Sunday, May 6, 2007

Year of the Dog - Movie Review

Year of the Dog (PG-13) 97 minutes A-

Starring Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Regina King, Thomas McCarthy, Josh Pais, John C. Reilly, Peter Sarsgaard, and Amy Schlagel

Year of the Dog is one of the best films I've seen so far this year. It is a penetrating story of loss, grief, alienation, and isolation. Mike White wrote and directed this film, and although it has a different ambience than 2002's The Good Girl (also written by White), it features that same down to earth humanistic feel.

Bonus DVD Reviews

Dreamgirls (PG-13) 130 minutes DVD release date May 2007 B+

Starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, Jennifer Hudson, and Sharon Leal

Dreamgirls exceeded my expectations. Jennifer Hudson was deserving of the Oscar, Eddie Murphy was also impressive. I'm not a fan of musicals, but this film is top notch.

Confetti (PG-13) 100 minutes DVD release date: March 2007 C-

Starring Martin Freeman, Jessica Stevenson, Stephen Mangan, Meredith MacNeill, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Felicity Montagu, Jimmy Carr, Jason Watkins, and Vincent Franklin

A fairly entertaining mockumentary about 3 couples vying for the most original wedding ceremony of the year. Not as funny as the previews suggested...

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