Reviews

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...

Review: “Hannibal”

This is an extremely hard film to review as it kind of defies conventional cinema. In fact if it weren't for the large budget, the famous cast and the fact it's a sequel to one of the biggest thrillers...

Review: “Rollerball”

When I start off a review with the words "Even 'Batman & Robin' had pretty colours" you know to start worrying. I've never seen the original 1975 James Caan film on which this is based but I can...

Review: “Collateral Damage”

It's somewhat sad to see many of the old great 80's action heroes vanish into oblivion. Seagal, Van Damme, Stallone, etc. who gave us some great pieces of pure entertainment in the 80's and early 90's have quickly...

Review: “The Fog”

Certain films are acclaimed right away, others find that acclaim in retrospect and "The Fog" did just that. After such overnight success with "Halloween" which practically invented the slasher film genre, John Carpenter had to follow it up with...

Review: “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”

The likeable leads and a slight mean streak help lift this otherwise ultra-bland romantic comedy above the soggy and somewhat limp material upon which its based. "How to Lose a Guy..." will be forgotten shortly after its release, but...

Review: “Rabbit Proof Fence”

Director Phil Noyce has done the incredible job of dealing with the 'stolen generation' issue head on in a way that never holds back on showing the overall cruelty of what happened, but also combines it with a powerful...

Review: “Swimming Upstream”

An interesting young male empowerment tale, "Swimming Upstream" utilises material that both looks and feels more like a TV movie than anything else and yet there's something more here. From Russell Mulcahy's interesting direction to powerhouse performances from all...

Review: “Scream 3”

The first "Scream" still remains one of the definitive movies of the 90's. It single-handedly helped restart the horror genre which had been fizzling since the mid-80's, it plaid a major part in creating the current crop of teen...

Review: “Boogeyman”

The first few weeks of the year and the last few weeks of August always seem to be about the time studios dump their creepy (and usually bad) supernatural thrillers on the market as these cheap to make movies...

Review: “Shanghai Knights”

Jackie Chan's US film efforts have proven both hit and miss so far - "Rush Hour" and "Shanghai Noon" were funny and very entertaining studio action comedies though the former's sequel was a rather lame and mostly dull follow-up.The...

Review: “Valentine”

A surprisingly well made production, "Valentine" shouldn't just be dismissed out of hand as another in a long line of teen horror fests. Director Jamie Blanks' last effort was "Urban Legend", a film with a good concept and some...

Review: “D-Tox”

Released in cinemas here in January 2002, the long delayed Sly Stallone thriller is unlikely to get a US domestic release and its understandable. On the one hand this isn't as bad as it could be, the film...

Review: “Brotherhood of the Wolf”

More and more we're seeing French films crossing over into Western culture, especially as the industry over there starts dealing with film budgets to equal or supersede many small-moderate budget American studio films. Like many European films though we've...

Review: “Final Destination 2”

At a time when the teen horror film genre was devolving into mediocre efforts like "Disturbing Behaviour" and "Idle Hands", New Line came along with the superbly entertaining "Final Destination".It was a teen horror suspense film which instead of...

Review: “The Perfect Score”

Whether they be called SATs, A-Levels or the HSC, the 'final exams' at the end of one's high school years is always, arguably, the most daunting and stressful time of one's life beforehand, but a non event afterwards. Aside...

Review: “You Got Served”

Two energetic and well-choreographed dance sequences do not a movie make, but that's all we get in "You Got Served" which coming a month after the woeful "Honey" is a real kick in the teeth to films about street...

Review: “Hide and Seek”

Get ready as I'm about to give away the big reveal of "Hide & Seek", the latest ho-hum supernatural thriller that relies all too much on its lame big reveal than actual character development. Are you ready? Well the...

Review: “Alone in the Dark”

Only one person in seven survived the infamous 'Black Hole of Calcutta' incident in 1756, and those are better odds than making it through the latest Dr. Uwe Boll movie. To be fair to this generation's Ed Wood,...

Review: “Eye of the Beholder”

Some films are great, some films stink, and then on occasion you get what's been recently nicknamed "Reversed Sixth Sense Syndrome" (aka. 'The Mushroom Effect'). "The Sixth Sense" was a quite dull film until the last 20 minutes when...

Review: “The Recruit”

"Spy Game" without the flashy energy or interesting locales, the conventional yet enjoyable 'Recruit' gives audiences the standard mind games and twists you'd expect from modern espionage thrillers combined with solid performers who lend more interest to their characters...

Review: “The Mothman Prophecies”

In 1966 the real life residents of Point Pleasant, West Virginia were plagued by sightings of what was claimed to be a 7-foot tall creature with giant red hypnotic eyes built right into its shoulders, and wings like a...

Review: “The Count of Montecristo”

There's a good deal to like about the umpteenth adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' tale, but whether its time or the success of the more adventure filled swashbucklers like "The Mask of Zorro", this Count's blade is a little on...

Review: “Darkness Falls”

"Darkness Falls" isn't even worth a video rental let alone the big screen treatment its getting. The lacklustre but similar "Wes Craven Presents: They" at least had a decent supporting cast and at times a quite creepy atmosphere thanks...

Review: “The Butterfly Effect”

A surprisingly engrossing and dark tale of a man changing his past, "Butterfly" bases itself on an admittedly ridiculous premise of time jumping and the consequences of it. Ok, so the main setup is more like something out of...

Review: “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton”

A brief, at times funny, run-of-the-mill romantic comedy, 'Tad' is an enjoyable experience guaranteed to give you a smile and drop out of your mind as soon as you leave the theatre. Its spunky young cast, combined with rather...

Review: “Enigma”

There's was concern a while ago that comparisons would be drawn between this and "U-571". Now while both do deal with the German "Enigma" coding machine from WW2, I can't imagine two movies being any further apart in style....

Review: “Play it to the Bone”

This low-budget road...I wouldn't use the term comedy, is a disappointing but on occasion half-decent flick about boxing. The plot is paper thin, the dialogue pathetic, but the actors help lift a very mundane script into a vaguely watchable...

Review: “Are We There Yet?”

Think "Home Alone" on wheels minus the charm and you've pretty much pegged this latest Ice Cube comedy, a depressingly routine one-gag comedy about a road trip where two annoying kids try to make life hell for the boyfriend...

Review: “The Gift”

"The Gift" is a thriller, and by that I mean there's a good amount of suspense that actually works. I found myself jumping in my seat more times in this than any of those crappy teen slasher movies -...

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