A film solely made for children with very little adult substance to… MoreA film solely made for children with very little adult substance to sustain it's tedious 142 minute running time. I will say that Robin Williams and all the kids involved throughout this film are very well-cast and they make the film seem better than it really is. It may have one of the silliest and most unnecessary stories, but the payoff is nice and it makes what was ridiculous worth it in a way. I can neither confirm nor deny whether I liked this film or not, because it had so many elements that I hated, but quite a few that I loved as well. Taking place after the event of the original "Peter Pan" from Disney, "Hook" is all about the remeberance of the character and a revenge story of captain hook. Full of cheese, an uneven script, plot holes galore, and a waste of talent by Steven Spielberg, "Hook" is mediocre at best. However, the score, landscapes, and action scenes are very well-done. I never grew up watching this film, so I do not feel that nostalgic factor that some do, but I completely see why people love this movie.
In the final days of Roger Ebert's life, director Steve James followed… MoreIn the final days of Roger Ebert's life, director Steve James followed him as he suffered, but remained strong and hopeful, reflecting on his family, this love, and the movies. His story is so well-told here that inspiration will jump off the screen at you. Yes, it is a very hard film to watch at times, due to his condition, but he was able to accept it and keep on going until his final breath. If his life was going to be reflected on by any documentary out there, no one will be able to do it better than this. I do not have anything to complain about here, because it is such an incredible story told in a beautiful way that I would feel ashamed for making a forced comment. I will say that he may have deserved a few more moments away from the camera towards the end than were given to him, but he did not seem to mind. "Life Itself" is a lot to take in, but it is worth every second of your time.
While it may not have the emotional impact that the first film did, I… MoreWhile it may not have the emotional impact that the first film did, I really admire the fact that both films are based on the continuing true story of these people. These filmmakers really to feel like they care about this incredible story, but the big issue this film has is that it should have waited a little longer to be made, because it does not have enough material to fill it's running time. Yes, it has some very genuine moments, the cast is loveable and the animals are the main focus in the film once again, and yes those portions are all terrific, but there is something off the entire time, making it a little distant from what made the first one special. Again, it is still based on the true story, so there are no flaws in the film, but I just wish they had waited to explore more. "Dolphin Tale 2" is a very well-written film that is good for anyone of any age and I had a very good time watching it. It is a solid film that does not quite compare to it's predecessor but all the heart is still in the right place!
This film definitely caught me by surprise by placing me in an… MoreThis film definitely caught me by surprise by placing me in an emotionally driven, family friendly story. As a boy discovers a dolphin stranded on the shore, he cuts her loose. Unable to swim away, the aquatic hospital bring her in for care. As the boy befriends the doctors, he makes new friends and miracles begin to happen. This film really shows true emotions towards physically disabled animals and people. It is filled with inspiriation, heart, happiness, heart-warming dialogue and character driven scenes, but what it is a little hurt by is the 3D which is done quite poorly and will distract any moviegoer as the cheesy 3D sequences take over a few happy moments. I must also add that these kids are extremely mature for their age and definitely have a strong career ahead of them. This film brought tears to my eyes in many more ways than one. This is one of the best family films of the past decade, and maybe even the best family film of 2011. "Dolphin Tale" is great!
Even more self-aware than the first and far less funny, "The Muppets… MoreEven more self-aware than the first and far less funny, "The Muppets Most Wanted" may have a likeable cast, but nobody can pull it off as well as Jason Segal and Amy Adams did in the first film. Having cameos is one thing, but having cameos to drive this story was kind of overwhelming and I just expected to see more which didn't make it very special. After Kermit is framed by a criminal mastermind who looks just like him, he joins the muppets and begins to ruin their show. This film has a little less cheese throughout it, but that is also what made the first one so special, so everything this sequel tries to do kind of works against it. "The Muppets Most Wanted" is liable for what it is, but in the end, it is just a cleverly written comedy that does not have much flare. Would I recommend it to fans of the first? Yes, but do not expect too much.
