Reviews

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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 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: “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...

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