BLOOD WORK (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 108 minutes

Don’t watch the “Making of Blood Work” featurette before you watch the film because it tells you who the killer is. As it turns out, it’s not that big of a deal…


Posted on January 15, 2003 by

JUST MARRIED

2 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 94 minutes

IN THEATERS! It’s amazing how people are getting married at such an early age today and I wonder what a really funny or serious film on the subject would be like. I know that “She’s Having a Baby” wasn’t a masterpiece, but at least it tried to be honest. It’s not that “Just Married” is so incredibly awful; it’s just that you know, right from the beginning, that it’s not very good….


Posted on January 11, 2003 by

ROBIN WILLIAMS: MR. INSOMNIA

BEST OF 2002! With a slew of villainous roles under his belt, Robin Williams isn’t making people laugh anymore. “Now that I’m playing villains, I guess not as people will be asking me for autographs.” Williams isn’t a nice guy anymore; he’s a bad guy, and he wants everyone to know it…



Posted on January 1, 2003 by

ANALYZE THAT

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Analyze That” suffers from the fact that the only real reason it exists is because “Analyze This” was a box office smash. The best thing about this film is De Niro of course, who shows that he’s still a very gifted comedian. For his part, Crystal looks kind of bored…


Posted on December 5, 2002 by

EQUILIBRIUM

1 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Equilibrium” is the kind of goofy science fiction thriller that makes you wish we lived in a totalitarian society where films like this are banned and their writer-directors are imprisoned for life.


Posted on December 5, 2002 by

HALF PAST DEAD

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 98 minutes

IN THEATERS! The sad disintegration of Steven Seagal’s career continues with “Half Past Dead,” a lame prison thriller. Even the biggest fans of the action-prison genre will be disappointed by the lack of imagination in this by-the-numbers programmer…


Posted on November 13, 2002 by

ARARAT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116 minutes

OPENS IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 15TH! Atom Egoyan’s new film “Ararat” doesn’t reach greatness like his previous three efforts, but it’s a damned good try. No director, however brilliant, can accurately fictionalize the making of a film, outside of the film he’s making…


Posted on November 13, 2002 by

RED DRAGON

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 121 minutes

IN THEATERS FRIDAY! YOU WILL BELIEVE A MAN CAN DIE! I wonder how many people are aware that Hannibal Lecter made his first appearance not in “Silence of the Lambs” but in Michael Mann’s 1986 film “Manhunter,” where he was played brilliantly by veteran British actor Brian Cox?


Posted on October 4, 2002 by

MATTHEW BRIGHT: BIG BAD WOLF

You’ve had a lot of problems with non-union crews, haven’t you? On “Freeway II” it was just horrible. It was a tough shoot anyway, because first of all, it wasn’t supposed to be called “Freeway II.” There’s no freeway in the film for one thing. Basically, I knew it was going straight to video; no […]



Posted on September 20, 2002 by

MATTHEW BRIGHT: BIG BAD WOLF

What was it like working with three well known Hollywood stars? It was great. Oldman was so passionate about the project and they all know me, and there’s no snobbiness going on. They do whatever I tell them. You know, they’ve all been around the block; Kate’s been in all of the magazines, Gary’s played […]



Posted on September 20, 2002 by

MATTHEW BRIGHT: BIG BAD WOLF

It’s hard for anyone to get a film made, but is it harder for someone with your reputation? Not really, because I’m a known writer-director, but it was so hard before that. With “Tiptoes,” I wrote the script so long ago, I remember that “I Never Promised you a Rose Garden” was playing. In case […]



Posted on September 20, 2002 by

MATTHEW BRIGHT: BIG BAD WOLF

Bright’s voice, like that of Quentin Tarantino, dominates every frame of film it occupies. The characters in Bright’s films may be freaks, but they don’t know that, and neither does Bright. Bright seems to accept everybody for who they are. There are no typical victims in any of Bright’s films. Everyone’s guilty in some way…



Posted on September 20, 2002 by

STEALING HARVARD

2 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 83 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Stealing Harvard” can’t decide if it wants to be a heist comedy or a family drama and so it ends up in a frustrating comic middle. The movie feels like it’s going to be a lot of fun but I found it disappointing…


Posted on September 15, 2002 by

THE BLESSING AND CURSE OF “FRIDAY THE 13TH” (part 2)

TK



Posted on September 13, 2002 by

THE BLESSING AND CURSE OF “FRIDAY THE 13TH” (part 3)

TK



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