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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

If you like screwball comedy and you have some interest in science/technology/invention and you tend to side with the nerd over the "cool" person and you like to see a movie that parodies cliche cinematic devices ... you'll love this.

The Next Three Days

I thought it would be interesting ... a husband taking matters into his own hands to break his wife out of prison because she was wrongly convicted of murder. Trouble is, she was rightfully convicted. And the husband gets her out (killing a couple people on the way). And the filmmaker seems to want us to feel happy about these criminal main characters escaping justice. yuk

Traitor
Traitor(2008)
½

Very interesting/exciting plot. Thought provoking too.

New In Town
New In Town(2009)

Interesting if you're from MN

Flawless
Flawless(2008)

not flawless. Ends up teaching that revenge satisfies. I don't believe it.

August Rush
August Rush(2007)

A few nice moments.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Got it from redbox. It was late at night. I fastforwarded through a lot of it. Spoiler alert:
I'm tired of hero comeback movies where the hero discovers they have a child. Yawn.

Quiz Show
Quiz Show(1994)

All about personal ethics and the slippery slope of a small lie.

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)
½

Wall-E has gotten a lot of hype so my high expectations may have played into my review. I didn't really like it. And it is the first time I've been underwhelmed by a Pixar film. I'm quite surprised to tell you the truth. I guess I've learned that one of the things I really like about Pixar films is all the smart dialog ... and since the 2 main characters of this film could only say one word, there was little of that.

I also didn't believe a lot of the technical contradictions ... like a robot who can say one word in seeming limitless varieties of human-like expression ........ but can only say that one word. Hard to believe a machine could have such great expression with such a limited vocabulary ... not to mention the human-like emotions they felt. Unbelievable.

Vantage Point
½

I picked this up from RedBox last weekend and was pleasantly surprised!

At a base level, this is an action flick with some decent action scenes. If you liked some of the action sequences in the Bourne films you'll be interested in some of these too (but Bourne is better ... also some of the score seems to be a Bourne copy).

Now, add on to that base the creative decision to show the same event from multiple perspectives and you've got yourself both an interesting mystery (who did it?) and a thinking film posing the question of how well we should believe our own understanding of an event ... and makes the case on how an individual "witness" can get it all wrong.

Since I already want to see this again it gets 4.5 stars.

The main problem with the movie is you can tell it was made to highlight the philosophical question ... not to tell the story. So by the end we're left not caring too much about the main characters ... but we do have something interesting to discuss. Also, it ends after only 82 minutes so they were clearly out of material very quickly in this film. I'd like to see more from this production team in the future.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Exciting and fun action flick with lots of good acting.

Becoming Jane
½

This movie suffers from the fact that one cannot help but compare it with the work of Miss Austen herself. I was left wishing Austen was around to, say, write the screenplay, or something. It really struggles without her.

I've liked Anne Hathaway in films like "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Ella Enchanted" but have not been able to swallow her in this genre. I hope she stays away from it in the future. It's a bad match.

Nicholas Nickleby

Saw it awhile ago but just remembered it after seeing Hathaway in "Becoming Jane". I think Anne should avoid these types of films because she's much better in modern settings like "The Devil Wears Prada" ... or even comedies like "Ella Enchanted".

Dan in Real Life

Typical romantic comedy. Only special thing was the depiction of extended family life (Grandparents, grown children, grandchildren) which was pretty realistic and nice to see in a movie.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Pretty much the same as the first one. Entertaining and fun to watch once.

Sweet Land
Sweet Land(2006)

Didn't speak to me.

Bella (Beauty)

Where do I start?

I'll start by explaining who I am and that I come from the socio-political demographic that is expected to fawn over this movie. That's right, I'm pro-life. I believe that abortion is morally wrong in most circumstances (with a few exceptions).

I also believe strongly in the importance of families. I have a wife and a handful of children myself. So, more than just a belief, I have some real experience in this area.

