Aiming for a cultural clash, as the title "Spanglish" promises, director James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment,” “Broadcast News”) who hasn’t had a huge hit since his 1997 “As Good As It Gets,” gives us a heartwarming tale – his specialty – with an important message. Muy bien.
- December 17, 2004 |
The typical magical, fantasy-type outlook pervades The Spiderwick Chronicles' dark worldview. Creatures, spells and potions, and flying and time travel abound. But there are also some interesting spiritual parallels that are worthy of discussion.
- February 14, 2008 |
Although not a terrible sci-fi film, Splice is unoriginal, as well as inconsistent. Its weakest segment, oddly, is when the overtly sexual aspects of DREN become part of the main plot. Rather than being erotic, these scenes come across as just comical. The movie loses all intensity, realism, and drama.
- June 07, 2010 |
Director Robert Rodriguez is one of those Hollywood producer/writer/directors who made violent adult films but decided to make something his children could actually see and enjoy. It's people like Rodriguez who are changing Hollywood for the better, and I want to encourage you to support that effort.
- June 25, 2002 |
This latest chapter of the "Spy Kids" trilogy directed by Robert Rodriguez has an unusual twist – 3D glasses. They're not my favorite, but I did appreciate the fact that there was a message of families sticking together and helping each other in tough times.
- July 25, 2003 |
Ever seen Kindergarten Cop? How about The Pacifier, Daddy Day Care or Are We There Yet? Basically, if you answer yes to any of these, well, then you can safely skip The Spy Next Door, as it's essentially the same pseudo family-friendly movie, only far, far less entertaining.
- January 15, 2010 |
A favorite sci-fi franchise is reborn with Star Trek, director J.J. Abrams' take on the early days of James T. Kirk, Spock and the other well-known crew members aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. The film’s fresh approach to the well-worn franchise takes viewers back to the origins of the crew's beloved characters.
- May 08, 2009 |
It was with great dismay that I viewed Lucas’ prequels, “Phantom Menace” and “Revenge of the Clones” in 1999 and 2002. The good news, however, is that when you’ve made two terrible movies in a row, you can only improve. And fortunately, that’s just what Director George Lucas has done with "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith."
- May 19, 2005 |