Like Streep, I smiled a lot.
I prefer to avoid using the term 'chick flick,' which is not only sexist but way past its sell-by date, but I'm assuming everyone knows what I mean when I describe It's Complicated as a comedy made for a predominantly female audience – and, as it...
Half-baked comedy barely whets the appetite.
The combination of Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in the intersecting tales of the famous chef/author and the blogger who worshipped her could have been the recipe for a richly-appetising comedy. But Julie & Julia is a half-baked effort due to an...
Religion gets a reality check.
What do you do when you’re not sure? A socially progressive new pastor asks this of his flock in the opening scenes of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, in a dramatic device that paves the way for a broad range of responses from individuals plagued...
Broad treatment skips finer details of Thatcher's rule.
As Margaret Thatcher, the unyielding British Prime Minister who forcefully remade the country she loved between 1979 and 1990, Meryl Streep delivers a fearsomely accurate portrayal: she has the curt voice undercut by a tinge of playful self...
The great strength of director Wes Anderson is his eye for the eccentric and his ear for droll, naturalistic line delivery. It has served him well in all his films and he embraces it yet again, though to diminishing returns, in his adaptation of...