Archive for the 'Film Review' Category

The Clearing

One look at Wayne (Robert Redford) and Eileen Hayes (Helen Mirren) confirms the existence of the American dream. Successful, proud parents and grandparents, a good home and a good life. Look closer and you’ll notice dings in their perfect marriage, distance between them and their children, and an American dream that’s about to become a nightmare. Read the rest of this entry »


The President of the United State’s daughter has been kidnapped, and only one man can bring her back alive: Special Ops officer Robert Scott (Val Kilmer), whose background and uncompromising attitude make him just as dangerous as his prey. Read the rest of this entry »

Harry potter and the chamber of secrets


Decidedly darker than its predecessor, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is also more satisfying and entertaining. Mere mortal words will have affect on your decision to see the film, but for those on the fence, there is good news and bad news. Good, because “Chamber of Secrets” is everything a sequel should be and more. Bad unless you pre-bought your tickets for this weekend.
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Van Wilder

Wow! Has it really been 25 years since National Lampoon unleashed “Animal House” on an unsuspecting public? My, how time flies by. 25 years later, National Lampoon is back on campus with “Van Wilder,” a quasi-update of the original “Animal House.” Since “Animal House” is a classic of its type, it would be impossible to improve or duplicate the formula. Read the rest of this entry »

28 Days Later

When animal activists break into an animal research laboratory and release a monkey infected with a "rage" virus, they set into motion a series of apocalyptic events captured with horrifying intensity by director Danny Boyle in "28 Days Later." Shot on digital video to give the events a sense of urgency, "28 Days Later" is a tidy little horror thriller that pits a small group of survivors against an ever growing horde of psychotic zombies. Read the rest of this entry »

The Patriot DVD

While formulating my review of “The Patriot,” I kept replaying The Pretender’s song “It’s A Thin Line Between Love & Hate” over and over in my head. I really wanted to love this movie about how one man’s personal vendetta during the Revolutionary War inspired the South Carolina locals to rise up and defeat General Cornwallis and his troops. Read the rest of this entry »

Malibu’s Most Wanted

The cinematic equivalent of a colonoscopy performed with a telephone pole, cross beams and all, “Malibu’s Most Wanted” is more than just a pain in the butt, it’s a drain on the brain, a membrane sucking monster without any soul or wit. Read the rest of this entry »

The King And I

Hello young lovers, who ever you are. Could anything be more delightful than owning a copy of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I” on DVD? Never have the colors looked so smashing, so vivid, so true to life. It’s like watching “The King & I” for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

Cold Mountain

It might not have been love at first sight, but the moment handyman Inman set eyes on the new preacher’s beautiful daughter Ada, he knew that their lives would become intertwined. Ada felt the same way, but being a proper woman raised in Charleston, knew that she had to play coy. Read the rest of this entry »

Wet & Wild Summer

Love them or hate them, you have to admire the creators of South Park for creating an animation model which allows them to turn out an episode on the fly. Unlike other prime time animated shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy, which require long lead times, South Park can exploit a current trend while it?s still hot. Read the rest of this entry »

The Terminal

Added security has turned a quick trip to the airport into a marathon experience. Extensive waits are not uncommon, transforming once bustling mini-municipalities into holding patterns. Imagine spending all day waiting for a flight. Imagine spending nine months waiting for a flight that never comes. Read the rest of this entry »

Inside Man

Whether by choice or accident, it’s impossible to tell by the coming attractions that the new crime thriller Inside Man is a Spike Lee joint. I guess it all depends on how you feel about Lee, who has etched a career with sharp, pointed social commentaries, but rarely works in the mainstream. Even Lee’s best films, Mo’ Better Blues and Do The Right Thing, have only been marginal successes. Read the rest of this entry »

Spike And Mike

Spike & Mike, those bad boys of animation, have been bringing their signature brand of sick and twisted humor to film festivals and video for years, and now they take on DVD with a vengeance. This compilation features 35 animated shorts from various friends and associates, the kind of folk you wouldn’t trust to be left alone with your pets. Read the rest of this entry »

Looney Tunes: Back In Action

You can’t keep a good duck down, as “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” attests. While not as novel as the groundbreaking “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Back in Action” is much better than “Space Jam,” the 1996 blend of live action and Warner Bros. cartoon animation featuring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Read the rest of this entry »

Species II

In real life, some things bear repeating. Great sex. Great food. Great times. Even great movies. In Hollywood, if a film even shows signs of becoming a moderate hit, writers are hired to hammer out a sequel. In a few cases, the sequels equal or better the original (“Godfather II” immediately comes to mind). The rest usually pale by comparison. Some are simply awful. Read the rest of this entry »