Toddy Burton

Adapted from Gabriel García Márquez's masterpiece, Love in the Time of Cholera is a painful mess. more

Nov 16, 2007 4:00 PM Movies

Over the years, Frank Oz has successfully turned out bizarre camp (Little Shop of Horrors), classic comedy (What About Bob?) and brilliant satire (Bowfinger). In Death at a Funeral, he tackles British farce. Take one rolling country house; insert one big extended family; add a touch of personal tragedy, a bit of resentment and a generous portion of dysfunction. Stir well. The result is a comedy that's refreshing in its courage to just have fun. more

Aug 17, 2007 3:03 PM Movies

Jane Austen could spot a phony. Her novels - including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility - frequently expose impostors and the trouble they cause. As a result, Austen would not have been a fan of Becoming Jane. more

Aug 10, 2007 4:00 PM Movies

The concept for Gracie was developed by Andrew Shue and director Davis Guggenheim, who were inspired by the true story of the Shue family (Elisabeth and Andrew both act in the film, and Guggenheim is Elisabeth's husband). To honor the family's story, Gracie is earnest and loving, but that doesn't make for a good movie. more

May 31, 2007 2:05 PM Movies

If you like your British movies quick, raunchy, reflective and bittersweet, then The History Boys is for you. more

Dec 28, 2006 5:13 PM Movies

A film jam-packed with talented comedians (David Cross, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller) would seem a slam-dunk opportunity for big laughs. I don't know how they managed it, but School for Scoundrels is completely forgettable. Jon Heder plays a shy meter maid named Roger. His career is essentially a one-note gag, resulting in a mild chuckle as he chugs along in his meter-mobile at 5 mph. But the chuckle quickly turns into a sigh when you realize there aren't any good jokes coming any time soon. more

Sep 28, 2006 3:37 PM Reviews

Silly, inconsistent and completely frivolous, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby also happens to be one of the funniest movies this side of 2006. Director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) returns with a paint-by-numbers plot and a star (Will Ferrell) performing well-rehearsed tricks. more

Aug 10, 2006 9:03 PM Reviews