Archives for June 2008

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THE VISITOR

(BY KEVIN BOWEN) The Visitor is not a movie. It’s a book. It’s a book. Made into a movie. For film critics. Who hate movies. And love books. It has the subtlety and depth of a novella, but not the pulse or juice of a film. It does nothing interesting cinematically whatsoever, which makes you wonder what the point of having a camera is. Writer-director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) simply chose ... more >

DON’T LOOK BACK: THE INCREDIBLE HULK

(BY SAÏDEH PAKRAVAN) Anyone who has seen Fight Club and American History X knows that you don't want to mess with Edward Norton. In the Incredible Hulk, any number of people forget that lesson and make him very angry indeed. The result is not good. For over two long hours, bodies, helicopters, army tanks, chemistry labs and assorted debris go flying through the air with the appropriate deafening ... more >

PREPARE FOR AWESOMENESS: KUNG-FU PANDA

Kung Fu Panda [PG] Grade: B (BY KEVIN BOWEN) Let me first say this: I don’t get enthused by animation whatsoever. Even on the occasions when I recommend an animated feature, it’s usually because of calculated respect, not multivariegated passion. Take Ratatouille, last year’s beloved Pixar release about a gourmet-minded French mouse. I can see the technical brilliance of it. But I couldn’t stand ... more >

TARSEM SINGH’S THE FALL

Grade: B Director: Tarsem Singh Cast: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru How many movies must a director make before we can say he has a definitive visual style? In the case of Tarsem Singh, that number might well be two (although a string of striking 1990s musical videos certainly helps establish his reputation). His involving images dwell in strong blues, reds, and purples, swimming in often sandy ... more >