Incredibly dumb, What's the Worst That Could Happen? is complete and… MoreIncredibly dumb, What's the Worst That Could Happen? is complete and utter garbage. Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence star is a crooked businessman and a petty criminal who get into a no-holds-barred grudge match over a lucky ring. The performances are just awful and the plot makes no sense. Most of the jokes fall flat and the characters aren't that likable. What's the Worst That Could Happen? is a horrible film in which nothing works.
While it's a little generic, Into the Blue is an entertaining and sexy… MoreWhile it's a little generic, Into the Blue is an entertaining and sexy crime thriller. The story follows an aspiring treasure hunter and his friends who discover a possible shipwreck near a crashed plane full of drugs on the sea bed, and must work secretly to uncover the ship's location before others get to it first or the drug cartel comes looking for their lost plane. Starring Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Ashley Scott, and Scott Caan, the film has a good cast. But the characters are poorly written and the plot is really convoluted. Still, there are some nice action sequences and the underwater scenes are beautifully shot. It's gratuitous and silly, but Into the Blue is also kind of fun.
"What came first, the music or the misery?" A brilliant satirical… More"What came first, the music or the misery?" A brilliant satirical comedy, High Fidelity is full of laughs. After his latest girlfriend leaves him, record store owner Rob Gordon recounts his top 5 breakups and decides to look up them up in order to get closure. John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Lisa Bonet lead the cast and give really good performances; especially Cusack, who does an incredible job at delivering the dry humor and at breaking the fourth wall. And the record store motif is used extremely well, allowing for a lot of interesting discussions about music. Additionally, the soundtrack is quite impressive and complements the the tone of the material. Tremendously fun, High Fidelity is a smart and savvy film with some poignant commentary about relationships.
She's All That is a rather cute romantic comedy with a John Hughes-ish… MoreShe's All That is a rather cute romantic comedy with a John Hughes-ish quality to it. After getting dumped by his girlfriend a high school jock makes a bet that he can turn a socially awkward art geek into the prom queen. Featuring Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Paul Walker, Matthew Lillard, and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, the cast is quite impressive (even if some of their performances aren't). Cook is especially charming and has tremendous screen presence. And the writing does a good job at keeping the comedy light and kind of clever. However, the plot's pretty predictable and some of the humor is lowbrow. It has its flaws, but overall She's All That is a fun and entertaining teen comedy.
Mae Whitman stars as The DUFF in this quirky high school comedy. When… MoreMae Whitman stars as The DUFF in this quirky high school comedy. When Bianca Piper discovers that she's a DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) she breaks up with her friends and seeks help in getting a makeover. It's sort of a formulaic plot, but it's one that works. And the writing's pretty smart, in that it uses the standard tropes of a high school comedy rather well without being overly cliché. Still, the film does get a little preachy at the end, with everyone learning to embrace their inner DUFF and get along. A fairly typical teen comedy, The DUFF is entertaining and delivers some good laughs.
From Lucasfilm comes the animated musical fantasy Strange Magic. The… MoreFrom Lucasfilm comes the animated musical fantasy Strange Magic. The story follows a jaded fairy princess whose former finance attempts to win her back by tricking an elf into venturing into the dark forest to get a love potion for him. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, and Peter Stormare, the film has a strong cast that does a great job at bringing the characters to life. And the CGI is really good, with a distinctive look and an impressive use of color. However, the plot relies too heavily on musical numbers and several of the songs get repeated over and over again. Strange Magic isn't without its charm, but it's a familiar tale that's been told before (and better).
The fantasy adventure Seventh Son is a poorly made film that's rather… MoreThe fantasy adventure Seventh Son is a poorly made film that's rather silly and pointless. When a powerful witch breaks free of her prison a spook named Gregory recruits an apprentice to help him defeat her. Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, and Julianne Moore lead the cast, and their performances are awful (especially Bridges). The writing is also incredible bad; as the characters are one-dimensional and the plot is convoluted garbage. And, the creature effects aren't that good either; lacking a sense of menace and terror. An underwhelming and generic fantasy tale, Seventh Son has little imagination and no passion.
Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage star in the formulaic action… MoreHayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage star in the formulaic action thriller Outcast. The story follows a former knight in search of redemption who comes to the rescue of a deposed Chinese prince. Cage gives one of the worst performances of his career, but Christensen does fairly well. And the fight sequences are pretty good, featuring some impressive choreography. However, the plot is incredibly trite and extremely predictable. A poorly made film, Outcast is a by-the-numbers adventure that's remarkably bland.
Based on the works of Isaac Asimov, I, Robot is a smart and… MoreBased on the works of Isaac Asimov, I, Robot is a smart and provocative science-fiction thriller. The story follows Det. Spooner as he investigates the death of USR's top robotics engineer, and comes to suspect that a rogue robot prototype could be responsible. Starring Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Chi McBride, and Bruce Greenwood, the film features a strong cast. Additionally, the special effects are especially well-done, and depict an extraordinary futuristic vision. The score is also rather impressive, and adds a lot of energy and excitement to the film. Though it follows a lot of typical sci-fi tropes, I, Robot is an incredibly entertaining action film.
While a little derivative and cheesy, Nurse 3D sort of works in a… MoreWhile a little derivative and cheesy, Nurse 3D sort of works in a B-movie kind of way. The story follows a hospital nurse named Abby Russell who kills philandering men on the side, but when she becomes obsessed with one of the nurses in training she starts to get reckless. The performances are deliciously awful and really help to amp up the camp factor. Additionally, a lot of the CGI blood effects look quite fake (especially the ones meant for 3D). However, there's a nice bit of mystery and intrigue to the character of Abby Russell, and whether or not she'll get caught. Ghoulishly entertaining, Nurse 3D is a pretty formulaic horror film that doesn't take itself too seriously.