Archive for June, 2005

Liar Liar

As “Liar Liar” begins, young Max Reede (Justin Cooper) watches as his grade school teacher scribbles the word “Work” across the blackboard. The subject is what parents do for a living. The usual line-up is unveiled: Fireman. Doctor. Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine DVD

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Romance is in the air. You’ve already picked out the flowers and candy. All that’s left is the perfect romantic movie. You could rent “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” or “Valentine,” but unless you’re planning a gangland hit or hacking up horny teenagers (okay, who isn’t?), here are some suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »

The Spanish Prisoner DVD

“The Spanish Prisoner” is an anomaly, a small, independent, intelligent film that completely defies the rules. It’s an exception and a alternate to the big-budget fair that is currently playing. Those looking for something intelligent will be pleasantly surprised by director-writer David Mamet’s tricky tale of con men and one poor sap who falls into their game. Read the rest of this entry »

Crash Landing

A private flight for a billionaire’s daughter and her friends becomes a hellish ordeal when the plane is overtaken by a team of terrorists, plotting to hold the billionairess hostage. But there is one thing the hijackers didn’t count on – Major John Masters, who is also on board. Within a matter of minutes the situation spirals out of control, resulting in a wounded pilot, several dead, and a severely damaged plane Read the rest of this entry »

XXX

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then the makers of "XXX" are full of it. Their shameless attempt to duplicate the James Bond films as a franchise for action star Vin Diesel proves that money speaks louder than logic. "XXX" (triple X) has obviously been manufactured for an audience who only remember original James Bond Sean Connery from his work in "Highlander." Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Crashers

Divorce mediators John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey are business partners and lifelong friends who share one truly unique springtime hobby—crashing weddings! Whatever the ethnicity of the wedding party—Jewish, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Hindu—the charismatic and charming duo always have clever back stories for inquisitive guests and inevitably become the hit of every reception, where they strictly adhere to their proven rules of wedding crashing to meet and pick up women aroused by the very thought of marriage. At the tail end of another successful season of toasting brides and grooms, Jeremy learns that the daughter of Treasury Secretary William Cleary and his wife, Kathleen, is getting married in what is sure to be the Washington D.C Read the rest of this entry »

Night at McCool’s

You really can’t blame them. They are powerless to do anything. Once they fall under her spell, the men in Jewel’s (Liv Tyler) life become her playthings. Jewel isn’t your ordinary garden variety femme fatale. She’s like the siren who lures men to their death. They know she’s trouble, but they can’t help themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Gone with the Wind

I was way too young to appreciate “Gone with the Wind” the first time I saw it in a theater. All I knew was that it was long, and someone got mad and burned down a town. Ah, sweet, innocent memories of my youth. That was then, this is now, and after having watched “Gone with the Wind” for the first time in years, I have fallen in love with the film all over again. Read the rest of this entry »

Cave, The

A group of cave-divers and scientists explore a newly found cave system in Romania. However, rockfall blocks the exit and after delving further into the cave, the group discover a pack of deadly creatures are waiting for them. With their leader Jack having very strange side-effects and with their numbers dropping, the group must delve even further into the cave, battle the creatures and hope for an exit Read the rest of this entry »

House of Fury

Teddy Yu is a former secret agent turned chiropractor who thought he left his past behind. He teaches martial arts to his two kids. However, his past catches up to him as a rogue agent demands to know the whereabouts of an agent known as Dragon Read the rest of this entry »

The Thirteenth Floor DVD

If indeed there are 13 levels of hell, the filmmaker’s behind “The Thirteenth Floor” make no apologies for dragging us through each and every one of them.

A dull, dreary exercise, “The Thirteenth Floor” is another example of style of substance. The film looks sensational, largely thanks to cinematographer Wedigo von Schultzendorff and production designer Kirk M. Petruccelli, who have created there distinct worlds in which the characters inhabit. Read the rest of this entry »

The Skeleton Key

Like a bowl on gumbo left out on the sitting porch all night, The Skeleton Key is thick and tasteless. You have a better chance of swallowing stagnant Bayou water filled with fly-infested alligator feces than keeping down this creaky ghost story about soul swapping. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Fish

In Sidney, Tracey Heart is a thirty-two years old manager of a video shop ex-addicted in heroin and clean for four years. She is trying to raise forty thousand dollars to buy a shop for computer games on the next door of the rental and become partner of her boss, but based on her negative records, the banks deny the loan. Tracey takes care of her junkie stepfather Lionel Dawson, unsuccessfully trying to make him quit his heroin habit Read the rest of this entry »

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie Bucket comes from a poor family, and spends most of his time dreaming about the chocolate that he loves but usually can’t afford. Things change when Willy Wonka, head of the very popular Wonka Chocolate empire, announces a contest in which five gold tickets have been hidden in chocolate bars and sent throughout the country. The kids who find the tickets will be taken on a tour of Wonka’s chocolate factory and get a special glimpse of the wonders within Read the rest of this entry »

The Flying Serpent

The Flying Serpent” is a hoot, but the title creature isn’t an owl. It’s a mythological Aztec flying lizard. Honest. You can trust me, because I keep one in my bedroom closet. Read the rest of this entry »