Reviews

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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 -...

Review: “Assault on Precinct 13”

The idea of remaking a John Carpenter movie seems almost sacrilegious. Oh sure the guy is no Coppola or Scorsese, but in the world of genre pictures and purely entertaining B-movies there really isn't anyone with as solid...

Review: “National Security”

A truly inane and flat action comedy, "National Security" joins "What's The Worse that Could Happen" and "Black Knight" as yet another piss stain on Martin Lawrence's career. 'Security' has the weak acting, poorly timed comic setups, car...

Review: “Along Came Polly”

Ben Stiller is becoming the new Martin Lawrence it seems - for every one film of his that's clever or funny comes five others which just reek of laziness, idiocy and more importantly bad jokes.The difference is Stiller is...

Review: “Torque”

Extreme sports action movies all follow the same principle. Start by mixing a bunch of briskly edited chase/stunt sequences around a bad "Miami Vice"-esque plot - usually fellow sport enthusiast gang members involved in theft or drugs. Throw in...

Review: “Varsity Blues”

Guys will love the few brief flashes of female nudity which come as a welcome return when you consider how nudity & sex free recent teen flicks have been (ala "Can't Hardly Wait"). The theme of parents pushing their...

Review: “In Dreams”

Some of the best films of the 90's have been serial killer films. From the completely faultless masterpiece that is "The Silence of the Lambs", through the dark twisting imagery of "Seven", to the slick writing and performances...

Review: “Racing Stripes”

Ten years ago, the talking animal effects of "Babe" were eye opening. Today they're so old hat that no-one cares anymore, yet studios still spawn weaker and weaker clones with each passing year. Now comes "Racing Stripes", a tired...

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