Italy Love It or Leave It (Hofer and Ragazzi, 2011)


Italy Love It or Leave It is a modest film, almost modest enough to work. [Read more...]

The Waiting Room (Nicks, 2012)


Peter Nicks’s The Waiting Room is the sort of documentary that advocates on either side of the American health care debate could end up pointing at to bolster their ideological claims. [Read more...]

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (Chiang, 2012)


“The Tea Party does not represent this district, I do.” [Read more...]

Mirror Mirror (Singh, 2012)


But Mirror Mirror has Julia Roberts in it, so it must be a Julia Roberts movie. I like Julia Roberts. I found her charming in Notting Hill and I respect her work in other places. I think, however, her persona is wrong for the material. Her evil queen has neither the icy malevolence to be truly scary, nor the whiff of desperation to be at all sympathetic. [Read more...]

Big Miracle (Kwapis, 2012)


Big Miracle is the kind of film you dread getting assigned to write about as a film critic, you go to by yourself because none of your friends will join you, you growl through the first half, and then you walk out smiling and when a snickering colleague asks you how bad it was say somewhat sheepishly, “Actually, I kinda, sorta, enjoyed it.” [Read more...]

Red Tails (Hemingway, 2012)


Red Tails is an earnest, straight forward, somewhat generic, but easily likable war-action movie that will probably be both overpraised and overcritized due to it being produced by George Lucas. [Read more...]