Movie ReviewsReviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.
Man's Best Frenemy: J.R. Ackerley, voiced by Christopher Plummer, was a misfit loner who -- after getting fed up with his German shepherd's improper attachment to his trouser leg -- set out to find a species-appropriate mate for his pet.
New Yorker Films
Ghost Of Heists Past: Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris (second from left, with Michael Ealy, Idris Elba and Paul Walker) plays a just-out-of-jail thief who approaches his former crew with the chance to pull one last job — and snag more money than ever before.
Suzanne Tenner/Screen Gems Inc.
Like Father, Like Daughter: All ML (Karin Viard) wants is to throw a successful dinner party. But her efforts keep getting foiled, thanks to unforeseen complications -- such as her long-absent dad, Henri (Pierre Arditi), showing up unexpectedly.
A Gallic Bonnie And Clyde: The vicious gangster Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassell) flees to Quebec with his mistress (Cecile de France) in the riveting Mesrine: Killer Instinct.
Music Box Films
Righteous Retribution: Saturnina (Magaly Solier) is a Peruvian villager whose fiance dies after being exposed to toxic mercury, which goes on to sicken other members of her Andes village.
Carl De Keyzer/MAGNUM
Separation Anxiety: Co-screenwriter Adam Bousdoukos (right) plays Zinos, whose bad week gets worse when girlfriend Nadine (Pheline Roggan) decides to accept a job in Shanghai.
She's Ready For Her Close-Up: Once again, Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson plays dress-up as Nanny McPhee, a magical caretaker whose appearance becomes less forbidding as her charges learn to behave.
A Martyr For The Cause: On an Army form, Tillman had specifically declined the option of a military funeral, aware that his celebrity might make it easy for the Army to turn his death into a propaganda tool.
The Weinstein Co.
A Seminal Moment: Jason Bateman stars as Wally, a hapless specimen who accidentally tips over a very important sample cup -- then impulsively decides to replace the spillage with something locally sourced.
Macall Polay/BAster Productions, LLC
Rocky's Got A Gun: Sylvester Stallone (right) returns to the big screen in The Expendables, alongside action-movie veterans including Jet Li (left) and Dolph Lundgren (center).
Donna Corleone: Jacki Weaver (right, with Sullivan Stapleton) plays the matriarch of a Melbourne-based crime family in a performance that critic Bob Mondello hails as hard to top for its sheer cold-bloodedness.
John Tsiavis/Sony Pictures Classics