Even with pop music at the center of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, the filmmakers behind the second big-screen installment of Alvin and the Chipmunks kept the cultural references to a minimum and chose to make a family flick that's really all about the kids.
- December 22, 2009 |
Considering the talent involved, Amelia should have been better. Director Mira Nair's previous film, The Namesake, was both sumptuous and meaningful. Here, Nair has taken on a quintessentially American story, meant to be inspiring but which instead comes across as empty.
- October 23, 2009 |
"American Dreamz" attempts to throw a bone to everyone watching. If director Paul Weitz really wanted to use the film as a springboard for his worldview and opinions, he should’ve taken a cue from better executed, less wishy-washy satire like "Wag the Dog" or "Election."
- April 21, 2006 |
Director Anton Corbijn creates a moody but minimalist atmosphere in The American. The camera is mostly static, music scarcely heard, and shots linger. While thrillers usually depend on opposite tactics to set the tone, Corbijn strips those away—instead allowing circumstance and psychology alone to create confusion and build tension.
- September 01, 2010 |
With stunning cinematography that is so beautiful it looks almost computer-generated (it’s not), “America’s Heart and Soul” is the perfect movie to celebrate the hardworking, persevering people who make up this great country of ours, and who live to fulfill their dreams.
- July 06, 2004 |
If you find yourself howling with laughter throughout “Saturday Night Live” skits every weekend, then you’ll really bust a gut with this one, starring SNL alum Will Ferrell. Be sure to take your whoopee cushion to the theatre. Otherwise, bypass this like a white polyester suit.
- July 09, 2004 |
I went to this movie with great expectations, thinking it would be very funny, cleverly written and well performed, but I was disappointed. Although Sandler and Nicholson are good together and there are several funny scenes, the movie still isn't as hilarious as I thought it would be.
- April 14, 2003 |
A few weeks after the successful debut of "Glory Road," Disney tries to win audiences again by combining war and sports in "Annapolis," a new film set at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. It’s surprising, therefore, that the film is only tangentially about war — and not altogether about sports.
- January 27, 2006 |