Movie scores - by Everlasting Films

A score of five or better indicates a movie worth seeing. In our humble opinion, of course.

 

Title

Date reviewed

Score

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

May 8, 2016

2

One of the most overrated movie series tries to make up for Episodes I-III (and VI) by essentially stealing the plot of Episode IV.  Why not?  It worked before. Kylo Ren is the most (actually, only) interesting charater there, while every other new character is a reash of some character you saw before. If you feel you must see this movie, at least don't pay for it.

Noah

March 13, 2016

2

Get people who hate the subject, and you get a movie that hates itself, which is what Noah is. You don't really care about anyone (except for the poor girl murdered after three minutes), and you kind of wonder why Noah was saved himself. Hard to be emotionally invested in people you don't like, and hard to be invested in a movie that doesn't want you to like it.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

March 5, 2016

2

The Ten Commandments as done by people who never read the story. On its own, it could be mildly interesting, but ultimately the movie is quite shallow. Ultimately, it drowns under the weight of much better versions out there.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part two

November 26, 2015

3

What should have been a marvelous wrap-up ends up being really kind of dull. Most every character you were interested in makes only cameo appearances, so the only really interesting character work is Petra and Katniss (in that order). Should have gone out with a bang, goes out with a meh.

The Peanuts Movie

November 6, 2015

6

Not a modern retelling, not a reinterpretation, this is Peanuts just as you remember them and its perfect! The animation is a bit jarring at times, but they kept the look and feel of the old cartoon specials. Snoopy steals every scene he is in, and Charlie Brown is the noblest of them all.

San Andreas

June 23, 2015

4

The first quake was nice, but the second San Fransisco quake wasn't as big as advertised though the tsunami afterward was really good. A popcorn movie and it delivers what it promises. Great disaster is what you come for and it is what you'll get.

Jurassic World

June 15, 2015

3

The movie starts off very cynically, complaining about how audiences want bigger and better to keep their attention, then goes ahead and fails to give the movie audience what they clearly know they want. Substitute any other monster for dinosaurs and you have the exact same movie. Bryce Dallas Howard continues to be out-acted by CGI creatures, but then this time she wasn't exactly given a whole lot to work with.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 1, 2015

3

Generic good guys fight generic bad guy for Earth. Thanks for the dollop of character development; glad you could spare the ten seconds. Otherwise, just pick any other comic book movie and you'll see the exact same thing again and again and again and again and again...

Cinderella

April 15, 2015

4

As you'd expect from Disney, it's charming and good family fun. Cinderella is exactly who you'd expect, the steps- are really wicked, and the Fairy Godmother may have had a little too much to drink that night. Still, a bit too sugary for a redo, maybe it could have been just a touch more adult while still appealing to children.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

October 17, 2014

2

Think Sailor Moon as interpreted by Gem and the Holograms and you'll get a good idea of what this movie is about. Better than the original Equestria Girls, though that improvement can be measured in millimeters, Sunset Shimmer comes out as a far more interesting character than the Mane Six. The songs are actually okay, the animation no better than the television series, and really you could do worse than this movie, though it's hard to think of an example at the moment.

The Fault In Our Stars

July 11, 2014

3

At the very start, we're promised that they won't sugar-coat cancer, then they spend the next 120 minutes sugar-coating cancer. A cute romantic story with its requisite bittersweet ending, but really lightweight when it comes to any deep plot or acting. Lifetime-channel worthy, but that's it.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

June 13, 2014

5

Toothless is sooooo cute!!!  Plot-wise, we're hard pressed to see this as anything more than a 90 minute television episode though.  Which is a pity as it has some gorgeous moments, such as the flight at the beginning with Hiccup  and Toothless which is reminicent of Superman's and Lois Lain's flight in Superman: The Movie.

Godzilla

May 30, 2014

4

Ah, now this is a Godzilla movie! Good involvement of the characters, though as the movie progressed that got lost. Even in this movie, though, we would have liked more city destruction and threat than we got.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

May 9, 2014

3

It was okay. Spider-Man's humour is more annoying than funny, but generally the dialogue was okay and the plotting was okay. What can you say about a movie that the best thing you can say about it is that it's "okay"?

Jack Ryan: Shadow Agent

February 7, 2014

3

For those who follow Jack Ryan, it's hard to keep which version this is. How many times has he been rebooted? In this outing, we have terrorism by accounting, and it's just as exciting as it sounds. Few action sequences all add up (Get it? "Add up". Accounting.) to a really hum drum movie.

Frozen

December 27, 2013

4

Not a bad story, but some of the important plot elements are too simplistic. The songs, unfortunately, are quite intrusive and often stop the plot. Nevertheless, it is enjoyable for an outing, and the Ice Queen's art is gorgeous!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

December 4, 2013

5

Actually better than the first as it expands (or rather establishes) the society. Gets boring when the Game begins, though, as we've done this before. All in all enjoyable, though it deliberately takes the long way around despite several short cuts available.

Ender's Game

November 18, 2013

3

On the surface it's a fun movie, but underneath it's a lot of nonsense. Ender isn't brilliant; everyone else is a moron. The final battle is good, but the ending is unsatisfying and unbelievable.

Monsters University

July 8, 2013

4

This is cute and charming, even if it is something of a ripoff of Revenge of the Nerds. Not as good as the original, but few sequels are. (At least it washes the taste out of your mouth from Cars 2.) You'll have a good time.

Man of Steel

July 1, 2013

4

Not the Superman you remeber, this one is a bit more gritty, and it helps. However, the first half of the movie is jittery and the scenes on Krypton are truly disappointing. The second half is better (and a lot more violent), but overall this movie barely earns its score.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

June 21, 2013

2

A cheap attempt made on the cheap to grab cinema dollars that is nowhere near worth what you'll pay for it.  Forgettable songs, zero character depth, and art that is one step above Pokemon, you'll wonder why My Little Pony is so popular if this is your only exposure.  Flat story, flat characters, and flat humor all lead to a flat experience.

Star Trek Into Darkness

May 17, 2013

6

We still can't take Chris Pine seriously as Kirk, and Khan (oops, spoiler) is barely passable. The story is good, though not as exciting as it should be. Don't spend the extra money on 3D, but it is worth the price of regular admission. Pike can't seem to catch a break in any reality.

Hotel Transylvania

October 8, 2012

4

It was cute, and Sandler does a good Dracula. It has enough fun stuff to keep everyone interested, and the plot doesn't bore things up. Not a blockbuster, but not a waste of time either.

The Dark Knight Rises

August 3, 2012

4

Not a whole lot of action in this action film, more focusing on the ever-brooding Bruce Wayne. There are nice touches throughout, we especially liked Robin, but overall this movie was kind of boring. Bane desperately needs subtitles as he is very difficult to understand.

Brave

July 16, 2012

4

It's The Little Mermaid meets Brother Bear plus a few others in a patchwork of different Disney stories brought together under one roof...er film. The art is breathtaking, owing to a new generation of software programming and always increasing talent. Don't get us wrong, you'll enjoy the film, if only because you liked it before.

The Lorax

April 2, 2012

4

Probably the best of the Dr. Seuss stories yet, this one didn't feel padded. Mostly done in flashback, DeVito is passable as the Lorax, and the Onceler himself is far more fleshed out. Although the movie slams you over the head with its pro-environment message (ignoring its own hypocrisy of extremism), it's still a fun time to have, despite forgettable songs.

Immortals

November 16, 2011

3

Greek gods, titanic struggles, how could it possibly go wrong? This movie is how. The "epic" battle is a 300-esq struggle in a hallway, the gods need to hit the gym (as well as acting school), and you really don't care about anyone, not that you're really given a reason to anyway. What a waste of celluloid.

Contagion

October 11, 2011

4

A fairly realistic look at what would happen if a plague hit the United States. Problem is, they went for realism by sacrificing excitement, as it's also a fairly boring look. It is a competent picture, but the real plague is the plague of empty seats in the cinema.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

April 8, 2011

3

Eight movies, probably worthy of no more than four, Harry Potter once again demonstrates how to take the longest route to get to your destination. Giving up all pretense of any kind of character development, now we're just running, plodding toward the end. Like every single Potter movie out there, he pulls something out of the air to save himself, this time an unlimited life cheat code. What a waste.

Transformers 3: The Dark Side of the Moon

August 1, 2011

4

Ultimately, the action is going to keep this movie going. But beyond that, more robots fighting each other. Series really is running out of steam, but if you only want things beating up on each other, this won't be that much of a disappointment.

