Dreamlike and full of haunting imagery and music, Shutter Island is based on a novel by Dennis Lehane and is a spectacular downer with several moments of great emotional anguish. But it ends on such a grim note that it's hard to imagine anyone enjoying the film.
- February 19, 2010 |
A metaphor common to period pieces is how opulent exteriors often mask sordid realities. It’s certainly a staple of The Duchess, although the metaphor isn’t restricted to the film’s themes. It expands to its quality as well.
- September 24, 2008 |
A feature-length movie based on the animated TV series, The Simpsons Movie includes all the antics, both positive and negative, that those familiar with the show expect. Such antics will prove too much for some Christian fans of the show, while others may see them, in context, as meaningful satire.
- July 27, 2007 |
For kids who have been spoiled by "Nemo" style animation and color, this animated movie may look too cartoonish and drab. But I liked the imagination of the monsters they faced and the colors of the kingdom ? it reminded me of the last "Star Wars" movie.
- July 02, 2003 |
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" starts slowly but gently piques the interest within about fifteen minutes. While watching, I wondered if the genuine trust portrayed among the group of friends could work in the real world. I’d like to think it could, and I hope my teens will know the joy of such loyalty.
- June 02, 2005 |
Every now and then, a film comes along that bends the rules and gives us a new genre. Often, when directors try to do that, it’s a monumental disaster, but first-time director Kerry Conran has managed to combine state-of-the-art technology with classic filmmaking in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" – and it works, splendidly, for a unique spin.
- September 17, 2004 |
With the basic elements of most Lifetime made-for-TV movies, a slow-moving Sleepwalking keeps getting worse as the minutes tick by. Not only is the writing formulaic, but the situations are so unbelievably horrible that even when redemption seems in sight it never materializes.
- March 21, 2008 |
Slow Burn moves along at a brisk pace. Too brisk, really, at just 93 minutes, which adds to the challenge of trying to follow the plot. Some will be put off by the film’s overt sexuality as well—an overt contrivance which takes every advantage of the leading lady’s curves.
- April 13, 2007 |
With "The Night Listener," I wasn’t engaged by the story or its “mystery,” which seemed fairly humdrum, “Law and Order” style. Once you’re over the disturbing sexual content and, of course, the phallic humor so ubiquitous in homosexual-themed films, it’s still a very mediocre effort.
- January 15, 2007 |