With no narration, subtitles and little in the way of actual cultural subtext, Babies definitely isn't your ordinary documentary. In fact, French filmmaker Thomas Balmes is content to let the audience draw its own conclusions as he beautifully captures the first year of four very different babies' lives.
- May 07, 2010 |
Even if someone manages to suspend disbelief and buy into this lamely conceived plotline, there's nothing about The Back-up Plan that has any resonance in the real world. Not only is the dialogue unbelievable from the get-go, but the characters are just plain kooky.
- April 23, 2010 |
In the mid-1970s “The Bad News Bears” didn’t just launch a franchise; it crossed content barriers deemed taboo for a family film. Like its predecessor, the new “Bad News Bears” crosses those lines with great frequency. Unfortunately, the lines today start at a much lower level than they did thirty years ago.
- July 22, 2005 |
Sometimes a low brainpower movie is the perfect escapist entertainment. But even then, ping-pong farce Balls of Fury still doesn’t deliver. After all, the filmmakers’ idea of a good laugh is making fun of an Asian (because he’s Asian), a fat guy (because he’s fat) or an elderly man who swears a lot (because he swears a lot).
- August 31, 2007 |
“Be Cool” is a sequel to “Get Shorty,” Quentin Tarantino’s ultra-popular 1995 film based on the book by Elmore Leonard. Unfortunately, this film is what gives sequels a bad name. It has almost the same cast and plot and the exact same jokes, and it’s just not funny. Maybe something to do with the need to be original, what do you think?
- March 04, 2005 |
Be Kind Rewind starts as a tale about the passing of the torch and serves as a wistful look at the fading days of video-rental shops. It evolves into a sci-fi slapstick comedy before settling into a series of cinematic recreations that play like gag reels. Yet somehow, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
- February 22, 2008 |