Dana Stevens is Slate’s new film critic – this is a good thing, since
Slate’s last film critic, David Edelstein, was dreadful. But can you see a pattern
emerging from her last three reviews?
fantasy sequence, in which Carl imagines Dupree sailing on his father-in-law’s
yacht while his wife performs a striptease, points toward the movie this might
Lady in the Water: "The
closed universe of the Cove complex (the camera never ventures outside the building’s
walls) could have been a great setting for a Rear Window-like investigation
of neighborliness gone awry. Instead…"
less willfully misogynist movie might have made Thurman’s double identity the
starting place for an exploration of female power, super- or otherwise. What
would you do if your girlfriend not only made more money than you, but knew
how to stop an incoming missile with her bare hands? Instead…"