Author: Sean O'Connell

My Life in Ruins

My Life in Ruins

Nia Vardalos is the new Yakov Smirnoff. Her entire act revolves around her European heritage -- she's Greek, while Smirnoff's a Russkie. Without it, she's just another unemployable actress with a limited range. (See Connie...

Movie Review posted on 5th June 2009

Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

Apparently you can drink dinosaur urine, almost kiss a monkey-child hybrid, and pass through a T. Rex's digestive tract as part of a mainstream Hollywood comedy and still receive a PG-13 rating from the MPAA....

Movie Review posted on 4th June 2009

Up

Up

Film critics experience varying degrees of disappointment. Terminator Salvation, for example, disappoints because it's terrible and shouldn't have been made, let alone released. The ironically titled Up, on the other hand, disappoints because it doesn't...

Movie Review posted on 28th May 2009

Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

Sound and fury overpower story in Terminator Salvation, which applies big-budget defibrillator paddles to the hulking franchise but can't breathe fresh life into the now 25-year-old concept.That's how long we've been hearing about humanity's war...

Movie Review posted on 20th May 2009

Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons

Slow and steady doesn't always win the race. Take Ron Howard's adaptations of Dan Brown's riveting bestsellers. Both The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, Angels & Demons, are competently made, commendably acted historical thrillers...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2009

Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek (2009)

With one film, J.J. Abrams has made Star Trek younger, flashier, sexier, funnier, and less intelligent, but more exhilarating than it has been in decades. By altering the franchise's storied past, he ignites a fevered...

Movie Review posted on 7th May 2009

Next Day Air

Next Day Air

Next Day Air is the rare type of disaster that's so putrid, you stop paying attention halfway through and start passing the time questioning why the cast would sign on the first place.Donald Faison, I...

Movie Review posted on 7th May 2009

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

In Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey finally plays a character who takes full advantage of the fact that he looks like Matthew McConaughey. True, the handsomely sculpted slacker has played immature Lotharios in the...

Movie Review posted on 30th April 2009

Battle For Terra

Battle For Terra

In this day and age, you simply cannot produce unsophisticated animation like the kind on display in the campy Battle for Terra and hope to compete.Pixar's industry pioneers push the envelope with each new cartoon,...

Movie Review posted on 30th April 2009

The Informers

The Informers

The drug-addled zombies lurching through Gregor Jordan's The Informers are relics, dinosaurs from a decadent decade who belong in a museum, not a movie theater. Their destructively self-absorbed attitudes might have shocked audiences in 1983,...

Movie Review posted on 23rd April 2009

Earth

Earth

Oh, the places you'll go, courtesy of Earth, Disneynature's first foray into environmental filmmaking that has been rolling out across the globe since 2007 and now finally reaches the States.Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield's breathtaking...

Movie Review posted on 23rd April 2009

The Golden Boys

The Golden Boys

Daniel Adams' The Golden Boys has nothing to do with the Emmy-winning sitcom The Golden Girls (sorry, mom). In no way is it a masculine spin-off that replaces sassy-talking Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue...

Movie Review posted on 17th April 2009

Hannah Montana: The Movie

Hannah Montana: The Movie

Hannah Montana: The Movie acted as my official introduction to the identity crisis that is Miley Cyrus and her pop-music-powered alter ego. I have two boys, after all. The farthest we've ventured down Disney's empowered-female...

Movie Review posted on 10th April 2009

Watchmen

Watchmen

The year is 1985. The Cold War rages on. While serving his fifth consecutive term in the Oval Office, President Richard Nixon contemplates nuclear assault against an aggressive Soviet Union. Elsewhere, an egomaniacal villain unleashes...

Movie Review posted on 5th March 2009

The International

The International

Tom Tykwer's The International can trace its bloodline back to the paranoia peddlers of the 1970s --- think The Parallax View or Three Days of the Condor -- but benefits tremendously from our current predicaments....

