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 |
In Away from Her, the depiction of a 44-year marriage devastated by the onset of a degenerative condition may be smart counterprogramming—especially for adults and older teens looking for a respite from the youth-oriented movies that dominate the screens each summer.
- May 18, 2007 |