Movie Reviews

MOVIE REVIEW- In the clover: One good choice among the rubble
Published on Jan 24th, 2008
0 comments Special to THE HOOK January. It happens every year. The Hollywood studios see it as a dumping ground for their inferior products. Discriminating viewers have year-end award contenders to catch up...
MOVIE REVIEW- World affairs: Dumbing up and dumbing down
Published on Jan 24th, 2008
0 comments Special to THE HOOK It's possible to make an intelligent film about world affairs without condescending to the lowest common denominator or going over the average person's head, but you wouldn't...
MOVIE REVIEW- Let it be: Sinclair's ‘Oil' spills onto the screen
Published on Jan 17th, 2008
0 comments Ever the chameleon, Daniel Day-Lewis disappears into another character and gives arguably his best performance yet in There Will Be Blood, a powerful drama about the early days of the American oil...
MOVIE REVIEW- Odd old couple: Not good for any 'Bucket List'
Published on Jan 10th, 2008
0 comments I thought Carl Reiner was the old guy and Rob was his middle-aged son, but Carl still has some edge to his humor while Rob has been cranking out movie after movie so sappy and sentimental they'd...
MOVIE REVIEW- Barber chop: Depp takes a little off the top
Published on Jan 3rd, 2008
0 comments If you ask Sweeney Todd to take a little off the top, you'd better be careful. Likewise, if you ask Tim Burton to go a little over the top, you're asking for trouble. Surprisingly, Burton has reined...
MOVIE REVIEW- Last man: Bigger budget and 36 months later
Published on Dec 13th, 2007
0 comments Whatever you've said you would or wouldn't do to Will Smith if he were the last man on Earth, now's your chance. For much of I Am Legend he appears to be the last uninfected human after a virus kills...
MOVIE REVIEW- Quandry: Moral 'Compass' or amoral ‘Compass'?
Published on Dec 6th, 2007
0 comments You can stop worrying about kids growing up stupid. If they're able to follow the complexity of The Golden Compass, they're ahead of where I was at their age. It will probably help if they've read...
MOVIE REVIEW- Holiday viewing: The good, the bad, the classic
Published on Nov 29th, 2007
0 comments Special to The Hook Some see Christmas as a holiday, others as an industry. The latter group spend their summers recording Christmas albums, doing post-production on Christmas movies, or getting...
MOVIE REVIEW- Co-'Host'?: Sci-fi flick not to be 'Mist'
Published on Nov 29th, 2007
0 comments Take that, South Korea! Challenging The Host for Creature Feature of the Year is The Mist, which proves once again Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) does Stephen King right....
MOVIE REVIEW- Cat 'n mouse: Coen brothers deliver a classic
Published on Nov 22nd, 2007
0 comments Tommy Lee Jones must have the best job in the world. He can often commute to film sets from his San Antonio ranch, and he's able to embody a wide range of characters, usually without breaking a sweat...
MOVIE REVIEW- Toy store-y: <i>Mr. Magorium</i> could cast a pall
Published on Nov 15th, 2007
1 comments Special to The Hook Dustin Hoffman is the main attraction in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, which might have been called Eric and the Bittersweet Chocolate Factory. It's what kids who got only a...
MOVIE REVIEW- Soap and sensibility: Making believers of non-Janeites
Published on Oct 4th, 2007
0 comments There are two kinds of soap operas: the traditional melodrama and the darkly comic satire.  The Jane Austen Book Club represents a third kind, with all the events that can be crammed into six...
MOVIE REVIEW- Out foxxed: 'The Kingdom' a 'Black Hawk' wannabe
Published on Sep 27th, 2007
0 comments Some movies should be watched only on DVD, where you have the option of pausing and reversing to catch things you missed rather than having to buy another ticket and watch the whole movie again....
MOVIE REVIEW- Seem familiar? 'Sydney White' a pleasant re-hash
Published on Sep 20th, 2007
0 comments There's not a moment in the college comedy Sydney White that isn't likable. In fact, there's nothing in the movie you haven't liked before. It's Mean Girls meets Revenge of the Nerds meets Heathers,...
MOVIE REVIEW- Supergood: Another winner for talented trio
Published on Aug 16th, 2007
0 comments When American Pie meets American Graffiti, it's Superbad; and it's supergood. Not for Baptist ministers and maiden aunts, but anyone who appreciates raunchy humor served up with wit, including most...
