Tag Archives: Robin Williams

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OFF THE BATTLE IS ON. While Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) has been busy creating a business empire for himself, his old buddies at the Museum of Natural History are being shipped off to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The kind of mandatory sequel where no one involved has to work hard to … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Old Dogs

SIT. STAY. PLAY DAD.  Best friends and business partners Charlie and Dan (John Travolta, Robin Williams) are about to close the biggest deal of their lives when they’re suddenly saddled with… kids. The director behind Wild Hogs (2007) strikes with another comedy about male friendship and offers a slightly odd couple in the leads. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Old Dogs

License to Wed

FIRST CAME LOVE… THEN CAME REVEREND FRANK. Reverend Frank (Robin Williams) agrees to marry Ben and Sadie (John Krasinski, Mandy Moore) but has one condition: they have to participate in his marriage preparation course. You might think that Williams had better judgment, but once again we find him in a movie that doesn’t have one … Continue reading License to Wed

One Hour Photo

THERE’S NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS THAN A FAMILIAR FACE. This film reminds me a little bit of The Stepfather (1987); we see the protagonists in both movies try to control a family’s happiness. It’s an unsettling directing debut by Mark Romanek that stays credible and avoids a clichéd, bloody showdown. Connie Nielsen is good as the mother, but … Continue reading One Hour Photo

Night at the Museum

EVERYTHING COMES TO LIFE. Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) takes a job as a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History, only to learn that every model in it comes alive at night. You know it’s a family film when Robin Williams is in it and never cracks any funny jokes; his performance as Teddy Roosevelt won’t … Continue reading Night at the Museum

Happy Feet

WARNING: MAY CAUSE TOE-TAPPING. In Antarctica a very special emperor penguin called Mumble is born; unlike all the others he can dance but not sing, which makes his life a lot harder. A film that starts cute and corny, with the penguins performing “Kiss” by Prince, and that silliness recurs too often for my taste; I … Continue reading Happy Feet

Man of the Year

COULD THIS MAN BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT? Late-night comedian Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) is urged by fans to run for president; he agrees to do it and ends up winning the election, but a computer engineer (Laura Linney) suspects fraud. Two years before Al Franken ran for the U.S. Senate, director Barry Levinson delivered another … Continue reading Man of the Year

The Night Listener

LISTEN FOR THE TRUTH. Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams), a radio personality, builds a relationship on the phone with a 14-year-old boy who was raped numerous times when he was younger… but is it for real? Williams makes another thriller, this time portraying a storyteller who becomes obsessed with learning the truth about the abused boy. … Continue reading The Night Listener


YOU CAN SHINE NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF. A young robot leaves home for Robot City where he hopes to become a successful inventor, but he ends up crossing paths with an evil corporate leader. The man and studio that brought us Ice Age (2002) deliver another entertaining CGI adventure. Ambitiously designed, the environs … Continue reading Robots

The Aristocrats

NO NUDITY. NO VIOLENCE. UNSPEAKABLE OBSCENITY.  This documentary is certainly one of the most foul-mouthed movies you will ever see, so don’t miss the opportunity. Allegedly, it features 100 comedians (I haven’t counted them) talking about the most famous joke of the trade, the one that ends with the punchline “The Aristocrats”, and gives anyone … Continue reading The Aristocrats

What Dreams May Come

AFTER LIFE THERE IS MORE. THE END IS JUST THE BEGINNING. Chris and Ann Nielsen (Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra) lose their children in a car crash and eventually Chris dies as well, arriving in heaven… where he learns terrible news about his wife. Another mushy Williams drama, but this one is reasonably substantial. Williams’s character … Continue reading What Dreams May Come