Reviews

Review: “Starsky & Hutch”

After delivering such great comedies as "Road Trip" and "Old School", Director Todd Phillips takes a step down with "Starsky & Hutch", a film which doesn't work as a satirical take on the classic 70's cop show but make...

Review: “Cruel Intentions”

The whole teen film revival of the last year or so has proven to result in more bad films than good. Last year the best example in the genre was the deliciously trashy thriller "Wild Things" which mixed numerous...

Review: “Be Cool”

Bearing little or no relation to Barry Sonnenfeld's over-rated but still slickly pulled off 1995 black comedy "Get Shorty", this 'sort of' sequel has Travolta reprising his role of Chili Palmer (in look and accent maybe but his character...

Review: “The Pacifier”

Budding action heroes always feel the need to branch out into other genre fare ranging from comedy to critical drama. For some such as Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger, the path has proven fruitful. Yet for every one of...

Review: “The Jacket”

A rather strange mix of blunt psychological thriller with low-key science fiction, "The Jacket" is certainly the biggest mindf**k of a film this year that demands its viewers undivided attention and a strong ability to simply go with the...

Review: “Cut”

Australia has put out at least a dozen or so indie horror films over the past two decades, all of which were painfully underfunded though all done in a very serious and dark tone which is surprisingly creepy. I'm...

Review: “The Mexican”

The long-awaited teaming of Roberts & Pitt comes in a romantic comedy that's a slight departure from the standard - with mixed results. On one hand you have great performances of the lead actors plus mob hitman James Gandolfini...

Review: “Cradle 2 The Grave”

Slick, dumb and utter trash - 'Cradle' is exactly what you'd expect and at times quite fun despite its moronity. Embracing formulaic yet visually exciting action, the thriller delivers in the areas where it needs to - fights, explosions,...

Review: “Twisted”

Like Meg Ryan is to romantic comedy, Ashley Judd has become the signature girl star of the murder mystery thriller genre. Like Ryan as well, as the years go by she's finding herself being diluted into weaker and weaker...

Review: “Cursed”

The first 2-3 months of the year are seen as a dumping ground for movies, but one genre that has found its legs this year has been PG-13 suspense horror thrillers. Costing very little to make, the likes of...

Review: “Confidence”

Some films will be remembered for their story, some for a visual effect or appeal, and some for their quality performances. Then, every now and then comes along a film which is for all intents and purposes is just...

Review: “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”

Veering wildly between heavy-handed melodrama right out of a soap opera, to raucous brash comedy along lines Martin Lawrence would be proud of, 'Diary' is a chaotic and muddled affair that barely feels coherent let alone genuine. Its a...

Review: “The Passion of the Christ”

With certain films the idea of giving a totally unbiased objective opinion is impossible to be honest. In this case, one's religious beliefs will have an influence over how one reacts to it - and like any adaptation of...

Review: “Queen of the Damned”

It may have been long and slow at times, but Neil Jordan's "Interview with a Vampire" certainly was a film of eerie beauty thanks to atmospheric settings and great cinematography which made every shot seem like an oil painting.'Queen'...

Review: “Dragonfly”

A dumb but likeable TV movie for its first two-thirds and a pictureseque cheese fest for its last act, "Dragonfly" is the latest bomb Kevin Costner's been involved in though because its so becoming a habit - my expectations...

Review: “Old School”

School comedy is a tougher genre to work in than it may appear - short of the great fun that was "Road Trip", most of the efforts in the post-American Pie times such as "Van Wilder" and "The New...

Review: “Dark Blue”

After various gritty police dramas on the big screen (ala "Training Day"), Ron Shelton's "Dark Blue" hits cinemas with more of a whimper than a bang but still has its own charms. Instead of the endless steadicams and grainy...

Review: “Eurotrip”

If there's one thing obvious about "Eurotrip" is that its writers have never been outside the United States. Jokes here are dumb as a post and rely totally on the old stereotypes such as the British being all soccer...

Review: “Jawbreaker”

The cult 80's film "Heathers" combined murder, black humour and high school - with a resulting film which a few people love but most can see some pretty big flaws in. The humour is weak and its black, VERY...

Review: “Son of the Mask”

Sequels without their original stars are usually sent direct to video. Some deserve better, this isn't one of those - hell, video is too good for this. "The Mask" wasn't one of Carrey's better comedies but it did suit...

Review: “Constantine”

An interesting if not entirely successful supernatural thriller, "Constantine" is a somewhat unusual beast that stands above most efforts in the field thanks to its complete devotion to all that's weird and wonderful about Catholicism.A series like "Buffy" could've...

Review: “The Life of David Gale”

Despite the solid cast, this rather preposterous thriller never really clicks or excites, whilst its big twists and contrivances keep spiralling downward into rather ridiculous territory.Much like "Vanilla Sky", the first act is actually an interesting bit of filmmaking...

Review: “Return to Neverland”

A surprisingly bland sequel from Disney which should've headed straight to video like "Cinderella 2" and all the rest, "Return to Neverland" is a big step back for the studio who in recent months has been riding the crest...

Review: “Hart’s War”

An old-fashioned almost 60's-era courtroom drama style tale of racism, "Hart's War" tries to be different by having its proceedings take place around a German WW2 POW camp - and sadly the trick doesn't work.A solid cast and production...

Review: “Super Troopers”

There's something funny about this new FOX comedy which was major success at Sundance last year. On the surface it does look like a forgettable attempt to update those 70's/80's screwball comedies ala "Animal House" or "Police Academy" complete...

Review: “Daredevil”

The superhero/comic adaptation genre is in the midst of a major comeback with the likes of Marvel's "Blade", "X-Men" and of course "Spider-Man" proving the best film adaptations of the medium since those first few "Batman" and "Superman" flicks...

Review: “The Silence of the Lambs”

Everyone has a group of about a half dozen films (usually more) which they absolutely love - without question they could watch them every week for the rest of their lives and enjoy them as much each time. Films...

Review: “The Jungle Book 2”

Like last year's "Return to Neverland", this purely direct-to-video effort should never have gotten a release on the big screen. At a miniscule 65 minutes long and lacking in any sort of life or style which made the original...

Review: “50 First Dates”

Adam Sandler is proving to be a bit of a chameleon, a statement which may surprise many people. The man aptly moves through frat boy macho dumb fare such as "Waterboy" and "Happy Gilmore", mainstream studio comedy like "Big...

Review: “Hitch”

Watching "Hitch" is like going on a date with a really great guy/girl but the venues and food on the night out itself are decidedly plain - as a result you had a good time but it is far...

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