MOVIE REVIEW- Jane in love?: Austen films becoming ubiqitous
Published on Aug 9th, 2007
1 comments "In Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen." One happened in Hampshire in 1775. That's when Jane Austen was born there, and the wind hasn't died down yet. While it may only...
MOVIE REVIEW- Some reservations: Chick flick makes grown men cry
Published on Jul 26th, 2007
0 comments After seeing No Reservations I had to go home and watch the Lifetime Channel to get some masculinity in my life, in hopes my chest hair would grow back. Yes, it's that much of a "chick flick." It's...
MOVIE REVIEW- Firm set: 'Hairspray' a dancing laugh riot
Published on Jul 19th, 2007
0 comments Hairspray may be bad for the ozone layer, but Hairspray is good for everything else. It's a singing, dancing, laugh riot that, because it originated in the mind of John Waters, is subversive–...
MOVIE REVIEW- Muggles beware: Has Harry's magic worn off?
Published on Jul 12th, 2007
0 comments Special to THE HOOK Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is for hardcore fans only. Not the ones who have blown up nude stills of Daniel Radcliffe in Equus to poster size– well, maybe...
MOVIE REVIEW- Kicking bot: 'Transformer' comedy better than drama
Published on Jul 5th, 2007
1 comments Michael Bay has done it again! That's either good or bad news, depending on how you feel about his big, stupid action movies (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys I and II) that cost a lot to make and...
MOVIE REVIEW- Moore subtle: 'Sicko' offers prescription for change
Published on Jun 28th, 2007
0 comments I might not endorse Michael Moore for President– though considering the kind of person he'd probably be running against, I probably would– but I've endorsed all his "documentaries" as...
MOVIE REVIEW- Ark of triumph? A uniting <i>Evan</i> has come home!
Published on Jun 21st, 2007
0 comments Evan Almighty is for those who believe in the higher power of comedy (over drama) to put a message across. In this case there are two messages, one spiritual and one political, whose believers may...
MOVIE REVIEW- Oh, brother! 'Mr. Brooks' a model serial killer
Published on Jun 7th, 2007
0 comments Kevin Costner has had a hard time recovering from the backlash that followed his hot period, 1987-93. A great little movie like The Upside of Anger couldn't compensate for a decade of high-profile...
MOVIE REVIEW- Jeepers! Nancy tackles 'The Blue Dehlia'
Published on Jun 7th, 2007
0 comments Director Andrew Fleming (The In-Laws, The Craft) is responsible for Nancy Drew, a cheaply made wannabe franchise, the latest attempt to bring the teen detective to the big screen. It would be a...
MOVIE REVIEW- Not half baked: 'Waitress' a bittersweet tart of a film
Published on May 24th, 2007
0 comments A feelgood movie about spousal abuse and adultery, Waitress is the lighter side of last year's Come Early Morning, another story of a small town Southern woman trying to get her life on track. Jenna...
MOVIE REVIEW- From 'Virgin' to...: 'Knocked up' in one easy step
Published on May 24th, 2007
0 comments When is a chick flick not a chick flick? When it's Knocked Up, a hilarious comedy for mature people of any gender–not AARP mature, just old enough to hear dialogue that's fresh, frank, funny...
MOVIE REVIEW- Dogged: How to make everybody mad
Published on May 17th, 2007
0 comments When you see the people in Peggy's (Molly Shannon) life, you can understand why she's so attached to her beagle, Pencil, and why she's so devastated when Pencil is erased from the universe. There's...
MOVIE REVIEW- 28 days: Time flies when you're having popcorn
Published on May 10th, 2007
0 comments Special to THE HOOK It took less than 28 days for Fox to start milking the cash cow they had in the sci-fi sleeper 28 Days Later by making fans buy another ticket to see an extra minute or so of...
MOVIE REVIEW- Webbage a trois: Spider-Man 3 reverts to type
Published on May 3rd, 2007
0 comments The first three Star Wars movies set a precedent for trilogies to peak in the middle. That changed with The Lord of the Rings and the second Star Wars trilogy, both of which saved the best for last....
MOVIE REVIEW- Consumer alert: Step away from the multiplex
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
0 comments This has to be the worst week in the history of film reviewing, with five wide releases either not screening at all for the press (The Invisible, Wind Chill, Kickin' It Old School) or intentionally...