“Find the joy in your life.” That’s the bottom-line message of director Rob Reiner’s The Bucket List, delivered by one of two characters who are facing death and trying to find meaning in their existence. But the film reflects another saying as well: “Everything old is new again.”
- December 31, 2007 |
A film for film lovers, There Will Be Blood is not for those seeking fast-food entertainment. An adaptation of the classic Oil!, it is replete with symbols and metaphors that are destined to become film student fodder for many years to come.
- December 26, 2007 |
If you overlook the obvious comparisons to E.T. and a predictable plot, The Water Horse isn’t a bad flick. Instead of the usual scatological humor that drags down so many movies aimed at the younger set, there’s actually a good story here about letting go of the things we love.
- December 24, 2007 |
Though The Great Debaters (produced by Oprah Winfrey) is filled with hope and inspiration, it is marred by historical inaccuracies and a marked imbalance in its racial portrayals.
- December 24, 2007 |
National Treasure: Book of Secrets is an exciting, well-made film that families will want to support. According to friends in the industry, it is terribly difficult to make a family-friendly movie that’s not schmaltzy, that’s full of action, adventure, history, and romance.
Charlie Wilson’s War is a fascinating story of insider politics and war, but unfortunately the movie has an R rating for nudity and violence. It could easily have been toned down to a PG-13 and had a much wider audience.
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.
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.
- November 21, 2007 |
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.
- November 21, 2007 |