When Everybody Loves Raymond ended its run after nine years and 210 episodes, creator Phil Rosenthal began thinking about whether his TV show about a bickering but basically loving middle-class family might translate to other cultures.
Adore him or abhor him, Mel Gibson is the reason to see Jody Foster’s The Beaver. As Walter Black, a toy company executive sliding into a paralyzing world of depression, Gibson registers a degree of mental anguish that is shocking.
Set in the 1840s, Meek’s Cutoff follows a tiny wagon train winding its way westward toward the lush Pacific Northwest. In the hands of minimalist filmmaker Kelly Reichart the usual elements of the classic oater are either not present or subverted into something entirely new.
It’s a funny thing about funny men...at some point they’ve got to show us they can act, too. Everything Must Go finds Will Ferrell examining his stock character not through the lens of comic excess but of compassion.