MORE THAN A GAME

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

Any filmmaker blessed with such serendipitous narrative riches would be content to recount the not-so-tall tale, but director Kristopher Belman takes it an added step: bringing the larger-than-life back down to a universally relatable scale.


Posted on October 18, 2009 by

THE OMEN (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1976
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 111 minutes

Fox has given “The Omen” a stunning–and appropriately spooky–special edition treatment…


Posted on June 6, 2006 by

HUSTLE & FLOW

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 114 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Everybody gotta have a dream.” That such a banal statement at face value can come to mean something far more profound and inspiring is reflective of the feat writer-director Craig Brewer achieves with “Hustle & Flow…”


Posted on July 20, 2005 by

BRIDE & PREJUDICE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

This take on Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is less effective, but it’s not for lack of ambition on the part of director Gurinder Chadha…


Posted on March 9, 2005 by

SWADES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

SCREENING AT THE SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL, MARCH 11TH! Subtlety nor modulation are not qualities one generally associates with Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, but even more than in his other film of the season, here he reigns in his usual histrionics to impressive effect as Mohan, a scientist working for NASA…


Posted on March 9, 2005 by

RAINCOAT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

If Ghosh’s direction places “Raincoat” under the skin, then his writing makes it linger there…


Posted on March 7, 2005 by

HITCH

HITCH
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 115 minutes

Will Smith has proven to be such an immensely charismatic, easily likable, and effortlessly charming star in a variety of media, I always wondered why no one ever thought to cast him as a romantic lead…


Posted on February 1, 2005 by

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

IN THEATERS! It’s doubtful that this “Phantom” will convert many experiencing Lloyd Webber’s grand opus for the first time “Phans”…


Posted on December 22, 2004 by

LAKSHYA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

A LOOK TOWARDS BOLLYWOOD! While this film is further confirmation as to what an adept technical craftsman Farhan Akthar is, the “lakshya” for his next film should be to rediscover the consistent smarts and soulfulness that made his debut such a memorable and distinctive work…


Posted on September 15, 2004 by

MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON (I WILL LOVE HIM TIL THE END OF TIME)

MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON (I WILL LOVE HIM TIL THE END OF TIME)

In a rather strange move, the one musical number in which Roshan is given the most to do has since been cut from the film and appears on the DVD only as a separate special feature…



Posted on August 31, 2004 by

CHALTE CHALTE (WALK ALONG)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

While moviegoers in the United States eagerly anticipated big-budget sequels and vehicles for Hollywood megastars such as Jim Carrey and Harrison Ford–okay, not so much Ford–this summer, one of the hottest tickets in India was “Chalte Chalte (Walk Along),” starring reigning Bollywood king Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, a superstar in her own right…


Posted on August 26, 2004 by

KAL HO NAA HO (TOMORROW MAY NEVER COME)

KAL HO NAA HO (TOMORROW MAY NEVER COME)

Lest anyone get the wrong impression, however, this is a classic masala film experience through and through…



Posted on March 24, 2004 by

KILL BILL VOL. 1

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 110 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Kill Bill” is probably the film Quentin Tarantino was born to make. The film finds the long-in-hibernation writer-director at his most fiercely cinematic yet, being more giddily creative with the camera and overall visual style…


Posted on October 11, 2003 by

BAD BOYS II

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

ANOTHER VIEW! After the beating he took for his last film, the would-be Oscar bait epic “Pearl Harbor,” “BBII” plays like one huge “fuck you” to his critics by giving them all that they expect from him to the nth degree…


Posted on July 21, 2003 by

FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 90 minutes

IN THEATERS! there’s no use in making sense of a film that takes place in some weird parallel realm where the only solution to a conflict between two guys is to engage in a weird hovercraft/ball/laundry basket duel…


Posted on June 30, 2003 by

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