Unformatted text preview: +1 it may be a no-brainer , but at least it's a funny no-brainer . +1 it's got all the familiar bruckheimer elements , and schumacher does probably as good a job as anyone at bringing off the hopkins/rock collision of acting styles and onscreen personas . +1 a fleet-footed and pleasingly upbeat family diversion . +1 muccino seems to be exploring the idea of why human beings long for what they don't have , and how this gets us in trouble . but even while his characters are acting horribly , he is always sympathetic . +1 a breezy blend of art , history , esoteric musings and philosophy . -1 the film would have been more enjoyable had the balance shifted in favor of water-bound action over the land-based 'drama , ' but the emphasis on the latter leaves blue crush waterlogged . +1 the sword fighting is well done and auteuil is a goofy pleasure . -1 the entire movie is filled with deja vu moments . -1 the film is so bad it doesn't improve upon the experience of staring at a blank screen . -1 been there , done that . . . a thousand times already , and better . +1 'almodóvar logra un filme entrañable , lleno de compasión , comprensión , amor , amistad , esperanza y humanidad que es sencillamente inolvidable . '
+1 maneuvers skillfully through the plot's hot brine -- until it's undone by the sogginess of its contemporary characters , and actors . -1 a broad , melodramatic estrogen opera that's pretty toxic in its own right . +1 enjoyably fast-moving , hard-hitting documentary . -1 it's the type of stunt the academy loves : a powerful political message stuffed into an otherwise mediocre film . -1 a bit too derivative to stand on its own as the psychological thriller it purports to be . -1 woody allen used to ridicule movies like hollywood ending . now he makes them . +1 mr . caine and mr . fraser are the whole show here , with their memorable and resourceful performances . -1 the story itself is actually quite vapid . +1 a splendid entertainment , young in spirit but accomplished in all aspects with the fullness of spirit and sense of ease that comes only with experience . -1 journalistically dubious , inept and often lethally dull . +1 as a randy film about sexy people in gorgeous places being pushed and pulled ( literally and figuratively ) by desire . . . [sex and lucía] makes for an arousing good time . +1 there are a couple of things that elevate " glory " above most of its ilk , most notably the mere presence of duvall . +1 uses sharp humor and insight into human nature to examine class conflict , adolescent yearning , the roots of friendship and sexual identity . -1 nearly all the fundamentals you take for granted in most films are mishandled here . -1 the whole affair is as predictable as can be . -1 one of the most unpleasant things the studio has ever produced . +1 smith examines the intimate , unguarded moments of folks who live in unusual homes -- which pop up in nearly every corner of the country . +1 an inuit masterpiece that will give you goosebumps as its uncanny tale of love , communal discord , and justice unfolds . -1 . . . jones , despite a definitely distinctive screen presence , just isn't able to muster for a movie that , its title notwithstanding , should have been a lot nastier if it wanted to fully capitalize on its lead's specific gifts . -1 it's a fanboy 'what if ? ' brought to life on the big screen . -1 a relative letdown . +1 morvern rocks . +1 beautiful , cold , oddly colorful and just plain otherworldly , a freaky bit of art that's there to scare while we delight in the images . -1 even with a green mohawk and a sheet of fire-red flame tattoos covering his shoulder , however , kilmer seems to be posing , rather than acting . and that leaves a hole in the center of the salton sea . +1 " it's all about the image . " +1 jeffs has created a breathtakingly assured and stylish work of spare dialogue and acute expressiveness . +1 it's never dull and always looks good . -1 it's as if allen , at 66 , has stopped challenging himself . +1 a strong first act and absolutely , inescapably gorgeous , skyscraper-trapeze motion of the amazing spider-man . -1 with recent tensions rekindled by the kathleen soliah trial and the upcoming trial of sla members emily and william harris , not to mention sept . 11 , its difficult these days to appreciate fire's bright side . -1 formula 51 has dulled your senses faster and deeper than any recreational drug on the market . +1 a candid and often fascinating documentary about a pentecostal church in dallas that assembles an elaborate haunted house each year to scare teenagers into attending services . -1 it's probably not easy to make such a worthless film . . . +1 in all fairness , i must report that the children of varying ages in my audience never coughed , fidgeted or romped up and down the aisles for bathroom breaks . +1 a glib but bouncy bit of sixties-style slickness in which the hero might wind up caught but the audience gets pure escapism . +1 as broad and cartoonish as the screenplay is , there is an accuracy of observation in the