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.
This February, the 2010 Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is – aside from the inevitable border delays – a two-hour drive from Seattle, Washington. Which is where I live. For years, us Seattleites (and Washingtonians in general) have had our options when watching the Olympics: the bloated NBC coverage, which wastes […]
Just as quickly as they vanished, FilmJabber’s movie giveaways are back. We’ve launched five new contests today, and more are on the way in the coming weeks. Enter now for your chance to win from a great selection of prizes, including the soundtracks for three movies and/or TV series (Armored, Legion and TNT’s Leverage), a […]
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 […]
Each year, there are good movies and there are bad movies. And then there are the movies that claw at your soul, that could and should have been good but just… aren’t. These movies often fall onto “most anticipated” lists and have plenty of healthy (or unhealthy) buzz surrounding them. Audiences are dying to see […]
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 […]