Some plays make the transition to the big screen with great triumph. Others, like "The History Boys," are not as successful. On-screen, the six-time Tony-award winning play feels like a filmed play without any cinematic adaptation.
In "The Last King of Scotland," director Kevin MacDonald shows a bit too much torture and dismemberment, but his talent is evident and his message is important. It’s not so much about brutal dictators as it is about Western arrogance.
Fracture gives Anthony Hopkins his juiciest role in years. Although lagging for stretches, the movie is worth seeing for its portrayal of villainy and the cat-and-mouse legal game that will keep viewers guessing until the final moments of the film.
Written, directed and acted by the same team that gave us the hilarious zombie spoof, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz is sure to please fans of parody as well as horror and cop movies. Think Monty Python meets Bad Boys II meets Halloween IV, and you’ll get the idea.
In what’s essentially a modern retelling of Rear Window, Disturbia has plenty going for it in terms of sheer entertainment value. But when it’s all said and done, the slickly-edited flick ends up being nothing more than a commercial for voyeurism and teenage rebellion.
Slow Burn moves along at a brisk pace. Too brisk, really, at just 93 minutes, which adds to the challenge of trying to follow the plot. Some will be put off by the film’s overt sexuality as well—an overt contrivance which takes every advantage of the leading lady’s curves.
Unfortunately, screenwriter Douglas Copeland never offers a remedy to the soulless living he so devastatingly describes in Everything’s Gone Green. It ends on an extremely nihilistic note—which is, of course, the curse of this postmodern age.
The best movies can become like old friends, a pleasure to see from time to time. Others are like uninvited guests - perfect strangers who deserve to be shown the door, never to be welcomed again. Can you guess which category this movie falls into?
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 |