Cars 2

July 23, 2011

3

James Bond, if everyone was a car. This is Mater's film, and is probably the best film made in which Larry the Cable Guy is the central character. Ultimately, an unworthy sequel to a good original.

Super 8

July 13, 2011

4

When using children, Spielberg is in his element. Fanning is the best of the bunch and will be someone to watch for in the future. The movie itself is so-so, and unfortunately shows Spielberg's age as the ending is ridiculous.

Your Highness

April 20, 2011

2

We saw this for free and we still want a refund. Inane dialogue, terrible direction, and inept acting all somehow still make the total less than the sum of its parts. You actually have to make a deliberate effort to make a movie this bad.

The King's Speech

February  16, 2011

5

An interesting if somewhat historically inaccurate look at the Reluctant King's battle against stuttering, it is, like most British films, a bit slow and full of itself. It's good drama, don't get us wrong. But it does zero in on one character to the virtual exclusion of everyone else.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

January 31, 2011

4

The problem with a thin story is that it invariably turns into a thin movie, which is what all the Narnia films have been. Once again we're treated to cardboard characters, but at least the film wasn't boring which is always a plus. When it comes to continuing the franchise, this movie is a push.

Tangled

December 20, 2010

5

Surprisingly good, though not a "classic" in the Disney sense, it was entertaining from beginning to end. Special mention must be made of Rapunzel's hair, which is wonderfully detailed; they get better at this stuff each time. A fun time for all, and the horse is scene-stealing hilarious!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

November 25, 2010

4

Ignore the middle, which is so frightfully boring that even Ron Weasley walks out of it, and you actually have a decent film. What a change for the Harry Potter series! Dark and thick though still not worthy of its multi-part length, it can be engaging. If it just wasn't for the sheer stupidity of most every major character in there...

Alpha and Omega

October 4 2010

3

Not as bad as its reputation, though we were a bit surprised at some of the truly bad acting that was in there. A typical story of two classes who are not supposed to fall in love but do, it actually is a little cute, especially with the poor Alpha who can't howl. See it in a bargain cinema or on the television.

Toy Story 3

June 21 2010

7

A remarkably adult story can be found here amid the cute, fun little toys; growth, abandonment, passing of the torch. All wonderfully done, and still managed to keep the spirit of the original movie fresh. Unlike some others, these people know how to do sequels, even if there is a long wait for it.

Shrek Forever After

April 17, 2010

3

Sometimes they just don't know when to quit. Easily the worst of the franchise, there are few laughs or even entertaining moments to be had. We didn't see it in 3-D, but from what we could tell, we're pretty sure we didn't miss much there either.

How To Train Your Dragon

April 17, 2010

6

Oh, that was cute. Has a nice pace, nice laughs, and kept you interested throughout. For the type of movie this was intended to be, we think it hit its mark.

Alice in Wonderland

April 5,2010

3

There's something wrong with this movie. There's no "Wonder". Instead we're given a simplistic plot and expected to enjoy it because there's an odd smiling cat bantering with (an admittedly always good) Johnny Depp. "You are not Alice". We agree. And this is not Alice in Wonderland, either.

The Tooth Fairy

March 8,2010

3

If you go in expecting a great movie, boy did you walk into the wrong picture! But...if you go in expecting light entertainment, it does provide a few laughs, especially if you know (or remember) the leading actor (he doesn't qualify for the term "star") in his previous butch roles. Afternoons have been wasted on worse.

Avatar

December 28, 2009

7

If you don't let a little word like "plagiarism" bother you, this movie is quite good. The 3D is intrusive only a few times, the rest is used to expand the environment and for the odd nice effect. There are really only two characters in this movie, the Bad Aliens and the Good Natives, which may or may not have been intentional.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

August 7, 2009

4

A movie of halves, neither is done particularly well from a writing standpoint. The direction is good, though the movie still comes across like a high-budget Scooby-Doo episode. Despite its length, we weren't bored, though check your logic at the door.

Public Enemies

July 20, 2009

3

A vehicle to rehabilitate the image of John Dillinger, it does nothing else. Depp is a good actor, but gets very little to act in this where everyone is simply a mob-movie cipher. Little drama, no character development, a waste.

Up

June 21, 2009

4

The background story was actually more interesting than the main story, but it was still a comfortable, entertaining piece. This is a feel-good movie. Not Pixar's best work, but good nonetheless.

Terminator Salvation

June 8, 2009

3

Enjoyable, but like the Alien series, you begin to wonder how many different ways they can do the same thing. There were a couple of surprises in there, and it had some nice action sequences. Won't gain any fans, but won't lose any either.

Star Trek

May 18, 2009

6

A complete reboot of the series, this breathes new life into what was a tired franchise. The plot has a really good pace to it, though character-wise only Spock comes out well, everyone else being very thin and Kirk as nothing more than a typical rebel-without-a-cause. Here is what ever movie producer wants to hear: We want more! (For Trekkies, Spock, McCoy, and Pike play their characters perfectly compared to the originals. Everyone else hammed it up too much.)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

May 11, 2009

3

Designed more to milk the franchise, this is a pretty mediocre entry. X-Fans will enjoy it, but those who aren't already disciples of the comic books may find it to be just another face in the crowd. It also asks us to believe the ridicilous even for a fantasy film. (My, that's a pretty durable motercycle Wolverine has!)

Bedtime Stories

January 26, 2009

3

The stories are fun, but they have to be wedged into the plot, which tends to make the movie a bit jarring to watch. Children will like it, adults will probably nod off. A mediocre film, which is a pity as the potential was there.

Bolt

December 3, 2008

4

A cute family film. Nice actions sequences coupled with heartwarming moments give this movie some excellent scenes. Not quite as good as we hoped, but not as dull as we feared.

The Dark Knight

August 19, 2008

7

Ledger certainly is getting the sympathy vote, but his performance really isn't Oscar calibre. That said, the movie is dark and very full, padding out only in a few places. Like we said before, DC really knows how to deliver character.

Hancock

August 1, 2008

6

It's actually a pretty solid story broken into a couple pieces and Smith does a good job delivering it. The only thing that bothers is the inconsistency as to why they lose their powers. An eye-popping surprise in the middle helps to give the movie new focus.

Wall*E

July 25, 2008

5

Wall*E is actually quite cute. The first third or so of the film plays out almost Bambi-esq. The biblical references are nice even though some of the messages the movie tries to put out are somewhat sledgehammer.

Kung Fu Panda

June 30, 2008

3

A very straightforward, and thus predictable, storyline. Some laughs, nowhere near enough. Except for Panda himself, everyone else is paper-thin, existing solely to...well, we're not really sure why.

The Incredible  Hulk

June 25, 2008

5

That's better. After the crushingly bad Hulk, this one has learned its lesson. A good pace without completely abandoning the emotion that Banner suffers. There are, however, some loose ends and not everything is written in a tidy manner.

Get Smart

June 24, 2008

4

Carrel does a passable Don Adams and this movie does a passable Get Smart. Mostly delivering minor chuckles rather than outright laughs, it's pretty lightweight, but not as bad as The Nude Bomb. Johnson is nice to look at but can't act.

Iron Man

June 2, 2008

4

Millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne battles bad guys with high-tech suit. Oh, that wasn't Bruce Wayne? This Batman clone is full of one dimensional characters, but manages to keep a good pace. Could have been much, much better.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

May 27, 2008

3

Using every cliche they could think of and sometimes sledgehammer direction, this is a mediocre addition to the series. It's got a couple good scenes, but the dialogue is truly hokey, especially from the kid. Baby Boomers will wax nostalgic, everyone else will just go So What?

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

May 17, 2008

4

Better paced than the original, it still suffers from lack of plot and virtually no characterisation save that which is forced. We did enjoy it when we saw it, but we don't think we'd see it again. Reepicheep is far better in the book!

Horton Hears A Who

March 20, 2008

5

No live action here, Seuss was made for animation and it does much better. It does slow down just a bit in the middle and has a false ending, but it is charming and funny. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

December 10, 2007

3

No one but Dustin Hoffman could have pulled off the character of Mr. Magorium. That said, there are no other characters whatsoever in this movie; just one-dimensional beings who exist solely for whatever single purpose has been assigned to them. The toy store is indeed wonderful. Wish the rest of the movie was.

