Look at the ‘Moon,’ it cries tears of silver

April 11, 2008 • 0
You might laugh a little and cry a lot, but don’t think this movie will make you ponder too deeply about illegal immigration. Though “Under the Same Moon,” directed by Patricia Riggen, does a lot of talking about the subject, the heart of this film is about the separation and reunion of a boy and »

Haute ‘Whores de prix’ bear a je-ne-sais-quoi

April 4, 2008 • 0
Only the French could make gold-digging look so classy. Amidst diamond-studded watches and glimmering gowns, Audrey Tautou is “Priceless” as an unapologetic social-climbing seductress in this charmingly frivolous film directed by Pierre Salvadori. Irene (Tautou) works hard for her money and haute couture. It’s no exaggeration to say she elevates gold-digging to an art form. »

An entire ‘Day’ of Frances McDormand’s face

March 28, 2008 • 0
Miss Pettigrew lives only for a day, and this film directed by Bharat Nalluri will probably remain for an equally short length in your memory. However, Amy Adams and Frances McDormand deliver deliciously cheeky performances that give weight to a plot line so light it could lift a hot air balloon. Living in 1939, Guinevere »

Toto, we’re not in ‘Save the Last Dance’ anymore

February 29, 2008 • 0
You just might want to be taken to these “Streets.” Though Jon Chu’s sequel “Step Up 2” doesn’t quite live up to its Channing Tatum predecessor, the energetic, urban dance sequences and gritty hip-hop soundtrack are enough to keep the teen dance movie genre hoppin’. You’ll leave wishing you could bust out some of these »

‘Maybe’: Sex-ed for babies

February 22, 2008 • 0
“Definitely, Maybe,” directed by Adam Brooks, is surprisingly the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Though it’s no “When Harry Met Sally,” and its star, Ryan Reynolds, is known more for his relationship with Scarlett Johansson than his films, it will warm your heart and might even restore your faith in the lackluster romantic comedy »

Worth its weight in ‘Fool’s Gold’

February 15, 2008 • 0
Matthew McConaughey has great abs. That’s the only good thing about Andy Tennant’s action-adventure romantic comedy, “Fool’s Gold,” which never really works as an action-adventure or a romantic comedy. McConaughey and Kate Hudson have paired up once again since 2003’s “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.” This time they are divorced couple Benjamin »

‘Spartans’ spoof LiLo’s ‘fire-crotch’

February 8, 2008 • 0
It seems as though the only effort directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer put into “Meet the Spartans” was finally coming up with a more creative title for their latest witless and painfully dull parody. Not so big a challenge, considering their last films were “Date Movie” and “Epic Movie.” The film is so exceptionally »

‘Diving’ floats like a ‘Butterfly,’ stings beautifully

January 25, 2008 • 0
Following a stroke, the only part of Jean-Dominique Bauby’s (Mathieu Amalric) body capable of movement is his eyelid that flutters like a butterfly. Yet he manages to dictate his own memoir, published two days before his death. This may sound like fiction, but amazingly it’s not. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” directed by Julian »

Writers strike, headlines suffer

January 18, 2008 • 0
While Yalies may spend more time reading from textbooks than watching the latest episodes of “Nip/Tuck” and “Gossip Girl,” the effects of the writers strike have undoubtedly been felt on our campus. Antonio Ingram ’11, an ardent Jay Leno fan, had to find other activities in lieu of TV dramas and late night comedy. “I »

‘The Devil’ forswears nada

December 7, 2007 • 0
Murder, sex, money and family — they’re all part of the well-structured, tension-filled crime thriller, “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” By the film’s jolting conclusion, you’ll be satisfied with director Sidney Lumet’s handling of tragic elements and, as an added bonus, your family will seem much more normal than you thought. Though the film »

New Silver Screen revamps lineup

November 2, 2007 • 0
Laughter and loud groans filled the Stiles dining hall as Josh Brolin growled “I’m gonna eat your brains and gain your knowledge,” to the delight of students gathered around the large movie screen. The film was “Planet Terror” by director Robert Rodriguez and the venue was Stiles Silver Screen, which offers free movie screenings at »

Halle Berry has a thing for heroin addicts

October 26, 2007 • 0
In “Things We Lost in the Fire,” drug addict Jerry Sunborne (played by Benicio Del Toro) tells his best friend to “accept the good.” The film may have its weak moments, but it portrays enough honest emotion to at least overlook the bad. Danish director Susanne Bier’s debut American movie initially concentrates on the emotional »