Unfortunately, the torrents of blood make Sweeney Todd disgusting in several spots, so much so that the film cannot be recommended, despite outstanding production design by Dante Ferretti, striking cinematography by Darius Wolski, and Tim Burton’s deft direction.
- December 21, 2007 |
In storytelling, it’s constantly been said that it’s far better to show than tell. But in movies, especially ones like I Am Legend that are meant to send shivers of fear up your spine, too much showing inevitably ruins the impact.
An outstanding adaptation of a well-regarded book is currently playing at theaters. Unfortunately for fans of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, that movie is Atonement—not the big-screen version of Hosseini’s widely read book-club favorite.
Alvin and the Chipmunks is adorable, and it’s even fun for adults to watch the combination of live action and stellar animation. With a sweet story that has tons of humor, romance, and even a memorable moral, it’s a delightful holiday movie for the whole family.
Is The Golden Compass a threat? Will it lead children away from a personal knowledge of God? Or, will it become a key opportunity to talk to children about the real adventure of knowing a living God who wants to know them in a personal way?
Grace Is Gone is one of the first films about the Iraq war to explore the death of a female soldier. Another unique element is its focus on the family—a worthy subject that hundreds of thousands of families of deployed members are sure to appreciate.
Directed by Joe Wright, Atonement is both sumptuous and satisfying. With the exception of the gorgeous English scenery and attractive lead actors, however, there’s little else about the flick that’s truly memorable.
Although these films couldn’t be more diametrically opposed in terms of sheer crudeness, there’s been a decidedly pro-life theme running through several flicks this year: Knocked Up, Waitress and now, this month’s Juno.
- December 05, 2007 |
Awake is writer/director Joby Harold’s first effort, and unfortunately his inexperience bleeds through. The plot is rife with inconsistencies and makes so many mistakes that few will find it credible.
- November 30, 2007 |
In his first English-language driven project, award-winning Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai has created a movie that, despite its lush visuals, is only mildly interesting. The acting is good, but this isn’t enough to give depth to a film with such a slow narrative and clunky dialogue.
- November 28, 2007 |
Enchanted is a completely adorable, delightful movie whose packed screening audience of little girls ages four to fourteen gave it a rousing applause at the end. The story wraps up in a compelling way, hinting that the good life just might be a healthy mix of both seasoned reality and fairy tale dreams.
August Rush is pure Hollywood magic. But if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief, sit back, and enjoy, then the rewards are many. And if you’re like me, you’ll probably even tear up, so you may want to bring some Kleenex along for the ride.
Everyone longs for hope beyond the pain of broken relationships in Margot at the Wedding. But watching such a dismal spectacle is like listening to the clamor of a discordant harmony. It’s uncomfortable, depressing, and you just want it to end.
Redacted takes its plot from a recent incident in Iraq. Director Brian De Palma loves to push the cinematic envelope, and this project is no different. Here, he toys with the medium in order to make a statement about it. He’s also very, very angry about the war.
This holiday season, Walden Media brings our kids Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium—a delightful movie that, though it contains some faulty worldview elements, will spark their imagination and teach them a few lessons about loving and living.
Love in the Time of Cholera spans 50 years, so adapting this novel to the screen was a formidable undertaking. But in the hands of experienced screenwriter Ronald Harwood and talented director Mike Newell, one would have expected something better.
When I first heard about Vince Vaughn trying to pull off a family-friendly scenario, my suspicions were on high alert. Especially when I heard that Fred Claus was directed by the same guy who did the raunchy, R-rated Wedding Crashers a couple of years ago.
- November 09, 2007 |