about it, mister

1 comment:

The Film Connoisseur said...

Gonna be seeing Whip It soon, that along with Precious are the two that call my attention from that list.

I enjoyed The Box, I thought it was spooky and mysterious, with religious undertones. Frank Langella was great as God or something.

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