Just saw Old Boy on On Demand

Not sure what to think about it. It started out really good, but all that trouble to get the guy to sleep with his daughter?Woo-Jin had his motives and apparently lots of money. Now get your hands on a copy of Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, which is the first in Park Chanwook’s "Vengeance" trilogy. You […]

'The Kite Runner'

The Kite Runner (Nov. 2) Okay, so this adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-seller just has to be good, right? I mean, not even Hollywood execs could mess up a book this riveting, right? Relative unknown Khalid Abdalla takes the pivotal role of Amir, while Finding Neverland‘s Marc Forster directs, and while I’m pre-programmed to love […]

'Across the Universe'

Across the Universe (Sept. 28) So here’s one that sounds, well, interesting. Julie Taymor (Frida) directing Evan Rachel Wood (remember when she was on Profiler?) in a period musical about young love in the Vietnam War era — built around the catalog of the Beatles. It looks strange and compelling and maybe great or maybe […]


The word “grind” suggests many things: pulpy chunks of red hamburger meat, steel machinery that makes scary sounds, sleeping teeth, horizontal hips. Delicious, frightening, sexy stuff. Judging by the new trailer, the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double-feature Grindhouse looks like it’ll be all those things and more. The boys seem to have had a beast of […]

'Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (Fall 2005) Can Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson act? It’s hard to tell from this early teaser, which doesn’t quite connect the dots as his character makes the leap from a life of crime to life as a rap star. That said, a brief appearance by Terrence Howard (in theaters now […]

'A Sound of Thunder'

A Sound of Thunder (Sept. 2) The first clip here filled me with dread, especially when I saw the logo of schlock factory Franchise Pictures at the beginning. My fears — that the film would turn Ray Bradbury’s elegant little tale of the dangers of time travel into a big, dumb action spectacle — seemed […]

'Nanny McPhee'

Nanny McPhee (Oct. 21) Emma Thompson looks pretty hilarious as the witchy Supernanny with one long, snaggly tooth. Movie looks like a promising blend of Mary Poppins and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.