Enchanted

November 21, 2007

5

Possibly partly inspired by the short-lived television show The Charmings, this movie is...well...enchanting! Very funny and very Disney, it only falls apart when it comes to the romances of Giselle and Edward. Great family movie, but minus one full point for the bad writing (which no one will likely notice).

Invasion

August 27, 2007

4

Has good moments of suspense and a (small) attempt at commentary. We were interested throughout, which is always a good sign. The ending, however, has been "Disneyfied," losing the effect of one of the great movie endings that the previous version had.

Underdog

August 6, 2007

3

One of the weakest entries of the summer, it barely holds its own. They do take care of the core of Underdog, with all the little references in place. But it just wasn't entertaining or engaging enough.

The Simpsons Movie

August 2, 2007

4

One of the most well-paced movies of the summer. The bad news: It's a three-episode television movie with all the humour of two episodes. You do the math. A lot of people were having fun, though, so you probably will also.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

July 12, 2007

2

That was really, truly boring. Even the wizard battle at the end was uninspired. Like Star Wars, these people think they can slap a "Harry Potter" title on it and people will automatically come. Bleh.

Live Free or Die Hard

July 9, 2007

3

Most reviewers are saying that this is standard popcorn fare, and they're right. Good action sequences, though there needed to have been more as the movie does tend to drag in places. Far better than the last Die Hard, not better than the first two.

Ratatouille

July 4, 2007

4

Well, kudos for trying a unique idea. Strange, though, the cinema was full yet was so quiet. All that not laughing, we suppose. We enjoyed it; it was cute. But for some reason wasn't as good as it made us feel, if that makes any sense.  

Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

June 18, 2007

3

The first didn't deserve a sequel, and the sequel lived up to the first. Star Trek complete with "Treknobable" and unanswered questions. Doom is completely wasted.  

Shrek the Third

May 30, 2007

3

Average in a mediocre way. Really, except for the animation quality, you'd get the same thing on the Cartoon Network.  Not that we're knocking CN. We're just not paying 8 dollars a ticket for it, either.  

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

May 14, 2007

4

Well, that was long. Way long. Perhaps too long? Still, it was really nice to look at and thick with plot twists and turns. Still, though, when we see some of the audience nodding off...  

Spider-Man 3

May 14, 2007

3

What happened?! A lifeless script with lifeless acting ruin what had been up until now a good run. You know you have a problem when they kill off the same bad guy more than once.  

Bridge to Terabithia

March 12, 2007

5

You have to wonder if the people who made the trailer actually watched the movie! Ignoring that, this is actually a good story where adults will wax nostalgic for lost childhood. Children might be bored, though in all honesty this movie could do with an extra 15-20 minutes to help with a more natural flow.  

Epic Movie

February 14, 2007

2

"Epic Bore" is more like it. The jokes are thrown at you hoping that something...anything will make you laugh. Sometimes you will, mostly you won't.  

Charlotte's Web

January 24, 2007

5

"Terrific", "radiant", and may we humbly add "charming" as well. Fern's dialogue is more mature than it should be, but that only grates a little. Wonderful story well told.  

Eragon

January 14, 2007

3

Ironic that a lot of people are saying this movie is a fantasy rip off of Star Wars considering that Star Wars is a rip off of so many other movies. Ignoring that, Eragon has so many other problems including an almost complete lack of characterisation. Still, though, it ends up being a fun ride and over before you know it.  

Deck the Halls

November 30, 2006

3

Flat and mundane, Deck the Halls is a shallow entry into the Christmas comedy genre. DiVito and Broderick themselves are uninteresting and generally unfunny. A few laughs here and there, but overall save your money by avoiding this one.  

Marie Antoinette

November 17, 2006

5

An interesting look at the Queen of France, though it ends before the really interesting part. Done almost in a vignette style, a bit more cohesiveness would have been nice. Still, a well done peek at a person who is generally known for a famous (and misquoted) phrase.  

Stranger than Fiction

November 11, 2006

4

Stuck between a comedy and a drama, it neither succeeds nor fails at both. The characters are flat, though the circumstances they're in are fun at times. Ironically, this movie which talks about great writing isn't very well written itself.  

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

November 10, 2006

4

Not bad. Better than the first, may or may not be better than the second as it is more shallow but slightly more fun as well. A qualified "Maybe".  

The Black Dahlia

September 22, 2006

2

Using period direction, you'll understand why these techniques aren't used anymore. Slow, slow, boring, boring. Don't even try to figure out the mystery. You aren't told anything until The Revelation anyway.  

Lady in the Water

August 26, 2006

2

Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnnnnnnn! And the water nymph legend is a mess, too. Really, truly boring.  

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

August 11, 2006

5

Moderately entertaining, but its good length makes it worth the price of admission. When Davy Jones finally appears, he's something of a disappointment. Nevertheless, the film is definitely better than a lot out there.  

The Devil Wears Prada

July 28, 2006

4

Streep is great as the Devil...er, boss while Hathaway pretty much  relies on her charm rather than any real character. Ironic satire on the shallowness of the fashion scene as the movie has a completely shallow moment when Hathaway's character becomes competent at her job when she dresses up! Funny in a sophisticated sort of way.  

Click

July 14, 2006

3

Oh, this could have been so much better! But after a few laughs, it gets too serious for itself. This is one of those movies where you just want to *click* turn your brain off, but then they go and try to be (and not succeed, either) more than this film should have been.  

Cars

July 13, 2006

4

Nice animation, and the cars make for some cute personalities. But not a whole lot of laughs and very simple storytelling. Not Pixar's greatest work.  

Superman Returns

June 28, 2006

4

Some nice homages to the Reeve movies, it's okay. Just okay. DC begins to delve into conflict that Marvel handles so well. But its longer than it should be and tends to drag.  

The Break-Up

June 23, 2006

3

Somewhere in here is a good idea. We know, because they found it when they made War of the Roses. Here, though, they completely miss the mark. A dragged out "dramady", you have no idea who any of these people are or why they care about each other or why we should care about them.  

X-Men 3: The Last Stand

June 9, 2006

6

Great morality issues and drama make this the best of the series. Sci-Fi always does well when it takes a modern issue and puts it into a futuristic setting. A bit slow at times, but overall a very enjoyable movie 

Thank You For Smoking

June 1, 2006

3

Propaganda and nothing else. Barely even rates as entertaining propaganda, the characters are all so extreme. The Day After Tomorrow was done better. 

Over the Hedge

May 19, 2006

3

Mildly entertaining, the plot is pretty thin. But then, they're animals and their focus is pretty narrow just as it should be. Some laughs. Not as many as there needs to be. 

Scary Movie 4

March 17, 2005

3

As long as there are overblown movies, there will always be someone who will take them down a peg or three. Scary Movie has been quite good at things like this, but some installments are funnier than others. This one, though funny, is best left for the price of a video rental or cable. 

Eight Below

March 17, 2005

4

Touching story of those left behind in the harsh Antarctic, the movie fails only when it switches to the humans who have all the emotional range of a potato chip. Ignore them, focus on the dogs, and it's a good film. 

The Pink Panther

February 14, 2005

4

Clouseau's bumbling is so over the top that it's the joke. Martin does a good job as the classic Inspector and there are good laughs if you're in the mood. No mystery to solve for the audience, however, so don't even try.  

King Kong

January 27, 2005

6

A good retelling of the classic story, though some of the sequences do go a bit longer than they should. After some hesitation, we believed that Kong was taken by Beauty. The 30's style OTT acting was a bit much. Loved the Fay Wray joke!  

Fun with Dick and Jane

January 6, 2005

3

Jim Carrey in a lightweight comedy remake which, like the original, will leave you feeling sated but not satisfied. Really, could have been a madcap romp but instead is too genteel than what was needed.  

Yours, Mine, and Ours

December 15, 2005

3

This is definitely not the Lucille Ball classic. Rather, it's mindless, shallow fluff. Not boring, but not worthy of any real investment, either. Save it for when there's nothing else interesting on the telly.  

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

December 9, 2005

3

Really slow and, in places, underdeveloped. Perhaps some "creative license" should have been taken to pick up the pace at least. Too much in love with itself to make a good adaption for film.  

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

November 21, 2005

5

No wonder the bad guys always lose. They take the longest path between Points A and B every time! Still, for those who aren't burdened by the need for logic, it's entertaining and should keep Potter fans happy.  

The Legend of Zorro

November 18, 2005

4

After a nice into, it gets real slow. It finally picks up speed as things chug along, but there's no excuse for that terrible slow down. Still, when it gets going, it's a fun ride.   

