The story of Ernie Davis, the first black athlete to win college football's highest trophy, is milked for inspirational uplift – and clichés.
Michael Cera stars in this teen love story that alternates between sweet and touching and goofball gross-out.
Wrenching family drama puts Anne Hathaway center stage as an emotional wreck who creates havoc at her sister's nuptials.
Bill Maher's documentary skewers religion but chooses laughable targets to make his point.
Set in a city where people are suddenly stricken with sightlessness, allegory never rises to level of believability.
The Monitor spoke with the late actor and director in 1981 about selecting roles, plots that challenge an audience, and journalism.
Spike Lee's retelling of World War II's black infantry draws on all the clichés.
In a plot full of glib contrivances, this home-front story of the Iraq war follows the lives of three returning vets.
Adaptation of Palahniuk novel is a dark comedy about sexual addiction and mothers and sons.
Documentary gives even-handed portrait of the man responsible for the toxicity of political campaigns.
Old-style western plays on the camaraderie and courage of frontier life.
Costume drama hangs more heavily on the outfits than the infamous life of Georgiana Spencer.
Thriller set in Brazilian slum captures brutal methods of Rio's SWAT-like cops, but offers little beyond its violence.
Tale of a Chinese widower who comes to stay with his chilly Americanized daughter has quiet suspense and poignancy.
Godfrey Cheshire's family history, and that of the South, takes center stage in this documentary about moving an ancestral plantation to a quieter location.
This modern remake of the Cukor classic boasts considerable star power but could have had sharper claws.
This comedy thriller, the latest film from the Coen Brothers, offers up their signature heartlessness and hilarity.
This coming-of-age story uses a traumatic incident to expose the seamy underbelly of suburbia, shocking and confounding us at the same time.
Our critic dives into the pool of 312 movies and finds what's fresh.
Chaplinesque fable has an airiness that masks its tragic undertow.