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  • 21 Jump Street

    21 Jump Street

    ★★

    Sure, the adaptation of a minor TV show few remember fondly is a weak pitch for a feature film, but that's not the problem with 21 JUMP STREET. Not really, anyway. It's produced adequately, and the effects work isn't bad. But...there's a talent problem. Not that there isn't talent, both on screen and off. It's that the talent is lazy, and attempting so very little.

    Comedians with the ability of (Oscar nominee, for crying out loud) Jonah Hill can do…

  • To Rome with Love

    To Rome with Love

    One of the most inconsistent, insubstantial, and thoroughly insufferable efforts in Woody Allen's career...and if you've seen ANYTHING ELSE, you know that's saying something. A loose latticework of meandering premises, TO ROME WITH LOVE shows only a poor understanding of its exotic locale, plodding from location to location without ever connecting so much as a narrative dot. Adding insult to injury are some of the most overrated actors in modern cinema, indulging their worst screen habits -- Jesse Eisenberg's static…

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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★½

    Ten Things I Learned While Watching INTO THE WILD:

    1. I am able to stay awake through a maximum of seventeen flashback sequences, 42 glimpses of the landscape, and nearly 100 long pauses per movie.

    2. The problem with our commercialized, desensitized culture is its dispiriting lack of human truth, and its obsession with material goods and dysfunctional relationships. This problem can be remedied, however, by trekking out alone into the Alaskan wilderness, living inside an abandoned bus (that apparently…

  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★★

    Arguably the best American film of 2005, Gregg Araki's pensive nostalgia trip, MYSTERIOUS SKIN, deserves a second look -- or at the very least, more attention that it received during its theatrical release. An ungilded memoir of child abuse and the repercussions on two boys molested by their baseball coach, the film has a poetic lyricism that keeps it free of after-school-special didactics. Araki has long been a chronicler of broken youth, but his films have always suffered from a…