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.
“School for Scoundrels” is based on a novel by Stephen Potter and a 1960 screenplay by Hal Chester and Patricia Moyers. Unfortunately, however, the adaptation doesn’t work. What should have been either dark or funny simply comes across as horrendously cruel.
There’s nothing that spectacular about the special effects in Bridge to Terabithia. But the film's characterization is extraordinary, just like the award-winning book on which it's based. And no amount of computer-generated effects can make up for that.
Ultimately, much like those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, Music and Lyrics is a momentary pleasure - probably not good enough for your DVD collection, but an entertaining-enough escape for an hour and a half.
- February 14, 2007 |
The real problem with "The Grudge 2" is the script, which is a redundant rehash of the first. It wasn’t great to begin with and now it’s worse. And again, that’s assuming you like watching people being murdered and terrified to begin with. And that, my friends, is the crux.
- February 12, 2007 |
If Hannibal Rising isn’t bad enough to kill off this film franchise, nothing will do the trick. Ghastly and often disgusting, it somehow manages also to be dull, all the while providing a strange but not entirely convincing impetus for Hannibal Lecter’s taste for human flesh.
I applaud director Michael Landon Jr.'s goals, and I have no doubt that he put his very heart into this movie. I also sympathize with the film’s strong gospel message. As a film critic, however, I’m obliged to hold him to the same standard as other filmmakers.
For those who saw Daddy Daycare and Doctor Doolittle, and were hoping for some more “Eddie-Murphy’s-now-a-dad-so-he’s-making-cute-family-films” movies, don’t hold your breath. His latest comedy, Norbit, has way more crassness going for it than cuteness.
A sense of irony can add a lively dimension to films in the weary horror genre, but The Messengers barely nods in that direction. In taking itself so seriously, it bogs down. Neither scary nor interesting, The Messengers adds nothing to the genre but a pale imitation of what’s come before.
- February 02, 2007 |
Though it's derivative, Smokin' Aces also is surprisingly stylish and, for much of its running time, entertaining. But it's not noble, pure or lovely. It's an empty exercise in cinematic excess.
- January 26, 2007 |
It's the clichés that take this movie's compelling premise and flush it down the drain in a hurry. In what could’ve been an insightful commentary on the grieving process, the writers wasted an opportunity by creating unbelievable characters in a by-the-numbers comedy that’s devoid of any substance.
- January 26, 2007 |
For some, football is just a game. For others – like teenage inmates who have no reason to live, and nothing left but hope – football really is life. So get ready to flick away a few tears, gentlemen. This one will hit you like a defensive linebacker – right in the gut.
- January 25, 2007 |
Jesus Camp will likely drive home not only the polarization between believers and non-believers, but also how truly splintered we are as Christians today.
- January 22, 2007 |
Honor and duty are noble callings, but what are we to make of them when they’re put to ends with which we disagree? Clint Eastwood’s “Letters From Iwo Jima” forces us to consider the humanity and dignity of people who fight against America.
I wasn't engaged by the story or its “mystery,” which seemed fairly humdrum, “Law and Order” style. Once you’re over the disturbing sexual content and, of course, the phallic humor so ubiquitous in homosexual-themed films, it’s still a very mediocre effort.
- January 15, 2007 |