The Fog

November 4, 2005

3

"There's something in the fog" so they say. Too bad it isn't a good movie script. All shock, no suspense. "Lame" as one moviegoer put it. The subplot itself makes no sense whatsoever since it's impossible.   

Just Like Heaven

October 11, 2005

3

For a movie like this to work, you really need to care about the central character Elizabeth. Unfortunately, you don't, and so the whole movie suffers.  Cute moments, but overall you just wish she'd just pass on.  

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

October 6, 2005

4

Mildly creepy in places juxtaposed with some interesting -- but sometimes drawn out -- court scenes. Tries to be balanced, but obviously isn't. Still, it was entertaining for the bargain price we paid.       

Corpse Bride

September 23, 2005

6

Burton doesn't take the well-worn path with this move, and we get a good film out of it. Macabre for the sake of being macabre in places, but the story is strong. Nightmare Before Christmas is better written, but you'll have a good time with this outing as well.      

The Brothers Grimm

September 16, 2005

3

The whole things really doesn't begin to make sense until the end, by which time you don't really care anymore. And even then you're still left wondering about a whole bunch of stuff. To make matters worse, the movie makes a mockery of the real Brothers Grimm and the good works they did.     

Fantastic 4

July 30, 2005

3

Flat and shallow, every character here exists solely to be a cipher. Definitely doesn't live up to much stronger offerings like Spiderman or Batman. Even the fight at the end is dull.    

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

July 19, 2005

5

Wisely and unabashedly a retelling (so as not to compete with memories of Gene Wilder's interpretation of the famous candy maker), Depp does a good job as Wonka, though a bit disturbing as Tim Burton would have it. The songs are not memorable, but everything else is there. The only disappointment is the add-on of Wonka's family problems.    

Herbie: Fully Loaded

July 15, 2005

3

Those who remember the Love Bug will be washed over with memories. Those who don't will miss out on some fun since the movie assumes prior knowledge. Like the old ones, this should be enjoyed for what it is: fluff.    

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

July 12, 2005

3

Think War of the Roses if they were both trained assassins. Uninteresting, unengaging; they think "star power" is enough to get people to come to the cinema, because there's not a whole lot else here. Dull.   

War of the Worlds

June 29, 2005

4

After a very slow start with some very one-dimensional characters, it does get better. No, really, it does. Unfortunately, these characters bog the film down until they finally are faced with some interesting situations...eventually. Not Independence Day by any means, a lot of things will leave you wondering what could they possibly have been thinking???   

Batman Begins

June 17, 2005

6

Gone is the comic book ridiculousness of the last couple movies, this reboot is dark and thick and everything that made Batman great to begin with. There is more than one bad guy in this story, but they are all used very effectively. Nothing is wasted. We look forward to more.   

Madagascar

May 29, 2005

4

The caricature of the animals is a bit hard on the eyes, but the dialogue is a lot of fun. It doesn't wimp out on the fact that a lion is a lion and will do lion things, much to the dismay of people who like to fantasise otherwise. Fun, but definitely not "fluffy".   

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

May 19, 2005

4

Horrible dialogue and laughable scenes populate the first half of this unplanned cancellation to the saga (Lucas was originally going to do three more), but it does finally settle down to be mediocre. The slaughter of the Jedi was good, but Skywalker's turn to the Dark Side was shallow and unbelievable. His confrontation with Kenobi was good, but if you're trying to hide poor Luke, why call him Skywalker?  

Kicking & Screaming

May 17, 2005

3

Unsure whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama, it turns out to be neither. Big names populate an underwhelming script and give respective underwhelming performances. Boring.  

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

April 29, 2005

4

Fans of Douglas Adams might be put off by what was changed or cut. Non-fans probably won't be able to follow what's going on. It's fun, but you have to be into this genre to really like it. The BBC series is much better.  

Robots

April 19, 2005

4

We think a lot of people will find this movie to be cute, and another plus is that they didn't let Robin Williams steal too many scenes. Perhaps, though, it was because there was no one else in the audience but us, but honestly we weren't grabbed by this film. One of us actually fell asleep. Hmm... We're just not sure about this one.  

The Amityville Horror

April 15, 2005

3

Do you know what made Alien such a great horror movie? These people don't, instead opting for all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Even that great scene with Jodi's eyes in the window is missing. What a waste. And what's worse, how come our babysitters never looked like that?!  

Hostage

March 19, 2005

6

Great action thriller that is Bruce Willis' best since Die Hard. The problems start out strong and believable and get more intense as the movie goes on, just as they should. Everyone is believable.  

The Pacifier

March 5, 2005

3

Vin Diesel is stiff in his first comedy. And there's not a whole lot that's fresh here in the first place to take your mind off of it. We were ready to laugh and have a good time. But it didn't turn out that way. A different lead would have helped.  

Constantine

February 26, 2005

4

Despite being a bit confusing and sometimes making you go "What?!", this still turns out to still be quite enjoyable. Even Keanu turns in a good performance. Maybe the world is coming to an end.  

Hitch

February 11, 2005

6

Charming and funny, this is a dangerous date movie.  Guys will feel inadequate and their dates will fall in love with Will Smith. But go ahead and see it anyway. You'll be glad you did.  

Meet the Fockers

December 28, 2004

5

High talent helps lift this beyond what could have been nothing more than a Dharma and Greg feature. A worthy sequel.   

The Phantom of the Opera

December 25, 2004

4

Some truly terrible direction and indecision on how closely they wanted to follow the play mar what could have been the best musical of the year. Still, we waited a long time for this movie to come, and fortunately we weren't disappointed. However, when it's finally seen, you're left wondering what all the fuss was really about. And we're not just talking about the Phantom's face.   

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

December 21, 2004

2

"Bah ga," which probably means something like, "Blame J. K. Rowling for poorly written books being turned into bloated movies". In this series of unfortunate vignettes, Wednesday and Pugsley...we mean Violet and Klaus...lead the audience on an unengaging trip as they try to escape the clutches of Jim Carrey. Too bad they couldn't lead the audience to a more entertaining movie. The most unfortunate event would be a sequel.   

Finding Neverland

December 14, 2004

4

Like Wonderland, we're treated to some fantasy images as the author profiled weaves together his classic tale, in this case Peter Pan. Well written, but poorly acted, everyone mumbles through their roles, taking their cue from Johnny Depp who is continually out of his depth in anything other than school-play acting.   

National Treasure

December 7, 2004

4

We're asked to believe the preposterous, including clues that not even Sherlock Holmes in his prime could figure out. Which means the audience is a passenger rather than a participant in this film. The acting is dreary as well, so we're puzzled as to how this movie was able to hold our attention as well as it did. We liked it.   

The Incredibles

November 9, 2004

4

An interesting idea translated into an interesting movie. Not really a whole lot of laughs, though, which may not be helpful to this type of film. Children may or many not find some of it boring. Still, enjoyable.   

Ladder 49

October 1, 2004

4

Depending on how well you connect with the characters, this will either be an emotional roller coaster or long in the tooth. Some of us are firefighter families, so they connected very well. Good ending. But that PASS is so quiet, how could anyone find him?   

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

September 23, 2004

4

Okay, computers aren't ready to take the place of real sets, but B&W sci-fi movie buffs will really like this homage to the genre'. For everyone else, it's funny, interesting and overblown just like those B&W movies. A good experiment.   

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

August 24, 2004

3

Going so far as to actually steal scenes from the original, only die-hard fans will probably like this echo of what came before. This movie wasn't very well thought-out. Even what was supposed to be the crowning moment, Julie Andrews singing again, is lost because the target audience wouldn't know who she was.  

The Manchurian Candidate

August 3, 2004

3

Really dull and disjointed, we're not sure how logical it was because we really didn't follow it. We were more distracted by the fact that this movie just wasn't holding our attention. Greatly disappointing.   

The Village

July 30, 2004

6

M. Night Shyamalan is turning into this century's Rod Serling. Not as creepy as his last two, The Sixth Sense and Signs, but it still has that good Twilight Zone feeling, and it gives you a lot to think about. Pacing could be better and the fact that Bryce Dallas Howard isn't convincing as a blind girl only slightly mars this excellent work.   

I, Robot

July 20, 2004

7

Nicely done. Interesting all the way through. We didn't read the book, so we don't know what was cut out, though we can imagine a lot of the characterisation was sacrificed due to time limitations. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it.   

