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 3.5
 
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Illusionist, The (2006) I think most of you out there remember this film, or at least remember hearing about it.  Some may also confuse this movie with another of its kind.  Like many films before, "The Illusionist" was released alongside another of the same genre at the same time, "The Prestige."  The general consensus at the time, and still today, is that "The Illusionist" was a much better film in regards to story than its partner.  Still, the film was not quite as good as I remember. Perhaps it is because I already know the outcome and the getting there just isn't as much fun.  And that speaks to something of the story.  There are many films that are repeatable even though the mystery at the end is already known.  "The Illusionist" doesn't fall perfectly under that category but it comes close. As a kid ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.4
 
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Preacher's Kid (2009) Ok, I can see what the filmmakers are trying to do, but it just doesn't work.  "Preacher's Kid" is just anything film that follows the playbook word for word.  There is absolutely nothing original about this presentation.  I hate to sound like a broken record, but that is exactly what this film is – unoriginal. The film is predictable from the start.  You already know exactly what the female lead is going to do before she does.  You know what she is going to go through before she does.  You know how she is going to end up before she does.  The only thing that could save the story is a collection a powerful performances.  Unfortunately, those are lacking.  That is not to say that the performances are terrible.  Some are better than others, but overall they are hovering around average. I'm ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Crazy Heart (2009) "Crazy Heart" is one of those films that is wildly successfully despite its independent status.  It is rare for a film's story, performances and emotional draw to come together in one solid package.  And, at the very least, this film bests the actual Best Picture winner for the year, "The Hurt Locker" by leaps and bounds. Sure, the story of "Crazy Heart" is not entirely original, but this fact is quickly and easily overlooked due to the fantastic screenwriting and performances.  Jeff Bridges stars as Bad Blake, a down and out country star singer way past his prime.  His protégé, Tommy (Colin Farrell) has taken over the spotlight and is considered by Bad to have sold out. Bad is a typical washed out drunk that is now touring the country, performing at bowling alleys and small clubs.  He is resentful of this ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition) (1995) I last left you discussing Ron Howard's "Cocoon" and parted that there were likely other Ron Howard films that were more suited to a Blu-ray release.  Well, "Apollo 13" is one of them.  After a somewhat disappointing release of the film on the defunct HD DVD format, it seems that Universal took their time to correct the issues. When trying to capture the emotions and events of a real tragic event you can't ask for anything more than what we are given in "Apollo 13."  The film has it all.  There is a true story that is excellently portrayed by the actors and given a star treatment by the writing department.  Ron Howard gives one of his best directing jobs of his career.  While being nominated for nine academy awards in 1996 it won but two, including Best Sound Mixing.  Sadly ...
Editor's rating: 
 2.9
 
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove (2010) I've lost count now how many films are in the Free Willy franchise.  But like most, "Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove" is a direct to video release.  This is one of those films that seems to be destined for tragedy.  First, the film is being release just a few short weeks after the news that a killer whale killed its trainer.  Second, Bindi Irwin, the breakout star of the film, is the daughter of the late, great Steve Irwin, who died in a tragic stingray accident. This Free Willy film is a little better than most direct-to-video sequels, but it doesn't shine.  Adults will find it typical and dull.  Children will likely find the film entertaining.  However, it does have many lulls that might cause children to lose interest, unlike Disney/Pixar films. The film doesn't offer much in the way of ...
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