THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

The original Swedish title of this grim murder mystery is Men Who Hate Women. They weren't kidding! Rape, savage beatings, strangulations, asphyxiations, and videotaped perversion -- not to mention anti- Semitic Nazi serial killings... THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is well-done, if long and bleak, with a large cast of characters who may leave … Continue reading THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

OCEANS

I don't know how much Disney paid these sea creatures for their cooperation, but the performances! Scene after scene of jaw-dropping, how'd-they-do-that camerawork, with the animals patiently waiting for their close-up or tracking shot or cue to do something dazzling. It's shamelessly anthropomorphic, but the eco-threat message is lightly handled and there's mercifully little predator-gobbles-prey … Continue reading OCEANS

THE LOSERS

Forgettable fun with acting that doesn't quite rise to the outsize requirements. Save one performance: where the heck has Jason Patrick been all these years? His "Mr. Big"-style villain crackles with malice, so it's good he'll be around for THE LOSERS 2 (?). That said, an unrecognizable Chris Evans is likable and Jeffrey Dean Morgan … Continue reading THE LOSERS

DEATH AT A FUNERAL

James Marsden and Martin Lawrence are the only sparks of life in this flatliner. Intriguing as it may have sounded, Neil LaBute was the wrong choice to direct given his inability to get good performances out of a killer cast. The comic timing is all wrong, punchlines are misdelivered, and it even gets sappy although … Continue reading DEATH AT A FUNERAL