King Arthur

July 13, 2004

4

The legend takes a beating, but is it any good? Yes...sort of. It loses a lot of it's power in this interpretation, and takes the form of ordinary. It has heroics, but isn't epic as Arthur should be. Some seem to like it. Others may not. We're iffy on this one.   

Two Brothers

July 9, 2004

7

You'd be hard pressed to find a better movie. Wonderful story, good characters, beautiful photography. Only some questionable direction mars what is otherwise one of the best out there. Do yourself a favour and see this more than once.   

Spiderman 2

July 3, 2004

7

Lots of good angst for poor Peter Parker is done quite well and you don't get bored. Good action, though Dr. Octavius's change into a bad guy isn't quite as believable as in the first movie. Bottom line: we enjoyed this outing quite a lot.   

White Chicks

June 24, 2004

3

We'll buy the premise because they promised it would be funny. It wasn't. At least, nowhere near as much as it should have been. We did laugh, but not enough. Even the low-brow humour (a lot of it) didn't move the audience beyond a chuckle. Disappointing.   

Around the World in 80 Days

June 22, 2004

3

The pacing was wrong. There should have been a lot more laughs or a lot more action. Instead, we're put on a diet and left wanting. Poor Jackie Chan is showing his age more and more.  

Shrek 2

June 18, 2004

3

It was funny in places and dull in others. There are several big names in this movie, but really it's not worthy of such. Even the animation is sloppy in places.  

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

June 4, 2004

4

They said this was going to be darker than the first two, but they forgot to mention that it would be duller, too. A poor adaption of the novel, even the Harry Potter fan among us was falling asleep. Full marks for the director who tried, but just didn't have much to work with. Even the new Dumbledore was boring.    

The Day After Tomorrow

June 3, 2004

5

Enjoyable. Keeps up a good pace, only slowing down somewhat during the last half. As a propaganda piece, it works there, too, assuming you don't let a little thing like facts get in the way. And if you buy what they're trying to sell, you obviously don't.   

Van Helsing

May 11, 2004

4

Fanboys rejoice! Your dreams have come true. Classic monsters all together. And bonus, this movie is not bad at all. Lots of good action. Fails on the charactre side, though, as Helsing himself is uninteresting.  

Man on Fire

April 30, 2004

5

Like a good meal, this will leave you satisfied. It makes good use of it's time...mostly. We didn't believe the deal at the end (among some other things), but it's definitely a movie that doesn't cut itself short. Refreshing.  

Hellboy

April 21, 2004

3

Oh, gee. Another comic-book anti-hero battles a Big Bad Guy and can't get along with his girlfriend. A nothing special idea turned into a nothing special movie and gets a nothing special score.  

Ella Enchanted

April 12, 2004

3

There's not a whole lot that's enchanting about this movie. It's not funny, cute, adventurous, or anything that would make anyone want to see it. It's not dull. Just not entertaining.  

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

February 26, 2004

3

Like the original, we're just not sure that to think. We liked it, in a forced sort of way. Not as good as the first, but passable...in a forced sort of way. Kids will enjoy it.  

50 First Dates

February 20, 2004

4

Cute. It's funny, it's romantic. Both guys and girls will like it. Good date movie, even if it has Adam Sandler in it.  

Big Fish

January 17, 2004

3

The individual "tales" are nice, but the theme seems to be that "Son will be along with Father if Son just learns to lie". Rather odd morale, if you ask us. Aside from the tales, the rest seemed boring. We left wishing we had seen something else.  

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

December 25, 2003

5

Easily the best of the three simply because they learned how to edit out all the irrelevant stuff.  It's got a good pace and enjoys charactre development without being boring...mostly.  Includes good endings that leaves you satisfied.      

The Cat in the Hat

November 27, 2003

3

One-liners are the method d'art of this film.  Bad enough, but coupled with the barest remnant of a plot and it tends to drag.  We did laugh, even it a lot of it was forced.  Not the best film out there, but admittedly nowhere near the worst, either.      

Love Always

November 19, 2003

4

Well, well.  A British film that wasn't wholly pretentious.  Who'd of thought!  The different storylines are handled well, and the pace changes enough so you don't get bored.  After a very rough start, we left the cinema glad we saw it.     

Looney Toons: Back in Action

November 14, 2003

4

Starts off a bit on overload much like Screwy Squirrel, but gets better.  Adults and children will enjoy it alike.  Not Who Framed Roger Rabbit by any stretch, but we had a blast nonetheless.    

Elf

November 7, 2003

3

Cute, in mindless sort of way.  Entertaining if you have nothing better to do.  Ed Asner, much to our surprise, does a pretty good Santa.    

Scary Movie 3

October 25, 2003

5

Hilarious!  Every joke was laugh-out-loud funny.  And that's the kind of praise this film is looking for.  See, sequels can be good.  

The Rundown

October 8, 2003

3

The director was very impressed with the fight scenes he filmed. Too impressed, we'd say, because he uses some very self-indulgent freeze-frames and other Matrix-type effects which are more distracting than enhancing. Add to that a lot of truly horrible dialogue and stupid plot, and Indiana Jones has nothing to worry about from the Rock.  

S.W.A.T.

August 29, 2003

3

Nice actions scenes, but thin on the plot and it gets boring in the middle. Cop-movie fans will enjoy it.  Others might want to seek out better fare.  

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

July 4, 2003

4

Easily the weakest of the three, the actions sequences are nice (when you get to them) but stretch credibility at times. It's really the thin plot and bad direction which mar this final(?) entry to the Terminator series. It wraps up really well, though.  

Hulk

June 20, 2003

2

More like Hulking Bore, there are hardly any redeeming values to this waste of film. Half our group suffered through this whole mess while the other half, mercifully, fell asleep. Lucky bums. Save your two-plus hours for something more entertaining, like the plague.  

X-Men 2

May 2, 2003

5

A worthy sequel, it's well paced once you get past the beginning.  The characters (those who have them) are given interesting things to do.  Even Magnito isn't wasted.  The sacrifice is wholly unnecessary, though.  And the writers have taken the lazy way by simply inventing a new mutant power whenever they need a convenient escape.  

The Core

April 12, 2003

3

Feeling a sense of déjà vu'?  Don't be surprised.  You've seen this all before.  In fact, every single scene was already done in one, and sometimes several other, movies. Barring that, The Core, isn't bad.  Just nothing original.  Or special  At all.  Even a bit.  

Tears of the Sun

March 7, 2003

4

Gritty at times, this is rather weak for an action movie. You'll be surprised at how bored you can actually get waiting for something interesting to happen.  Nobody is drawn deep, the characters representing facets of bigger things instead. Some will like it, most won't.  

Daredevil

February 25, 2003

3

We were surprised by how disappointed we were by this film. Even for a comic book movie, we found it impossible to believe some of the things we were asked to believe. The characters themselves were paper-thin; only Daredevil himself getting any kind of thought put into him. There are far better superhero movies out there.

The Life of David Gale

February 21, 2003

3

When making a preachy movie, you must remember to not have the ending totally destroy your message. And that's only the first of many problems.  So blinded were the writers of this film by their political position, they made no effort whatsoever to try and keep things interesting, viewers being able to guess what's going to happen well ahead of the events. The ending, we must admit, was a surprise.  

Shanghai Knights

February 18, 2003

4

Still light on energy compared to Chan's Asian action flicks, the outtakes at the end are almost worth the price of admission itself. Film-wise, nothing to get excited over, but not a complete waste, either. Borderline.

The Jungle Book 2

February 14, 2003

3

We weren't fans of the original, and this one didn't win us over, either. Shallow on plot and characterization, this is only slightly better than "fluff" status. Disney continues to disappoint.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

February 10, 2003

4

Cute and mildly funny, it's not such a bad movie from a guy perspective. Girls will love it. Though, when you think about it, the real "romance" is wholly based on lies.

Just Married

January 11, 2003

3

Bring your watch, because you'll be checking it frequently. Only occasionally funny, we must admit that we really couldn't see why Sarah would want to stay with Tom in the first place; he was a real jerk.

Maid in Manhattan

January 3, 2003

3

Slow and shallow, we were quite board with it all. Ty is cute and funny, though. In the end, we really didn't care whether she got the guy or not.

