In "The Polar Express," director Robert Zemeckis has beautifully and alluringly transformed Christmas into "Clausmas," beckoning us to worship the jolly old elf as the heart and soul of this all-important holiday. And that’s something that Christians should be very upset about indeed.
- November 10, 2004 |
Even if I could get past the mass-market, commercial feel that this film left me with, my daughter is the one the film has to please. A Pooh addict, she begs to watch the Disney classic every single day and sits glued to the television whenever we allow her to. But she didn’t care for this film at all.
- February 11, 2005 |
"A Prairie Home Companion" balances nostalgia with an inexorable sense of impending mortality. Director Altman, now in his 80s and reportedly frail during filming, seems to acknowledge that it’s coming for him as well, and for audiences preferring character-driven dramas that don’t insult their intelligence.
- June 09, 2006 |
Not only are there Oscar-worthy performances here from newcomer Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique, who is, hands down, one of the scariest villains since Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight, but director Lee Daniels gets the story just right by not shying away from the ugly truth of poverty, illiteracy and abuse.
- November 20, 2009 |
Jane Austen fans, rejoice! "Pride and Prejudice" has been brought newly to the screen with competence, visual flair and respect for the source material. And yet, the confines of a two-hour feature necessitate certain compromises that might not sit well with less forgiving Austen devotees.
- November 18, 2005 |
Okay, so it’s Cinderella – again. But we all love a good fairy tale. They echo the great myths (unlike Joseph Campbell, I do not include the Bible in that category), with their portrayals of truth, hope, love and the triumph of good over evil. No wonder they’re so successful, again and again. This film is no exception.
- April 02, 2004 |
Disney gets nostalgic and tries capitalizing on everything that's worked so well in the past, while taking advantage of new technology. Not only are there plenty of show-stopping musical numbers, but the colorful, hand-drawn animation has never been more spectacular.
- December 11, 2009 |