So what's my problem with the flilm?

First, I felt like I was being preached to at times. There's nothing specific I can point to ... it's just the feeling I had while watching.

SPOILER WARNING!!
Second, and most egregious, is the ending which is worse than ill-conceived ... it's just dead wrong. Were it not for the ending, I would have given this film 3.5 stars. But after being preached to about the importance of families, we are expected to not notice when the hero makes an incredibly un-family-friendly move. You see, the main character is a single man. And in the end, we're led to believe that he has adopted a baby girl and raised her for about 4 years without being married. And we're expected to look up to him for that. Why don't I? Because I really believe in the family as something that ideally has both a husband and wife. And I think it's so ironic that the main character of this movie accidentally killed a little girl by hitting her with his car ... which took a child from it's mother ... and then tries to make up for it by bringing an infant into a motherless home. To me movies like this are put down the family by equating it to circumstances that are so different from the traditional family. Why should I be happy to see a single guy who works full time at a restaurant adopt an infant daughter? To me that spells tragedy for that poor girl.

I'm rambling so I'll get on with it ...

Third, is the annoying fact that they made the main character look like modern depictions of Jesus. c'mon.

Lars and the Real Girl

Odd one. Tries really hard to teach a lesson, but I just can't get past the premise.

The Mayor of Casterbridge
½

Fine acting. Nice camera work. Gripping plot. Thought-provoking themes. The only downside is a musical score that is overly repetitive.

The main character is a tragic anti-hero whose slight flaws cause major pain in the lives of all around him. But at the same time he is a very respected man and does much good.

The movie makes you realize the large impact of your small choices. It also shows how the world would be a better place if people were less jealous, more forgiving, less critical, more accepting, less dogmatic, more kind, etc.

City Lights
City Lights(1931)
½

Interesting for film history. Good for a few laughs. The boxing part is best.

Kate & Leopold
½

Simply delightful

High School Musical 2

Was curious because it was a made for TV movie with unheralded publicity. Every 5-8 year old seemed to be wearing this t-shirt for months.

Ended up fast-forwarding through most of it. Save your time.

Sweet Home Alabama

Plot wasn't convincing. Characters made sudden changes that weren't believable. But a pleasant film in general.

Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew(2007)

My wife wanted to see it.

The Bourne Supremacy

If you like pure action you may enjoy this. The filmmaking has a flavor that pulls you into the scene so you feel like you're there. It's also nice to see the on-location shooting in India, Moscow, and Berlin. This is the best of the 3 Bourne movies IMO.

Atlantis - The Lost Empire

I got about half-way through it while running on the treadmill. This is one of those movies where you scratch your head thinking, "Why did Disney make this movie?" Probably because people like me will be foolish enough to check it out from the library just because it's "Disney".

Shattered Glass

If you've never happened to meet a compulsive liar before, this movie will educate you on the fact that they exist. Life Lesson: Be selective in who you trust.

An Inconvenient Truth

Too much self-serving propaganda from Mr. Gore. Watch this instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lifbCLG4A4M

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

Would be a really fun movie for teenagers to see one of their own as a spy ... and there's little to object to in the film. But the plot just dies at the end.

We Are Marshall

A couple good moments.

Bush's Brain
Bush's Brain(2004)

Rove is an interesting figure.

Ballets Russes

Too much talking and too little dancing.

Beauty and the Beast: A Latter-Day Tale

I have mixed feelings about this one. It's got to be one of the most badly made films I've ever seen. But I laughed so hard at it, that I can't help but recommend it. If you're in the mood to laugh at a movie that is trying so hard to be serious, this one will not disappoint!

The Ultimate Gift
½

Great story which made the lackluster film even more disappointing.

Enchanted
Enchanted(2007)

Loved this hilarious movie!

The Bourne Ultimatum

Excellently made ... but I was left disturbed at the end. I think this is the intention of the filmmaker, but I don't prefer it.

