Thoughtful reviews, the Boulder film scene

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The Life Aquatic becomes more dear and more impressive the more you learn about it —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

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Robert De Niro

  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

    Cooper reads from the Silver Linings Playbook Review by Robert Denerstein: Love is not perfect, but it beats the next best thing

  • Limitless (2011)

    Cooper's transformation is Limitless Review by Robert Denerstein: Moves so fast you don't have time to think

  • Stone (2010)

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Stone sinks under weight of its pretensions

    Review by Matt Anderson: This drama has an interesting message lurking in the darkness.

  • Everybody's Fine (2009)

    Beckinsale and De Niro are Fine Review by Robert Denerstein: For all the traveling Frank does, the movie takes us nowhere we haven't been

  • What Just Happened (2008)

    DeNiro as movie producer tries to spin What Just Happened Review by Marty Mapes: Polished, coherent, rich with internal consistency... and sacrilegious for believers in The Movies

  • Meet the Fockers (2004)

    You met the parents, now Meet the Fockers Review by Matt Anderson: Could've used a lot more wit and a lot less ...

  • Shark Tale (2004)

    Smith and Zellweger get a Shark Tale makeover Review by Matt Anderson: Like sushi, will appeal to a certain taste, but most children will squirm

  • Godsend (2004)

    Even De Niro, usually a Godsend, is not enough Review by Marty Mapes

  • Analyze That (2002)

    Analyze That Crystal Review by Marty Mapes: Analyze That is successful, thanks almost entirely to the efforts of Crystal and De Niro

  • City by the Sea (2002)

    De Niro and McDormand visit the City by the Sea Review by Marty Mapes: De Niro salvages what is otherwise just another conventional cop drama

  • Showtime (2002)

    It's Showtime for Murphy and De Niro Review by Matt Anderson: DeNiro and Murphy elevate Showtime above the riff-raff of buddy cop movies

  • The Score (2001)

    DeNiro perfects The Score Review by Richard Sharp: Good entertainment that, given the talent involved, should have been great

  • Men of Honor (2000)

    Man of Honor Cuba Gooding, Jr. Review by Marty Mapes: Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro rescue a drowning plot

  • Meet the Parents (2000)

    Meet Robert De Niro Review by Matt Anderson: An extremely well-made comedy

  • Flawless (1999)

    Review by Marty Mapes: Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the show as a drag-queen speech therapist

  • Cop Land (1997)

    Stallone is the sheriff of Cop Land Review by Marty Mapes: Standard cop movie with great moody music and Stallone's best performance since Rocky.

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Director's cut improves Cop Land, Stallone's best role since Rocky

  • New York, New York (1977)

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: It's nowhere near as entertaining as stand-alone Kander & Ebb work.

  • Last Vegas

    Review by Matt Anderson: An old and tired formulaic story about aging as seen through Hollywood’s rose

  • The Family

    Review by Matt Anderson: Entertaining but only in fits and starts.