The New Year begins with the fad that defined 2009 – vampires – as Daybreakers bites its way into theaters. The good news is that unlike Twilight: New Moon, Daybreakers features a clever concept and real, not-so-sparkly vampires; the bad news is that it’s a poorly executed, hammy mess. Read FilmJabber’s full Daybreakers movie review.
Evil children are creepy. Why? Because they look all cute and cuddly, but then those innocent, buggy eyes turn cold, the curl of the lips reveal something sinister and they are able to do just about anything they want while parents attempt to overlook the fact that their kid is a sociopathic killer. These are […]
Few first-time directors come out of the gate with all guns firing, but Tom Ford appears to have done so with A Single Man, a superbly acted, emotionally intriguing and visually stimulating drama that is one of the year’s best. Read FilmJabber’s full A Single Man movie review.
Chris Pine had a breakout year in 2009, with some little movie called Star Trek making a few bucks at the dollar theater. But for every hit, there’s a failure, and Pine’s failure of the year is Carriers, a post-apocalyptic thriller about four friends who travel around a deserted United States in the wake of […]
From Scott Sanders comes Black Dynamite, a satirical take on 1970’s blaxploitation films. With the look, feel and style of such films, Black Dynamite is a true homage to the genre, though whether you can sit through the whole thing is another matter. Read FilmJabber’s full Black Dynamite movie review.
From Diablo Cody, the writer of Juno, comes a movie much more fitting for her name: Jennifer’s Body, a sharp-tongued horror-comedy about an attractive cheerleader – Megan Fox – who is possessed by a flesh-hungry demon. Though not perfect, Jennifer’s Body is a slick, witty and at times creepy film that any horror fan, especially […]
In Lars von Trier’s most mainstream movie to date – which still isn’t very mainstream at all – Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in what is easily the most twisted movie of 2009, Antichrist. Though its intent still eludes me, Antichrist is also one of the most captivating and visually engaging movies of the […]
In The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock pulls off her second box office feat of the year and writer/director John Lee Hancock exceeds expectations with one of the most satisfying drama-comedies of the year. The movie, about the story of NFL football player Michael Oher, is one the entire family can enjoy, even if none are […]
Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin star in It’s Complicated, the latest comedy from the director of Something’s Gotta Give and What Women Want. The movie – about a divorced couple who start having an affair with each other – has the concept and gimmick to be a huge hit, but unfortunately the best […]
Though Moulin Rouge showed that musicals could be cool again, it was Rob Marshall’s 2002 Oscar winner Chicago that proved they could be critical and financial successes, too. In other words, Marshall is largely responsible for the wave of hit musicals that have hit been released over the last decade, and he’s back with another […]
Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christpher Plummer, Crispin Glover and Martin Landau star in the sci-fi adventure film 9, out today on DVD and Blu-Ray. The animated film from Shane Acker is a visual masterpiece, full of rich special effects and tons of creativity. While it never completely lives up to expectations, 9 […]
One of the edgiest, smartest and most entertaining movies of 2009 is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray: (500) Days of Summer, starring Jospeh Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The back cover describes the movie as a romantic comedy, and in many ways it is: it’s about a romance, and it’s funny from the first second […]
A contender for Best Picture this year is An Education, a smartly written, well-acted coming-of-age drama about an intelligent teenage girl who, while attempting to get into Oxford, falls in love with an older, more rebellious man who encourages her to question much of her beliefs. Unfortunately, the movie’s lackluster ending keeps it from greatness. […]
After five long years, Walt Disney returns to the traditional animation techniques that powered their classics for decades with The Princess and the Frog, a beautiful, entertaining and rich tale that will appeal to audiences young and old. The Princess and the Frog is about a lower-class black woman in 1920â€™s New Orleans who has […]
Guy Ritchie looks for the first breakout hit of his career with Sherlock Holmes, a funny, action-adventure take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character. Having never attained mainstream appeal and after a long string of box office failures, Ritchie was a huge gamble for Warner Brothers to take – but the risk paid […]