Jonathan Kiefer



Capsule Reviews

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel! (PG, 89 minutes) The Chipmunks flick that will likely appeal to the High School Musical crowd, thanks to the debut of the Chipettes! Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4 Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the story […]

Capsule Reviews

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel! (PG, 89 minutes) The Chipmunks flick that will likely appeal to the High School Musical crowd, thanks to the debut of the Chipettes! Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4 Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the story […]

Capsule Reviews

2012 (PG-13, 158 minutes) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and John Cusack feels fine. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the story of a Marine (Sam Worthington) sent to the planet Pandora on an undercover mission that […]

Up in the Air: Why come down?

Up in the Air: Why come down?

Up in the Air has a marvelous premise. It says: Imagine getting fired—and not directly by your boss, but by George Clooney on behalf of your boss. O.K., not Clooney exactly, but close. It’s him playing the part of Ryan Bingham, roving downsizer, despoiler of livelihoods. “Career transition counselor” is how he’d put it, elaborating […]

Eastwood doesn’t play games in Invictus

Eastwood doesn’t play games in Invictus

Just try not to think of Clint Eastwood’s new film as cultural colonialism, and everything will be fine. “Unconquerable” is what that title means, as in “Out of the night that covers me,/Black as the Pit from pole to pole,/I thank whatever gods may be/For my unconquerable soul.” Written in 1875 by the British poet […]

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2012 (PG-13, 158 minutes) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and John Cusack feels fine. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Armored (PG-13, 88 minutes) In this actioner from the director of Vacancy, Matt Dillon plays an armored truck driver who gets caught up in a big heist. Columbus Short co-stars. Playing […]

Capsule Reviews

2012 (PG-13, 158 minutes) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and John Cusack feels fine. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Armored (PG-13, 88 minutes) In this actioner from the director of Vacancy, Matt Dillon plays an armored truck driver who gets caught up in a big heist. Columbus Short co-stars. Playing […]

Oh, Brothers, where art thou?

Oh, Brothers, where art thou?

In Brothers, a cadaverously thin Tobey Maguire plays an upright Marine gone missing and presumed dead in Afghanistan, leaving his wife to be looked after by his delinquent kid brother. But the wife is played by Natalie Portman, and the brother is played by Jake Gyllenhaal. So that’s some easy looking, both before and after. […]

An Education’s lessons in class

An Education’s lessons in class

What a mixed blessing that Carey Mulligan’s stardom should begin here, with the transitory pleasure of an awards-season dido, veiled in the nostalgic mist of inevitable Audrey Hepburn associations and other more current modes of media infatuation. Certainly Mulligan wears the burden well, carrying An Education without hoarding it, and giving off enough dimpled radiance […]

Capsule Reviews

2012 (PG-13, 158 minutes) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and John Cusack fees fine. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Armored (PG-13, 88 minutes) In this actioner from the director of Vacancy, Matt Dillon plays an armored truck driver who gets caught up in a big heist. Columbus Short co-stars. Opening […]

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2012 (PG-13, 158 minutes) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and John Cusack fees fine. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 The Blind Side (PG-13, 126 minutes) A troubled black kid (Quinton Aaron) from a ruined family gets taken in by a wealthy white Tennessee couple (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw), whose […]

The apocalypse less traveled

The apocalypse less traveled

At last, the long-delayed, Viggo Mortensen-intensive adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, about a man and his young son wandering through a glumly gritty post-apocalyptic world, has arrived. Just in time for the holiday season! Here is a movie to remind you that you’ve got a lot to be thankful for. From Lord of the Rings […]

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2012 (PG-13, 158 minutes) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and John Cusack fees fine. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Amelia (PG, 111 minutes) Hilary Swank embodies airborne Earhart in this fall’s hot historical epic. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Astro Boy (PG, 94 minutes) […]

