Apocalypse Now Redux

"Director's cuts" can be infuriating. Sometimes they're an excuse to shovel in footage that should have been left on the cutting room floor. Other times they result in a film that's superior to the original, and raise the  ...

America’s Sweethearts

America's Sweethearts is the latest slice of pasteurized fast-film product to slide off the Julia Roberts Romantic Comedy assembly line. This is a film so generic it should have been shot in black and yellow; there's precious little in  ...

Kiss of the Dragon

Jet Li's previous feature Romeo Must Die was a lackluster introduction to mainstream American audiences, and even disappointed long-time fans, primarily due to its style of showing Li's martial arts skills in short flashes, over-edited, CGI- and wire-aided. Kiss  ...

Cats & Dogs

The best family films (like Chicken Run and Shrek) follow the same formula that made the 1960s TV cartoon "Rocky and Bullwinkle" so beloved. Start with one part physical comedy and innocuous humor for the kids and add enough  ...

Swordfish

Swordfish is an unfortunate example of cinematic bait-and-switch. The film's ad campaign portrays it as a cerebral cyber-thriller revolving around computer cryptography and international intrigue. In execution, the hacker aspect of the film is a Maguffin, as director Dominic  ...

Evolution

With Evolution, director Ivan Reitman dusts off the formula that served him well in his two Ghostbusters films. But there's a new crew on hand this time. Instead of Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, it's  ...

Moulin Rouge

There's an old saying that the addled poor are called mad, but if one has enough money or power you're considered merely... eccentric. The jury is still out on Baz Luhrmann. He's the force behind a variety of projects,  ...

Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes is a film that can't seem to make up its mind. Is it a romance? Suspense police drama? Supernatural thriller? It's never obvious, and the film plays its cards maddeningly close to the vest throughout. For most  ...

Shrek

Shrek starts off at a decidedly low point, with a couple of flatulence jokes punctuated by Smash Mouth's "All Star" on the soundtrack. But it quickly evolves into a family film more than worthy of the term, and by  ...

Someone Like You

Individually Hand Dyed Mesh Silk Kimono Top in Orange and Black Lightweight romantic comedies were a major staple of the American movie industry throughout most of the 20th century until the 1970s,  ...