Wednesday, July 18, 2007

"The Camden 28" (2007)

"Like many liberal-minded activist documentaries, The Camden 28 has its heart in the right place, but its mind seems to wander. The play-by-play explanation of how they cased the building and planned the robbery is inspiring (if not educational), yet the recreation of the trial nearly 30 years later seems to lack the expected vigor."

Read my review of The Camden 28 (2007) here at The L Magazine online.

"I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" (2007)

"I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is shamelessly offensive, and it makes no apologies for the endless parade of gay jokes, fat jokes, gay fat jokes, and assorted humor about farts, bondage, boobies, and anything else your 13-year-old nephew has on his mind. Thirty minutes of this movie will bring the chuckling, immature inner bigot out of even the most staunchly mature liberal."

Read my review of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) here at The L Magazine online.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

"Drama/Mex" (2006)

"With echoes of the moral ambiguity of Eric Rohmer and the emotional torrents of John Cassavetes, Gerardo Naranjo’s probing second feature, Drama/Mex, is an urgent and melancholic look at emotional entrapment as it affects five people over the course of one day in Acapulco."

Click here to read my review of Drama/Mex (2006) at The L Magazine online.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

"Introducing the Dwights" (2007)

For all its cathartic kicking and screaming (and drinking and blubbering), there’s not much of a story here, just a lot of conventional wisdom about growing up and growing older, that we’ve all seen and heard before. At her best, Brenda Blethyn’s performance borders on Mommie Dearest-territory, but every potentially interesting dark undertone is erased by a cringe-inducing happy ending that is all too reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine.

Read my review of Introducing the Dwights (2007) here at The L Magazine online.