Soul Surfer inspires in its depiction of overcoming setbacks and the role faith plays for surfer Bethany Hamilton.
- August 02, 2011 |
Complex layers and multiple realities pose tough ethical questions in Source Code, but its clever premise is dumbed down.
- July 26, 2011 |
Part anti-drug message movie, part paranoid thriller and part star vehicle, Limitless is only partly enjoyable.
- July 19, 2011 |
With striking framing and imagery, Rango will stir the souls of cinephiles with its visual references to the likes of Sergio Leone and John Ford, as well as non-Western films like Chinatown.
- July 15, 2011 |
Stellar casting, an intriguing setting, a well-chosen soundtrack and a compelling debate elevate The Lincoln Lawyer.
- July 12, 2011 |
Hosted by Chonda Pierce, Thou Shalt Laugh! 5 is clean comedy that won’t make you cringe or hit the "mute" button.
- June 30, 2011 |
Beastly, a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is a mostly sweet story in a prickly shell.
- June 28, 2011 |
Nicolas Cage and director Dominic Sena have teamed up again for the torpid tale, Season of the Witch.
- June 28, 2011 |
On the poster, it suggests that you should “fight for your fate.” That eventually sets the stage for a lively debate about fate and free will that never happens.
Like the transitional adolescent phase the story depicts, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, based on the book series by Jeff Kinney, is a bit awkward and unsettled.
Unlike the Bourne trilogy, Unknown lifts the missing identity premise but doesn’t bother giving the audience a thrilling protagonist or at the very least, a great car chase scene.
Striving to be a raunchy comedy with a heart of gold and despite sincere attempts at character development, Cedar Rapids ultimately undercuts its own potential and resorts to crudity and cliché.
Apparently “the next big thing” is modernizing fairy tales. But not only is Red Riding Hood’s script virtually devoid of any charm, it’s wildly unfocused to boot.
This big-budget invasion flick offers no surprises. But if you’re into this sort of thing, Battle: Los Angeles provides exactly what you’re looking for.
With Hall Pass, the Farrelly Brothers return to what they know best. If anything, the success of The Hangover has empowered them to dream up even dirtier jaw-dropping antics.
Every day the front page news tells us this country is in an ethical free fall. It’s time to do the right thing.
- June 13, 2011 |
Thanks to a whip-smart script by those ever-inventive Coen brothers, True Grit has plenty of substance and style, a formidable combination for any film, let alone a remake.
Adam Sandler is Danny, a loser who, after being jilted by his bride-to-be 20 years earlier, learns that single women are easier to bed if he wears a wedding ring and pretends to be married.
Those excited to see James Cameron's name associated with Sanctum shouldn't be fooled. He produced, but direction was left to Alister Grierson, who has only one previous feature under his belt.