Break out the SPF 50! The summer movie season starts in earnest this weekend with the openings of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and, frankly, we could not be more excited. Bank on the next four months being filled up by superheroes, stunted man-children, teenage wizards and an unusual amount of killer Read More
Our biggest pet peeve of the awards season is the platform release. Sure, we understand the theory behind the strategy: studios build buzz by releasing their prestige films into as few theaters as possible, whetting the appetites of every filmgoer with a pulse. Problem is, this year all the films seem destined to be hits, Read More
Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler are doing their research for their current project, Funny People. The movie is to be set in "the world of stand-up comedy," Mr. Sandler revealed last month. "I haven’t done stand-up in, like, ten years," Adam Sandler recently complained in an interview with MTV.
Not only is Mr. Read More
There’s nothing like your first time.
“I’m not going to go into mine,” actress Keri Russell told us last night, referring to the birth of her son, River Russell Deary. (What did you think we were talking about?) She paused, flashed a toothy grin and added: “But it was great.”
Bundled in an Read More
It’s the end of 2007 as we know it (and can we just say in all seriousness … thank heavens!). It was a good year, at least, for the movies … mostly. The early sludge months of Ghost Rider (oh, Oscar winner Nic Cage … your head was a skull and on fire) and Blood Read More
Three and a half years ago, when I got my dog, Lee, from an animal-rescue organization in New Jersey, I could barely contain my fantasies about our new life together. She would snuggle with my boyfriend and me on a Sunday morning! It would be paradise. And it is. She’s a master. She’s even managed Read More
Last week, I wrote that in the largely disappointing year-end movie gridlock, the best was not saved for last. My denouncement was premature. At least three total surprises have suddenly arrived that are intelligent, refreshing, admirable, artistically sound and worthy of the most serious attention. Two of them, Spanglish and In Good Company, are comedies, Read More
“Crude,” “lewd” and “shameless” are three words that pretty accurately describe Adam Sandler movies in general, and 50 First Dates in particular. Like his 1998 valentine The Wedding Singer , this alleged new comedy pairs the liverwurst-faced Saturday Night Live alumnus with fizzy, wide-eyed Drew Barrymore, who makes a nice leavening agent for the ugly, Read More
Josée Dayan’s Cet Amour-Là is not the kind of film I would recommend to anyone who found The Hours too depressing. Cet Amour-Là , from Ms. Dayan’s own screenplay, with dialogue in collaboration with Yann Andréa, Maren Sell and Gilles Taurand, based on the novel by Mr. Andréa, recounts the passionate and scandalous love affair Read More
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love , from his own screenplay, turns out to be one of the most initially mystifying movies I have ever seen, which is to say I was completely in the dark about what was happening for the first half-hour or so, and then very pleasantly surprised thereafter. I have never considered Read More