HAS HE MELLOWED? Roger Ebert's reviews today include six four-star reviews, including three major releases (The Julie Taymor/Beatles Across the Universe, Paul Haggis/Tommy Lee Jones' In the Valley of Elah and David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises), plus three-and-a-half stars for Jodie Foster's The Brave One, her revenge flick directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Butcher Boy) and co-starring Terrence Howard and ALOTT5MA fave Naveen Andrews.
Back in college debate, we used the expression "point fairy" to describe those judges who magically sprinkled extra points on the debaters in a round, but I've never taken Ebert to be overly generous with his ratings. (That said, our friend Carrie only dropped two stars on Jodie Foster, and three on Mr. Cronenberg.)
The fall movie season has begun. What's your choice this weekend?