Film Review: “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001)

Title: Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) IMDb Company: Disney Animation Directors: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise Voice Actors: Michael J. Fox (Milo), James Garner (Rourke), Cree Summer (Kida), Leonard Nimoy (the King of Atlantis) Score Composer: James Newton Howard Length: 95 minutes Rating (US): “Rated PG for action violence.” Spoiler-free Synopsis: “A young adventurer namedContinue reading “Film Review: “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001)”

Movie Review: “Peter Pan” (2003)

Title:Peter Pan (2003) IMDb Director: P.J. Hogan (based on the play by J.M. Barrie) Lead Actors: Jeremy Sumter (Peter Pan), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Wendy), Jason Isaacs (Mr. Darling/Hook), Richard Briers (Smee), Ludivine Sagnier (Tinkerbell) Score Composer: James Newton Howard Length: 113 minutes MPAA Rating: “Rated PG for adventure action sequences and peril.” Spoiler-free Synopsis: Fun andContinue reading “Movie Review: “Peter Pan” (2003)”

Movie Review: “The Eagle” (2011)

The Eagle should appeal to movie-lovers who are frustrated with the way modern action movies prefer to ignore story and character in favor of rushing from bloody killing to bloody killing. It’s an exciting adventure that really does care about the characters and their relationship.

Movie Review: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Title: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) Director: Frank Capra Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore Score Composer: Dmitri Tiomkin! (a generally awesome composer, being appropriately restrained here, I think) Length: 130 minutes Rating (US): Un-rated, since it was before the MPAA system. No objectionable content. Spoiler-free Synopsis: George Bailey, a man who has spentContinue reading “Movie Review: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)”

Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Title: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Director: Wes Anderson Voice Actors: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Michael Gambon, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Eric Chase Anderson (and cameos by Owen Wilson, Brian Cox, Adrien Brody, and Mario Batali, the celebrity chef) Score Composer: Alexandre Desplat, mainly; other songs featured range from the Beach Boys to BurlContinue reading “Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)”

Movie Review: Children of Men (2006)

Title: Children of Men (2006) Director: Alfonso Cuáron Lead Actors: Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Claire-Hope Ashitey Score Composer: John Tavener Length: 1 hr., 49 minutes (109 minutes) Rating (US): R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity. Spoiler-free Synopsis: “In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humansContinue reading “Movie Review: Children of Men (2006)”

Movie Review: Minority Report (2002)

Title (Date of Release): Minority Report (2002) Director: Steven Spielberg Lead Actors: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, Samantha Morton Score Composer: John Williams Length: 2 hrs., 25 minutes (145 minutes) Rating (US): PG-13 for violence, brief language, some sexuality and drug content. Spoiler-free Synopsis: In the Washington D.C. of 2054, violent crimes haveContinue reading “Movie Review: Minority Report (2002)”