work of the director , frank novak , that keeps the film grounded in an undeniable social realism . +1 a lean , deftly shot , well-acted , weirdly retro thriller that recalls a raft of '60s and '70s european-set spy pictures . -1 wishy-washy . -1 bravo reveals the true intent of her film by carefully selecting interview subjects who will construct a portrait of castro so predominantly charitable it can only be seen as propaganda . -1 there's a delightfully quirky movie to be made from curling , but brooms isn't it . +1 it confirms fincher's status as a film maker who artfully bends technical know-how to the service of psychological insight . -1 the rock has a great presence but one battle after another is not the same as one battle followed by killer cgi effects . +1 an ambitious 'what if ? ' that works . -1 the movie straddles the fence between escapism and social commentary , and on both sides it falls short . -1 follows the original film virtually scene for scene and yet manages to bleed it almost completely dry of humor , verve and fun . -1 even if it made its original release date last fall , it would've reeked of a been-there , done-that sameness . -1 for all the writhing and wailing , tears , rage and opium overdoses , there's no sense of actual passion being washed away in love's dissolution . +1 brutally honest and told with humor and poignancy , which makes its message resonate . +1 . . . is funny in the way that makes you ache with sadness ( the way chekhov is funny ) , profound without ever being self-important , warm without ever succumbing to sentimentality . -1 it's drab . it's uninteresting . it squanders chan's uniqueness ; it could even be said to squander jennifer love hewitt ! +1 michael moore's latest documentary about america's thirst for violence is his best film yet . . . +1 transcends its agenda to deliver awe-inspiring , at times sublime , visuals and offer a fascinating glimpse into the subculture of extreme athletes whose derring-do puts the x into the games . +1 the lady and the duke is eric rohmer's economical antidote to the bloated costume drama
+1 i have a confession to make : i didn't particularly like e . t . the first time i saw it as a young boy . that is because - damn it ! - i also wanted a little alien as a friend ! -1 pure of intention and passably diverting , his secret life is light , innocuous and unremarkable . -1 even those of a single digit age will be able to recognize that this story is too goofy . . . even for disney . -1 at times , the suspense is palpable , but by the end there's a sense that the crux of the mystery hinges on a technicality that strains credulity and leaves the viewer haunted by the waste of potential . +1 director david jacobson gives dahmer a consideration that the murderer never game his victims . -1 a profoundly stupid affair , populating its hackneyed and meanspirited storyline with cardboard characters and performers who value cash above credibility . -1 an unholy mess , driven by the pathetic idea that if you shoot something on crummy-looking videotape , it must be labelled 'hip' , 'innovative' and 'realistic' . -1 rice is too pedestrian a filmmaker to bring any edge or personality to the rising place that would set it apart from other deep south stories . -1 unfortunately , the picture failed to capture me . i found it slow , drab , and bordering on melodramatic . +1 mostly martha could have used a little trimming -- 10 or 15 minutes could be cut and no one would notice -- but it's a pleasurable trifle . the only pain you'll feel as the credits roll is your stomach grumbling for some tasty grub . +1 overall , interesting as a documentary -- but not very imaxy . -1 an unwise amalgam of broadcast news and vibes . +1 the film has the high-buffed gloss and high-octane jolts you expect of de palma , but what makes it transporting is that it's also one of the smartest , most pleasurable expressions of pure movie love to come from an american director in years . -1 in the end , the weight of water comes to resemble the kind of soft-core twaddle you'd expect to see on showtime's 'red shoe diaries . '
-1 the acting by the over-25s lacks spark , with csokas particularly unconnected . +1 despite what anyone believes about the goal of its makers , the show . . . represents a spectacular piece of theater , and there's no denying the talent of the creative forces behind it . +1 just another fish-out-of-water story that barely stays afloat . -1 eh . +1 conceptually brilliant . . . plays like a living-room war of the worlds , gaining most of its unsettling force from the suggested and the unknown . +1 fred schepisi's film is paced at a speed that is slow to those of us in middle age and deathly slow to any teen . with a cast of a-list brit actors , it is worth searching out . -1 a film that should be relegated to a dark video store corner is somehow making its way instead to theaters . it's hard to imagine acting that could be any flatter . -1 the two leads are almost good enough to camouflage the dopey plot , but so much naturalistic small talk , delivered in almost muffled exchanges , eventually has a lulling effect . -1 the jokes are sophomoric , stereotypes are sprinkled everywhere and the acting ranges from bad to bodacious . +1 this is the kind of movie that used to be right at home at the saturday matinee , and it still is . +1 very well-written and very well-acted . -1 an ugly , revolting movie . -1 one problem with the movie , directed by joel schumacher , is that it jams too many prefabricated story elements into the running time . -1 apallingly absurd . . . the chemistry or lack thereof between newton and wahlberg could turn an imax theater into a 9 " black and white portable tv . -1 collateral damage is , despite its alleged provocation post-9/11 , an antique , in the end . as are its star , its attitude and its obliviousness . -1 the longer the movie goes , the worse it gets , but it's actually pretty good in the first few minutes . +1 the lightest , most breezy movie steven spielberg has made in more than a decade . and the positive change in tone here seems to have recharged him . +1 this is a stunning film , a one-of-a-kind tour de force . -1 a fast-paced , glitzy but extremely silly piece . +1 this isn't a retooled genre piece , the tale of a guy and his gun , but an amiably idiosyncratic work . -1 i'm sure if you're a hartley fan , you might enjoy yourself . . . me , i didn't care for it . +1 as hugh grant says repeatedly throughout the movie , 'lovely ! brilliant ! '
+1 just offbeat enough to keep you interested without coming close to bowling you over . -1 the iditarod lasts for days - this just felt like it did . +1 schepisi , aided by a cast that seems to include every top-notch british actor who did not appear in gosford park ( as well as one , ms . mirren , who did ) , has succeeded beyond all expectation . -1 i could have used my two hours better watching being john malkovich again . -1 to my taste , the film's comic characters come perilously close to being amoses and andys for a new generation . +1 the piano teacher is not an easy film . it forces you to watch people doing unpleasant things to each other and themselves , and it maintains a cool distance from its material that is deliberately unsettling . +1 you're not merely watching history , you're engulfed by it . +1 from blushing to gushing---imamura squirts the screen in warm water under a red bridge'
-1 animated drivel meant to enhance the self-image of drooling idiots . -1 ultimately , sarah's dedication to finding her husband seems more psychotic than romantic , and nothing in the movie makes a convincing case that one woman's broken heart outweighs all the loss we witness . -1 the problem is that for the most part , the film is deadly dull . +1 aside from rohmer's bold choices regarding point of view , the lady and the duke represents the filmmaker's lifelong concern with formalist experimentation in cinematic art . +1 fast , frantic and fun , but also soon forgotten
-1 loses its sense of humor in a vat of failed jokes , twitchy acting , and general boorishness . -1 the film is so packed with subplots involving the various silbersteins that it feels more like the pilot episode of a tv series than a feature film . -1 everything in maid in manhattan is exceedingly pleasant , designed not to offend . it goes down easy , leaving virtually no aftertaste . -1 lucky break is perfectly inoffensive and harmless , but it's also drab and inert . +1 a typically observant , carefully nuanced and intimate french coming-of-age film that is an encouraging debut feature but has a needlessly downbeat ending that is too heavy for all that has preceded it . +1 no , it's not as single-minded as john carpenter's original , but it's sure a lot smarter and more unnerving than the sequels . -1 a chiller resolutely without chills . -1 [t]he film is never sure to make a clear point even if it seeks to rely on an ambiguous presentation . -1 i'll go out on a limb . it isn't quite one of the worst movies of the year . it's just merely very bad . +1 a timely look back at civil disobedience , anti-war movements and the power of strong voices . -1 deserving of its critical backlash and more . +1 simple , poignant and leavened with humor , it's a film that affirms the nourishing aspects of love and companionship . +1 it was only a matter of time before some savvy producer saw the potential success inherent in the mixture of bullock bubble and hugh goo . +1 these three films form a remarkably cohesive whole , both visually and thematically , through their consistently sensitive and often exciting treatment of an ignored people . +1 . . . while each moment of this broken character study is rich in emotional texture , the journey doesn't really go anywhere . +1 monte cristo smartly emphasizes the well-wrought story and omits needless chase scenes and swordfights as the revenge unfolds . +1 it treats ana's journey with honesty that is tragically rare in the depiction of young women in film . +1 campanella's competent direction and his excellent cast overcome the obstacles of a predictable outcome and a screenplay