because there’s nary a dentist to be found in England…

Tom Charity, in his review of Valentine’s Day at CNN.com, makes the comparison that everyone is making: it’s an American version of Love Actually. It’s a totally fair criticism, but the way he does it is stupid, lazy, and just plain unfactual: The reality is forgettable, something like a Robert Altman movie without the calories, … more…

Love Actually (review)

You know me. You know I hate romantic comedies, mostly. You know I think they tend to be phony, they tend to show off the worst sides of both men and women, and they tend to be neither romantic nor comedic. So you gotta be suspecting that a film billed as ‘the ultimate romantic comedy’ would have me running screaming in opposite direction as if my life depending upon escape.

About a Boy (review)

I so wanted to be able to reduce About a Boy to One Man and a Baby or ‘Big Daddy’ Meets ‘Notting Hill.’ I was so prepared to whip off a snark-laden diatribe against Hugh Grant’s Annoying Tics Find True Love. But I can’t. Cuz this is an actual grownup-type movie about figuring out that … more…