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2009

The Shark Is Still Working

The Shark Is Still Working

The title of Erik Hollander's detail-oriented Jaws documentary reminds me of Bill Murray's off-handed Ghostbusters line, "And the flowers are still standing."The connection is deeper than you'd think. As Shark painstakingly illustrates, Steven Spielberg and...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2009

Bride Wars

Bride Wars

Code Name: The Cleaner. BloodRayne. Grandma's Boy. White Noise. Elektra. Are We There Yet?These are not preliminary selections for the inaugural class of an as-yet-unfounded Hollywood Hall of Shame. They are instead the most recent...

Movie Review posted on 9th January 2009

Defiance

Defiance

Decades after the last shot was fired, filmmakers continue to find intriguing narrative passages into WWII. The latest, Edward Zwick's Defiance, tells the true story of the Bielskis, three Jewish brothers who, in 1941, avoided...

Movie Review posted on 31st December 2008

Valkyrie

Valkyrie

Because nothing says "Happy birthday, baby Jesus" like Nazis plotting to assassinate Adolf Hitler, United Artists has gift-wrapped Valkyrie and placed it beneath your cinematic Christmas tree.It wasn't always on the studio's holiday wish list,...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2008

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Everyone's cage looks different. April Wheeler's is a plain, white Cape Cod with blood-red shudders that nests atop a manicured lawn in the suburbs. It's not just the house that's holding April down, though. She...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2008

Yes Man

Yes Man

Everyone involved with Yes Man should have said no to the project. Don't make the same mistake.Jim Carrey should have said no to the threadbare script. The tireless comedian has shown he could wring laughs...

Movie Review posted on 19th December 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Every great filmmaker is allowed one bad film. For David Fincher, his first was his worst.An intelligent director, Fincher cut his teeth on television commercials and music videos before making his feature debut in 1992...

Movie Review posted on 19th December 2008

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Do you miss Archie Bunker? Are you curious to find out how Carroll O'Connor's stone-cold bigot would have reacted to our current, culturally diverse society? And did you ever dream of seeing racist old Archie...

Movie Review posted on 12th December 2008

Doubt

Doubt

With all due respect, Michael Sheen and Frank Langella aren't exactly names that are going to get butts in seats for Frost/Nixon. But director Ron Howard wisely recruited them for his crisp, concise theatrical adaptation...

Movie Review posted on 12th December 2008

The Reader

The Reader

Mein Kampf meets Penthouse Forum in Stephen Daldry's The Reader, a chilly and surprisingly detached adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's passion play about a susceptible yet pensive teenage horn dog seduced by the former, female SS...

Movie Review posted on 10th December 2008

Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon

If there's a single misstep in Ron Howard's expertly calibrated Frost/Nixon, it eluded me.Howard's spellbinding adaptation of Peter Morgan's Tony-nominated stage drama understands the politics that manipulate Washington and Hollywood. It comprehends how many interviews...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2008

Milk

Milk

Thirty years before Sen. Barack Obama broke through a significant political color barrier, Harvey Milk tore down a similar wall that was obstructing America's gay community from holding political office.Milk finds experimental auteur Gus Van...

Movie Review posted on 26th November 2008

Four Christmases

Four Christmases

Before a single joke is told, Seth Gordon's Four Christmases earns a positive grade for its inspired casting.I'm not talking about Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, who are asked to do what they've done in...

Movie Review posted on 26th November 2008

Australia

Australia

It takes a half hour before you're able to put a finger on the tone and tactic of Baz Luhrmann's Australia. First steps are taken on shaky legs until the sweeping picture hits its stride....

Movie Review posted on 26th November 2008

Bolt

Bolt

If action "auteur" Michael Bay trained dogs instead of constructing Transformers, his canines would probably behave like Bolt.Disney's computer-animated mutt (voiced by John Travolta) defends his beloved owner, Penny (Miley Cyrus), from the evil forces...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2008

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