2012 has got your number

2012 has got your number

Not to be confused with 2010, the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, nor with 2112, the dippy and vaguely Ayn Rand-influenced but nonetheless ass-kicking hard rock album by Canadian power trio Rush, 2012 is a new disaster epic from disaster-epic enthusiast Roland Emmerich, and presumably the disaster epic to end all disaster epics. At […]

Capsule Reviews

2012 (PG-13, 158 minutes) It’s the end of the world as we know it, and John Cusack fees fine. Opening Friday Amelia (PG, 111 minutes) Hilary Swank embodies airborne Earhart in this fall’s hot historical epic. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 The Box (PG-13, 115 minutes) Cameron Diaz and […]

Pirate Radio rocks the boat

Pirate Radio rocks the boat

The movie formerly known as The Boat That Rocked was made to change its name for American audiences, and now goes by Pirate Radio. It should not be confused with the 2006 documentary Pirate Radio USA. In France, it is called Good Morning England. In Italy, I Love Radio Rock. Germany: Radio Rock Revolution. To […]

Dude, where are the Coen brothers?

Dude, where are the Coen brothers?

As an exercise in futility—a Coen-brothers-appreciation primer if ever there was one—let’s imagine what might have happened had A Serious Man been made by gentiles or, Hashem forbid, by Arabs. Under those circumstances, it might be called the most anti-Semitic film of the year. Over the line! Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg, right) goes through a […]

Capsule Reviews

Amelia (PG, 111 minutes) Hilary Swank embodies airborne Earhart in this fall’s hot historical epic. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Astro Boy (PG, 94 minutes) A sort of Pinocchio for the 22nd century, about a rocket child created in his father’s image who blasts off to save the world. […]

Capsule Reviews

Amelia (PG, 111 minutes) Hilary Swank embodies airborne Earhart in this fall’s hot historical epic. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Opening Friday Capitalism: A Love Story (R, 127 minutes)  Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Vinegar Hill Theatre Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (PG-13, 108 minutes) Suddenly, freak is chic. A young boy […]

Is Amelia ready for takeoff?

Is Amelia ready for takeoff?

“Flying lets me move in three dimensions,” she says early on. Well, so does standing on an escalator and scooching over to get out of someone else’s way. But flying is supposed to be more exciting than that. So it’s strange that the first few stolid scenes of Amelia suggest otherwise. Come fly with me: […]

Capsule Reviews

Amelia (PG, 111 minutes) Hilary Swank embodies airborne Earhart in this fall’s hot historical epic. Opening Friday Astro Boy (PG, 94 minutes) A sort of Pinocchio for the 22nd century, about a rocket child created in his father’s image who blasts off to save the world. Opening Friday Capitalism: A Love Story (R, 127 minutes)  […]

Can Wild Things make your heart sing?

Can Wild Things make your heart sing?

A classic by all accounts, and an unimprovable symbiosis of form and content, Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s book Where the Wild Things Are ranks very high among “Oh no they didn’t” fodder for movie adaptation. But Spike Jonze is the director, and Dave Eggers is Jonze’s co-writer, and it’s not wrong to wonder what they […]

Capsule Reviews

(500) Days of Summer (PG-13, 95 minutes) Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are a starry-eyed odd couple who go through a narratively chopped break-up. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Capitalism: A Love Story (R, 127 minutes)  Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Vinegar Hill Theatre Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG, 81 […]

Couples Retreat; PG-13, 107 minutes; Opening Friday

Couples Retreat; PG-13, 107 minutes; Opening Friday

Early on in Couples Retreat, Vince Vaughn’s character finds himself in a housewares store, where his young son has used a toilet meant for display only. “There’s not a lot to say,” Vaughn forthrightly tells a galled store clerk, by way of apology. That’s pretty much what it’s like to review Couples Retreat. When confronted […]

Capsule Reviews

(500) Days of Summer (PG-13, 95 minutes) Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are a starry-eyed odd couple who go through a narratively chopped break-up. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Capitalism: A Love Story (R, 127 minutes)  Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Vinegar Hill Theatre Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG, 81 […]