TRON: Legacy brings back Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn. However, the new film is dreary enough to make one wonder why so much effort was put into revisiting this virtual world in the first place.
- April 05, 2011 |
The third—and, let's hope, final—chapter in the series about Greg and Pam Focker fails to bring on the humor with one of the lowest laughs-to-attempted-jokes ratios in recent memory.
- April 05, 2011 |
Now that Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments has been fully restored and is available in high definition for the first time ever, it’s worth another look.
The Word was meant to be spoken aloud. Charlton Heston proves that intent as he dramatizes extensive passages from the Bible in this 203-minute, 4-disc DVD collection.
Disney's update of the Rapunzel story confirms that the studio isn't ready to completely cede its reputation as a maker of solid family-oriented films.
Director Darren Aronofsky likes his darkness. This film about a ballet dancer stretched to the breaking point will further cement his reputation.
All Good Things recounts a high-profile disappearance case from the early 1980s that was opened again in the early 2000s, but the names have been changed in this telling.
Based on the memoirs written by Joe Wilson and his CIA agent wife Valerie Plame, Fair Game showcases their side of a controversial story.
Rom-coms of the past few years have been particularly stale, as if all churned out by the same studio assembly line. How Do You Know is no different, as indistinguishable as them all.
Yogi Bear is anything but a pic-a-nic to sit through. In fact, while Yogi has always proclaimed he's "smarter than the average bear," the same doesn't exactly apply to the film's screenplay.
Considering what might have been expected of a big-budget romance featuring two top stars, The Tourist is rather slight. The lead characters' banter starts with promise, but the film shortchanges the romance as it struggles to incorporate its espionage and gangster storylines.
This is a comedy about bodily fluids, with a few funny moments that unfold during the switch that give the film its title. But this is also a character-driven comedy about a man's slow awakening to the possibility that he's found someone he can spend his life with, and a responsibility to someone other than himself.
While celebrated director Clint Eastwood certainly has a knack for choosing compelling thematic hooks for his films, Hereafter, like last year's plodding, passion-starved Invictus, is simply too hollow, hokey and one-sided to make any sort of lasting impact.
The cobbled-together story is weighed down by far too much family drama and not enough of the protagonist's journey against the ropes. Good, but not great.
Much like 1987's Broadcast News, there's actually a deeper debate that elevates the light and sunny romantic comedy of Morning Glory into something more substantial, namely the discussion of what's "real" news.
- March 08, 2011 |
Unlike in Conviction, where the protagonist places her hope in the law and becomes her brother's own defense counsel, in The Next Three Days Russell Crowe's character decides to go rogue instead by basically borrowing a page from TV's Prison Break.
- March 08, 2011 |
‘Twas the Night Before Easter contrasts the popular sentiment that “bigger is better” with the gospel truth that Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection is our true source of hope. The writers did not flinch from including the Bible’s themes of hope and salvation. In this tale, the gospel message shines bright and clear.
- March 05, 2011 |
Burlesque will play better or worse depending on what you like to see in a musical—a well told story or big-screen, razzle-dazzle music numbers. The best musicals have both, the biggest failures neither. Burlesque splits the difference.
Danny Boyle's 127 Hours takes you through the ringer, sure to elicit audible (and collective) gasps, groans and shrieks before concluding in one cathartic exhale of relief and redemption. It's not the kind of movie to engender multiple viewings, but one is enough to sear it into your mind forever.
For those who enjoy nothing more than a big, loud, escapist flick with a little takeaway value on a holiday weekend, don't worry. Faster isn't a turkey. If anything, it's the right move forward for the actor formerly known as The Rock.