If anyone didn’t know DreamWork’s How to Train Your Dragon came out this weekend, you clearly haven’t watched television in the last two months. The unprecedented marketing blitz during the Olympics – including controversial product placement tied in with the sports broadcasts themselves – was rather overwhelming and, in my opinion, off-putting. It doesn’t help […]
Chloe, the newest entry from writer/director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Adoration), follows in the dramatic footsteps of his past films, bringing to the screen deeply developed and observed characters like few others can.Â While not on the same level as The Sweet Hereafter, Egoyan’s strongest film, Chloe presents a fairly common premise packed full […]
Every year, there are good and bad movies, and every year there are box office hits and box office failures. And every year, there are a couple movies that never were given a chance despite being really, really good. Adam is one of those movies. Read FilmJabber’s full Adam movie review.
Sunday, March 21, 2010 has been a good day. I’ve watched two movies so far on this lazy day (yes, I need to get outside soon), and both have them exceeded expectations. Adam was great, and Bandslam, a PG-rated teen film that I expected to be some crappy rip-off of the crappy High School Musical […]
With the theatrical release of Toy Story 3 fast approaching, it was inevitable that Disney would unleash two of its most lucrative titles on Blu-Ray this year: Toy Story and Toy Story 2. If you don’t remember, Toy Story‘s release in 1995 gave way to the rise of CGI-animated films, the term “Pixar” as a […]
From Grant Heslov, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s awesome sidekick in True Lies and yes, also George Clooney’s producing and writing collaborator (on such films as Leatherheads and Good Night and Good Luck) comes The Men Who Stare At Goats, which stars none other than Clooney as the psychic soldier Lynn Cassady. Read FilmJabber’s full The Men Who […]
Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana star in the long-delayed The Time Traveler’s Wife, now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Based on the popular novel by Audrey Niffenegger, the movie suffers from heightened expectations and a tricky storyline – but is still a fun little movie. Read FilmJabber’s full The Time Traveler’s Wife movie review.
In The Stoning of Soraya M., Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo plays a desperate aunt who attempts to save her niece from being put to death for having relations with a man that isn’t her husband – a crime, or act, that she didn’t commit. The U.S.-produced, Farsi-language drama is based on a true story. Read […]
The Harry Potter franchise comes to a close next year (and, unless a fifth novel is written, the Twilight saga as well) and studios are still scrambling to find a suitable box office replacement. One of the latest contenders is Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, which is an adaptation of the first three books […]
Sex and fire unite in The Burning Plain, a 2009 drama by writer/director Guillermo Arriaga. Though it received little promotion during its release period, the Charlize Theron-starring film is a surprisingly engaging little film. The Burning Plain isn’t amazing, but it is worth seeing. Read FilmJabber’s full The Burning Plain movie review.
There’s unfunny, and then there’s painfully unfunny, and the new R-rated romantic comedy She’s Out of My League falls somewhere between the two. A derivative of Knocked Up, about an awkward young man who finds himself with a much hotter girlfriend, the movie is two hours worth of forced dialogue and flat jokes. Stay away. […]
City Island is a surprisingly funny and charming dramedy from filmmaker Raymond De Felitta.Â Not having seen any of De Felitta’s earlier films, based on the trailer, I expected City Island to be average at best, chocked full of quirky characters and good ideas, but suffering from mediocre execution.Â However, I was happily proven wrong […]
Comedy, typically, is my least favorite genre, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good, funny movie. The problem in 2009 was that there just weren’t very many funny movies. The Hangover was great, but the funniest movie of the year? Yes, in 2009. In other years… maybe not. And dramedies like Away We […]
Traditional animation returned to theaters in grand form last fall, but unfortunately the classic style failed to resonate with audiences on the level that the Walt Disney Company was hoping for. While mildly successful, The Princess and the Frog struggled to make it to the lucrative holiday weekends, and was decimated by the far inferior […]
In October 2009, a small film few had previously heard of named Paranormal Activity opened wide, riding the buzz of an ingenious months-long marketing campaign. It quickly became the most profitable movie of all time. A couple weeks later, The Fourth Kind, an eerily similar movie â€“ also based upon “home footage” â€“ had the […]