Kurt Loder

'Now You See Me' Review: Film Can't Conjure True Sense of Illusion

Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me has an appealing comic spirit, and it’s a considerable amount of fun, in parts. It concerns four talented but low-level illusionist-hustlers: one card master (Jesse Eisenberg), one mentalist (Woody Harrelson), one daring escape artist (Isla Fisher),

'Now You See Me' Review: Film Can't Conjure True Sense of Illusion

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Review: Old-School Wonder Powers Prequel

Sam Raimi’s grand and magical new picture recalls the sense of wonder that movies could once awaken in us. Unlike such recent 3D fantasy riffs as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Jack the Giant Slayer (which tanked last weekend), Raimi’s Oz the Great

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Review: Old-School Wonder Powers Prequel

'Warm Bodies' Review: Zombie Rom-Com Brainier Than 'Twilight' Franchise

Warm Bodies suggests what the Twilight films might have been if the Twilight films didn’t, you know, suck. This movie is also a tale of forbidden young interspecies love, but it’s self-aware and funny and really charming. Basically, it’s a reworking of Romeo and Juliet (there’s even

'Warm Bodies' Review: Zombie Rom-Com Brainier Than 'Twilight' Franchise

'Gangster Squad' Review: Soulless Mobster Mash Misses the Mark

January slouches on with the release of “Gangster Squad,” a bloody revision of the old Warner Bros. crime films of the 1930s. The story begins in 1949 in Los Angeles, a city thick with vice and corruption, where snarling mob

'Gangster Squad' Review: Soulless Mobster Mash Misses the Mark

'Amour' Review: Engrossing Tale of Love, Aging and Commitment

“Amour” has already won the top prize at Cannes, and is now Austria’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars. Here, director Michael Haneke, a master of icy appraisal and the unflinching lockdown shot, closely contemplates an

'Amour' Review: Engrossing Tale of Love, Aging and Commitment

'The Hobbit' Review: Fantasy Prequel Lacks Fellowship, Focus

Well, Peter Jackson is no George Lucas, I’m happy to report, and his new Middle-earth prequel is no “Phantom Menace.” But the movie is a disappointment, and not only because it fails to equal the grand achievement of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy

'The Hobbit' Review: Fantasy Prequel Lacks Fellowship, Focus

'Deadfall' Review: Snowy Film Noir Fizzles Out Midway In

“Deadfall” has most of the elements of a good tricky noir: sex, love, doom, death. But the movie is dogged by intermittent listlessness, and it never quite comes together. About halfway in you can tell that the film itself is doomed.

'Deadfall' Review: Snowy Film Noir Fizzles Out Midway In

'Life of Pi' Review: Gorgeous Saga Stricken by Narrative Excess

Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” is more than just a rip-roaring boy’s adventure. Much more, unfortunately. The movie is an adaptation of an award-winning 2001 novel by Canadian writer Yann Martel. The core of the story concerns a 17-year-old Indian

'Life of Pi' Review: Gorgeous Saga Stricken by Narrative Excess

'Skyfall' Review: Sensitized Bond Betrays Franchise's Core Values

With “Skyfall,” the transformation of James Bond from the steely womanizer of the old Ian Fleming spy novels and the early Sean Connery movies is complete. Reinvigorated six years ago in the wake of the first two “Bourne” films, with

'Skyfall' Review: Sensitized Bond Betrays Franchise's Core Values

'Cloud Atlas' Review: Baffling, Banal Misfire from Makers of 'The Matrix'

For a movie so jammed full of stuff–nearly three hours’ worth of it–“Cloud Atlas” feels oddly empty. Written and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run,” “The International”), the picture is both madly ambitious

'Cloud Atlas' Review: Baffling, Banal Misfire from Makers of 'The Matrix'

'Seven Psychopaths' Review: Black Comedy Almost Too Smart for Its Own Good

“Seven Psychopaths” is a movie so devilishly well-crafted that it’s nearly consumed by its own brilliance. The writer-director, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”), is a master of nasty laughs, and he keeps them coming … and coming. There’s barely

'Seven Psychopaths' Review: Black Comedy Almost Too Smart for Its Own Good

'Sinister' Review: Horror Hodgepodge as Creepy as Intended

This movie really did creep me out, bless its scabby little head. “Sinister” is a deft assemblage of genre ready mades–haunted house, slasher, found-footage–bound together in an atmosphere of bleak portents that sometimes recalls “The Shining,” among other, admittedly better,

'Sinister' Review: Horror Hodgepodge as Creepy as Intended