If there's another Bourne film, the only thing I want to see is "Bourne Begins" ... kind of akin to "Batman Begins". But I doubt they'll make something like that anytime soon. Pity. These chase films are getting old. I really like the Bourne character, but I've already seen the person he is in Bourne 2 and Bourne 3. I don't need to see that anymore.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

I just rented this and saw it for the second time. I'm really down on spider-man now. This movie was down there with "Fantastic 4". But Spider-Man 2 is really good.

The Great Dictator

Funny and serious at times. Very interesting because of what was about to happen in the world when this was made.

Planet of the Apes
½

Interesting for the sake of history but not a great movie. There is no comparison between this and 2001 which is from a similar era but is much better. Charlton Heston is way too melodramatic ... this is particularly annoying when he's playing an astronaut.

Bicentennial Man
½

I liked the tone of this movie. I think it was interesting to have the film span 200 years and follow the same family throughout. It makes you think about what you will leave behind and what you will take with you.

Pleasantville

I didn't like the way they portrayed Pleasantville as "a great place" after everything became colorized. I would have preferred them to show the tension that exists in the real world.

The Queen
The Queen(2006)
½

A "thinking movie" about the tenuous relationship between a sovereign and the prime minister whom she has authorized to run her country. I think the monarchy in England is a perplexing and fascinating topic and this movie delved into it. Helen Mirren did a great job as the Queen.

Step Up
Step Up(2006)

Story had potential but it didn't pan out. Plot wasn't cohesive. Dancing was underwhelming. Dialog was lame. I'd rather watch "High School Musical".

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

In the last year I've seen both old and new versions of this film and read the book to my kids. This new version is much more faithful to the book than the old one. Now I much prefer it to the old one.

Sleepless in Seattle

I'm sure I've seen this with my wife but don't remember it too well.

Howl's Moving Castle
½

Hmm. This was my first time watching something in this genre. I bet the book is good. But without reading the book, this was too confusing for my taste. I can bet there are lots of deep philisophical ideas being presented here ... but as a viewer I wasn't given enough to go on ... and I fault the filmmaker for that.

Trying to understand it did keep my interest throughout ... but I didn't feel I'd discovered much by the end.

Hitch
Hitch(2005)
½

Only saw a few minutes of it, but it seemed decent

Amadeus
Amadeus(1984)

I love the scene where Mozart is working on a composition while his wife is ranting about something in the other room. It's a wonderful moment when the music in his head drowns out the ranting.

Contact
Contact(1997)

I hate Matthew McConaughy's character, but love everything else.

Ratatouille
Ratatouille(2007)
½

Pixar has never disappointed me. Some of their works have been better than others, but I've never been disappointed.

Ratatouille is a good comedy-drama with a few nice action sequences. Like most Pixar films, there is plenty of material targeted to adults here. In fact, even more so than previous films since the theme is "cooking". I haven't met many kids who would pick a theme like that for a kids movie.

Bridge to Terabithia

A sweet story, but doesn't live up the the hype.

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Pretty funny. Better than the modern 2003 "Cheaper by the Dozen"

Eragon
Eragon(2006)
½

Saw it on an airplane

Batman & Robin
½

Saw it a long time ago ... not too memorable

North & South
½

I liked how this explores the conflict between justice and mercy. I like how it shows characters who change over time. I wasn't completely satisfied with the movie overall.

Millions
Millions(2005)

Fantasy. Quirky. Weak in my opinion.

Meet the Robinsons

What a lame movie. Is this what we get now that Disney and Pixar aren't together?

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)
½

The movie is great action, sci fi, romance, and comedy all rolled into one.

Take out the freaky scene in the hospital where a bunch of people get killed and it's perfect. I hate that scene.

Entrapment
Entrapment(1999)

Saw it on the plane. Well done but not worth my time.

Casino Royale

Watched it on the plane. I should have read a book instead. It is well done but the subject matter is just not worth my time.

