Author: Bill Gibron

S. Darko

S. Darko

Some movies don't deserve a sequel. Not because they weren't successful or have a storyline incapable of carrying a franchise. No, some films are so inherently insular, so completely and utterly self-contained that to try...

Movie Review posted on 11th May 2009

Da' Booty Shop

Da' Booty Shop

Frances Ford Coppola once predicted that major studio filmmaking would someday go the way of the dinosaur, suggesting that new technology and the ready access to same would lead a revolution where viewers, not major...

Movie Review posted on 8th May 2009

Grey Gardens (2009)

Grey Gardens (2009)

Most serious film fans know the story of Grey Gardens: how documentarians Albert and David Maysles were investigating the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis's sister Lee Radziwill for a film and stumbled upon the unforgettable...

Movie Review posted on 16th April 2009

Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Confessions Of A Shopaholic

Hollywood has found a new cash cow, though the use of the latter term might get more than a few supposedly chauvinistic critics in trouble. The modern woman, sick of the same old sloppy rom-com...

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2009

Delgo

Delgo

Name the cinematic genre that's easiest to mess up, and sci-fi/fantasy is pretty high up on the list. Flights of imagination, when done correctly, resonate with a kind of clarity and cleverness that instantly connect...

Movie Review posted on 12th December 2008

Soul Men

Soul Men

It's a damn shame. As a stand-up Bernie Mac had no equal. He even made a winning transition to television with his hit semi-autobiographical sitcom. But as an actor, success as the lead in a...

Movie Review posted on 7th November 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Caucasians, apparently, have no soul. Or heart. Or common sense. According to the movies, whenever the majority lacks a moment of personal clarity, they seek solace, advice, and sage-like wisdom from the groups they marginalized...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2008

The Family That Preys

The Family That Preys

Tyler Perry is trying. Instead of sticking exclusively to the urban morality plays that made him a certified superstar, he appears to be broadening his niche-based appeal. And he's doing so by taking risks both...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2008

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

In the classic movie monster hierarchy, the cloth-clad Mummy really scrapes the bottom of the scare barrel. Aside from his close kinship with the zombie -- sadly, this is one Egyptian artifact that avoids the...

Movie Review posted on 1st August 2008

Meet Dave

Meet Dave

During his days as SNL's reigning superstar, Eddie Murphy loved to compare himself to Elvis. Sure enough: Two decades later, the former '80s funnyman is allowing his career to die the same way The King...

Movie Review posted on 11th July 2008

Sex and the City

Sex and the City

Whenever you bring a popular TV series to the big screen, you always face one inevitable difficulty -- will this material play outside the already dedicated fanbase? Does familiarity breed financial rewards, or does the...

Movie Review posted on 30th May 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

In Clerks II, uber-slacker Randal described the Lord of the Rings trilogy as a series of endless walks. Nothing but nonstop, pointless treks. One has to wonder what his reaction would be to the overwhelming...

Movie Review posted on 16th May 2008

Street Kings

Street Kings

Cops countermanding the law, using the close-knit nature of their badge to secretly settle scores on the street, have long since become a cinematic cliché. The police have gone from donut-munching jokes to felons in...

Movie Review posted on 11th April 2008

21

21

With the ongoing popularity of high stakes poker, greenlighting a film like 21 would appear to be a Tinseltown no-brainer. After all, you've got the true story of how a group of MIT students broke...

Movie Review posted on 28th March 2008

Doomsday

Doomsday

Step aside, zombie films -- there's a new derivative genre in town. The post-apocalyptic thriller is out to trump your ongoing redundancy. Instead of bringing something new to the dystopian brave new world, writer/director Neil...

Movie Review posted on 15th March 2008

Hairkutt

Hairkutt

Drug abuse is rarely seen from the viewpoint of the actual addict. Even in cases where the narrative tries to sympathize and humanize the junkie, there is always a smugly judgmental approach to the topic....

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2008

The Game Plan

The Game Plan

Sure, it's maudlin and manipulative, about as realistic towards professional sports as it is in its insights regarding human relationships. And yes, its wit borders on the buffoonish, with slapstick so regressive that the late...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2008

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

It used to be, audiences didn't care if an action movie was brainless, as long as it delivered the goods. Provide ample stuntwork, some mind-blowing special effects, and a linear narrative pitting good (or gallant)...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2007

Family Guy Blue Harvest

Family Guy Blue Harvest

It's no secret that there's been an unholy alliance between Seth McFarlane's Family Guy camp and the usually humorless drones over at LucasFilm. Where other series have been threatened with lawsuits for even hinting at...

Movie Review posted on 18th December 2007

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