North American box office: ‘Up’ up and away

Pixar triumphs again. Is there anything they can’t sell us? 1. Up: $68.1 million (NEW) 2. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: $24.4 million (2nd week; drops 55%) 3. Terminator Salvation: $16.4 million (2nd week; drops 61%) 4. Drag Me to Hell: $15.8 million (NEW) 5. Star Trek: $12.6 million (4th week; drops … more…

Swing Vote (review)

You almost want to hug ‘Swing Vote,’ too, it’s so cute in how it thinks that it’s not too late for all that, that one-man-one-vote really is something akin to, well, maybe nine innings of baseball on a glorious summer’s day.

Dances with Wolves (review)

Dances with Wolves is one of the most visually and emotionally stunning movies I’ve ever seen, a glimmer of another world where less might have been lost if more people had been as open and friendly as John Dunbar. From John Barry’s stirring score to director/producer Costner’s daring presentation of a huge chunk of the movie in the beautiful Sioux Lakota language (with subtitles), this is a majestic requiem for a world that is gone.

Mutiny on the Bounty (review)

It’s well over two hours long, it’s full of inappropriate accents, and it was filmed almost entirely on the ocean. No, it’s not the latest Kevin Costner epic — it’s Mutiny on the Bounty, a thrilling classic that remains surprisingly modern.