3 stars out of 4 -- "Affleck is superb....Lane, as always, excels with both sexiness and scournfulness..." Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] steadily engrossing movie that sees Reeves as human and treats his life and death with intelligence and compassion."Rolling Stone "[N]o false refinement obscures the gusto with which the cast chomp down on their tasty roles: Brody slithering and prowling, Diane Lane willing her sensual beauty to weariness...[and] Bob Hoskins snarling and potent as her husband..." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly "[The filmmakers] want to bend Mr. Reeve's biography as an actor-cum-gigolo into a tragedy, and Mr. Affleck is more than up to the task."New York Times "Affleck must intuitively understand Reeves' hunger for respect, and he is moving in the role. Bob Hoskins brings raffish charm as well as vulgarity to his portrait of MGM kingpin Eddie Mannix."Movieline's Hollywood Life 3 stars out of 5 -- "HOLLYWOODLAND looks great....A cold look at the entertainment industry's obsession with youth..."Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's the plot strand which features Hoskins that provides Affleck's biggest competition in the thesping stakes. It comes in the form of the fabulous Diane Lane..."Total Film "To the extent that HOLLYWOODLAND captures the last years of this showbiz dinosaur, without condescension or sentimentality, it succeeds wonderfully."Sight and Sound 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's an interesting transition that's being made here, as though it's not just Reeves dying but old Hollywood itself."Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Affleck gives a career best performance as the troubled Reeves, and all involved beautifully immerse themselves in the period."Ultimate DVD
"...The Hughes Brothers' goal here is to make an epic of savagery, and they are brilliant at ambience and details....A conspiracy-theory thriller with brains and a heart..." New York Times "...Sensational and accomplished....A horror film of genuine artistry and excitement. The Hughes brothers work with commanding restraint..." Entertainment Weekly "...Impressively realized, confirming the Brothers as formidable visual stylists....The shadow-drenched Prague studio sets help sustain a sense of claustrophobia well suited to a tale of endemic corruption..." Sight and Sound "...It's a true auteur movie, perfectly in sync with the brothers' previous output and delivered with a dry, subliminal message..." Total Film "...A rich, atmospheric film....The movie feels dark, clammy and exhilarating -- it's like belonging to a secret club where you can have a lot of fun but might get into trouble..." Chicago Sun-Times
Entertainment Weekly (No. 851, p.99) - "...The album serves as a gratifying reminder of how valid New Orleans' artistic cotributions were, and are--and why the city and its peole deserve to be saved." - Grade: B+Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Trad jazz emanates from Dr. Michael White and the Preservation Hall regulars, while lesser-knowns like Davell Crawford and blues veteran Carol Frank almost steal the show."
Q (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The hero is the late James Jamerson - his stunningly free basslines still affect brain and body like little else."Uncut (9/03, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The old dudes remain innately fluid..."
"...Suspense right up to the splashdown..." - Recommended Premiere "...It's easily Howard's best film....A triumph of stirring storytelling and heartstopping suspense..." Rolling Stone "...This book-faithful, 2 1/4-hour team effort shrewdly keeps its eye on the ball....The movie will happily repay multiple viewings..." -- 4 out of 4 stars USA Today "...So authentic, so brilliant in its technical details, that it succeeds in putting us on that ship..." -- Rating: B Entertainment Weekly "...Howard makes all the complicated action clear to the viewer, a feat in itself....Physically, APOLLO 13 pulls off some stunners..." Variety "...Ron Howard's film of this mission is directed with a single-mindedness and attention to detail that makes it riveting....This is a powerful story, one of the year's best films, told with great clarity and remarkable technical detail..."Chicago Sun-Times "APOLLO 13 is an astonishing space epic that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit." Widescreen Review
"...An emotional and evocative document of the professional wrestling scene....A gently and genuinely observed film..." Variety "...There is something moving, challenging and surprising about these men's lives..." Sight and Sound "...Spirited....[Wrestling] nonfans will be simultaneously appalled and fascinated..." -- 3 out of 5 stars -- A Satisfying Rental Premiere "...BEYOND THE MAT is fun for the fans who scour the Internet for the latest gossip and rumors, and perhaps even a little enlightening for non-fans..." Box Office "...BEYOND THE MAT connects the antics of professional wrestlers with their lives out of the ring with such compassion, humor and perception that the result is utterly captivating..." Los Angeles Times "...Roberts opens up in an extraordinary way to the camera....It has a hypnotic quality..." Chicago Sun-Times
Rolling Stone (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "What it is: nonstop late-Sixties-and-Seventies party time from the deep recesses of these major-label catalogs."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Even as greasy boogaloo gives way to polyrhythmic Cat Stevens covers, the four discs stave off the 4/4 behemoth of disco." -- Grade: A-
Spin (p.58) - Ranked #6 in Spin's "The 10 Best Reissues of 2006"No Depression (p.101) - "ROCKIN' BONES offers a first-rate look into the wild, wondrous, sometimes wacky world of rockabilly in all its raw, mangy glory."