Two Weeks Notice

December 27, 2002

3

We're always searching for good romantic movies. Unfortunately, we're still searching. Grant's charm comes solely from his silly quips. The plot is strictly by the numbers so much so that you can tick it off on a chart. Two weeks is exactly how long this movie will feel it lasts.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

December 18, 2002

4

Unlike the first, everything is relevant. However, like the first, the filmmakers were so lost in the grand scale that this movie still is longer than it needs to be. It's a little difficult to follow in the beginning as it expects you to remember everything from the first movie, but settles in and is quite enjoyable. We never got bored.

Star Trek: Nemesis

December 13, 2002

4

After a promising start, it really gets slow for a while, but finally picks up. Galaxy-sized plot holes are very annoying. Points for handling the Picard/clone, Data/clone parallels very well. Not as good as the first few, better than the last several, this one does something that no Trek movie has done for a while . . . leave you wanting more.

The Hot Chick

December 6, 2002

3

The only concern you'll have with this movie is if it will make you laugh. We laughed, but some of it was forced, as we were bound and determined to have a good time for the price we paid to see it. This one might be better if you wait for the video.

Treasure Planet

November 30, 2002

5

Enjoyable, but don't expect too much. After all, Disney is still re-learning old skills after several terrible movies. The animation, however, is almost back to the good old days. Shouldn't B.E.N. be in silhouette somewhere making snide remarks about bad movies?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

November 17, 2002

5

Plot holes, stick-figures for characters, and all the explanations dumped on you in one ball at the end is an exact carbon-copy formula from your typical Scooby Doo cartoon. But somehow it still all works and we enjoyed it. They didn't dwell on the "wonder" in this sequel, wisely, since we saw it all in the first one. You'll have a good time.

The Santa Clause 2

November 1, 2002

4

Just as good as the original. So if you liked the first one, you'll definitely love this. If you didn't, you may feel this sequel to be lacking as well. Some very cute scenes, the Secret Santa was the best.

Tuck Everlasting

October 25, 2002

5

A great story, gently told, we can't think of a better way it could have been done. Some of the threats seemed a little weak, but that won't stop you from enjoying this classic tale. The ending really had you on the edge of the seat, wondering how it was going to turn out.

Sweet Home Alabama

September 29, 2002

3

It accomplishes everything it sets out to do. The problem is, it doesn't try to accomplish much. Plot wise, it's "been there, done that". The ending we didn't buy at all.

Simone

August 28, 2002

5

A hilarious look at the absurdity of Hollywood and the entertainment media. Al Pachino is well cast in his role; he makes it very believable. Ironic that the person playing Simone, though, has all the acting ability of a computer programme.

Signs

August 2, 2002

5

Directed in the style of Night of the Living Dead, this movie allows its story and direction to entertain the audience. A rarity for Hollywood. Signs does very well, only getting slow a few times. We'd watch it again.

Insomnia

July 21, 2002

4

No one will suffer from insomnia during this movie. We were falling asleep after the first hour. Though it is interesting to see how Hoffman and Williams try to outmaneouver each other, it's all rather boring in the end.

Eight Legged Freaks

July 17, 2002

5

Everything you loved about sci-fi B movies, but with better special effects, this movie is very funny and highly entertaining. Reminicent of the night scene from Gremlins, you find yourself almost rooting for the spiders. Great fun. Check your brain at the door.

Reign of Fire

July 13, 2002

3

Very little thought was put into this script as everything is a carbon copy from something else. The post-apocalyptic world, the band struggling to survive, the renegade (American) soldier. Blah, blah, blah. And, like Tri-Star's Godzilla, you don't even get good destruction. Reign of Fire instead opting to skip uninteresting stuff like that and jump right from modern day to The Day After. Hello! Destruction is what we came for!  

Men in Black 2

July 6, 2002

3

They say sequels are never as good as the original, and this one is no exception. Serving primarily as a vehicle to bring back characters from the first movie and little else, we were actually bored for a long while before it even remotely began to get interesting. Pity. Could have been much better if it wasn't so self-indulgent.

Minority Report

June 28, 2002

6

A very well done thriller which keeps you interested the whole way. We blinked and must have missed something, though, as we didn't quite understand how some of the plot worked out. The bad guy, unfortunately, gets no real build up, so you have no chance of figuring out who it is until he is revealed.

Scooby Doo

June 14, 2002

4

A very difficult movie to judge. It was interesting...kind of. It was funny...sort of. The villain was believable, once we stopped rolling our eyes. Shaggy was great, but the rest leaves you mixed.

The Sum of All Fears

May 31, 2002

6

A nice plot, but the tension level isn't very high. For some reason, you'll leave the cinema wanting. Still, there's enough to keep you interested the entire time.

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

May 17, 2002

4

Better than The Phantom Menace, but that wasn't exactly hard to do. The conspiracy is thick and worthy, but Skywalker's angst is flat. R2D2 and C3PO are washouts from the Abbott and Costello school of comedy. There are surprisingly few battles. Promising for the future, but still several steps back from the original.

Spiderman

May 10, 2002

7

Having never read any of the Spiderman comics, we were able to walk in with an open mind, and we were impressed. The plot kept us interested the whole time, and the two major characters got good characterisation. The bad guy had believable motivation and was even sympathetic. Only a few times was there anything cheesy or unbelievable.

The Scorpion King

April 19, 2002

3

Great action, okay acting (not that anyone had to do any stretching or anything like that), and a plot from the bargain bin of K-Mart. Saturday morning matinee fare.

High Crimes

April 13, 2002

3

The only high crimes in this film are the gaping plot holes, including the hole which supposedly starts the whole mess in the first place. You are kept guessing, though, who the bad guy really is, so we supposed there is some redeeming quality to this Matlock meets JAG para-whodoneit.

The Time Machine

March 14, 2002

3

A very disappointing film which does not take advantage of any of the possibilities that were available to it. There were some nice homages and fun jokes, but this story of time travel really dragged. Can we go back in time and prevent this film from being made?  

Collateral Damage

February 5, 2002

3

There is surprisingly very little action in this action flick. We were actually checking our watches wondering when someone was ever going to get killed. It's not like we're asking for plot or three dimensional characters from this film. Just that something happens once in a while! Sheesh!

Snow Dogs

January 24, 2002

2

Don't believe the blatantly misleading trailers, the dogs are hardly in this movie at all. The story, actually, is rather a formulaic adopted-son-searches-for-natural-father plot that is shallow even by Disney standards. A waste of the talent involved. Not only do we want our money back, but we want the two hours of our lives back that we wasted on this flick.

Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition

January 2, 2002

9

What should have been the Oscar winner for Best Picture still is amazing after ten years. The new song, Human Again, fits right in. Though the IMAX experience really doesn't add anything to the movie. Probably because it wasn't designed for it in the first place.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

December 19, 2001

4

Lovinging faithful to the book, but way, way too long! You could literally chop one hour out from the middle and still lose no story points. Amazingly, in all the almost three hours, they still found no time for characterisation. Disappointing.

Monsters, inc.

November 30, 2001

6

Very well done. The computer animation was excellent and the plot had a good pace to it. Lots of jokes to keep everyone laughing.

The Princess Diaries

August 9, 2001

4

Cute, but could have used a little more edge to justify the length. All in all, a nice family film, but not one to take the boys to.

Planet of the Apes

August 2, 2001

5

Very interesting remake of the classic, but it all falls apart at the end. The battle which they have no chance of winning, the surrender that came far too easily, the twist ending that made absolutely no sense. We actually left the cinema irritated.

Atlantis

July 26, 2001

3

The art was so bad we thought it was a joke until we realised it wasn't going to get better. The characters were so stereotypical, the cook was a coot from the Old West whose name was...you guessed it..."Cookie". And there was nothing awe-inspiring, either. We though awe was supposed to be the point. Very mediocre from Disney which is rapidly losing it's relevance in the animation world.

Cats & Dogs

July 7, 2001

5

Off the charts when it comes to cuteness, it could have used just a few more laughs. But don't get us wrong. This is a very funny movie. Animal lovers will lap it up especially. If you don't like animals...well, who cares? You don't like animals.

Dr. Dolittle 2

June 26, 2001

4

Eddie Murphy is charming as the good doctor, but this movie was quite disappointing. Not very many laughs, and the cuteness factor of the animals is minimal.

Evolution

June 15, 2001

3

Insipid characters and a script so unfunny that it has to resort to pratfalls for cheap laughs. Everyone gives a universally terrible performance. If there ever is a sequel, perhaps it will evolve a sense of humour.

