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 |
Take the kids to this one, if all that matters is the lack of obvious objectionable content. But if you want them to understand that not everyone in the world speaks English – with an American accent – and eats string cheese, you may need to deprogram them afterwards.
- August 11, 2004 |
Can a classic movie about a play, turned into a hit Broadway musical, successfully make it back to the screen in musical form? "The Producers” answers in the affirmative. Often riotous, this silly romp provides laughs during a season heavy with weightier Oscar fare.
- December 16, 2005 |
“Is that guy a super genius, or is he just crazy?” Quite likely, when someone watches a movie seeking to answer this question, he or she will compare it to "A Beautiful Mind." And while "Proof" is certainly no "Beautiful Mind," it's certainly a thoughtful look at the supposed thin line between brilliance and insanity.
- September 16, 2005 |
While it's been said there aren't nearly enough good parts for women over 40, surely, there's much better material out there than The Proposal. And if not, then maybe all actors should take a hiatus from romantic comedies until Nancy Meyers or Nora Ephron get around to writing something new.
- June 19, 2009 |
There are many reasons to love a good father/son movie. Fathers so often get the shaft in pop culture and on the big screen. “The Pursuit of Happyness” not only gives us a strong portrayal of a loving father, but an uplifting lesson in perseverance and being happy even when life is rough.
- December 15, 2006 |