Archive for April, 2002

The Negotiator

When the city of Chicago faces a tough hostage situation, they call in Danny Roman. Roman is the best at what he does, and proves it during an intense opening standoff involving a deranged, disgruntled husband holding his daughter hostage. Willing to put his life on the line, Roman is a hero to the masses, but is considered reckless by his new wife Karen. Read the rest of this entry »

The Prophecy DVD

A war is being waged between Heaven and Hell, and Earth has been chosen as the battleground. That’s the premise of writer-director Gregory Widen’s creepy “The Prophecy,” which isn’t to be confused with that awful Talia Shire, monster-in-the-woods movie years back. Read the rest of this entry »

Dancer Upstairs, The

The story of Detective Agustin Rejas, a man clinging to the hope of an impossible love in an impossible world. Tracking Ezequiel, a delusional anarchist who incites the downtrodden masses to join in his brutal revolution against the fascist government in their unnamed Latin American country, Rejas finds solace in his sense of self-respect and the joy that his daughter and wife bring him. Then he meets Yolanda—his daughter’s soulfully beautiful ballet teacher—a woman who sparks his long-forgotten passions and represents all that is good and all that is corrupt in their troubled country Read the rest of this entry »

Films Review May

HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE (PG-13)

At this point in time, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is no longer just a movie. It is an event. Not since the release of “Star Wars” has any film generated such a high level of hype and buzz. Read the rest of this entry »

Toy Love

Love is a game for Ben who lies and cheats on his girlfriend Emily, with the greatest of ease. But when he meets the sexy and unpredictable Chlo, the tables are turned. Ben falls head over heels in love, and is astonished to find someone even more immoral than he is Read the rest of this entry »

High Crimes

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines. Claire soon learns that to navigate the military justice system, she’ll need help from the somewhat unconventional Charlie Grimes; meanwhile, Claire’s sister, Jackie, is falling in love with wet-behind-the-ears Lieutenant Embry assigned as the official defense lawyer Read the rest of this entry »

Lilo & Stitch

In a place far, far away, illegal genetic experiment #626 is detected: Ruthless scientist Dr. Jumba Jookiba has created a strong, intelligent, nearly indestructible and aggressive being with only one known weakness: The high density of his body makes it impossible for the experiment to swim in water. The scientist is sentenced to jail by the Grand Council of the Galactic Federation Read the rest of this entry »

Waking Ned Devine DVD

Tullymore is a small village in Ireland, one of those quaint seaside hamlets filled with colorful characters and a colorful past. There are 53 residents of Tullymore, and like the residents of every small town, they know each other’s business. You can’t keep a secret in Tullymore, or can you? It seems that one of the residents of Tullymore has won the National Lottery, yet no one has stepped forward to claim the prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Scorpion King, The

In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to fortell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress. But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for Read the rest of this entry »

K-19: The Widowmaker

By their very nature, submarine movies are prone to wade through an ocean of clich├ęs. There have been so many submarine thrillers (some good, many bad) that it’s fundamentally impossible to create characters and situations that we haven’t seen before. Since we have seen it all before, it’s up to the writer, director and cast to convince us otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »

Housesitter

I remember how anxious I was to see “Housesitter” when it first came out. Honest. I mean, the pairing Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn was a long time in coming. They’re a natural match. Martin had just come off the remake of “Father of the Bride,” in which he showed a sweeter side. Read the rest of this entry »

In And Out

When Tom Hanks won the Best Actor Academy Award for “Philadelphia,” his passionate acceptance speech gave thanks to a number of people, including one of his previous teachers. Because the character he played in “Philadelphia” was a gay man, Hanks mentioned that his former teacher was also gay. Read the rest of this entry »

Blast from the Past DVD

1962 was a tumultuous year, even without the Cuban missile crisis. The Cold War was in full freeze, and paranoia run rampant. Paranoia can cause people to do strange things. The thought of a Russian missile attack convinced many Americans to build bomb shelters. For most, these shelters were nothing more than a small underground bunker, if that. Read the rest of this entry »

Return to Never Land

The classic tale of ‘Peter Pan’ continues in Disney’s sequel ‘Return to Never Land’. In a world besieged by World War II, Wendy, now grown up, tries to give her own children hope by telling them of her magical experiences with Peter Pan in Never Land. However, Jane, Wendy’s 12-year-old daughter, sees it all as make believe and refuses to believe in the tales Read the rest of this entry »

Ring, The

Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son’s and her own life Read the rest of this entry »