Reviews

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Bride and Prejudice”

Films rarely get as bright or cheery as "Bride". Combining the classic Jane Austen story with a westernised Bollywood tone, this is pure light-hearted fantasy that is so gleefully optimistic without coming across as pandering that it's hard not...

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: “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: “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: “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...

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