"The Muppets" may be one of the corniest films of 2011, but it is… More"The Muppets" may be one of the corniest films of 2011, but it is happily one of the best. Jason Segel and Amy Adams lead the Muppets back to stardom, as a new Muppet (Walter) is fantasized of one day meeting the entire gang. When he travels to see them, he realizes that the Muppets studio is going to be torn down by a ruthless billionaire in order to savage the oil underneath. In order to save the theatre, the Muppets must perform one last show. After breaking the fourth wall countless times, having numerous (fantastical) musical numbers, a charming script, and an overwhelmingly joyful amount of cameos, "The Muppets" definitely concludes with a heartwarming lesson that will have all families (fans or not) applauding in tears. The jokes are endlessly funny and there is never a dull moment (disney pun). I absolutely loved the Muppets, but it does have it's moments of being a little over-cheesy and a few times will overshadow the story when they address the audience, but that will not stop me from calling this movie fantastic! "The Muppets" are back!
Based on a true story, a doctor moves to a new institution where he… MoreBased on a true story, a doctor moves to a new institution where he examines and tries to cure schizophrenic patients who are very far gone. Once he comes across a patient that he feels connected to (Robert De Niro), he starts giving him extra doses of medicine until he is able to walk and speak normally once again. Many incredible things happen along the way and this film is elevated by a very down-to-earth performance by Robin Williams, and Robert De Niro gives one of the best performances of his career as the patient. This film is beautifully written and heartfelt to the bare bones in every way possible. Each character gives you something to be so thankful in life that you have. "Awakenings" is a very moving picture with powerful acting, great direction, and a theme that will have you in tears. One of my favourites, it is such an incredible film.
"Robot & Frank" will be one of the most simplistic films you will ever… More"Robot & Frank" will be one of the most simplistic films you will ever see, set in the near future, but it does a lot with the premise given and you feel fulfilled at the end. I do wish the films running time was a tad longer to explain some things a little more in detail, but those are very minor issues inside a pretty flawless picture. Frank Lengela is fantastic in this role, making you truly believe that he has become best friends with a robot, and his son and daughter played by Liv Tyler and James Marsden are also great. Set in the near future, a robot is brought to an old man who is showing early signs of alzheimers and he uses him to rob neighbours homes and discover dirty secrets about new people in his neighbourhood. This is a very low-budget film that uses costumes for the robot, and I loved every bit of that. This is one of the best films to come from 2012. "Robot and Frank" has a few issues here and there, but it is otherwise terrific!
"She's All That" is probably one of the highest points in Freddy… More"She's All That" is probably one of the highest points in Freddy Prinze Jr.'s career, and even though this film is pretty run-of-the-mill and 100% predictable, you can definitely have some fun with it's 90's nostalgia feel. After a bet from his best friend (Paul Walker), Zack must turn the nerdiest girl in school into his prom queen. Whatever you think will happen in that type of premise, happens, and nothing really new is brought to the table, but the characters are likeable and the soundtrack is nice to hear. With some pretty one-note scriptwriting and some average cinematography, "She's All That" falls into the category of very forgettable films. Although the cast is good and the cliches are enjoyable for once, it is not strong enough to warrant a recommendation. Sadly, this is just another 90's high school romance that will flutter away with all the others.
In one of Paul Walker's best performances to date, "Hours" follows a… MoreIn one of Paul Walker's best performances to date, "Hours" follows a man after the loss of his wife during childbirth and he must keep his baby breathing in the incubator with no power during the events of Hurricane Katrina. The premise of this film sold me right from the start and it was just the film that he needed to boost his performance stature. Taking place mainly in one building for the entire film, this low-budget film is a true marvel and really something to strive to be able to pull off. While this film has a few script issues and there are a few predictable moments, Paul Walker's performance vibrates off the screen and the emotion in this film is handled beautifully. Almost every scene made me tear up, because they knew how to handle it. Aside from it's few faults, "Hours" is a great film!