Monthly Archives: June 2011


Midnight in Paris – 7.8

2011-06-19T20:53:28+00:00June 19th, 2011|Reviews|

When a movie has a simple message to deliver, it can do a lot worse than getting Owen Wilson to deliver it. Moreover, he was the best Woody Allen-character surrogate I can remember, channeling Woody's physical moves and intonations without the harsh edge or credulity strain when beautiful women fall for him. That simple message and [...]

Bobby Fischer Against the World – 8

2011-06-19T20:40:34+00:00June 19th, 2011|Reviews|

An impeccable documentary, if there is such a thing, telling the story of chess master Bobby Fischer from beginning to end. The interviews were just the right length: all contributed to the story's momentum and came from people who seemed to know whereof they spoke. The climax of the Spassky match was folded neatly into [...]

Incendies – 8

2011-06-19T20:36:25+00:00June 19th, 2011|Reviews|

The plot, I think, ultimately made no sense, and many steps along the way weren't credible, but the journey itself was powerful and disturbing. The two women actors, especially the daughter played by Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin , were extraordinary, and the overall depiction of Arab-on-Arab violence was hauntingly, and depressingly, real for someone who lived with [...]