With cleverly-written, well-voiced, all-star humor and impeccable animation, Shrek the Third is marred only by a few typical Hollywood worldview elements and some scatological humor.
- November 13, 2007 |
Director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film is not an “enormity of success,” but it is disappointing. An outrage? Not really, but that’s the disappointing aspect of Ocean’s Thirteen: It’s hard to care about it much at all.
- November 13, 2007 |
Tired of filthy stand-up? Think Christians can’t have fun? Think again – and take a gander at Thou Shalt Laugh 2, the hilarious sequel to Thou Shalt Laugh, a top-selling comedy DVD released last year.
- November 12, 2007 |
Michael Moore makes a devastating point with his newest movie. He shows us that the American healthcare system has become inaccessible, ineffective and frighteningly corrupt.
- November 09, 2007 |
Armed with loads of life lessons (and thankfully, not presented in a cloying, heavy-handed manner) and a clever script, Ratatouille has all the right ingredients to delight—even if resourceful rats aren’t usually your speed.
The hare-brained premise in Deck the Halls is neither heartwarming, particularly original, or funny - three essential components for a holiday comedy. To provide further insight into just how horrible it is, let’s just say it almost makes Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story seem Oscar-worthy in comparison.
Under the guise of comedy, Universal Pictures and Director Dennis Dugan are now bringing audiences two hours and twenty minutes’ worth of gay party-line preaching in the form of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
Even the multitude of DVD extras adds little to this would-be slacker film, which is an exercise in patience from beginning to end. Aside from a few scenes that might make you smile, there’s nothing funny about this comedy at all.
- November 01, 2007 |
You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking to be wowed by heretofore unseen action sequences in Spider-Man 3. But if it's more of the poignant storytelling of the first two films that you want, you may be dissatisfied.
License to Wed only gets more ridiculous as the minutes tick by, leaving you wonder why a film so bad would be green-lighted in the first place. It’s also a horrible endorsement for marriage and ministers alike, as neither are portrayed in a flattering light.
In Talk to Me, Don Cheadle’s character’s slogan is “keep it real.” And while many critics are crying for “realness” in movies, I’m hoping the pendulum is allowed to swing back to the middle with realness that doesn’t barrage with clutter (sex, violence, language, nudity) that’s hard to erase.
Home of the Brave is not a film about whether we should be in Iraq or not. It’s about what is happening to those who were. And despite its many shortcomings, that’s always worth seeing—especially for those of us back home, who have no clue.
- October 26, 2007 |
Meet the Robinsons not only inspires Walt Disney-type creativity and encourages individuality, but it also addresses the issue of rejection - head on - in a most sensitive and compelling way.
- October 23, 2007 |
The creepy new Kevin Costner flick, Mr. Brooks, is played out in a way that dances on the line between terrifying believability and over-the-top, almost comic-book-like-splatter film outrageousness. Consider yourself warned.
- October 23, 2007 |
Together with screenwriters Mick Davis and Christine Roum, director David S. Goyer has, however unwittingly, created more of a CW television drama than the ghostly thriller The Invisible has been promoted as.
- October 19, 2007 |
Transformers proves yet again that a movie needs just a little bit more that mind-numbing special effects to be any good. Lack of substance, however, will not prevent this movie from making the studio a big pile of cash this summer.
An outlandish thriller that uses the 10 plagues of “Exodus” as a modern-day gimmick to serve its own wacky ideas about God, the devil and the fate of humanity, he Reaping struggles to build any sense of suspense before delivering up a whopper of an ending that will generate more chuckles than chills.
A Mighty Heart tells the story of the events leading up to journalist Daniel Pearl’s vicious murder in 2002. And while it is presented with technical precision, Heart largely fails to induce the emotions that such a compelling story should.
Though the plot is mildly interesting and the filmmakers do a good job of creating tension, The Hoax leaves audiences with a slimy feeling and a cynical assurance that gifted liars and powerful billionaires do win out in the end.