Jonathan Kiefer



The Town; R, 125 minutes; Regal Seminole Square 4

The Town; R, 125 minutes; Regal Seminole Square 4

 Early on in The Town, we see Ben Affleck in a Boston Bruins jacket. Then we see him in a Red Sox jacket. But no Celtics, no Patriots. What, not a fan? Or is it that hockey and baseball actually do figure in to the plot, and this is Affleck’s idea of foreshadowing? Rebecca Hall […]

Fall's flicks

Fall's flicks

Wait. Summer’s over? Again? How the hell does this keep happening? Can’t something be done? Well, why don’t we just keep going to the movies anyway? Here’s a handful of films that’ll be playing this fall. M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil. Devil. (Opening September 17; with Chris Messina) If there’s anything worse than being trapped in […]

Going the Distance; R, 102 minutes; Opening Friday

Going the Distance; R, 102 minutes; Opening Friday

Why is it so weird to see Drew Barrymore and Justin Long sharing a bong and making out? And humping on the kitchen table? And having relatively explicit phone sex? Is it just that such supercute people normally don’t do these things in cookie cutter romantic comedies? Is it because they’re together—or were, or will […]

Movies playing in town this week

The American (R, 105 minutes) An American assassin (George Clooney) heads to Italy for one last assignment in the latest flick by Anton Corbijn based on the novel by Martin Booth. Opening Friday Avatar (Special Edition) (PG-13, 170 minutes)  If you didn’t get your fill the first time this mega-blockbuster came through, catch the film […]

Capsule Reviews

Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG, 82 minutes) When a technologically competent kitty goes rogue, the two pet species must bury the hatchet and align forces to save their human masters. Regal Seminole Square 4  Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13, 98 minutes) Disney Channel eye-candy Zac Efron delves into an introspective character whose future […]

Capsule Reviews

The A-Team (PG-13, 117 minutes) From Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan, it’s the inevitable big-screen update of the ‘80s TV action-comedy, starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and some other guys, plus Jessica Biel. Regal Downtown Mall 6 Cyrus (R, 91 minutes) Directors the Duplass brothers escape the transcend the mumblecore scene for this comedy about […]

Inception; PG-13, 148 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Considering what else is out there, Inception could have been the best movie of the summer without even trying. But it’s a Christopher Nolan movie, so of course it tries. Hard. As the logical extension of whatever through-line might be drawn from Memento to The Dark Knight, Inception has all we’d want from Nolan: the […]

Movies playing in town this week

  The A-Team (PG-13, 117 minutes) From Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan, it’s the inevitable big-screen update of the ‘80s TV action-comedy, starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and some other guys, plus Jessica Biel. Regal Downtown Mall 6 Get Him to the Greek (R, 109 minutes) Russell Brand stars as Aldous Snow in this spinoff […]

Despicable Me; PG, 95 minutes; Opening Friday

Despicable Me; PG, 95 minutes; Opening Friday

You worry going into these cartoon flicks. With their bright computerized colors and loud noises and urgent insistence on 3D, you worry that you’ll come out more or less empty-handed, entertainment-wise. That the movie simply will be lame. With low standards in mind, Despicable Me doesn’t disappoint. That is, it’s not really lame at all, […]

Movies playing in town this week

The A-Team (PG-13, 117 minutes) From Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan, it’s the inevitable big-screen update of the ‘80s TV action-comedy, starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and some other guys, plus Jessica Biel. Regal Downtown Mall 6 Despicable Me (PG, 95 minutes) Steve Carrell voices an evil genius whose plot to steal the moon is threatened by […]

Please Give; R, 90 minutes; Vinegar Hill Theatre

Please Give; R, 90 minutes; Vinegar Hill Theatre

Writer-director Nicole Holofcener seems to get better with every film, and now she’s cruising along the well-trodden path of neurotic New Yorker comedy-drama with grace and comely confidence.  Catherine Keener and a cast of excellent women star in Nicole Holofcener’s newest low-key emotional rollercoaster, where a family awaits the death of an elderly woman whose […]

Movies playing in town this week

The A-Team (PG-13, 117 minutes) From Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan, it’s the inevitable big-screen update of the ‘80s TV action-comedy, starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and some other guys, plus Jessica Biel. Opening Friday Get Him to the Greek (R, 109 minutes) Russell Brand stars as Aldous Snow in this spinoff from the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where […]

Toy Story 3; G, 98 minutes; Regal Seminole Square 4

Toy Story 3; G, 98 minutes; Regal Seminole Square 4

Fifteen years may not be a long enough time for wisdom to set in. But where animated franchises are concerned, just making it that far has to count for a lot. Certainly so with Pixar’s Toy Story series, whose long-lived success has always been characterized by a company-mandated understanding that anthropomorphizing playthings can have deep […]

The A-Team; PG-13, 117 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

The A-Team; PG-13, 117 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

Cherish this moment. There will never be a better movie combining Liam Neeson’s badassery, Bradley Cooper’s smarm, the appealing oddity of District 9’s Sharlto Copley, and UFC champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s talent for the body slam. Plus: Jessica Biel. As to the necessity of combining those things in the first place, there is none. Just […]

Splice; R, 107 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Splice; R, 107 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are Clive and Elsa, two fetching young geneticists whose romantic forays into bioengineering go about as well as you’d expect from a movie that names its characters after actors in Bride of Frankenstein. Which isn’t to say that director Vincenzo Natali and his cowriters Antoinette Terry Bryant and Doug Taylor […]

Capsule Reviews

  The A-Team (PG-13, 117 minutes) From Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan, it’s the inevitable big-screen update of the ‘80s TV action-comedy, starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and some other guys, plus Jessica Biel. Opening Friday   City Island (PG-13, 100 minutes)
 A family of oddballs gets turned on its head when an ex-con visits the home […]

Just Wright; PG, 111 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Just Wright; PG, 111 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Just Wright is billed as a romantic comedy, but it doesn’t have many laughs to offer, and not a lot in the way of real romance either. Maybe that’s O.K. The very platonic chemistry between its stars—Queen Latifah as a goodhearted physical therapist and the rapper Common as a goodhearted NBA celebrity—makes them look more […]

Robin Hood; PG-13, 140 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Robin Hood; PG-13, 140 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

 It’s true: There is no reason for another Robin Hood movie. But of course the Hollywood tradition of Robin Hood movies is to keep making them anyway. So here’s Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, another of Scott’s bloated vehicles for the battle-action Russell Crowe. Stealing from the past to give to the present: Russell Crowe teams […]

Capsule Reviews

Alice in Wonderland (PG, 108 minutes) 
Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Carmike Cinema 6 Babies (PG) This documentary looks at the first days of four babies in four far corners of the world. Vinegar Hill Theater The Back-up Plan (PG-13, 98 minutes) In this romantic comedy, Jennifer Lopez plays a single woman who wants to get pregnant without waiting any more to […]