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Movie Review

Friday, June 4, 2010

Despite the title, like its predecessor ("Sex and the City," 2008) and the HBO television series (1998 - 2004), "SATC2" is more about love, commitment, loyalty, honesty, trust, forthrightness, and being nice.

The movie will be of chief interest to the "SATC" mostly female college to fortysomething fans, judging from the audience at a May 26 midnight screening (I was probably one of about a dozen men among the hundreds of females in the near-capacity-filled movie theater).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Shrek Forever After" is very entertaining, with excellent 3-D animation and funny quips in the fourth, and purportedly final, installment in the "Shrek" series (2007, 2004, 2001).

DreamWorks Animation ("Shark Tale," "Madagascar," "Kung Fu Panda," "Monsters Vs. Aliens," "How to Train Your Dragon") seems to be sticking with the furry critters and monsters subject matter.

Key to successful feature film animation is the characters' personalities. In "Shrek 4," the characters are abetted by their large, expressive and emotive eyes.

Friday, May 21, 2010

At first, Russell Crowe is not the Hollywood image of Robin Hood we've become accustomed to. Even Kevin Costner in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991) is closer to the Errol Flynn image in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) often associated with the mythical outlaw of England's Sherwood Forest.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Iron Man 2," arguably the 2010 blockbuster season's most anticipated movie, is entertaining for most of its two-hour length, with its mix of cheeky dialogue and dazzling special effects.

As with the similarly effects-laden "Sherlock Holmes," the main reason to see "IM2" is Robert Downey Jr., reprising his role as billionaire Tony Stark, aka Ironman. There are strong supporting performances, especially by Gwyneth Paltrow, back as Pepper Potts. Scenes with Downey and Paltrow, filled with libido-charged sarcasm, are the film's best.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Furry Vengeance" has a funny enough premise: Forest creatures rise up to resist a developer who wants to build million-dollar mansions in their habitat.

The result is a comedy of impervious surfaces.

Call it "Habitat for Destruction."

"Furry Vengeance" is arguably the year's worst movie, albeit, the year is not quite halfway over.

The problem begins with screenwriters Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert (blame them also for co-writing "Mr. Woodcock"), who haven't built on the concept much beyond an idea jotted down on the proverbial cocktail napkin.

Thursday, April 29, 2010
courtesy of paramount pictures

@Caption Stand Alone:'Iron Man 2' arrives on May 7

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The sights and sounds of "Oceans" were augmented by the gleeful "Awwws" of children, in awe as their parents should be of the incredible subjects in a magnificent film.

The amazing documentary, "Oceans," a Disneynature followup to "Earth" (2007), takes us on a world voyage beyond the seas in fact, under the sea and on the beach, where we are introduced to sea mammals, fish and creatures familiar and exotic, beautiful and bizarre.

Friday, April 23, 2010

"Death at a Funeral" is sporadically amusing.

Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence portray brothers at their father's funeral at the home of their mother (Loretta Divine). Along for the jive is Tracy Morgan as a family friend.

Everybody has issues. Even their issues have issues. Rock and his wife (Regina Hall) frustrate mom because they haven't produced a grandchild. Zoe Saldana has an inappropriate boyfriend (James Marsden), in the eyes of her father. An uncle (Danny Glover) could keep a pharmacist busy 24-7. Luke Wilson is a whiny ex-boyfriend.

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Date Night" puts the sparks back in the romantic comedy genre.

The light comedy, with a dash of adventure and mayhem, is an entertaining mainstream movie about keeping the life in married life. There are some thoughtful moments, too, about trust, fidelity and keeping the home fires burning.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

For movie reviewers and entertainment writers who make sport of the Melodrama Industrial Complex that is Nicholas Sparks, his book titles alone are target-ready: "Message in a Bottle," "A Walk to Remember," The Notebook," "Nights in Rodanthe," "Dear John" and now, "The Last Song."