The only good thing about this sequel is that we don’t have to listen to Rosanna Arquette’s whiny French accent (she was in the original). So, unless you think “The Three Stooges” meets Martha Stewart meets “The Godfather” is a riot, you may want to do the 50-yard dash from this one.
- April 09, 2004 |
This film’s poster shows a little girl with demonic eyes superimposed on a decomposing headshot of Nicolas Cage, made to look as if his face is being eaten by honey. This, like the trailer, tells us we’re going to watch a horror movie. Instead, it’s more of a thriller. But oh, how I wish I could say that I was thrilled.
- December 22, 2006 |
While "Wimbledon" serves a light-hearted look inside the world’s best tennis tournament, we don’t see its underbelly. But we do hear what a player might be thinking as he serves, volleys and races to the net. And, we also get an inkling about just how nervous players really are, even when they appear as cool as Wimbledon’s trademark strawberries and cream.
- September 19, 2004 |
Depicting the lives of the rural poor facing dire circumstances, Winter's Bone is not a pretty picture. Yet it is an artful film with a harrowing ending that delivers a punch to the gut that, unlike the effect of mainstream summer movies, lingers long after the closing credits.
- June 21, 2010 |
With so much going for it, The Wolfman should offer a moody atmosphere, a few good scares and actors who set the right tone for the material. But it turns out the new film is merely "inspired by" the earlier Wolfman—but doesn't exhibit much inspiration at all.
- February 16, 2010 |
"Wordplay," the new film documenting New York Times crossword puzzle-meister Will Shortz and the annual crossword competition he founded, provides object lessons in fair play, vocational calling and, well, oddness. For it takes a certain type of person to knock out a Times crossword in two minutes and two seconds.
- June 26, 2006 |
Immediately following September 11, 2001, it was difficult to imagine how filmmakers might render the event in years to come. Would they bring their own agendas to the films or let the historic events largely speak for themselves? Now, director Oliver Stone delivers "World Trade Center" a survivors’ story, full of hope and the belief that God and family can sustain us in the most dire of circumstances.
- August 11, 2006 |