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 |
"Borat" intends to offend, in order to reveal our deepest prejudices. The film also has a strong message about stereotypes and the subtle racism that still exists in our country. But to get there, we have to wade through a lot of nudity, foul language, scatology and crude humor.
- March 08, 2007 |
"Conversations With God" is one man's true account of how he found answers from God, became a "spiritual messenger" and authored a successful book series that has sold over 7 million copies. After watching this film, Annabelle Robertson creates a fictional "conversation" of her own with the film's main character.
- March 05, 2007 |
The year was actually 1984 when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first invented. Now, rather inexplicably, they’ve been resurrected from their cinematic grave. Why? No doubt, to market more junk to another generation of unsuspecting kids and gullible parents.
- March 01, 2007 |
The Astronaut Farmer is a compelling case study on whether or not it’s really worth the risk to follow the big dreams. More than anything, it’s an interesting peek into the dynamics of something we don’t often see: a functional, loving, supportive family.
The true story of the fall of FBI spy Robert Hanssen, Breach shows how a man who tricked the U.S. government for decades was brought down by the very people he held in contempt, and how a young bureau employee who shared Hanssen’s Catholic faith led to the man’s undoing.
- February 17, 2007 |
While “Daddy’s Little Girls” could’ve been an uplifting story, any potential was lost in hackneyed writing and heavy-handed, but inconsistent moralizing. And despite director Tyler Perry’s good intentions, the audience deserves far more.
- February 16, 2007 |