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 |
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 |