Jonathan Kiefer



Transformers: Robots too big to disguise

Transformers: Robots too big to disguise

With that calamitous stateside civil war between shape-shifting space robots now a couple of years behind him, young Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is off to college. It means leaving behind his protective pet Camaro Bumblebee and his girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox), to whom Sam swears he’ll stay true, even though neither of them wants to […]

Brothers Bloom: Joyce, jest and ‘jinks

Brothers Bloom: Joyce, jest and ‘jinks

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s 2005 debut, Brick, dressed high-school melodrama in the garb of film noir, with conspicuously clever results. His new film, The Brothers Bloom, concerns itself with the mechanics of the heist movie, and the deep reserves of fraternal feeling contained therein. It too is clever and conspicuous—and impressively soulful, but only in spite […]

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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 THE BROTHERS BLOOM (PG-13, 113 minutes) Adrian Brody […]

A raise for Management!

A raise for Management!

Writer-director Stephen Belber’s Management is not your average romantic comedy. Well, except that, as not-your-average romantic comedies go, it is sort of average. It is another of those quirky little character studies with more faith in good feeling than in logic, and just enough compassion to suggest that the difference between romance and a restraining […]

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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 The Brothers Bloom (PG-13, 113 minutes) Adrian Brody […]

Laughs will tear us apart?

Laughs will tear us apart?

There’s a moment, about a third of the way into The Hangover, when the drolly uncool oaf played by Zach Galifianakis tries to supply his companions with a little context for the adventure they’re having. “…It’s got Ted Danson, and Magnum, P.I., and that Jewish actor…” he starts to say, in a throwaway line, before […]

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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 Dance Flick (PG-13, 83 minutes) The Wayans family […]

What goes Up won’t come down

What goes Up won’t come down

Apparently there is more than one way to make a movie about a cranky, recently widowed old white man pestered by a bright-eyed Asian kid lingering on his porch. Who knew? No disrespect to Clint Eastwood, who should try working with a few thousand animated balloons just for the hell of it sometime, but Up […]

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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 Anvil (NR) Hailed by Paste Magazine as like […]

Terminator gets a Bale-out

Terminator gets a Bale-out

It’s 2018, and Skynet, the extremely pro-death-penalty artificial intelligence network, is just about finished scouring humanity from the face of the Earth. Robots of various sizes, shapes, menace and volumes are dispatched to eliminate whatever people might be left alive from the nuclear “judgment day” of a few years earlier. Ground control to Major Schwarzenegger! […]

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17 Again (PG-13, 102 minutes) Just as he’s beginning to wonder how his life got away from him, a somewhat reluctant husband and father played by Matthew Perry discovers himself suddenly, mysteriously played by Zac Efron instead. He decides to spy on his kids by attending their school. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Angels […]

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17 Again (PG-13, 102 minutes) Just as he’s beginning to wonder how his life got away from him, a somewhat reluctant husband and father played by Matthew Perry discovers himself suddenly, mysteriously played by Zac Efron instead. He decides to spy on his kids by attending their school. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Angels […]

Girlfriends Past a bit haunting

Girlfriends Past a bit haunting

Man haunted by exes. If this doesn’t sound like a terrific concept, go watch Fellini’s 8 1/2, or listen to a Leonard Cohen record. You don’t need me to tell you that would be time better spent than teasing out the meaning of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. For what it is—namely, a lame and awkward […]

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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? Opening Friday Earth (G, 99 minutes) For Earth Day, which is when it opens, this documentary grandly observes […]

Among the Woverines

Among the Woverines

How did it all start for Wolverine? Which came first: the lumberjack years, or the shady government experiment gone awry? Just when, exactly, did he “become the animal,” to borrow one associate’s phrase, and how much by choice? Perhaps most importantly, under what thrilling circumstances was he first seen from above howling his grief into […]

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Battle for Terra (PG, 85 minutes) CGI aliens (including one voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) and humans (including one voiced by Luke Wilson) struggle with the big questions about the fate of Earth and other planets. Cutely. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4 Crank: High Voltage (R, 85 minutes) Carefully […]

Battle for Terra is human after all

Battle for Terra is human after all

Yes, Battle for Terra is just another CG-animated, science-fiction action fantasy. And yes, it does belabor its allegorical insistence that human beings are stubbornly imperialist and environmentally rapacious. It even has a Planet of the Apes sort of twist, but in this case it’s more like Planet of the Cute, Saucer-Eyed, Gravity-Defying Tadpole People. Creature […]

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Adventureland (R, 106 minutes) Superbad director Greg Mottola sets young love and raunchy humor in an amusement park. But he does it endearingly. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4 Battle for Terra (PG, 85 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Opening Friday Crank: High Voltage (R, 85 minutes) Carefully bearded […]

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Adventureland (R, 106 minutes) Superbad director Greg Mottola sets young love and raunchy humor in an amusement park. But he does it endearingly. Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Che, Part One (NR, 126 minutes) Steven Soderbergh directs Benicio “Mumbles” Del Toro in this lengthy biopic of the infamous Cuban […]

The Soloist raises a holy racket

The Soloist raises a holy racket

As trade for rescue and partial rehabilitation, a brilliantly talented but extremely disadvantaged person of color changes a white man’s life. True story. It’s been documented in a major newspaper, and elaborated in book form. Now it’s a movie, because that’s what stories like this tend to become, especially when they’re true. The only pending […]

Observe and Report, or duck and cover?

Observe and Report, or duck and cover?

The second shopping-mall-security-guard action comedy of 2009, and the best so far (although after Paul Blart: Mall Cop that’s really not saying much), Observe and Report is the one written and directed by Jody Hill, with profanity, nudity (mostly male), sexual content, violence, Seth Rogen and no intention of family-friendliness whatsoever. What its intentions are, […]

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Adventureland (R, 106 minutes) Superbad director Greg Mottola sets young love and raunchy humor in an amusement park. But he does it endearingly. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Che, Part One (NR, 126 minutes) Steven Soderbergh directs Benicio “Mumbles” Del Toro in this lengthy biopic of the infamous Cuban revolutionary. Playing at Vinegar Hill […]

Top of The Class

Top of The Class

The fourth feature from the brilliant, socially conscious and philosophically rigorous director Laurent Cantet is a movie about a teacher in a room full of students.

Adventureland loves the ’80s

Adventureland loves the ’80s

About that title: Yeah, that’s sort of a joke. But is it being a joke also an excuse for the new slice-of-life, coming-of-age, your-hyphenate-here comedy from Superbad writer-director Greg Mottola to lack a real sense of adventure? Well, conventionality has its charms, too. Amusement rides? Jesse Eisenberg and Martin Starr fight job apathy in Adventureland. […]

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12 Rounds (PG-13, 108 minutes) Professional wrestler Jon Cena proves himself the working man’s Jason Statham in this film about a New Orleans cop trying to put an Irish criminal back in the slammer. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Adventureland (R, 106 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Opening Friday Confessions of a Shopaholic […]

March of the dingbats

March of the dingbats

Gentleman, how many times has this happened to you? After four long years in that prom-night-mishap-induced coma, you’re finally roused by your best pal via baseball bat to the face, only to discover that the devotedly vestal sweetheart with whom you used to tag-team elementary school abstinence seminars has bailed on you to become a […]