Darling Companion (2012)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - April 27th, 2012 - Movie Reviews

Darling Companion is so intent on not taking anyone to task or coming up with sights or sounds an audience might find potentially off-putting it ends up swimming in some incredibly banal waters.

Darling Companion is so intent on not taking anyone to task or coming up with sights or sounds an audience might find potentially off-putting it ends up swimming in some incredibly banal waters.

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - April 27th, 2012 - Movie Reviews

As courtships go, The Five-Year Engagement didn’t have enough oomph to get me to the alter, making me something of a runaway bride as I exited the theatre and found myself wishing I would have eloped with a different motion picture altogether.

As courtships go, The Five-Year Engagement didn’t have enough oomph to get me to the alter, making me something of a runaway bride as I exited the theatre and found myself wishing I would have eloped with a different motion picture altogether.

Friends with Kids (2011)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 9th, 2012 - Movie Reviews

If not for a final scene that left me vacillating between perplexed, bewildered, enchanted and annoyed (not necessarily in the that order), I’d probably be calling Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut Friends with Kids an early contender for one of 2012’s best films.

If not for a final scene that left me vacillating between perplexed, bewildered, enchanted and annoyed (not necessarily in the that order), I’d probably be calling Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut Friends with Kids an early contender for one of 2012’s best films.

Beauty and the Beast (1946) (Criterion Collection)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - July 10th, 2011 - Blu-ray and DVD

Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast is a true classic in every sense of the word.

Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast is a true classic in every sense of the word.

The Edge of Heaven (2007)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - June 6th, 2008 - Film Festivals Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

The Edge of Heaven isn’t just a movie to watch, it’s also one to cherish.

The Edge of Heaven isn’t just a movie to watch, it’s also one to cherish.

Atonement (2007)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 7th, 2007 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

Atonement is a revelation, maybe even an instant classic.

Atonement is a revelation, maybe even an instant classic.

Elizabethtown (2005)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - October 14th, 2005 - Movie Reviews

I can’t help but think that the vibe Elizabethtown generates and the mood it creates are both only going to get better with time.

I can’t help but think that the vibe Elizabethtown generates and the mood it creates are both only going to get better with time.

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 3rd, 2004 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

Always an astonishing visual craftsman, House of Flying Daggers is as impressive as anything Yimou’s ever done. The shifting colors and landscapes flow in and out of one another like a dreamy netherworld, while the tiniest woodland sounds sparkle and hum with the majesty of a symphonic orchestra.

Always an astonishing visual craftsman, House of Flying Daggers is as impressive as anything Yimou’s ever done. The shifting colors and landscapes flow in and out of one another like a dreamy netherworld, while the tiniest woodland sounds sparkle and hum with the majesty of a symphonic orchestra.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 19th, 2004 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

It’s a beautiful screenplay overflowing with moments of such sudden, tight-fisted insanity that frequently knocked my socks off, all of its coupled with a poignant purity that’s beyond terrific. As early-year movies go, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind isn’t just a surprise, it’s a bona fide cinematic miracle I’m not ever going to forget.

It’s a beautiful screenplay overflowing with moments of such sudden, tight-fisted insanity that frequently knocked my socks off, all of its coupled with a poignant purity that’s beyond terrific. As early-year movies go, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind isn’t just a surprise, it’s a bona fide cinematic miracle I’m not ever going to forget.

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