Daybreakers, the modest hit from early January (modest meaning that it earned $30 million in the U.S. against a $20 million budget), bites its way onto DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, bringing with it a clever idea, questionable writing and an impressive making-of featurette. For vampire fans, Daybreakers, despite its shortcomings, may be worth owning […]
The summer movie season officially kicks off today with what could be the biggest movie of the year: Iron Man 2, which reunites director Jon Favreau with now-superstar Robert Downey, Jr. The plot kicks off moments after the first movie ended and so does the entertainment, as the movie more or less lives up to […]
To start off this review on a strong note, as a bit of a surprise to me, Harry Brown actually may be my favorite film of the year so far.Â Driven by another amazing performance by Michael Caine, who like Morgan Freeman gets better with age, Harry Brown is a gritty slice-of life story set […]
A touching and at times disturbing documentary about Hurricane Katrina, Trouble the Water is an Oscar-nominated film that shows footage taken by citizens during and after the flooding of New Orleans. While the movie doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know, it does give a rare personal glimpse at the human toll, psychologically and […]
Golden Globe-winner Emily Blunt stars as England’s longest serving monarch in The Young Victoria, a period-piece drama whose biggest claim to fame may be the seriously cocky acceptance speech the film’s costume designer gave after winning an Oscar. But we won’t hold that headshaking moment against it, as The Young Victoria is a surprisingly well […]
The Meryl Streep/Alec Baldwin/Steve Martin romantic comedy It’s Complicated arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray this coming Tuesday, April 27, 2010. The modest hit, from director Nancy Meyers, is about a divorced woman (Streep) who starts an affair with her ex-husband (Baldwin), who is married to a much younger knock-out (Lake Bell). At the same time, […]
Testosterone meets Greek mythology this weekend in Clash of the Titans, a dumb-downed action epic wannabe that, despite plodding narrative, poor character development and a story that hardly lives up to its title, manages to sustain a mild level of entertainment. Read FilmJabber’s full Clash of the Titans movie review.
For those of you who missed Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans – and that’s most of you – you really missed it. Luckily, there’s this thing called home video – now in the form of DVD and Blu-Ray – that allows you to watch really good movies that […]
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 […]
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 […]