If you enjoy foreign films, you might like the latest by acclaimed Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodóvar. It’s a bit quirky and melodramatic, like all of his films, with an ambiguous moral message. Overall, however, it’s good filmmaking.
- April 09, 2007 |
"The Good Shepherd" revolves around the creation of the C.I.A. It’s the WASP version of a Mafia film, where characters kill one another without a thought, and like “The Godfather,” it’s brutal.
- April 06, 2007 |
An outlandish thriller that uses the 10 plagues of “Exodus” as a modern-day gimmick to serve its own wacky ideas about God, the devil and the fate of humanity, he Reaping struggles to build any sense of suspense before delivering up a whopper of an ending that will generate more chuckles than chills.
- April 05, 2007 |
While it could’ve been an entertaining, heart-warming movie about a family being brought closer together, Firehouse Dog settles for a lowbrow humor and an unconvincing plot that’ll likely leave the younger audience confused by this mixed breed of a movie.
- April 05, 2007 |
Nick Persons is back. After his disastrous road trip with little Kevin and Lindsey in the 2005 film Are We There Yet?, Nick sold the store and married spunky single mom Suzanne. Now, he’s settling into family life. Well, sort of, anyway.
- April 04, 2007 |
Meet the Robinsons not only inspires Walt Disney-type creativity and encourages individuality, but it also addresses the issue of rejection - head on - in a most sensitive and compelling way.
The Lookout is simply a different kind of thriller—one that has an indie feel to it, with lots of time spent on character development. For those who prefer the standard Hollywood genre thriller, it’s sure to disappoint.
With its over-the-top, absurd storyline, Blades of Glory offers plenty of one-liners that will likely become as memorable as the lines in Napoleon Dynamite. The downside? Perverted jokes, sexual allusions, references to or portrayals of drinking, drugs, smoking, and homosexuality, and a barrage of slapstick violence.
Rocky’s back – although sweet Adrian is gone. And, although you’re probably bracing yourself for another bad sequel, as I was, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at this final episode in this series.
The characters in Reign Over Me do not look heavenward for help, but the movie’s joy is in its story of old friends reunited—in what that friendship means for one man’s ability to face reality, and for the other’s realization of the blessings he’s already been given.
Although fast-paced and high action, Shooter comes with plenty of warnings and its title should clue us in on what to expect: countless bullets, bodies that are beaten, bloodied, tortured, and killed, and entire villages subjected to genocide. And that's just for starters.
The masterminds behind The Last Mimzy showcase a Hollywood brand of spirituality that’s not particularly subtle, as everything from Buddhism to astrology to new age philosophies get major screen time.
The film is extremely loose when it comes to language and sexual themes. If you can get past this, however, you’ll find that Chris Rock makes some insightful points, all within the context of excellent acting and direction.
As with its cousin, “Super Size Me,” which focused on the dangerous health issues connected to fast food consumption, you don’t need to be a vegetarian to be horrified by “Fast Food Nation.” You may still become one, however, after seeing this.
- March 13, 2007 |
Filled with violent battle scenes, gory killings and some surprisingly explicit sex, 300 is a perverse form of eye candy. A war epic that arrives in the midst of the United States' ongoing war against Islamic radicalism, it offers, at best, only faint echoes of the current conflict.
- March 09, 2007 |