The Life Before Her Eyes suggests potent themes, but settles for a surface resolution that feels like a gimmick. In the end, it is reduced to a third-rate M. Night Shyamalan twist rather than rising to the largely unexplored Bergman-esque spiritual drama at its core.
- April 18, 2008 |
Kevin Spacey is brilliant in this interesting murder mystery that relies on a surprise ending with a shocking twist. It makes it worth wading through the anti-death penalty propaganda and lengthy fact-building beginning (it's still only 130 minutes but feels longer).
- February 21, 2003 |
Though it has a star-studded cast, Lions for Lambs is a heavy-handed, low budget, political lecture that, mercifully, only lasts about ninety minutes. When movies like this come out around election time, we should realize that such timing is quite intentional.
- November 09, 2007 |
Most of this film’s humor centers around sex and the sordid subjects of talk shows. However, the “morals” the film preaches (like trusting the man you’re sleeping with, even though he’s lying about the time he spends with ex-girlfriends, and not prying, and being a faithful friend) are superficial at best.
- August 06, 2004 |
Little Children is the first movie of the fall to lay claim to awards consideration. The acting, is impeccable, and the direction is visually spot-on. However, the film includes explicit sexuality, images of online pornography and episodes of sexual disorder that go further than needed.
- November 03, 2006 |
“Little Manhattan” is not a film that offers profound insights into life, but it does remind us that sometimes, answers are much easier than we think. It will also take you back to that terrible, wonderful time when you were just starting to discover – and believe in – love, for the very first time.
- April 04, 2006 |