'Margot at the Wedding'

Margot at the Wedding, the new film by Squid and the Whale writer/director Noah Baumbach. Jennifer Jason Leigh’s getting married to Jack Black; her sister Margot, played by Nicole Kidman, seems to disapprove. I know a lot of people who hated The Squid and the Whale; they’re all wrong. That movie’s a new classic. And […]

'Into the Wild'

Into the Wild, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s 1996 nonfiction bestseller about Christopher McCandless and his odyssey deep into Alaska. Sean Penn directs, in what the trailer makes clear is an expansive departure from his earlier, smaller-scale movies, The Crossing Guard and The Pledge. Jack Nicholson, unfortunately, is too old to play young, spry McCandless […]

'American Gangster'

American Gangster (November 2): Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe face off in this Ridley Scott-directed film based on the life of ’70s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas. The Denz should be great for a role like this. I like how the cloud of smoke and his stern expression are offset by a graphic of a piece […]

'I Am Legend'

I Am Legend (December 14): It’s Will Smith’s turn to roam a post-apocalyptic New York, and he does it well. There is tall grass in Times Square. There are abandoned warehouses and free games of golf. There’s a convenient steel frame on which Will Smith can do pull-ups! There are not, however, people…. or are […]

'Michael Clayton'

Michael Clayton (Sept. 28) Here’s another promising entry from an A-list star, and the fact that I didn’t stop for a second to consider George Clooney’s hotness speaks volumes about this trailer’s power. (Okay, well, maybe I did for a second, but still…) This one looks like a mashup of The Insider, Erin Brockovich, and […]

'The Brave One'

The Brave One (Sept. 14) The pedigree on this racehorse is pretty exquisite: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, and director Neil Jordan team up for a drama about a woman who discovers her inner vigilante after a brutal assault leaves her hospitalized (and her husband dead). I like how the trailer hints at the […]

'John Rambo'

A production trailer for John Rambo, Sylvester Stallone’s long-awaited fourth mission as the monosyllabic ex-Green Beret , has been making the blog rounds. He may not draw first blood, but starting at roughly 2 minutes in, he makes up for it. He decapitates one guy; blows the head off another; claws the throat of a […]