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mostly great performances in a surprisingly sympathetic Bush biopic
Oliver Stone's "W" is nowhere near as hostile as one might expect from an in-depth biopic of our much-hated and much-beloved 43rd president. Nor does it approve of him.
Rather it presents the image of a man who searched for a role in life and a way to please his father and made several progressions and mistakes along the way ...Besides Brolin's success with the title character, the real acting meat of the film belonged to the frequent confrontations between Richard Dreyfuss's Dick Cheney and Jeffrey Wright's Colin Powell.
For more of my review go to http://www.helium.com/items/1433420-w-movie-review
The Brave One (2007)
"Anyone can be a killer"...and Jodie is great at it
Two years ago a preview story about Flight Plan, suggested that it was similar to Panic Room in that they both featured Foster trapped in a small space. This similarity didn't seem to bother the writer who assured the reader: "Bottom line: we'd pay to watch Jodie trapped in a cardboard box." If however a viewer saw these two movies and wondered if they were the start of a disheartening trend, they can relax.
This is an entirely new movie. It features Jodie Foster going over the edge and killing people. We haven't seen that before, but naturally Jodie does it perfectly...For more of my review go to http://www.helium.com/items/1433419-the-brave-one-review
Sydney White (2007)
one of the most awkward, predictable movies I've ever seen
It is fitting that the title character in Sydney White is defined from the beginning of the film by her awkwardness because the film, like the character, tends to begin every scene with a well-meant but inappropriate statement, then backtracks inadvertently making it worse and leaving the viewer in total confusion.
This scenario gets old quick. Now imagine a hour and a half of this, throw on the most predictable storyline imaginable; add some vague Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs references and Amanda Bynes blinking in wide-eyed puzzlement and you have Sydney White...for more of my review http://www.helium.com/items/1433421-sydney-white-review
Music and Lyrics (2007)
a musical disguised as a romantic comedy
Music and Lyrics is a musical disguised as a romantic comedy. That's right; Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore have given us a musical.
Not a big musical, crowded with production numbers (though there are a couple of those, come to think of it) but a sweet, quiet, almost old-fashioned musical. It takes place mostly in one room with two people at a piano, trying to write a great new song in two days.
It follows standard musical formula of "Boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy sings a song and gets girl back." Basically, MGM would have quite happily produced Music and Lyrics 65 years ago...For more of my review http://www.helium.com/items/1433416-music-and-lyrics-review
Michael Sheen's Lucian steals this show
The most fascinating aspect of 2003's Underworld is how thoroughly the main plot gets overshadowed by one stunning supporting performance and a back story we see only in flashbacks. It's a movie not without its flaws but one that should be commended for spending equal time on character development and back story as it does in crafting its strangely gun fire heavy action sequences....
Len Wiseman (director) and Danny McBride's (writer) film is seen through the eyes of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) a vampire who rejects the persistent attentions of the head of her vampire coven Kraven and the Anne Rice-esquire decadence that surrounds her. A single minded warrior, she'd rather focus on the ongoing war between vampires and Lycans....
For more of my review go to http://www.helium.com/items/1312997-underworld-michael-sheen
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
A well made but uncomfortable film
Lessons learned from watching "The Other Boleyn Girl". Lesson one: don't be a woman in Renaissance England. Two: if you are a woman in this suffocating era, and King Henry the eighth wants to sleep with you, flee the country if at all possible. If sleeping with Henry is unavoidable, don't be too good in bed and don't under any circumstances get pregnant. Lesson three: too much ambition will kill you and everyone you love.
"The Other Boleyn Girl" is a well made and competently acted film about some truly horrible subject matter. Adapted from Phillipa Gregory's best selling novel, the movie follows the love triangle between the two Boleyn sisters and Henry. Any audience member who has seen the misleading trailer and walks in expecting a historical romance should put that notion out of their heads, this isn't a romance. But it isn't strictly political intrigue either, instead its an unsettling combination of...For more of my review go to http://www.helium.com/items/1433415-the-other-boleyn-girl-review
Vantage Point (2008)
Good overall, but stumbles in a few places
Vantage Point" attempts to show a violent day in Spain from several view points: an American tourist with a video camera, a Spanish police officer, A CNN-like news network, an American president, the a secret service agent who took a bullet for him, and the terrorist plot to attack him. The film, directed by Pete Travis and written by Barry Levy, does this with successes and failures
...The framing device of the film is extremely clever and original...Where the film does falter slightly is in message...
For more of my review go to http://www.helium.com/items/1299961-vantage-point-review