Reviews

Review: “Scooby-Doo 2”

A little ambition can be a dangerous thing. The first "Scooby-Doo" was a bit of a freak accident - certainly not a good film but shot as a teen comedy and then cut down to a kiddie flick, it...

Review: “Guess Who”

Essentially a lightweight "Meet the Parents" which uses somewhat dated interracial humour rather than the accidental cynicism of the Focker films, 'Guess' nevertheless is above your average studio comedy. This is mostly thanks to its two leads whose differences...

Review: “Killing Me Softly”

I'm not sure what it is exactly, maybe because it's a first time this director (the man behind the superb "The Emperor and The Assassin") has done an English film, maybe its because the genre is easily ridiculed if...

Review: “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous”

If there's one thing consistent about Sandra Bullock is that she succeeds in spite of herself. Short of the first "Speed", the actress has yet to deliver a role that's particularly interesting. All of her work tends to be...

Review: “Blade II”

The first "Blade" came as a bit of a surprise - a dark and gory vampire tale to be sure but an interesting, modern and surprisingly fast-paced action vehicle with well planned out lore and interestingly shot sequences. ...

Review: “Sorority Boys”

A tired concept gets another workout and the result is somewhat of a mixed/bad fare in "Sorority Boys". On the one hand there are indeed the odd good laughs to be had out of this - whilst many...

Review: “Boat Trip”

Dated, offensive and overall more like the dumb humour of a "Porkys" clone than actual laughs like "The Birdcage", this very much direct-to-video level comedy has great turns by Roselyn Sanchez & Roger Moore in an otherwise dead flick...

Review: “Dreamcatcher”

A jack of all trades is a master of none - that saying applies to the latest Stephen King adaptation which despite its lavish look and solid cast, never truly gels as its not entirely sure what it wants...

Review: “Taking Lives”

Every bit as stupid as last month's "Twisted," "Taking Lives" proves another bland retread of the serial killer genre despite having what initially sets out to be an interesting premise and strong cast.Jolie returns to the genre she played...

Review: “Dawn of the Dead”

An example of an MTV horror reinventon done right, 'Dawn' is a loud zombie-filled action fun-fest that's pure theatrical entertainment. Like last year's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", this is a stylishly shot reinvention of a classic late 70's horror movie...

Review: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Writer Charlie Kaufman and Director Spike Jonze are one of those great entertainment team-ups whose work so superbly compliments one another - on their own they're each a formidable talent, but together they create mind-bendingly inventive stuff such as...

Review: “Ned Kelly”

After much fanfare and hype, the latest film incarnation of the famed Aussie bush ranger legend hits the big screen and the result is somewhat of an average affair. On the one hand the production values, look of the...

Review: “Forces of Nature”

Take two of the sexiest Hollywood stars of the past few years, add some FX to a genre which never uses them, and then borrow some elements from "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", and you'll have this watchable piece of...

Review: “The Ring Two”

In the end though, much like the differences between the black and white 'Ring' videos/visions in the films themselves, this second go around lacks the texture, mood and teeth of the original. It's a passable horror movie per se...

Review: “Ice Princess”

So it doesn't break any new ice, but "Ice Princess" is a refreshing example of how formula can still work so long as it's done right. Combining a well thought out script that nevertheless hits all the expected...

Review: “Memento”

Take a simple B-Grade murder mystery thriller revolving around only 3 characters and at most half a dozen supporting players/extras, and then f**k around with the order in a way not seen outside a "Star Trek" time travel episode...

Review: “Children of Dune”

The first "Dune" mini-series may have lacked the sheer scope of David Lynch's wacky feature film version but as a piece of television it was an effective and very entertaining show with admittedly a few soft spots. In...

Review: “Enemy at the Gates”

When it comes to WW2 films they've usually been about the big events involving either the Americans, the British, or the French. From Pearl Harbor to D-Day to the Battle of the Atlantic, most of the events are well...

Review: “Resident Evil”

One of the better shoot 'em up games in computing history comes to the big screen in a way that is not only near unrecognisable, but also one of the most disappointing adaptations of a game ever - making...

Review: “Showtime”

A surprisingly ordinary action comedy, "Showtime" starts off well as a "48 Hrs" lite clone - a satire of both generic buddy cop films and reality television, yet sadly falls into being the former all too quickly. Its...

Review: “Ice Age”

FOX's first big foray into the CG animated world has resulted in what is a good film for kids, but certainly doesn't have the crossover appeal of the superb Pixar or Dreamworks efforts of late. As a story...

Review: “The Hunted”

Some flicks you just have to wonder - what was the point to all that? "The Hunted" is one of those movies. This "Rambo"/"Fugitive" clone never really delves into subplots and aside from its three major characters, all the...

Review: “Willard”

A stylishly hammy, over the top and somewhat twisted empowerment fable - "Willard" works as a mid-range "X-Files" episode which is a shame as its made by two of the more creative talents to come out of that series...

Review: “Erin Brockovich”

One of the first things they teach students in film school is to have a sympathetic main character, and unfortunately 95% of these filmmaker wannabes think this means they have to be a noble and totally PC lead.That's probably...

Review: “Against the Ropes”

I'm all for someone breaking out of the genre they've become known for. When it comes to Meg Ryan though, a staple of romantic comedies since "Sleepless in Seattle", her recent forays into more dramatic genres actually have me...

Review: “Secret Window”

Yet another failed Stephen King adaptation, "Secret Window" is like "Misery" dumbed down and without any of its deliciously dark humour. The novella admittedly was one of King's least memorable and despite proven writer David Koepp adapting it and...

Review: “Spartan”

My favourite film of the year's first quarter, "Spartan" proves David Mamet's best in ages and an invigorating shot in the arm for the all too overdone kidnap thriller genre. Gone are the repetitive dialogue and silly twists that...

Review: “Hostage”

Yet another attempt by Bruce Willis to recreate his "Die Hard" glory days, "Hostage" tries to be one of those broad appealing action thrillers that rely on the usual stock elements. Amongst them a burned out cop forced back...

Review: “Robots”

If there's one group of people who'll be happy with "Robots", it's Pixar. With the exception of Dreamworks' "Shrek" franchise, Pixar is the sole king of the CG animated film hill with every other attempt at the genre yielding...

Review: “Mission to Mars”

Brian DePalma has directed twenty six movies in his career, some are cinematic classics, some entertaining romps, and some barely watchable stinkers. "Scarface", "Carrie", and "The Untouchables" fit that first category, "Mission: Impossible" the second, and "Mission to Mars"...

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