"The Da Vinci Code" is, if not exactly good, at least watchable during its first hour. After that, the film simply breaks down. The long stretches of dialogue are punishing, the pacing leaden, the visuals dark and uninviting. What's more, the story absurdly tries to wrap a faith-affirming ribbon around its church-bashing package.
- May 26, 2006 |
To the filmmaker’s credit, there is a powerful theme that is reinforced several times in "Dark Water" ... abandonment of a child, divorce, and the long-term effects it has on an adult. Jennifer Connelly does a masterful job as the troubled mom trying to hold a difficult situation together.
- July 08, 2005 |
Somehow in the midst of bad writing and a hackneyed case of missing identity that grows increasingly sillier as Date Night goes on, Steve Carell and Tina Fey still shine as two suburbanites trying to keep their marital spark alive with a little night-on-the-town spontaneity.
- April 09, 2010 |
In Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster movie, the only thing that’s at stake is politics. The villainous coward is the vice president of the United States – a replica of Dick Cheney. The clueless president, who looks like George W. Bush, lets him run the show, playing out a tired cliché about our presidential administration. But silly me! It’s an election year. And whoever said that Hollywood (or German directors) were objective?
- June 01, 2004 |
Daybreakers takes the vampire genre in some new directions, but it can't memorably resolve its story. With strong atmosphere and respectable performances, it jolts viewers with a few shocking moments. But the filmmakers' attempts to cater to the basest impulses of today's horror-movie audiences ultimately work against the movie.
- January 13, 2010 |
Going into this film, I expected two things: First, a story that overflowed with contrivances and schmaltz and second, I expected to judge a character for a deception which is, ultimately, abusive. On both counts, I was wrong. “Dear Frankie” is a wonderful film that conveys great truth about the human heart and the burning need we all have for a father.
- March 18, 2005 |
The hare-brained premise in Deck the Halls is neither heartwarming, particularly original, or funny - three essential components for a holiday comedy. To provide further insight into just how horrible it is, let’s just say it almost makes Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story seem Oscar-worthy in comparison.
- November 23, 2006 |