Reviews

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: “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"...

Review: “The Time Machine”

The lacklustre new interpretation of HG Wells' sci-fi classic is a grave disappointment. George Pal's 1960 film version was hokey and not as visually interesting as its modern counterpart, but it certainly had a lot more life and...

Review: “Bringing Down the House”

A few years ago, Warner Bros. released "Three to Tango" - a Matthew Perry comedy in which he's mistaken for being gay and so is hired to 'watch out' for the mistress of a rich bastard and of course...

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: “Evil Under the Sun”

Ustinov's second outing as Poirot again features an all-star cast in an exotic island off the Albanian coast (actually it was shot in Majorca, Spain), and while the murder is a quite clever scheme (a trademark of the Poirot...

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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...

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