The Majestic
The Majestic(2001)

One star is a bit harsh but this movie annoyed me. The reason is because they couldn't quite decide what they wanted the movie to be about. And after 100 minutes, a second theme enters when I'm expecting it to end.

All the democracy and freedom themes in this movie fall flat and shouldn't have been attempted.

This is just a waste of time.

The Overture
The Overture(2005)

Pretty good. Worth a look if you have any interest in some nice Thai visuals, creative (slightly overdone) cinematography, Asian culture, musical talent, etc.

It was kind of confusing how it jumped between time periods so often. Pay attention in the beginning so you'll know when it's doing this.

Some parts of this remind me of Karate Kid, but the competition is xylophone rather than Karate.

House of Flying Daggers

I've tired of movie with so much focus on combat.

You Can't Take It With You

I might rate it higher if I could remember it more. But it's been awhile.

Facing the Giants

Wow! What a pleasant surprise! I need to buy this one. It's nice to see a movie with a wonderful message and absolutely nothing objectionable. I was generous with stars simply because I'd like to see more in this category of "feel good" religious movies.

Inspiring. Uplifting. Faith-promoting.

This movie is unabashadly Christian and it tells a faith promoting story. Sometimes the religion is a bit over the top ... but that doesn't bother me. The acting leaves much to be desired, but the message comes through despite it. There are some really touching moments in this film.

I also liked the portrayal of a committed and positive marriage relationship despite many challenges and setbacks. It is rare to see that in a film, but we need so much more of that in the world.

Here's hoping that the film industry will realize that people appreciate this type of movie.

The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement
½

My wife saw this ... and that's enough for the two of us.

Great Expectations
½

Love the story but I think the 1946 version is better.

Great Expectations
½

The best film version of Dickens "Great Expectations" in my opinion.

Anne of Green Gables

For the benefit of my wife who loves this movie/book.

Pollyanna
Pollyanna(1960)

Encourages you to try to be happy.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Spencer Tracy got on my nerves.

The Hudsucker Proxy

Uniquie.

"You know, for kids!"

Little Shop of Horrors

It was a long time ago ... but I think I remember it being silly.

Sahara
Sahara(2005)
½

Decent action film with some good laughs too.

The Other Side of Heaven
½

Great story of a missionary in a foreign land. It seemed like there were some spots where the film was cut strange so I got confused. Maybe I just need to see it again.

Field of Dreams
½

Good story. I'm not too into baseball. I don't like Kevin Costner in general, but he works fine in this role.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

I don't like Charlie Brown in general.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
½

A little long. After you see it you feel like you know a little about what life as a sailor must have been like in those days.

I like Russell Crowe in this role.

There is lots of good string music in this film.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

I like all these in general, but they are too scary for me.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

A simple action film. Good for kids too. Not a "thinking movie". Filmed in muted colors with an almost sepia look. Set in the early '40s but with futuristic stuff for those times (robots, etc.)

Henry V
Henry V(1989)
½

Shakespeare done right.

Together (He ni zai yi qi)

Inspirational story of devotion to family. Filled with beautiful violin music. Makes you want to do your best with the challenges / opportunities you're given. Shows the incredible value of every child, and what it really means to be a father.

Babe: Pig in the City

Terrible sequel to one of my favorite movies.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Funny but too long. Movie would be better if compressed into 90 minutes or so.

The Stratton Story

Inspirational in the area of overcoming personal obstacles. Also about true love and commitent in the face of adversity.

Kitty Foyle
Kitty Foyle(1940)

Makes the distinction between infatuation and love. Also deals with social class issues. One of the themes is challenging decisions in life and where those can lead us.

Ushpizin
Ushpizin(2005)

Just watched it and already want to see it again. Inspiring. Thought provoking. Spiritual. Covers themes of faith, devotion, overcoming negative traits, etc.

