Author: Pete Croatto

Sabrina

Sabrina

I'm afraid your opinion of Billy Wilder's 1954 romantic comedy classic Sabrina depends on your opinion of Audrey Hepburn. And even if you find her enchanting, a delicate flower, you may have a tough road...

Movie Review posted on 23rd December 2008

Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way, the Christmas-themed 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy, is ideal for kids because it's broad and silly. As for the adults watching, they should make sure their eggnog contains a little extra rum....

Movie Review posted on 4th November 2007

La Mujer de Mi Hermano

La Mujer de Mi Hermano

In examining a woman's affair with her husband's brother, the Argentine import La Mujer de Mi Hermano makes the illicit out to be as passionate and sinful as a visit to the dentist. Lack of...

Movie Review posted on 1st May 2006

Moonstruck

Moonstruck

A good romantic comedy should be a balm for the soul. Moonstruck doesn't provide that. It's quaint and amusing and full of good performances. It's the kind of movie you can watch with your grandmother...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2006

Eight Below

Eight Below

When you see the phrase "inspired by a true story," you assume the accompanying movie will have the intimate perspective of someone affected by adversity. Eight Below, Disney's sled dogs in peril picture, is a...

Movie Review posted on 17th February 2006

Nanny McPhee

Nanny McPhee

Once upon a time, there was a young, dashing movie critic who ventured to see a fairy tale named Nanny McPhee. The critic was scared, as he had done battle with kids' movies. His record...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2006

Born On The Fourth Of July

Born On The Fourth Of July

Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July is not an adaptation of the memoir by Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, though that's what the credits indicate. It's an indulgent style showcase for Stone, who, with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Yes

Yes

Rambling monologues featuring rhyming dialogue. Lead characters named "He" and "She." Camerawork aching to be lauded in Film Comment. A maid serving as a philosophical voice of reason. It's all there in Yes, Sally Potter's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2

SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2

There's already talk about SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 being one of the worst movies of all time. I can't make that claim, but it is one of the saddest movies I've ever seen. The concept...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie

I didn't read Mitch Albom's book, Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent about two jillion years on the bestseller lists. But based on the movie, I can see why so many people bought the book...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Half Baked

Half Baked

Really, how can you hate a movie with a flying dog?The answer you can't. You also can't hate a movie that's as funny and blissfully stupid as Half Baked, the 1998 pot comedy written by...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

L'Auberge Espagnole

L'Auberge Espagnole

A movie like L'Auberge Espagnole should feel like an embrace. You should be pulled into the close-knit environment of seven young, smart, sexy Europeans living together in a Barcelona flat (The title translates to "Euro...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Goodbye, Columbus

Goodbye, Columbus

There have been more than a few movies made about young adults at an impasse: The Graduate, Walking and Talking, and The Brothers McMullen quickly come to mind. Nobody ever talks about the underrated Goodbye,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Die Hard

Die Hard

If I were teaching a film class at a college (a shuddering prospect, I know), Die Hard would be studied the way Citizen Kane and Potemkin are. It's a perfect action movie in every...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pinocchio (2002)

Pinocchio (2002)

It's been about 20 years and some 130 pounds since I saw Disney's cartoon version of Pinocchio (based on Carlo Collodi's book). Though much has happened in that time, I remember adoring that movie. I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

Ah, baseball. The mere mention of America's pastime brings forth images of fresh grass, sunny days, endless labor disputes and another round of steroid controversy.If you're tired of the ugliness surrounding the summer sport, or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Raising Helen

Raising Helen

The poster for Raising Helen features Kate Hudson, in a pose suited for a bearskin rug, sporting shorts shorter than the Hulk's temper and fuzzy boots last seen at the hottest strip joint in Anchorage....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Piglet's Big Movie

Piglet's Big Movie

It's hard to believe that Piglet's Big Movie has made any money over the last two weeks. In an era were kids are used to fancy animation and lots of eye-twitching excitement, this latest entry...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

New Best Friend

New Best Friend

If the people behind the Girls Gone Wild videos were ever to develop a movie, New Best Friend would be it. Beautiful women grind on each other, share long, lingering kisses and (un)dress like...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers has been re-released on DVD for its 25th anniversary. You've probably seen it countless times between its 1980 release and repeat airings on TV, so you know the basics. Still, here are...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Late Marriage

Late Marriage

The man and the girl go to her bedroom. She says she wants to be a designer and shows him her sketches. Her talent is evident, and somewhere beneath her exotic good looks...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Space Jam

Space Jam

As a teenager, when I was rabid New York Knicks fan, I hated Michael Jordan. I hated how smug he was on the court. I hated how he always hit the big shot. I hated...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Concert for George

The Concert for George

In The Concert for George -- a musical tribute to the late George Harrison -- Eric Clapton remarks that Harrison, a longtime friend, would not have wanted this concert held for him. He was not...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Four Weddings And a Funeral

Four Weddings And a Funeral

In the spring of 1994, Four Weddings and a Funeral was an international hit, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and turning Hugh Grant into a star. It was the My Big Fat Greek...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

In the middle of the lousy Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Patrick Swayze makes an appearance as a hotel dance instructor. At first, I laughed like mad over this kitschy connection: Swayze! This was tremendous. Were...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Get Over It

Get Over It

Get Over It at least has one thing that a lot of other high school movies don't: earnest, affable leads. It also has all of the key flaws that make going to teen...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Son of the Mask

Son of the Mask

You may have read about film critics who quit because they just can't tolerate the poor quality of the movies they're watching. I'm willing to bet more than a few threw down their notepads, cursed...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Parents, you have a responsibility. Your kids should not know Julie Andrews just from the two Princess Diaries movies. Luckily, you have an opportunity since Mary Poppins, the movie that landed Andrews an Oscar and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hoosiers

Hoosiers

It's very simple. When you talk about the best sports movies of all time, there is Hoosiers, and then there's everything else.Hoosiers stars Gene Hackman as Norman Dale, a former successful college coach with a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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