Emily Watson

Two films from last year that both employ odd narration strategies couldn’t be farther apart in tone, actually. Here’s a review of American Hustle and The Book Thief, new out on Blu-ray now:


Usually once a year a film comes along that I find utterly despicable. These films usually come from exceptionally talented directors, and are so manipulative and ridiculous that they show an utter disdain for the audience.

‘War Horse,’ the newest of these films, has arrived.


‘Punch Drunk Love’ is the best movie Adam Sandler will ever be in. Why does it have to be this way? Phil Fava explains in Overlooked Movie Monday.


Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is a new stop-motion animation feature in the vein of the cult favorite Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Both feature a similarly conventional love story, and both are set in the reliably marketable director’s trademark fairy-tale world. The demands of the stop-motion method keep Corpse Bride at a brief 78 [...]