Film Reviews (Index)

September 8, 2010

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Film Reviews (Index)

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“Legend of the Black Scorpion”

Tackling William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, director Xiaogang Feng presents a unique take on the bard’s famous play with the action drama “Legend of the Black Scorpion,” which is beautifully filmed and well acted.

“Tell Them Anything You Want”

Tell Them Anything You Want is an intriguing documentary focusing on Maurice Sendak, the curmudgeonly children’s author who wrote Where the Wild Things Are. Filmmakers Spike Jonze (who directed the film version of that book) and Lance Bangs have a compelling subject to work with in Tell Them Anything You Want. Viewers don’t have to be fans of Sendak’s books to enjoy this film.

“Bring It On: Fight to the Finish”

Like its predecessors in the “Bring It On” franchise, “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish” focuses on a perky cheerleader who’s taken out of her comfort zone and ends up excelling in her new environment.

“Ashes of Time Redux”

By Jae-Ha Kim March 3, 2009 A complicated, sparse, and beautiful film, Ashes of Time Redux is the slightly tweaked version of Wong Kar Wai’s 1994 film. Like some of his other work, the movie borrows a few characters from novelist Louis Cha, but the film is definitely classic Wong. Ou-yan (Leslie Cheung) is […]

“Closing the Ring”

A love story spanning more than five decades, “Closing the Ring” may appeal to fans of “The Notebook.” Academy Award-winning director Richard Attenborough utilizes shifting time frames to tell the story of Ethel Ann and WWII fighter pilot Teddy. The two fall madly in love and secretly marry in a sweet ceremony that is destined for tragedy.

“Another Cinderella Story”

“Another Cinderella Story” adds a few modern day twists to the classic fairy tale on which it is based, and it aims straight for the hearts of 21st century tweens. Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) plays Mary, a shy high-school student saddled with a wicked guardian and a pair of mean girls stepsisters.

“The Rebel”

By Jae-Ha Kim Janaury 5, 2009 A fast-paced, beautifully executed film, The Rebel works hard at being an epic martial arts picture set in 1920’s French-occupied Vietnam. While that may sound like a bit much, director Truc Charlie Nguyen does a formidable job creating a plausible scenario with some awesome fighting sequences. While not […]

“The Note”

“The Note” is vaguely reminiscent of the 1999 Kevin Costner film “Message in a Bottle”–in which a newspaper reporter finds a letter in a bottle and tracks down the author. In this movie, a newspaper columnist discovers a note that appears to have been written by a father to his child just minutes before his plane crashed.

“This Christmas”

Touted as a comedy but filled with its share of drama, “This Christmas” focuses on a middle-class African American family celebrating the holiday together at the matriarch’s home.

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