that glosses over rafael's evolution . -1 viewers will need all the luck they can muster just figuring out who's who in this pretentious mess . +1 the pianist is polanski's best film . +1 all the actors are good in pauline & paulette but van der groen , described as 'belgium's national treasure , ' is especially terrific as pauline . +1 a gorgeous , witty , seductive movie . -1 it's hard to understand why anyone in his right mind would even think to make the attraction a movie . and it's harder still to believe that anyone in his right mind would want to see the it . +1 throws in enough clever and unexpected twists to make the formula feel fresh . +1 the additional storyline is interesting and entertaining , but it doesn't have the same magical quality as the beginning of the story . i like the new footage and still love the old stuff . -1 you can see the would-be surprises coming a mile away , and the execution of these twists is delivered with a hammer . thumbs down . -1 it's provocative stuff , but the speculative effort is hampered by taylor's cartoonish performance and the film's ill-considered notion that hitler's destiny was shaped by the most random of chances . -1 unfortunately , heartbreak hospital wants to convey the same kind of haughtiness in its own sketchy material but this territory has already been explored previously with better aplomb and sardonic wit . -1 largely , this is a movie that also does it by the numbers . -1 how much you are moved by the emotional tumult of [françois and michèle's] relationship depends a lot on how interesting and likable you find them . +1 the draw [for " big bad love " ] is a solid performance by arliss howard . +1 dark and disturbing , but also surprisingly funny . +1 kids will love its fantasy and adventure , and grownups should appreciate its whimsical humor . -1 my response to the film is best described as lukewarm . maybe i found the proceedings a little bit too conventional . +1 filled with alexandre desplat's haunting and sublime music , the movie completely transfixes the audience . -1 as with too many studio pics , plot mechanics get in the way of what should be the lighter-than-air adventure . +1 para hitler , o mundo era sua tela ; e o horror , seu pincel . e max retrata este fato com elegante abandono , numa triste constatação da realidade histórica . +1 it's dark but has wonderfully funny moments ; you care about the characters ; and the action and special effects are first-rate . +1 assured , glossy and shot through with brittle desperation . -1 i felt trapped and with no obvious escape for the entire 100 minutes . -1 the idea is more interesting than the screenplay , which lags badly in the middle and lurches between not-very-funny comedy , unconvincing dramatics and some last-minute action strongly reminiscent of run lola run . +1 the film sparkles with the the wisdom and humor of its subjects . -1 . . . unbearably lame . +1 eerily accurate depiction of depression . -1 this is the first full scale wwii flick from hong kong's john woo . he's not good with people . -1 the four feathers is definitely horse feathers , but if you go in knowing that , you might have fun in this cinematic sandbox . +1 shanghai ghetto , much stranger than any fiction , brings this unknown slice of history affectingly to life . -1 what's missing in murder by numbers is any real psychological grounding for the teens' deviant behaviour . being latently gay and liking to read are hardly enough . -1 this painfully unfunny farce traffics in tired stereotypes and encumbers itself with complications . . . that have no bearing on the story . -1 the problem with the bread , my sweet is that it's far too sentimental . -1 competently directed but terminally cute drama . -1 heavy-handed exercise in time-vaulting literary pretension . -1 mr . wedge and mr . saldanha handle the mix of verbal jokes and slapstick well . their film falters , however , in its adherence to the disney philosophy of required poignancy , a salute that i'd hoped the movie would avoid . +1 it's a remarkably solid and subtly satirical tour de force . -1 godawful boring slug of a movie . -1 a wannabe comedy of manners about a brainy prep-school kid with a mrs . robinson complex founders on its own preciousness -- and squanders its beautiful women . +1 zhang . . . has done an amazing job of getting realistic performances from his mainly nonprofessional cast . -1 . . . a low rate annie featuring some kid who can't act , only echoes of jordan , and weirdo actor crispin glover screwing things up old school . -1 painfully padded . +1 charles' entertaining film chronicles seinfeld's return to stand-up comedy after the wrap...
View Full Document
- Spring '18
What students are saying
As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.
Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern
I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.
Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern
The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.
Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern