[rating=4]Starring: Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy, Eileen Walsh Director(s): Peter Mullan Writer(s): Peter Mullan
Until 1996, the Catholic Church in Ireland judged and imprisoned women in institutions called the Magdalene Asylums. These asylums were named after Mary Magdalene, the prostitute who found redemption by following Christ in the New Testament. The Magdalene Sisters is the brutal true story of four women horrifically punished in these asylums by nuns, priests and the Catholic Church.
Gothika has a formulaic quality that always makes it seem like theres something missing. This is not your usual devil may care bloodbath but when it tries for the same substance found in The Sixth Sense it falls short.
[rating=1]Starring: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Jake Thomas, Yani Gellman Director(s): Audrey Wells Writer(s): Susan Estelle Jansen and Ed Dector
The Lizzie McGuire Movie is not safe for adult consumption. It is a terrible version of a Mary-Kateand Ashley Olsen straight-to-video film, which means that essentially it is very bad. If it seems like I’m being unkind, let me say, that I have sat through many a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen film and found them more enjoyable.
Parents leave the tweens at the theater entrance. This is a film to avoid at all costs. Taken from the highly popular Lizzie McGuire show on the Disney Channel, the movie is an ego driven finale that brings the show to a close. Only tweens that adore the spunky, slightly screechy Hilary Duff will adore this film. Duff does not have the acting or comedic skill of competitors, Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bines. A witty cartoon version of Lizzie consistently upstages her throughout the film.
There have been many animators and special effects individuals that have put their personal stamp on cinema. Willis O’Brien, who created King Kong, started the chain reaction in 1925, which led to the most famous puppet and stop motion animator of all time, Ray Harryhausen.
[rating=2]Starring: Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Miranda Cosgrove Director(s): Richard Linklater Writer(s): Mike White
I have had the displeasure of watching Jack Black through Orange County and Shallow Hal. So when I heard that School of Rock was winning rave reviews from critics, I struggled with indecisiveness. Should I pay $10 a ticket for a film, that despite starring Jack Black, other critics had found riveting? I couldn’t take the risk. Instead, I waited for it to be available on a considerably cheaper format, the DVD rental. I should have waited longer.
You may not have heard of the film director Al Adamson and Sam Sherman who have been called movie sleaze merchants by some maverick filmmakers by others but whatever anyone says they laughed all the way to the bank.
[rating=4]Starring: Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Juliet Stevenson Director(s): Gurinder Chadha Writer(s): Screenplay by Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra
I have heard Bend It Like Beckham likened to My Big Fat Greek Wedding with soccer, but it’s much more than that. Unlike most sports films, this story isn’t really about a team or a sport. Bend It Like Beckham is about a young girl pursuing her dreams against all odds.