Pearl Harbor

June 3, 2001

5

The romance was better than we thought it would be, but boy did it take a long time! The special effects, as expected, were great, but the final battle was greatly disappointing. Shame, shame on Disney for using a stutterer for cheap laughs! The person we sat next to was a stutterer and she found nothing funny about it at all.

A Knight's Tale

May 19, 2001

6

A really fun tale with fun principal characters. The jousting is great, although you can see the knights pull back so they won't hit the good guy. The only problem is the modern music which clashes, rather than compliments, the movie, unlike it did in Ladyhawke.

The Mummy Returns

May 6, 2001

5

A sequel that's actually good??? Amazing! This movie seems to have improved somewhat from the original, though they overindulge somewhat with the romance bits. The Rock turns in an underwhelming performance, but everyone else, even the kid, is fun.

Bridget Jones' Diary

April 29, 2001

4

Wherever did this notion come from that "Because it's British, it must be good"? Girls will love it, guys will be owed a movie for taking their girls to it. Mildly interesting, there's not a single fresh idea in it. Since when was it written that romantic comedies can't be original?

Left Behind

February 26, 2001

2

Christian films have a poor reputation, and this movie won't help. Poor writing, leaps of logic, and little action make this a film that not even the blood of Jesus could save. When the rapture hits, this movie will definitely be Left Behind.

Thirteen Days

January 29, 2001

4

Questionable direction choices and horrible accents hamper this already mediocre film. Yes, there was some good tension as the crisis built, but we felt cheated as little to no attention was paid to those outside the White House. The History Channel provided a more entertaining (and broad) perspective, and in less time, too.

What Women Want

December 31, 2000

4

Slow and self-indulgent at times, this is actually a pretty good romantic comedy. Mel Gibson is very funny, but the ending is so unbelievable that we left the cinema angry.

Dungeons and Dragons

December 9, 2000

2

Like the game, the movie goes from one quest to another with little in the way of plot, characterisation, or acting. The dragon war was good, but certainly didn't make the film worth the price of admission.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

November 17, 2000

8

An amazingly faithful adaption of the classic tale by Dr. Seuss, it only slows down occasionally. Jim Carey does a great Grinch! Everyone should see this film at least twice. Don't ask us where the "PG" rating came from, it's definitely a "G" film.

Godzilla 2000

August 23, 2000

4

There's actually an interesting plot here! In a Godzilla movie, that's surprising. If you're not a fan, you won't like it, but those who love the king of B-movie monsters will cheer this as one of the best Godzilla films. Forget that Tri-Star fiasco, this is the Godzilla we know and love!

What Lies Beneath

July 30, 2000

4

Zemecks' tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, there's very little ghost in this ghost story, instead opting to be a rather uninteresting whodunit. Well, it might have been more interesting if there were actually spooky stuff happening like we were promised.

The X-Men

July 14, 2000

5

Very faithful to the comics, X-Men gives great characterization to Wolverine and Magneto. Too bad everyone else is paper-thin, existing only for the aforementioned to talk to. The conflict between human and mutant is well set up. X-Men receives a passing score...barely.

Scary Movie

July 7, 2000

6

The funniest thing we've seen since The Naked Gun! Watch out for crude humour and some nudity. Remember, it does carry an "R" rating.

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

July 1, 2000

4

Corny, corny, corny. If you can handle a 90 minute Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, you'll have a lot of fun. Anyone else might find it boring.

Chicken Run

June 23, 2000

4

Great claymation, but not as funny as we thought it should be. Don't get us wrong. All the jokes were funny, there just weren't enough of them.

Titan A.E.

June 16, 2000

4

Excellent mix of computer animation mixed with traditional ink and paint, it only jars with each other occasionally. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is unengaging and only gets interesting during the last 15-20 minutes. Major, major plot holes.

Dinosaur

May 23, 2000

4

The next generation of animation! Unfortunately, the plot is unworthy of such effort. Thin, and stolen from The Land Before Time, Tarzan, and The Lion King, children won't find too much to keep them interested.

U-571

May 9, 2000

5

Great war flick with some tense scenes in the sub. Only very minor attempts at characterization, though. Das Boot was better, but you won't regret this one if you like these kind of movies.

The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas

May 3, 2000

3

Not as good as the original, but still good fun. Excellent recasting of the main characters, except for Kirsten Johnson who plays Wilma a little too blandly. Watch out for wholly inappropriate behaviour by Betty for a children's movie.

The Skulls

April 5, 2000

4

We were kind of disappointed by this movie. We thought that it would be much more suspenseful than it actually was. In reality, it was not at all that interesting, except that you're wondering until the very end who is manipulating whom. Glad we didn't pay full price.

Final Destination

March 17, 2000

5

Creepy! Really, really creepy! The acting is nothing to call home about, and they resort to some toilet scenes purely for puritan shock value, but these are small minuses compared to how much this movie will leave you creeped out by the subject matter. Don't be surprised if you find yourself examining your surroundings more closely once you've seen this flick.

Drowning Mona

March 5, 2000

4

Underrated, this movie is actually rather funny. But this isn't Ruthless People even though both DeVito and Midler are in it. And don't try to figure out who the murderer is. It isn't that type of movie, so you won't be given the clues needed for cinema sluthes to work it out. Just enjoy it for the premise, and you'll have a good time...if you're in the mood for it.

Pitch Black

February 26, 2000

4

The problem with these types of movies is that they will forever be compared to Alien. Fortunately for Pitch Black, it compares very favourably. They even make some attempts at character development. It's grafted on, but it was still a commendable attempt. All in all, we enjoyed it.

Scream 3

February 14, 2000

3

Unscary, unfunny, uninteresting tripe carbon-copied from the same cheap horror script Hollywood hacks have used throughout the years since they first discovered it in a box of Cracker Jack. In the end, you really don't care who the killer is. The "3" in Scream 3 vastly overestimates the number of times you'll be scared.

Stuart Little

January 25, 2000

5

Not large on plot, but really cute. The animation of Stuart himself is great! Animal lovers will really enjoy this.

The Green Mile

January 19, 2000

7

Who'd have thought? A Stephen King movie that's actually good. And not just good, but great! The drama alone will keep your attention the entire three hours. The acting is icing on the cake.

Man on the Moon

January 10, 2000

2

Jim Carrey does a great Andy Kaufman, but that's not enough to save this snorefest. If comic genius is defined as being completely unfunny, Kaufman is the King of comedy. Don't expect any laughs in this film. And even as a docudrama, you'll be checking your watch with great frequency wondering how long before it mercifully ends.

Galaxy Quest

December 25, 1999

4

If you're a sci-fi fan, you'll really appreciate the satire on OTT fandom. Trekkies are the main target and we couldn't stop laughing! Problem is, if you're not a fan, you'll probably be bored. Why did Sigourney Weaver go blonde?

Duece Bigelow: Male Gigolo

December 22, 1999

3

Locker room humour and cheap laughs is pretty much all this film has to offer, but if you're in the mood for that, then you'll get some good laughs. This is probably a take-it-or-leave-it film.

Sleepy Hollow

December 6, 1999

4

Nice and spooky, but Johnny Depp is absolutely horrible as Crane. So clichéd is everyone's acting that it must have been planned that way. Sigh. Ruined an otherwise great film. Still, the horseman is fun to watch.

Toy Story 2

November 30, 1999

6

Not as good as the original, but that's like saying Disneyland isn't as good as Walt Disney World. Who cares? Toy Story 2 is a great film with plenty of laughs to keep even jaded adults interested. James Earl Jones really needed to play Lightyear's nemesis for the Star Wars joke to work, though.

End of Days

November 27, 1999

3

There is a difference between being suspenseful and just being slow that the director of this movie hasn't figured out. When things finally do begin to pick up, End of Days devolves into a formulaic action flick with nothing new or interesting to keep the audience interested. Satan gets some great lines, though!

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

November 16, 1999

7

Involving period drama that starts off a touch slow, but really picks up the pace when Joan of Arc starts to liberate France. The last third slows down a bit too much too quickly after the fast pace of the battles, but watching Joan descend into madness keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Random Hearts

October 8, 1999

3

Hard hitting when it comes to portraying the effects of adultery, none the less not even that can save this dull talk-a-thon from itself. Just when you think it's going to end, something else comes up which forces you to endure another 20 minutes...then another 20...then another. Major re-write required. And get rid of that by-the-numbers get-together as well.

