Saturday, August 30, 2008

House Bunny


Anna Faris' Comedic Delivery
Who doesn't love to go back to their college days?

Dim-Witted Dialogue
The Zeta Alpha Zeta sisters are "over-the-top."

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Henry Poole is Here


Adriana Barraza's ('Babel') performance/character adds a bit of joy to this film.

Overall, it's just too gloomy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Frozen River


Melissa Leo's performance is worthy of an Oscar nomination.
Intriguing and Suspenseful
Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize

Grim...but not completely.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona


Strong Cast (Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall)
Smart and Sexy

Bland Narration
How about a happy, committed relationship?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tropic Thunder

A Few Laughs

'Tropic...' is stupid, too long, and a few scenes make no sense.
Violence, Strong Language, Sexual References

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Brideshead Revisited


'Brideshead...' is an interesting story about desire, religion, and control.
Ben Whishaw "captures" the character of Sebastian.

It felt a little long (2 1/4 hours).

Friday, August 8, 2008

American Teen


A fascinating look at senior year.
This documentary captures the drama, pressure, pain, and joy of 12th grade.

I would have liked more structure in the story line (a little disjointed).

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2


'The Sisterhood...' is a winning sequel.
It's an enjoyable look at friendship and family.

Of course we don't believe the traveling jeans fit all four girls.
Who cares?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pineapple Express


James Franco and Seth Rogen make this movie work.
Crazy, Outrageous, and Fun!

Drug Use, Violence, Language, Sexual References
Take the kids to see 'Journey...' or 'Hancock' instead.

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor


You'll have fun watching this action-adventure.
Tough Female Characters (Maria Bellow, Michelle Yeoh)

Is it Brendan Fraser's acting or the writing that makes him such an unlikely action hero?
Too many foolish lines.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Swing Vote


There's more depth to this movie than I expected.
One of Kevin Costner's better performances.

-'s far-fetched.