"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 |
There is something mechanical about "The Ant Bully," and the writers seem to rely heavily on scatological humor to juice up their formulaic script. My eleven-year-old son insists that “Kids love that stuff, Mom." But anyone over eleven might wish they had held out for “Barnyard,” which opens in theaters next week.
- July 31, 2006 |
With Apocalypto, there is no central theological debate as there was with The Passion of the Christ. No ties to European ancestry and national pride, as in Braveheart. No, this film is a savage, repellant work that raises serious questions about director Mel Gibson’s interest in the worst kinds of human suffering.
- December 08, 2006 |