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 […]
Brothers, from acclaimed filmmaker Jim Sheridan, arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray next Tuesday, March 23, 2010. The movie explores the effects of war upon families, and is a remake of the 2004 Danish film Brodre. The results are mixed, as the movie treats audiences to some excellent performances but not much else. The Blu-Ray, meanwhile, […]
Armored is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and not only have I finally reviewed the action-thriller, I am also giving away a copy of the movie on DVD! Enter the Armored DVD giveaway now, and then continue reading for the Armored movie review: From the director of Vacancy and the upcoming Predators movie comes […]
A few months ago, much to the disappointment of fans, director Paul Greengrass announced that he would not be doing a fourth Jason Bourne movie, essentially ending one of the most acclaimed action franchises of the 21st century. Thankfully, Greengrass and Bourne star Matt Damon have reunited for Green Zone, an action-thriller that could just […]
Princess Leia, skimpily dressed college girls and serial killers, oh my! Sorority Row has everything a good slasher movie needs, and then some (Princess Leia, really?!) – except for characters we care about and a sense of terror. In Sorority Row, several caddy sorority sisters discover that one of their boyfriends is cheating. So, the […]
Tilda Swinton delivers an excellent performance in Julia, a surprisingly effective drama-thriller about a drunkard’s simple kidnapping scheme gone horribly wrong. People looking for something a little different should add this to their Netflix list – it’s available on Instant Play – immediately. Read FilmJabber’s full Julia movie review.
In The Brothers Bloom, Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody star as the title characters, con men who decide they’re going to take advantage of a lonely but rich hermit, played by Rachel Weisz. But what they don’t suspect is that she is more daring and clever than first imagined. Oh, and when one of them […]
The economy. The economy. The economy. No subject is more talked about or important these days than the economy. So, it’s only natural that liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, having already taken on gun control, Republicans and universal healthcare, select the economy as the topic of his latest movie, the aptly titled Capitalism: A Love Story. […]
Friday was not a good day, and I blame Disney. Instead of partying my friends, I chose to watch Alice in Wonderland and Old Dogs, the latter of which arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Both movies are terrible, and the few beers I had between viewings weren’t enough. Read FilmJabber’s full Old Dogs […]
Ponyo, the latest from acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro), is now available on Disney DVD and Blu-Ray, and it is one that every parent should go out and purchase immediately. Easily one of the better movies of 2009, Ponyo is an imaginative, intoxicating adventure the whole family will enjoy. Read FilmJabber’s […]