Reviews

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: “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: “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 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Supernova”

The film which nearly sent MGM bankrupt and has gone through so many edits it isn't funny has resulted in an average movie. In fact the first 40 minutes is quite entertaining as it sets up the characters and...

Review: “Elektra”

Just when you thought comic book adaptations had outlived their usefulness, along comes a film like "Elektra" to hammer that final nail into the coffin. Adapting a major comic hero like "Superman", "Batman", "Spider-Man", etc. is one thing because...

Review: “Coach Carter”

We've all seen this story many times before whether it be "Remember the Titans", "Dangerous Minds", "Varsity Blues", "Hoosiers", etc. Troubled kids in a dangerous neighbourhood find inspiration from a teacher with high morals and strong discipline. Along the...

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...

Review: “Kangaroo Jack”

Some films you can tell from just the premise or a few seconds of footage that they're going to be shockers, and the majority of the time they're exactly as bad as you'd think. "Kangaroo Jack" was shot...

Review: “Just Married”

An awkward and woefully unfunny comedy, "Just Married" tries to grab laughs mostly out of people hitting each other in the nose more than anything else. The best comedies are the simple ones, and so 'Married' basically takes an...

Review: “Chasing Liberty”

Essentially a teen American redux of "Roman Holiday", the Mandy Moore rom-com is lacking both laughs and sincerity despite some likeable leads and picturesque locals. This first of two similarly-themed projects about the dating life of the President's daughter,...

Review: “Orange County”

Despite some good intentions and a decent coming-of-age story, 'Orange' is sadly bogged down by lacklustre jokes, poorly utilised celebrity cameos galore and decent if uninvolving leads.This is very much one of those ho-hum style comedies - there's nothing...

Review: “White Noise”

As effectively chilly as it is silly, "White Noise" is far from what you would call a smart or compelling thriller. Still, the whole point of these movies is to get you to jump in your seat a couple...

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