Tooth Fairy (review)

Insufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from the ruthlessly forced faux charm of a witless, sloppily assembled, lazily crafted movie that believes it can get away with such shoddiness because it’s ‘for kids.’

retro trailer: ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’

Take a look back at an old trailer… It’s refreshing to see a trailer admit it right up front: this is a movie about sex and violence. I bet James Cameron’s Avatar won’t combine live action and animation with the same goofy panache as this flick did. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is available on DVD … more…

question of the day: What movies actually deserve a remake?

Tony Scott’s updating of The Taking of Pelham 123 opens on Friday, and it turns out that it’s a remake that actually makes sense: Technology and practices — in the fields of filmmaking, subways, commmunication, and law enforcement — and culture have changed enough that this new film is different enough from the original to … more…

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (review)

Honestly, I’d pay cash money to see either Neeson or Ewan McGregor on his own read from the phone book, and the two of them together is almost too delicious to bear. His Obi-Wan unfortunately doesn’t have an awful lot to do, but McGregor wastes no opportunity to be brilliant, reigning in a young man’s impetuousness with a Jedi-in-training’s emotional control — that these two opposing forces are at war within him is clear throughout the film.