The Importance of Being Earnest

I remember it being really good but for some reason not liking the plot outcome ... that's why the low rating. But I don't remember what bothered me about it now. It was certainly very well done intelligent fare.

Dumbo
Dumbo(1941)

Some strange parts.

A Beautiful Mind

Riveting. Inspirational that his wife sticks with him (but that's not actually what happened in real life).

Minority Report

Visions of the future are cool, but it's not worth the creepiness.

Madeline
Madeline(1998)

Don't take your kids to see this trash. But the books and cartoons are harmless.

Love Comes Softly

Story of learning to love, and marriage out of necessity. Set in American prairie.

Jaws
Jaws(1975)

I don't like this type of movie in general.

Jumanji
Jumanji(1995)
½

Technically interesting. Not compelling. Kind of creepy.

Ella Enchanted
½

Unique. Very funny.

Psycho
Psycho(1960)

I don't like scary movies.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Read the book and you'll see that the new one is a much more faithful representation. This old one pales in comparison.

It's a Wonderful Life
½

Seen it so many times that I doubt my ability to be impartial about it. A classic.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
½

Don't like the skeletons and the wierdness of Depp in this one.

Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur(1959)
½

Excellent production.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)
½

Don't like the sadistic next door neighbor.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

But don't forget to read the book.

Baptists at Our Barbecue

Full of stereotypes. Cheesy acting. Pretentious. Painful to watch.

A Man Called Peter
½

Inspirational tale of a man on a mission.

Singin' in the Rain
½

Story leaves something to be desired ... but hey, it's a musical.

Gone With the Wind

Heard so much about it, but didn't like it.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Wish Lucas could have done a better job.

Fantasia
Fantasia(1940)

Slow at times, but a classic.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

After reading the book I was disappointed.

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady(1964)

Excellent production. Story is so-so.

March of the Penguins

Very educational. Interesting to see how important the male penguins are in the hatching process.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
½

Well done for its genre, but I've lost interest in this type of movie.

Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
½

Interesting theme. I enjoy the music of Philip Glass. A little overboard though.

Groundhog Day

Interesting premise.

The Natural
The Natural(1984)

Don't really like the plot.

The Philadelphia Story

For some reason, my tastes differ on this one than many others I know.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
½

Makes you appreciate the legal system. Shows that one person can make a big difference.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

I've seen this and enjoyed it many times. For some reason, the last time I did I didn't like it so much.

The Mask of Zorro

Don't like the main character in general

Superman
Superman(1978)

Problem is that I don't see why he likes Lois.

The Greatest Game Ever Played
½

If I liked golf I'd rate it even higher. Great movie.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
½

Saw enough on a plane trip to know it didn't warrant a full viewing. Interesting premise though.

The Polar Express

If they compressed it to 20 minutes or less it'd be good. Also, there's this freaky character on top of the train that ruins it.

Alice in Wonderland

Pointless. Isn't that the point?

The R.M.
The R.M.(2003)
½

Lots of funny moments.

Just Like Heaven
½

Shows the distinction between spirit and body.

Pride and Prejudice
½

Great adaptation. Lots of fun. Lots of it filmed in Provo, UT.

The Truman Show
½

Makes you think about ethics and reality.

Hello, Dolly!
½

Huge musical production. Colorful visuals. Like many musicals, acting/plot leaves much to be desired.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

Amazing cinematography. Causes you to think about what you value in life.

All About Eve
½

Interesting character study of a scheming individual.

Freaky Friday

Fun if you're in a silly mood. Good music too.

Batman Begins

Do away with the freaky plotline about the drug that makes you see scary stuff and it's perfect.

Cars
Cars(2006)

I'm a sucker for most anything from Pixar.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man(2002)

I don't like the gore at the end or the freaky Jekell/Hyde themes throughout. But I really like the Spider-Man character and the character development in general in this movie.

Chariots of Fire

Great, uplifting story.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Great cinematography. You need to read the book to understand the movie. I consider this to be an "illustration" of the book.