Author: David Levine

City By The Seatest

City By The Seatest

Relationships between fathers and sons must be the "in" topic for Hollywood. Road to Perdition was a moving story about the sacrifices made by generations of mob fathers to provide for their boys. Similar relationships...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2009

The Mist

The Mist

If I didn't know better, judging by the title, I'd say a new horror film called The Mist might just be a throwback to the campy slasher flicks of the early 1980s. It sounds suspiciously...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2007

Bee Movie

Bee Movie

The majority of Dreamworks' animated films are second rate to those of Pixar. For every Antz, there's a much better A Bug's Life. In a year dominated by the brilliance of Pixar's Ratatouille, Dreamworks' Bee...

Movie Review posted on 17th November 2007

The X-Files: The Complete Series

The X-Files: The Complete Series

In the early 1990s, the young Fox network was just beginning to hit its stride with an odd mix of television not found on the major three networks. Fox viewers found irreverent comedy courtesy of...

Movie Review posted on 2nd October 2007

Eve And The Fire Horse

Eve And The Fire Horse

Eve, the young Chinese protagonist of Eve and the Fire Horse, was born in the Year of the Fire Horse. According to Chinese tradition, children born during the Year of the Fire Horse grow up...

Movie Review posted on 27th September 2007

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

A fine red wine only gets better with age. Long before that cork is popped and the first pour hits your favorite wine glass, you already know how great that vintage vino is going to...

Movie Review posted on 29th June 2007

Provoked: A True Story

Provoked: A True Story

The beautiful Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai plays the victim of years of spousal abuse in Provoked: A True Story, based on a monumental U.K. court case that forever changed British laws on domestic violence. Even...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Caffeine

Caffeine

Something's always brewing at the Black Cat Café, or so they say. The advertisers behind the new independent film Caffeine want us to believe there's plenty of activity at the quirky London café. Sadly, it's...

Movie Review posted on 17th March 2007

Reno 911!: Miami

Reno 911!: Miami

It's never a good sign when a film's press screening occurs the night before it opens. The film is instantly labeled a loser long before the opening credits even roll. So if Reno 911!: Miami...

Movie Review posted on 23rd February 2007

Crash (2005)

Crash (2005)

In Crash, a simple car accident forms an unyielding foundation for the complex exploration of race and prejudice. Thoroughly repulsive throughout, but incredibly thought provoking long after, Paul Haggis' breathtaking directorial debut succeeds in bringing...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted is a familiar fairytale: a young woman must overcome an extreme set of obstacles to land her prince charming. The telling of this mythical fable, based on the novel by Gail Carson Levine,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Big Fat Liar

Big Fat Liar

Bullies suck!As a youngster I faced my fair share of bullies, and like the lead character in Big Fat Liar, my desire to get even with those who wronged me consumed my existence. This...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Jungle Book 2

The Jungle Book 2

Last year, I received a lot of grief from readers who insisted I was heartless for panning Disney's Lilo & Stitch. As I sat waiting for my The Jungle Book 2 screening to begin,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Lilo & Stitch

Lilo & Stitch

There are three essential elements for a polished Disney animated film: rich and detailed animation, inspirational music that is catchy and clever, and a clear message that is easy to understand. Alas, Disney's latest,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Code Name: The Cleaner

Code Name: The Cleaner

New high tech gaming systems -- Wii and PS3 -- are in such high demand that people are willing to wait outside of retailers at all hours of the night just to get their hands...

Movie Review posted on 5th January 2007

Vikings: Journey to the New Worlds

Vikings: Journey to the New Worlds

There's something pretty special about the IMAX Experience. Whether a film is made specifically for the towering IMAX screen or is a standard theatrical release that's been digitally remastered to accommodate the format, the image...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Jackass: Number Two

Jackass: Number Two

The sequel to Jackass: The Movie needs no special introduction. Anyone familiar with the classic MTV series that spawned the movies knows exactly what they're in for: 90 chaotic minutes featuring a bunch of idiots...

Movie Review posted on 22nd September 2006

Johnny Montana

Johnny Montana

For years, philosophers have preached that money can't buy happiness. In the '60s, The Beatles crooned about how money can't buy love. Now, the new indie flick Johnny Montana asks us to make a choice...

Movie Review posted on 1st July 2006

Click

Click

It seems only fitting that Adam Sandler, who has made a career of being the quintessential every-guy, would pilot a movie about the greatest invention for men -- the remote control. But Click isn't about...

Movie Review posted on 23rd June 2006

Failure To Launch

Failure To Launch

Sometimes the title of a film can be quite telling. Before you even step foot in the theater you know what to expect. Failure to Launch is one of those films, and as the title...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

They Shoot Movies, Don't They?

They Shoot Movies, Don't They?

Originally airing on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) in 2000, They Shoot Movies, Don't They? generated such a strong reaction from viewers that the pseudo-documentary has now been released to DVD. Based on its earlier...

Movie Review posted on 7th March 2006

Zathura

Zathura

In Zathura, a board game magically comes alive when played, thrusting its participants into a wild adventure through outer space. Based on a children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, Zathura shares a striking resemblance to...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

Before you even step foot in the theater, the film's bold title -- Fun With Dick and Jane -- tells you that it's a can't miss film. Who doesn't like fun? That depends. How you...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2005

Laws of Attraction

Laws of Attraction

Heard a good lawyer joke lately? If not, there may be several to be found amongst the bickering and backstabbing in the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction, the easiest gag being the film's unbelievable premise....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

Early in Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat, Lawrence goes on a brief tirade about his hatred for critics because they make a habit of judging things they know little about. After sitting through this sloppy,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Twisted

Twisted

Few cities on earth make for a better backdrop for murder mysteries than San Francisco. Its naturally spooky features - the fog-shrouded skyline, the damp city streets, and the massive bay - are all instant...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Crash (2004)

Crash (2004)

In Crash, a simple car accident forms an unyielding foundation for the complex exploration of race and prejudice. Thoroughly repulsive throughout, but incredibly thought provoking long after, Paul Haggis' breathtaking directorial debut succeeds in bringing...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Upside of Anger

The Upside of Anger

There's an upside to Mike Binder's intelligent film about the torrent of anger one woman feels toward life. And depending on who you ask, you're likely to get a different response on exactly what that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Stealing Harvard

Stealing Harvard

Toward the end of Stealing Harvard, Tom Green's character goes to great lengths trying to break a Plexiglas window from inside the store he is trying to rob. It took the entire movie, but...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Clearly, the Scooby-Doo franchise is geared toward kids; after all, it is a cartoon. Yet, as I sat through a Saturday morning screening of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, the youngsters at my screening were astonishingly...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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