British farce meets the ghost of the Carry On series in Blame It on the Bellboy, a lightweight ensemble comedy in which ingenious plotting is let down by weak dialog and stop-go direction that…
Terence Davies' The Long Day Closes is a technically elaborate, dryly witty moodpiece centered on a shy young daydreamer in mid-1950s working-class Liverpool. Pic builds on the basic elements of…
Radio Flyer is a film one would like to like more. Underdeveloped screenplay about two boys' fantasy of escape from an abusive stepfather is sometimes moving but too often distant and literal-minded.
A klutzy would-be comedy about a girls' soccer team, Ladybugs is sexist, homophobic and woefully unfunny to boot. Paramount apparently thought it was ordering up another Bad News Bears, but the…
Final Analysis is a crackling good psychological melodrama [from a screen story by Robert Berger and Wesley Strick] in which star power and slick surfaces are used to potent advantage. Tantalizing…
Awash in sentimentality and manic energy but only occasionally bubbling over with high humor, A League of Their Ownhits about .250 with a few RBI but more than its share of strikeouts.
Although it exists primarily to send an audience into a bloodthirsty frenzy, and has major credibility problems in the bargain, Unlawful Entry still works as an effective victimization thriller.
A dramatization of the 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case unlike any before it, Swoon is a studied, ultra-arty look at a notorious crime as seen through a thick filter of sexual politics.
They should have filmed the pitch meeting for this project: 'Hey, guys, I found a story I bet nobody's ever thought of making: How about a movie on the 1899 New York newsboys' strike? Robert Duvall's…
A charming comedy about contempo L.A. life, Inside Monkey Zetterland is infused with a sophisticated gay sensibility. Although pic is populated by gay and lesbian characters, its broad canvas…
Told from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy, this earnest, languid drama [from a novella by Scott Sommer] might have worked if it weren't so painfully obvious and slow.