Sometimes, as a critic, there are films you don’t want to review. Not because they are bad, but because they are good. Waitress is one of those films. I so thoroughly enjoyed myself at this film, I don’t want to have to put on my critic cap and point out the flaws, as few as there are.
Before we get to those, though, let’s talk about the good things. They all center around Jenna, the newly pregnant title character played by Keri Russell. This beauty has come a long way since Felicity and she holds the center of this film with the confidence and surety of an actress with twice her experience. This is really her coming out party in the feature world (and no, Mission Impossible III does not count) and she is certainly the Belle of this particular ball. To be fair, though, she is helped along by triple threat Adrienne Shelly, who not only wrote and directed the film, but co-stars as well. Continue reading
Wow this film starts off good! 28 Weeks Later started, well, 28 weeks before. Before the starting credits roll, we are treated to a creepy, atmospheric scene, where a few survivors are holed up, trying to survive while outside the Rage Virus is taking over England. We are introduced to Robert Carlyle, Don, who is the de facto ringleader of this group and Catherine McCormack, his wife Alice. Within minutes the zombie-like victims of Rage have attacked, broken into the safe house and eaten most everyone there. Except Don, who has run out of the house, leaving his wife alone to fend off the flesh-eating creatures. Continue reading
Seriously? This is the latest entry in the film catalog of the man who directed L.A. Confidential, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, and The River Wild? Curtis Hanson should know better. In his hands, Lucky You should have been a tension-filled, taught 98 minutes about love, life and how everything hinges on the turn of a card. Instead, it’s a lazy 124 minutes with very few surprises and a card game that goes on forever. In other words, a perfect date film. Continue reading
I think, somewhere deep in the bowels of Hollywood, there’s a guidebook for the third installment of superhero movies. It says you have to take everything good from the first two films and since it worked, you add more of it. You make it bigger, better and more overdone. Unfortunately, Sam Raimi received a copy of this guide and held to it while making the latest installment of the incredibly successful Spider-Man franchise. Continue reading