Movie Reviews

Reviews of lesser-known DVDs, new and old

What the ratings mean:
****  One of the best. You definitely want to see it, perhaps even add it to your collection.
***  Very good. Certainly worth a place in your queue.
**  Average. Consider it if you like the stars or the genre.
*  More a warning than a rating.
DNF  Did Not Finish, and so any rating of mine would be unfair. (Life is short and the stack of DVDs is tall.)
(Half stars indicate wishiwashiness, equivocation, second thoughts and indecision.)


Jolene ** This 2008 festival favorite comes with a curious pedigree. It’s based on an E.L. Doctorow New Yorker short story. In Doctorow’s elegant prose, it’s an emotionally detached tale…

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Mesrine: Killer Instinct ** To call this biopic a French Goodfellas is accurate enough, but it’s also comparable to a recent German import, The Baader Meinhof Complex. Like Scorsese’s film,…

The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days *** Here’s a solid sleeper. If you missed it in theaters, put it at the top of the list. Given the premise–Russell Crowe springs his wife…

The Tillman Story

The Tillman Story *** No matter what your politics, you will be angered by this documentary about the famous NFL star who quit the Arizona Cardinals after 9/11 and enlisted…

Wild Target

Wild Target **½ The English remake of a French comedy is a lightweight diversion notable mostly for the cast. Bill Nighy is an assassin who’s experiencing a minor midlife crisis….

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