Friday, July 2, 2010



* Cyrus, another uneven Duplass Bros. movie is elevated by excellent performances. Marisa Tomei, I'd write you a good script if you ever wanted one. Call me.

* Get Him to the Greek, in which lightning strikes twice for Russell Brand playing his Sarah Marshall-character Aldous Snow. Hysterical hijinx ensue!

* Knight & Day, a genre mash-up with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz that is as surprising as it is likable. James Mangold directs.

* Micmacs, the new Jean-Pierre Jeunet combines Looney Tunes with Jacques Tati.

* Splice, a weird and somewhat confounding sci-fi thriller with Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. It's not the movie they are selling you in the trailers, and I think it's actually better than what the marketers want you to think it is.

* Toy Story 3, another winner from Pixar, though I admit to maybe liking it a little less than expected. I feel like a lot of the movie was already done in that Simpsons episode where Maggie went to the Ayn Rand School for Tots. (Joke!)


* Le Combat dans l'ile, a lost film from the French New Wave starring Romy Schneider.

* Hung: The Complete First Season, another winner from HBO. Thomas Jane is great as the unlikely gigolo in this dramedy from producer Alexander Payne.

* Life on Mars - The Complete Collection, the excellent time-travel cop show from England now all in one set.

* Mad About You: The Complete Fourth Season, the Paul Reisher/Helen Hunt television series has a banner year. One of the best of the sitcom format.

* The Maid, a dark Chilean dramedy about the social classes and one woman's sacrifice to and redemption within the same.

* Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, a so-so music biopic about Ian Dury.

* A Single Man, one of my favorite movies of last year, Tom Ford's film is now on DVD.

* Soul of a People, a fascinating Smithsonian Network documentary on the Federal Writers Project and the New Deal. Put me to work, FDR, I'm ready!

* Stolen, Jon Hamm's chin can only do so much for this undercooked mystery.

* Tom & Jerry: Deluxe Anniversary Collection, a poor excuse for a cartoon double-dip. Warners can never get these Tom and Jerry sets right.

* Youth in Revolt, a movie most missed in the theatres. Michael Cera is great in this spirited take on teen angst.

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