Category Archives: Movies

Snow Falling on Cedars

FIRST LOVES LAST. FOREVER. Sometimes a filmmaker tries to cover too much material and misses the point. Here, director Scott Hicks takes on a romance between a Japanese-American girl and a white boy, the internment camps during WWII and the murder trial that follows the death of a local fisherman in a small northwestern community. … Continue reading Snow Falling on Cedars

The Village

RUN. THE TRUCE IS ENDING. The people of a small, isolated Pennsylvania village have a special agreement with the creatures that inhabit the surrounding woods, but an accident brings about changes… Director M. Night Shyamalan’s first major misstep is supposedly an allegory about America after 9/11, but the whole set-up suffers from a lack of logic … Continue reading The Village

Show Boat

FILL YOUR HEART WITH LOVE, MUSIC, JOY! Director George Sidney’s version of the popular Kern-Hammerstein stage musical is well worth seeing – the showboat party is brought to you in all its Technicolor glory. Some critics saw reason to dislike it because of that, but that’s not fair. The tragic story of the showboat captain’s … Continue reading Show Boat

Ali

FORGET WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW. Perhaps Michael Mann was looking for a Best Picture Oscar when he made this biography about the ten most interesting years, 1964-1974, in Muhammad Ali’s life. It has a nice feeling of the period, a touch of grandeur and a central performance of the kind that is usually rewarded … Continue reading Ali

Sweet November

SHE JUST NEEDED A MONTH TO CHANGE HIS LIFE FOREVER.  San Francisco ad man Nelson Moss (Keanu Reeves) reluctantly shares an apartment with the very free-spirited Sara Deever (Charlize Theron) who picks a new male companion every month. The two stars reunited after The Devil’s Advocate (1997) for this remake of the 1968 film. Theron … Continue reading Sweet November

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. As Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his third year at Hogwarts, authorities are looking for a convict who could be hiding somewhere near the school. The third entry in the series introduces a visually creative director, and it shows. There’s a certain edge but it’s all getting a bit repetitious by … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Stuck on You

BROTHERS STICK TOGETHER.  Conjoined twins Bob and Walt Tenor (Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear) go to Hollywood hoping to make a movie star out of Walt. This time the Farrelly brothers seem more intent than usual on proving that they’re not ridiculing people’s disabilities – so much so they forget to be funny. Some of the … Continue reading Stuck on You