With so much inherent drama, it’s surprising how artificial Arctic Tale feels. Impressively filmed but driven at times by tension that appears to have been created more in the editing room than by events that actually unfolded on camera, this nature film is a mixed bag.
- August 03, 2007 |
Most of the cameos in the best-known 1956 version of this film (it won the Oscar for Best Picture) also happened to be voting members of the Academy that year. Director Frank Coracci may well be hoping for a similar fate with his 2004 remake starring Jackie Chan.
- June 16, 2004 |
Writer/director Luc Besson developed this script from two of his children’s books. As his first attempt at CGI, Arthur isn’t terrible, but it’s also not very inspired. The bigger problem is the subject matter itself with a plot arc so shaky, Besson seems to have haphazardly thrown it all together.
- May 17, 2007 |
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford examines how entertainment culture exploits historical truth. The result is a beautiful, slow-paced examination of the wages of sin, and the conflicted role of the public and its view of history.
- October 05, 2007 |
The Astronaut Farmer is a compelling case study on whether or not it’s really worth the risk to follow the big dreams. More than anything, it’s an interesting peek into the dynamics of something we don’t often see: a functional, loving, supportive family.
- February 23, 2007 |
The intense publicity, as well as several ecstatic early reviews, have set the bar very high. But Avatar doesn't come anywhere near clearing that bar—not in the performances, not in the lavish visuals and certainly not in the film's entirely derivative storytelling.
- December 18, 2009 |
Have you ever gone to an Impressionist exhibit? You recognize the artist's subject, but it looks strangely … different. Much like this year’s other iconic biopic, “Ray,” “The Aviator” is like that. It’s not the most accurate representation of Howard Hughes’ life, and it certainly misses many defining facts, but it gets at the essence of who he was.
- December 17, 2004 |