Reviews

Review: “The Core”

Probably the most enjoyable B-movie I've seen in ages, the 'Core' is a deliciously silly FX adventure with a great cast and solid script which unfolds the utterly absurd premise in exactly the right way. With movies like...

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: “Never Die Alone”

Taken as a satire of the blaxploitation and gangster movie genres, "Never Die Alone" proves hilarious. The trouble is you can tell the laughs here are all purely unintentional, which means that taken as a serious film - 'Never'...

Review: “The Ladykillers”

The Coen Bros. first try at a remake proves at least somewhat better than their first real mainstream studio comedy - last year's dull and smarmy "Intolerable Cruelty" - and yet it's far from their previous highs let alone...

Review: “Jersey Girl”

Kevin Smith may not have 'sold out' but the boy has sure gone mainstream. Smith's films have proven a mixed bag with one bonafide cinematic classic ("Chasing Amy") and some decent comedies like "Mallrats", "Jay & Silent Bob..." and...

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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...

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