Stigmata

September 25, 1999

3

The soundtrack is grating and the visuals, intended to be disturbing, are just annoying. It finally gets its act together by the last third of the film...almost. But by then you're just counting time. The story itself is uninvolving. Biblically, they didn't get that right, either.

Mickey Blue Eyes

September 14, 1999

4

Less of a romantic comedy and more of a mafia comedy. Hugh Grant does a good job of someone caught up in the chaos of it all, but there really isn't enough chaos to keep the pace going. A bit too slow for its own good.

Mystery Men

August 11, 1999

2

You won't find many laughs here. Pity, as the subject is ripe with opportunities. All in all, a big yawn.

The Sixth Sense

August 9, 1999

6

Full of plot holes and in need of some tightening, Sixth Sense nevertheless is quite good. There's some good characterization and great moodiness, though Bruce Willis plays it a bit too much. Like Blair Witch, nowhere near as scary as the hype, but the ending is really a surprise.

The Haunting

July 28, 1999

4

Good, but not great. After starting with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, it gets nice and creepy when the house starts doing what its supposed to. But when Elinore finds out who she is, she starts acting in a wholly unbelievable manner, and creepiness is abandoned.

Inspector Gadget

July 25, 1999

4

Cute but unmemorable. Broderick has found his niche playing cartoon characters. At only 75 minutes, don't pay full price.

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

June 27, 1999

5

Better than the original, but a good number of the laughs have to do with sexual innuendos. The spy-spoofs are great if you get the reference. The scenes where they try to delve into family relationships fall flat.

Tarzan

June 22, 1999

5

Good, but not great. The animation is spectacular and the songs again award-winning (except for Rosie O'Donnell's self-indulgent prattle), but things tend to slow down a bit when Jane appears. In the end, you're left unconvinced as to why she stays behind.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

June 2, 1999

3

Plod, plod, plod. Does anything happen in this movie? Lucas must have figured out that Star Wars fans will watch anything, because here we are presented with a whole lot of nothing. Even the battles (what there are of them) are agonizingly uninspired and predictable.

Notting Hill

May 28, 1999

3

A by-the-numbers romantic comedy where even the jokes are predictable. Julia Roberts' dialogue is the absolute worst. Though there is a line where she says, "One day my looks will go and people will discover I can't act". Never were truer words spoken.

 The Mummy

May 17, 1999

4

Poor writing is the main sticking point of this Indiana Jones wannabe. But the action sequences, of which there are many, will keep your attention even if some of them are obviously put there for no other reason than to have an action sequence.

The Matrix

April 4, 1999

7

Complex enough to be engaging but not so much that you leave the cinema going "Huh?", The Matrix will hold your attention almost the entire two hours. Not to say that it couldn't stand a little tightening. Keanu Reeves continues to give the only performance he ever does in any of his movies.

The Prince of Egypt

December 18, 1998

7

Excellent animation (with only one or two exceptions), great story with brotherly conflict well handled, and a great score. Minuses, some polishing is needed on the art and music placement. Not much for kids here, either.

Star Trek: Insurrection

December 11, 1998

4

Better than the last several, ST: Insurrection takes the time to develop its characters and ideas, but not enough to satisfy. The jokes are funny, and the story worthy of Trek, but once again the space battles are disappointing. All in all, not bad...for a first draft.

Enemy of the State

November 25, 1998

7

A well paced political thriller that will keep you glued to your seat without being so overly complex that you need a map to follow the story. Both Will Smith and Gene Hackman turn in good performances. Very satisfying.

The Siege

November 11, 1998

5

A nicely paced thriller that will gain notoriety because of the Arab boycott. After watching the movie, however, only a racist would find this film to be racist.

Antz

October 3, 1998

6

A good movie that is also a great commentary on the evils of liberalism. Don't know if they intended that, though. Some bad language and a violent battle are things to watch out for if you take the little ones.

Mulan

September 28, 1998

7

Disney does it again! A wonderful story which will keep your attention. It runs out of steam towards the end, but still a great yarn. The songs, the comedy, the art, all praiseworthy.

Rush Hour

September 19, 1998

3

Very disappointing. Jackie Chan, one of the all time great physical comedians, isn't even allowed to do his stuff until the very last fight of the movie. Chris Tucker is just plain annoying.

Presumed Innocent

September 11, 1998

5

Pat Proft does it again with a very funny spoof of The Fugitive. All the jokes work; we laughed through the entire movie. If you're in the mood for something to laugh at without being cerebral, this is it. Only drawback was those endless metaphors Neilson kept spitting out.

Armageddon

July 3, 1998

7

A nice, intense action flick that will keep your attention for the whole 2 1/2 hours. Laugh at the jokes and you'll have a great time. Only thing to watch for is a seriously irritating cliché in the middle of the movie.

Doctor Dolittle

June 27, 1998

6

A really cute family movie (if it weren't for some unnecessary bad language) which shows Eddie Murphy can still do good comedy. What makes Eddie stand out, however, is that he can keep his own while surrounded by cute animals (who normally steal scenes from less-competent actors).

The Truman Show

June 5, 1998

7

Very entertaining satire of entertainment with Jim Carrey doing a passable job at some drama.

Godzilla

May 20, 1998

2

We liked the physical and psychological remake of Godzilla, but insipid characters and hardly any carnage all add up to a terrible waste of time. Very, very disappointing.

Deep Impact

May 9, 1998

3

This movie takes forever to get started. What they seem to consider buildup is really just boring. When the human drama finally starts, even that drags out. It isn't until the last 20 minutes of the film when you really get interested. The 1960's film When Worlds Collide is a better movie.

Lost in Space

April 10, 1998

5

A nice update of the 60's television series. It will keep your attention until the last third of the movie where it starts to dull a little. The Major and Judy get the best lines, while Will is a Wesley Crusher wannabe. Penny took vocal lessons from Fran Drecher. Rocking theme music at the end!

L.A. Confidential

March 29, 1998

4

A complicated plot and a movie overflowing with clichés turn what could have been an exciting two hours into a seven-dollar-a-ticket Dragnet episode.

Krippendorf's Tribe

March 25, 1998

6

A lot of fun! Get past the first 10 minutes of the film and you'll have a wonderful romp as things go from bad to worse ala Fawlty Towers style. Dryfuss and Tomlin are wonderful! The characters are all one-dimensional, but you're not here to see heavy drama, anyway.

Titanic

January 6, 1998

8

Everything is wonderful about this movie. The dialogue, the music, the direction. At three hours, you may think it is a little long, but this is a film that definitely needs to be indulged in.

Mouse Hunt

December 23, 1997

3

Fans of Home Alone might enjoy this film. The mouse is cute, but it's hard to spare him too much sympathy as the antagonists aren't really bad guys, just down on their luck. Mindless entertainment.

Alien Resurrection

November 27, 1997

4

Weaver is wonderful as the resurrected Ripely. But, no matter how hard you try, you can't escape that nagging "Been there, done that" feeling. I guess there's only so many ways you can be chased by aliens. Still a wonderful romp for those who enjoyed the series.

Starship Troopers

November 25, 1997

4

Not the most gripping movie ever made, but the bug battles are certainly worth it. And they even managed to make the characters develop in the believable manner. The only downside is that, if you've seen Aliens, you've really seen this movie, too.

Devil's Advocate

November 4, 1997

4

It's The Firm as run by Satan himself. Only mildly interesting, but Satan gets a great speech towards the end, though his ultimate motivation and methods for achieving his end are somewhat unbelievable. Keanu Reeves reprises his role from A Walk in the Clouds, however unintentionally.

Kiss the Girls

October 3, 1997

4

The characters are a little bland except for the villains who could use a little more explanation with regards to method and motivation. But the story is an interesting psychological thriller and the girl can actually do more than stand there and scream.

The Peacemaker

September 26, 1997

3

A good concept poorly handled. George Clooney and Nicole Kidman are your typical stock heroes. But it does get somewhat interesting during the last third of the movie.

Kull the Conqueror

September 5, 1997

3

Formulaic, but will hold your interest if you're into this genre. Kevin Sorbo is passable as Kull.

Conspiracy Theory

August 19, 1997

2

Mel Gibson has his moments, but the plot is generally boring and predictable.

Event Horizon

August 15, 1997

4

Basically a haunted house movie set in space, a closer kin to The Legend of Hell House than Alien. Definitely not for those who dislike gore. Very disturbing as you walk out of the cinema, but can be seen later as generally unoriginal. Nice to see Sean Pertwee, though!

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