A sense of irony can add a lively dimension to films in the weary horror genre, but The Messengers barely nods in that direction. In taking itself so seriously, it bogs down. Neither scary nor interesting, The Messengers adds nothing to the genre but a pale imitation of what’s come before.
- February 02, 2007 |
There is no lack of "spoof-worthy" material in television's Miami Vice. The show's '80s outfits and décor are generally remembered by most with a chuckle. Yet director Michael Mann, who was involved in the creation of the original, has taken his new film in exactly the opposite direction.
- July 28, 2006 |
Instead of focusing on Michael Jackson's private life or his particular oddities, This Is It is really all about the music and a farewell tour that'll never see the light of day, a move that ultimately casts Jackson, and his legacy, in a more favorable light.
- October 28, 2009 |
Based on the career of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office, Milk’s divergence from an evangelical worldview doesn’t make it completely void of merit. It can provide food-for-thought to the contemplative Christian who is willing to watch and listen even while disagreeing.
- December 12, 2008 |
It's one of those films that’s destined to elicit praise. Not only does Million Dollar Baby have an all-star cast, a talented director, and a good script, but it also has a strong, pro-euthanasia message. That's a formula to please many critics – and infuriate many Christians.
- January 21, 2005 |
“Millions” provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the Chrisitan faith. Because of its strong message about money and accepting financial responsiblity for those in need, it is also a mostly-appropriate family film - on the condition that parents take the time to not only view the fim with their children, but also debunk the lies it dispenses about the faith.
- April 01, 2005 |
“Miss Congeniality” was a big hit in 2000 and a rather benign spoof of beauty pageants that was mostly appropriate for younger teens. This sequel, however, has a lot of sexual content and violence, which will be hugely disappointing for parents of teen girls -- and just one example of the increasing inappropriateness of PG-13 films (now the new rated R).
- March 25, 2005 |
Miss Potter fits right in with other historical biographies to hit the silver screen in recent years as it inspires audiences with the messages that ring out most beautifully in true stories. Like The Pursuit of Happyness, it touts the “never, never, never give up on your dream” idea that kids so need in a world of cynicism.
- January 19, 2007 |