Tag Archives: Denis Leary

True Crime

When a journalist is killed in a car crash, a veteran colleague (Clint Eastwood) is assigned to her story; she was covering the upcoming execution of a man (Washington) who might be wrongly convicted. The first screen adaptation of an Andrew Klavan novel was a commercial failure and not one of Eastwood’s sharpest films. His … Continue reading True Crime

Demolition Man

THE FUTURE ISN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF THEM.  In 2032, violent criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) is thawed from his cryogenic sleep for a parole hearing, but escapes; desperate for help, the police also thaw John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), Phoenix’s arch-nemesis, a cop sentenced for manslaughter. A futuristic action movie with a sense … Continue reading Demolition Man

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

NO MORE SECRETS. While Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) worries over Gwen’s (Emma Stone) safety now that she knows his secret alias, Spider-Man faces two new enemies. Marc Webb’s attempt to make the greatest blockbuster ever has moments of beauty in its execution, including striking 3D visuals. Unfortunately, many jokes fall flat and the introduction of … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Ice Age: Continental Drift

When the continent breaks apart, Manny and his family and friends are separated; the quest to reunite is fraught with dangers. Much like the third movie, this fourth chapter is in 3D and was a huge hit… but the seams are beginning to show. A sense of fatigue is creeping into the increasingly outlandish adventures … Continue reading Ice Age: Continental Drift

The Amazing Spider-Man

THE UNTOLD STORY BEGINS. Instead of making a fourth chapter in their Spider-Man franchise, Columbia opted for a reboot and did everything to convince us that it wasn’t a pointless remake of Sam Raimi’s 2002 film. Much of the film covers very familiar territory. Still, as a stand-alone comic book movie it has excellent qualities, … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

THE SUB-ZERO HEROES ARE BACK, ON AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE… FOR THE AGES.  When he finds three huge eggs, Sid’s parental instincts kick in; however, the eggs belong to a dinosaur who comes looking for them – and takes the whole gang to a land of the lost. It takes a while for this third chapter to … Continue reading Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs


THE FUTURE OF THE NATION WAS HANGING BY A CHAD. The man who brought us the Austin Powers movies turns serious with this look behind the scenes of the Florida recount debacle after the 2000 presidential election. We follow the tactics of both sides and even though the film never delves deeper into how this … Continue reading Recount

Ice Age: The Meltdown

THE CHILL IS GONE. Manny, Sid and Diego realize that the ice age is about to end and set out to save themselves from drowning. Carlos Saldanha, who worked on the first film, stepped up to direct a sequel that is pretty good in the genre of second-rate CGI comedies. There is flow in the animation that makes … Continue reading Ice Age: The Meltdown

Ice Age

THE COOLEST EVENT IN 16,000 YEARS. During the last ice age, a mammoth, a sloth and a saber-toothed tiger with a hidden agenda try to bring a human baby back to its “herd”. This is Fox seriously challenging DreamWorks and Pixar in the field of computer-animated movies, an adventure reminiscent of older Disney flicks that would … Continue reading Ice Age

National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1

SEE IT BEFORE THEY MAKE THE SEQUEL. Cops Jack Colt and Wes Luger (Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson) team up to hunt down a general (William Shatner) who’s been smuggling cookies laced with cocaine. A comedy in the vein of Airplane! and The Naked Gun that draws a big, fat target on primarily the Lethal … Continue reading National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1

The Thomas Crown Affair

HOW DO YOU GET THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING? This longish but romantic remake of the elegant 1968 Norman Jewison caper manages to preserve the flair of the original. Admittedly, there is none of the technical playfulness that made Jewison’s film fun to watch, but the suggestive, unpredictable taunting between the insurance agent (Rene Russo) … Continue reading The Thomas Crown Affair

a bug’s life

AN EPIC OF MINIATURE PROPORTIONS.  In my opinion, a bug’s life and its competitor, Antz, are equally good, but this one might actually appeal more to kids. Conceived with plenty of imagination, this is a remake of The Seven Samurai with ants standing in for the villagers, grasshoppers for the parasitic bandits and a circus troupe of various insects for … Continue reading a bug’s life