Jonathan Kiefer



Who wants to live forever?

Who wants to live forever?

This disposable horror comedy is nothing more than a popcorn-chomping spectacle of subgenre nonsense. Fun! After the zombie apocalypse, a craven young nebbish (Jesse Eisenberg) and a Twinkie-addicted road warrior (Woody Harrelson) take up arms together against unending multitudes of the undead. Actually, technically, they’re not undead. They’re just really sick, with a really contagious […]

Capitalism: Love it or leave it?

Capitalism: Love it or leave it?

If Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story teaches us one thing about the global economic crisis, it is how much the stunt-documentary gold standard has declined in value. As Moore narrates early on, “This is capitalism. A system of taking and giving. Mostly taking.” Near the end, he says, “Capitalism is an evil, and you […]

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 9 (PG-13, 79 minutes) Bumbling stitchpunks try to save themselves from robotic overlords. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Capitalism: A […]

Does The Informant cooperate?

Does The Informant cooperate?

Officially, he was a “cooperating witness.” Nonetheless, here’s why the movie about Mark Whitacre is called The Informant! In 1992, Whitacre was an executive at Archer Daniels Midland Corporation, the Illinois-based “supermarket to the world.” His job was to determine why ADM’s production of ubiquitous food additive had faltered, and to do something about it. […]

Movies playing in town this week

(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 9 (PG-13, 79 minutes) Bumbling stitchpunks try to save themselves from robotic overlords. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 All About […]

Movies playing in town this week

(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 9 (PG-13, 79 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Adam (PG-13, 99 minutes) The titular character (Hugh Dancy) tries to […]

Got 99 problems, but is 9 one?

Got 99 problems, but is 9 one?

Here are nine things you might want to know about the recently released film 9. 1. There is no more reason to structure a review of 9 as a series of nine points of conversation than there is for the film to open nationwide on September 9, 2009 (09/09/ 09). Numerological profundity is less important […]

All About Steve should've been about Sandra

All About Steve should've been about Sandra

It is reasonable to assume that the delay of All About Steve’s release, from late February to Labor Day weekend, is not a sign of studio confidence. But with Sandra Bullock resuscitated by The Proposal, officially the highest-grossing summer romantic comedy ever, and Bradley Cooper proven bankable by The Hangover, it’s now or never for […]

Movies playing in town this week

(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 9 (PG-13, 79 minutes) A group of creatures—human? Otherwise?—known simply as "stitchpunks" try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, among machines that threaten to wipe […]

Movies playing in town this week

(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 Adam (PG-13, 99 minutes) The titular character (Hugh Dancy) tries to communicate his affections for a neighbor while struggling with Asperger’s Syndrome. Playing at Regal […]

Extract: another day at the office?

Extract: another day at the office?

The movies of the American workplace would be worse off without the skeptical empathy of writer-director Mike Judge. As his cult favorite Office Space revealed what life was like among white-collar worker bees in the ’90s, so is Judge’s new film, Extract, about being the boss of blue-collar rubes today. It’s not a pretty picture. […]

Shorts: Bigger than you'd expect

Shorts: Bigger than you'd expect

You might say that writer-producer-director-cinematographer-co-editor-composer-visual-effects-supervisor-re-recording-mixer Robert Rodriguez has a lot of energy when it comes to making movies. You might use words other than “restrained” to describe him. And if you already figured there’s a special place in the Spy Kids superintendent’s heart for tales of children who find themselves unbuckled from reality and tossed […]

Movies playing in town this week

(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 Bandslam (PG, 111 minutes) High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens stars in a teen comedy-drama about musical high schoolers—who, in this case, have dueling rock bands. […]

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 Bandslam (PG, 111 minutes) High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens stars in a teen comedy-drama about musical high schoolers—who, in this case, have dueling rock bands. […]

Basterds of young

Basterds of young

When revisiting World War II at the movies, it is natural to want to transcend the mawkish and gingerly tedious subgenre of The Serious Holocaust Drama. Efforts in that vein, however noble in purpose or tactful in approach, seem all too easily overpowered and rendered trivial by the enormity of history. Brad Pitt keeps his […]

Movies playing in town this week

Aliens in the Attic (PG, 86 minutes) At a summer vacation house in Maine, a group of kids finds a group of aliens in the attic, bent on invasion and planet domination. High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale stars. Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4 Bandslam (PG, 111 minutes) High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens stars in […]

Ground control to Moon

Ground control to Moon

“My upbringing was pretty weird,” says David Bowie’s son. I know: You’re thinking, “No way.” But sure enough—or so Duncan Jones, the artist formerly known as Zowie Bowie, told the New York Times a few weeks ago. Jones was recalling the formative years during which his father introduced him to the likes of George Orwell, […]

Capsule Reviews

Aliens in the Attic (PG, 86 minutes) At a summer vacation house in Maine, a group of kids finds a group of aliens in the attic, bent on invasion and planet domination. High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale stars. Opening Friday Brüno (R, 88 minutes) Sacha Baron Cohen brings his flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion correspondent to […]

Capsule Reviews

Aliens in the Attic (PG, 86 minutes) At a summer vacation house in Maine, a group of kids finds a group of aliens in the attic, bent on invasion and planet domination. High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale stars. Opening Friday Away We Go (R, 97 minutes) A stellar cast of understated comics provide advice to […]

With a Chéri on top

With a Chéri on top

It figures: Blockbuster season finally yields a movie for adults, and it’s a vignette from a bygone era about the inconstancy of beauty and the dissolution of youth. You can go ahead and assume the irony is deliberate. But even if you try to reframe Chéri as something like a modish cable-network provocation (say, the […]

Capsule Reviews

Brüno (R, 88 minutes) Sacha Baron Cohen brings his flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion correspondent to the American masses. Larry Charles, who also made Cohen’s Borat, directs. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Chéri (R, 100 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Vinegar Hill Theatre G-Force (PG, 90 minutes) […]

Capsule Reviews

Angels and Demons (PG-13, 138 minutes) Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) returns to the big screen to pursue another secret society—just replace “Opus Dei” with “The Illuminati.” Can he prevent a deadly terrorist act from devastating the Vatican? Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Away We Go (R, 97 minutes) A stellar […]

Brüno whips it good

Brüno whips it good

So there he was, getting whipped by the dominatrix at that redneck swingers party, and suddenly the whole cultural moment was weighing on me, as if this were some perverse sort of movie-comedy apotheosis. The film, like that dominatrix’s breasts, is unmistakably unreal but ominously inflated. It’s unsettling to think that the inflation itself has […]

Capsule Reviews

Angels and Demons (PG-13, 138 minutes) Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) returns to the big screen to pursue another secret society—just replace “Opus Dei” with “The Illuminati.” Can he prevent a deadly terrorist act from devastating the Vatican? Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Away We Go (R, 97 minutes) A stellar cast of understated comics provide […]

Johnny Depp fights the power

Johnny Depp fights the power

On the last night of his life, John Dillinger went to the movies. It was the summer of 1934, and Dillinger, the accomplished bank robber and evasion artist, had just enjoyed a prosperous several months as the raison d’etre for our nascent FBI: He was America’s Public Enemy Number One. The first, that is, and […]