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Woody’s Worth Increases with Cassandra’s Dream

London has been good to Woody Allen. Cassandra’s Dream, the third film in Allen’s London-based trilogy, rivals his earlier moral drama, Match Point, while exceeding that film’s technical craft and giving Colin Farrell the role of his career.

Exciting Book of Secrets Great for Family Moviegoing

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is an exciting, well-made film that families will want to support. According to friends in the industry, it is terribly difficult to make a family-friendly movie that’s not schmaltzy, that’s full of action, adventure, history, and romance.

Good Taste Is Endangered in Strange Wilderness

With bottom-of-the-barrel laughs aimed squarely at the same adolescent males who liked Superbad, Strange Wilderness is a stoner comedy with little substance, style or anything resembling good taste.

Misplaced Priorities and Greed Mark Mad Money

Unlike the nearly consequence-free environment of the Ocean’s film franchise, (what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, after all), the moral implications of a life in crime are explored in Mad Money.

Untraceable Is Thrilling but Pointlessly Gruesome

Untraceable is one of the first technology thrillers to generate actual thrills. Too bad that the film is also representative of a terrible cultural trend, a mystery built around videotaped torture and suffering.

The Great Debaters Marred by Inaccuracies, Imbalance

Though The Great Debaters (produced by Oprah Winfrey) is filled with hope and inspiration, it is marred by historical inaccuracies and a marked imbalance in its racial portrayals.

For One More Day Not Insightful or Soul-Stirring

Author Mitch Albom’s stories are always corny, but they’re usually somewhat moving. This not to say that the small-screen adaptation of For One More Day isn’t nice. It just doesn’t communicate anything particularly insightful—nor will it stir your soul.

Multiple Dylans Confuse in I’m Not There

Director Todd Haynes seems to be mirroring the confusion about Bob Dylan’s life by making this film so confusing. There is no plot, no chronology, and no thesis—save perhaps that there is no way to ever truly understand this man.

Bella a Good Choice for Life-Affirming Entertainment

Bella is fabulous entertainment. You’ll watch, expecting a date movie. In the end, you’ll be smiling—and perhaps even crying—over its moving, life-affirming message of love, hope, reconciliation and redemption.

Unrealistic P.S. I Love You Is a D-U-D

From the opening scene of P.S. I Love You where Hilary Swank’s character gets in a fight with her hunky Irish husband (Gerard Butler), branching out to a different genre quickly turns sour for the actress—and fast.

Don’t Even Bother with Over Her Dead Body

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, women will be searching for chick-flicks on the marquis. But before you bother paying ten bucks for Over Her Dead Body, keep in mind its implausible premise and boatload of issues.

Take Precaution When Trying on 27 Dresses

While the chick-flick 27 Dresses does weave a cute romantic story with perils designed to surface “issues” needing healing, it is regrettably marred by the needless inclusion of rude language and sex.

The Golden Compass: Innocent Adventure or Atheist Gateway?

Is The Golden Compass a threat? Will it lead children away from a personal knowledge of God? Or, will it become a key opportunity to talk to children about the real adventure of knowing a living God who wants to know them in a personal way?

Stunning Cinematography Can’t Save a Shallow Romulus

Despite its stunning cinematography, Romulus, My Father plods along, moving from one scene to another, without reaching any real resolution. Director Richard Roxburgh doesn't seem to have any message, either, which makes the film feel shallow.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 28, 2008 |
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Thought-Provoking Savages Faces Truth, Mortality

Writer-director Tamara Jenkins has created a wise and thought-provoking film about facing the truth and taking care of our parents, even when they haven’t taken care of us. It’s also about what it’s really like to grow old and die—a subject we will all eventually come to know, if we haven’t already.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 25, 2008 |
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Sex, Patriotism, Skullduggery Part of Charlie Wilson’s War

Charlie Wilson’s War is a fascinating story of insider politics and war, but unfortunately the movie has an R rating for nudity and violence. It could easily have been toned down to a PG-13 and had a much wider audience.

Cell-Phone Scrutiny Follows One Missed Call

One Missed Call takes the mortal consequences of cell-phone use to a new extreme, suggesting that the dead can use cell-phone technology to transmit messages and warnings to the living.

Heart-Wrenching War Dance a Must-See Documentary

An Academy Award nomination. A Sundance Film Festival award. Both are testaments to the outstanding direction, cinematography, editing and composition of War Dance. Yet even they fail to convey its power.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 18, 2008 |
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Juno Provides Quirky Commentary on Growing Up Fast

Although these films couldn’t be more diametrically opposed in terms of sheer crudeness, there’s been a decidedly pro-life theme running through several flicks this year: Knocked Up, Waitress and now, this month’s Juno.

Pimentel's Life and Work Portrayed in Music Within

Portrayed by Ron Livingston, Richard Pimentel is largely credited with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Music Within, written by novice screenwriters and directed by the equally inexperienced Steven Sawalich, tells his story.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 10, 2008 |
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