Slasher film characterized by long stretches of heightened suspense where the biggest fear is the dread of what is about to happen. The ending, as with most horror films, is weak, but there are a few genuine scares and the overall mood is creepy throughout.
Archive for December, 2008
From American playwright, John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck), comes this austere drama about a feud at St. Nicholas’ parish between a Catholic priest and a nun. Perfect cast is stellar. The riveting verbal sparring between Streep and Hoffman is a marvel to behold. Despite the final scene which lacks impact, an otherwise well-written film.
It’s difficult to like a Christmas movie where the Santa is such a feeble pushover. Add an irritating efficiency expert played by Kevin Spacey and you have the cinematic equivalent of a stale Christmas fruitcake no one wants. Shamefully wasted cast boasts three Oscar winners and two nominees!
The Mummy was a pale imitation of Indiana Jones, so that makes this uninspired sequel a dull copy of itself. The inane script, threadbare plot and excessive digitized effects all add up to a most unenjoyable time at the movies. Oh and there isn’t a single mummy in the whole unfortunate mess of a movie.
Endlessly engrossing landmark science fiction about an alien, Klaatu, that comes to Earth with a warning. He is compelled to pose as an ordinary human and takes refuge with a sympathetic widow and her son. These quiet scenes where he interacts with her family and son are quite effective. Intelligent script’s dark outlook regarding human society, heavily influenced by the Cold War of the 1950s, is still relevant. Ambiguous ending could have been more powerful, however.
Sloppy, poorly acted musical is a testament to how well the original ABBA could sing. As mother-of-the-bride, and her two shrill friends, Streep, Baranski and Walters screech their lines in high pitched squeals. In one credibility stretching number, Christine Baranski prances about in tight spandex while men, young enough to be her grandkids, dance about as if they’re in love with her. If that sounds good, check this out, all others, BEWARE!
Extremely depressing, somewhat distasteful drama dealing with sacrifice and redemption. Confusing and unrelentingly grim. Audience is pretty much in the dark as to who Ben Thomas, the lead charcater, is and why he acts the way he does, until the very end. A complete waste if not for Rosario Dawson. She’s the best thing in the film.
Pitch perfect courtroom comedy about a lawyer defending his cousins of murder in a backwoods Alabama town. Fish out of water comedy features stellar performances by Pesci, Tomei and Gwynne. Likeable, funny and well written.
Police detective drama about a veteran father who goes looking for his son who has gone AWOL upon his return from the Iraq war. Film’s exploration on the toll war has on the soldiers that return home, is anchored by Tommy Lee Jones heartfelt and honest performance.
Powerful drama about a man who must weigh his desire for self preservation and his guilt at aiding Nazi forces. Dramas involving the Holocaust are always difficult to endure and this is no exception, but the moral dilemmas it raises are thought provoking and the performances are first rate. 2007 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film.