Reviews

Review: “The Matrix”

Combine Dark City, any John Woo film, The Terminator, a dash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a pinch of Japanese anime and those holodecks from "Star Trek: TNG", and you'll get "The Matrix" - a fast, high-concept sci-fi...

Review: “Rules of Engagement”

Courtrooms can be great settings for movies and television, it's a place where there's no flashiness or effects to distract you from things - everything relies on the sharpness of the script and the performance of the actors -...

Review: “Beauty Shop”

Seriously Queen Latifah, your crown is looking a little rusty. The big and proud 'Queen' is one hell of a personality that when it sparks, is on fire. She made the 20 year old jokes of "Bringing Down the...

Review: “Spy Kids”

"Desperado" never interested me, I really got a kick out ofb "From Dusk til Dawn" (despite a yawn inducing first act), and "The Faculty" proved very much a so-so movie. With "Spy Kids" however Robert Rodriguez has gone in...

Review: “Panic Room”

After a trio of quite dark yet very engaging and original films ranging from bloodthirsty thriller to paranoia chase to dark social satire, Director David Fincher has come up with his most mainstream and light-hearted movie yet. Its...

Review: “Death to Smoochy”

As much as I admire what Danny DeVito was trying to do with 'Smoochy', sadly this ultra-cynical almost cartoonish black comedy about children's television is nowhere near as biting as it wants to be. The setup is a...

Review: “Clockstoppers”

Back when I was a kid, the one comic I read religiously wasn't some costumed superhero tale - it was "Uncle Scrooge". Anyhow one of the more famous stories by the acclaimed artist Don Rosa involved the Beagle...

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: “Head of State”

Political comedies from "Wag The Dog" and "Primary Colors" to "Dave" vary in style of humour but for the most part they tend to be quite fun due to intelligent or at least well written scripts.As a comedian Chris...

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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...

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