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Brian Miller

Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge Review

The hero of the red-herring heist flick Man on a Ledge draws two reactions from the Manhattan throng beneath his 21st-floor perch on a midtown hotel. The first, of course, is the predictable "just get it over with" impatience of New Yorkers impeded by police barricades. The second is unlikely......

The Grey Review

Click here for "Liam Neeson: Evolution of a Badass," by Eric Hynes. I was told there would be more wolf-punching in The Grey. If you crash Liam Neeson and six disposable buddies in the frozen Alaskan wilderness, there is the expectation — nay, the requirement — that Neeson punch as......

Pianomania Review

A courtier, errand boy, master sound technician, and Steinway rep all rolled into one, Stefan Knüpfer has the unenviable task of catering to the whims and ears of international piano divas. Yet as this politely smiling, endlessly patient German tries to please Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, and other stars, this......

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Review

I believe it was Chekhov who said that if you drive a wood chipper into the forest where dumb co-eds are partying in the vicinity of suspicious hillbillies, that chipper must be used on human flesh. And so it is, though the intentions are decidedly reversed in this bloody, funny......

The Whale Review

Trailing in the gory wake of Shark Night 3D is this gentle, Bambi-level-sad documentary about an orphaned killer whale named Luna who never harmed anybody and only wanted to be loved. Separated from his pod near Vancouver Island, Canada, he begged for human contact and play, posed for photographs, nuzzled......

I Am

I AM If you’re going to see one New Age vanity documentary this year, it might as well be the best-funded New Age vanity documentary of the year. Though comedy director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty) here embarks on a spiritual path that has him shedding mansions and private......

Evangelion 2.0: You Can Not Advance

EVANGELION 2.0: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE Adolescent hormones wash across the sky in magenta waves and kaleidoscopic prisms in the second installment (of four) of this Japanese anime, derived from the '90s Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series. The fireworks above a futuristic, ruined Tokyo come as four high-schoolers pilot giant,......

The Mechanic

THE MECHANIC Jason Statham bares his six-pack before speaking his first line in this humorless, efficient remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson hitman movie. Directed by Con Air auteur Simon West, The Mechanic is all business: the solitary assassin and his mentor (Donald Sutherland), the latter's ne'er-do-well son (Ben Foster),......

A MARINE STORY

A MARINE STORY More topical — thanks to the recent federal court ruling against Don't Ask Don't Tell — than it is dramatic, A Marine Story has its heroine return home under circumstances mysterious only to her small-town friends. Why ex-major Alexandra (Dreya Weber) has been booted from the Marines......

UNSTOPPABLE

UNSTOPPABLE In Unstoppable, an unmanned runaway freight train, laden with toxic waste, is careening across Pennsylvania! There's another train with innocent schoolchildren on the same tracks! Who will save them? Denzel Washington and Star Trek's Chris Pine — that's who — under the direction of hectic action auteur Tony Scott......