Robert Greenhut

Trust

8th July 2011 -

 Movie Review

Even though this film has a deeply disturbing theme, one of the most frightening things about it is the way it continually threatens to turn into a revenge thriller. But the filmmakers have something much...

Alice (1990)

23rd November 2006 -

 Movie Review

Alice in Wonderland gets a Woody Allen update and makeover in this oddball story of a woman (Mia Farrow) who is stricken with a backache and seeks the advice of a Chinese herbalist/hypnotist, who diagnoses...

Find Me Guilty

24th April 2006 -

 Movie Review

There's a serious losing streak as far as "true stories" in cinema are going. It's an open invitation to drizzle overdone sentimentality and turn crass tear-jerking into box office gold (see Glory Road or North...

Husbands and Wives

21st April 2006 -

 Movie Review

Woody Allen took a turn toward the exceptionally nasty with this bleak yet strangely compelling look at modern romance. Between Mia Farrow and Judy Davis, it's tough to find two actresses that exude contempt more...

Big

19th January 2006 -

 Movie Review

Now an iconic, breakthrough performance for Tom Hanks, Big is 100% cotton candy fun, an Adam Sandler movie with more of a brain and a heart. Even a soul. The story has become timeless --...

Regarding Henry

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Regarding Henry is a sappy three-hankie weeper masquerading as an updated and hip story about a yuppie struggling to find his inner child. That's not much of a choice for any movie to offer. Released...

The King of Comedy

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

The King of Comedy is a wholly original and entirely offbeat, dark comedy about fame, obsessive fandom, and the medium from which they both feed: television. The film careens from witty satire to difficult...

Heartburn

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

The backstory of Heartburn is infinitely more interesting than its reality: Jack Nicholson took the role after shooting had begun, after Mandy Patinkin was fired for not being funny enough.Strange then: Nicholson isn't funny at...

Stateside

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Stateside is interesting, for awhile, in the way that it fractures and places together pieces of several youth-movie subgenres. We have here, at various points, Rich Kid Makes Good; Opposed Young Love; Gaining Character in...

The Purple Rose of Cairo

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

If Radio Days is Woody Allen's love letter to radio, The Purple Rose of Cairo is his ode to old movies. Purple Rose, however, is about ten times as ridiculous, its conceit being that...

Bullets Over Broadway

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Woody Allen puts away the parlor tricks (singing, Greek choruses, supernaturalism) for this straight-up period piece, a fun romantic comedy that, with seven Oscar nominations, is one of his most award-nominated films, tying Hannah and...

Mighty Aphrodite

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

I guess it's true that you can't win 'em all. One of my favorite writers and directors, Woody Allen, just released his 25th film as director. Unfortunately, his recent streak of wildly funny...

With Friends Like These...

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Hollywood farces are always hard to pull off, and this one-joke movie proves increasingly frustrating despite a few bright moments. Robert Costanzo stars as an out-of-work character actor in L.A. who gets the call...

A League Of Their Own

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Ah, baseball. The mere mention of America's pastime brings forth images of fresh grass, sunny days, endless labor disputes and another round of steroid controversy.If you're tired of the ugliness surrounding the summer sport, or...

Hannah and Her Sisters

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

It's not his best, but Hannah and Her Sisters is definitely Woody Allen's second best. The film does everything a Woody film should -- it deals with complex issues in a hilarious way....

Arthur

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

It's the movie we'll forever know Dudley Moore for -- and the late John Gielgud, too, who is put out to pasture about halfway through this classic comedy. "Classic" doesn't necessarily mean "fabulous" in...

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

The sole misfire in Woody Allen's third DVD box set (an otherwise impressive collection), A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy fails because it is almost completely removed from reality in every way. Sure, his usual...

Crimes And Misdemeanors

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

After Annie Hall, this is categorically Woody Allen's best film. A great ensemble production, Allen's primary tack follows a successful opthamologist (Martin Landau, perfectly cast), who reluctantly decides to murder his mistress when she threatens...

Broadway Danny Rose

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

This throwback to Woodman classic has Allen starring as Danny Rose, a two-bit theatrical agent in Manhattan, representing the bottom of the barrel -- including a one-armed juggler and the '50s-style crooner Lou Canova (Nick...

Radio Days

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

In this lighter-than-air outing from Woody Allen, he recalls his fondness for the radio as a child, an appliance that was "always on" in his home as a kid. Most of my generation could...

Manhattan Murder Mystery

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

OK, I like New York. Unless you're from the city, or have ever lived in it, you probably hate it. But, as the opening song of Manhattan Murder Mystery states, Woody Allen happens to like...

Zelig

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Woody Allen is in top form, while taking a substantially different track than his kooky comedy M.O.Zelig is presented as a documentary detailing the life of one Leonard Zelig (Allen), a 1920s cause celebre who...

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