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THE UNBORN (2009) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Unborn Year: 2009 Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery Playtime: 1h 28min  Director: David S. Goyer Screenwriters: David S. Goyer Starring: Odette Annable, Gary Oldman, Cam Gigandet As best I can tell, The Unborn has two things going for it. The first is its creepy, clever premise: that a twin brother who dies in the womb appears two decades later and demands to be born. The second is Gary Old...[Read More]

THE THEATRE BIZARRE (2011) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Theatre Bizarre Year: 2011 Genre: Horror Playtime: 1h 54min  Director: Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo Screenwriters: Zach Chassler, Richard Stanley Starring: Udo Kier, Virginia Newcomb, Amanda Marquardt Screened at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival I approach anthologies with caution, but The Theatre Bizarre is genuinely delightful, bringing together six well-known figures in independent ...[Read More]

THE SKELETON KEY (2005) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Skeleton Key Year: 2005 Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery Playtime: 1h 44min  Director: Iain Softley Screenwriters: Ehren Kruger Starring: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant Tell me a good story, and you can have your way with me, cinematically speaking. Few recent movies illustrate this all-important principle as well as The Skeleton Key, a thoroughly absurd southern gothic horror mo...[Read More]

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS (2005) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Year: 2005 Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Playtime: 1h 59min  Director: Ken Kwapis Screenwriters: Delia Ephron Starring: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera Even if you took away the lamentable fact that it consists entirely of a jeans-clad teenage ass, the poster for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants would still be one of the tackiest in e...[Read More]

THE SEA INSIDE (2004) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Sea Inside Year: 2004 Genre: Biography, Drama Playtime: 2h 5min   Director: Alejandro Amenábar Screenwriters: Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil Starring: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas You have to give Alejandro Amenabar credit — he does his darndest to make The Sea Inside, the true story of a paraplegic who fought to end his own life, something more, or at least something ot...[Read More]

THE RING TWO (2005) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Ring Two Year: 2005 Genre: Horror, Mystery Play time: 1h 50min   Director: Hideo Nakata Screenwriters: Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuk Starring: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek In my review of last year’s The Grudge, I complained that the horror film didn’t bother to institute any rules to constrain and guide its villains and heroes, a vital element for a plot-driven thril...[Read More]

THE REAPING (2007) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Reaping Year: 2007 Genre: Horror, Thriller Play time: 1h 39min  Director: Stephen Hopkins Screenwriters: Carey W. Hayes , Chad Hayes Starring: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, AnnaSophia Robb Because of my affection for the genre, I hold out hope that someday soon, one of these religiously-themed horror films that pop up every couple of months will be coherent, perhaps even thoughtful, wi...[Read More]

THE READER (2008) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Reader Year: 2008 Genre: Drama, Romance Play time: 2h 4min  Director: Stephen Daldry Screenwriters: David Hare Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz I often complain that American films set in other countries will have their stars speaking English — but with a foreign accent. The most egregious offender in this regard was K-19: The Widowmaker, which forced Harrison For...[Read More]

THE RAID: REDEMPTION (2011) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Raid: Redemption Year: 2011 Genre: Action, Thriller Play time: 1h 41min  Director: Gareth Evans Screenwriters: Gareth Evans Starring: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy I actually sort of agree with Roger Ebert on this one, except that I share neither his misplaced outrage nor his total disregard of the virtuosic craft required to bring this non-stop, head-spinning martial arts assa...[Read More]

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (2009) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Princess and the Frog Year: 2009 Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy Play time: 1h 37min  Director: Ron Clements, John Musker Screenwriters: Ron Clements, John Musker Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey It’s still hard for me to find too many occasions to reminisce about the good old days, so here we go: I grew up on the Disney musicals, from their resurrection w...[Read More]

THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Polar Express Year: 2004 Genre:  Animation, Adventure, Comedy Play time: 1h 40min  Director: Robert Zemeckis Screenwriters: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter It occurs to me that the age group targeted by The Polar Express — roughly 7-11, if my instincts don’t fail me — is just about at that time when children are normally disabused of t...[Read More]

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2012) MOVIE REVIEW

Title: The Place Beyond the Pines Year: 2012 Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller Play time: 2h 20min  Director: Derek Cianfrance Screenwriters: Derek Cianfrance Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes The Place Beyond the Pines is an epic, foolish, hugely contrived melodrama that nonetheless hits with the force of a locomotive. It is Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to Blue Valentine, but where t...[Read More]

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