Movie Review: “The Secret of Roan Inish” (1993)

"The Secret of Roan Inish" is both magical and comfortably down-to-earth in all its elements.

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Movie Review: “Legend” (1985)

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Title: Legend (1985) IMDb Director: Ridley Scott Lead Actors: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry Score Composer: one version has Jerry Goldsmith’s score, the one I saw has Tangerine Dream’s Length: 89 minutes; U.S. theatrical version (there are at least two other versions with different lengths) Rating (US): ? Couldn’t find an official rating, but … Continue reading Movie Review: “Legend” (1985)

Movie Review: “The White Buffalo” (1977)

Title: The White Buffalo (1977) IMDb Director: J. Lee Thompson Lead Actors: Charles Bronson (Wild Bill Hickock), Jack Warden (Charlie Zane), Will Sampson (Crazy Horse), Kim Novak (Poker Jenny), Slim Pickens (in a cameo) Score Composer: John Barry Length: 97 minutes Rating (US): PG (in 1977, this could include a fair bit of swearing, from … Continue reading Movie Review: “The White Buffalo” (1977)

Movie Review: “The Secret of Kells” (2009)

Title: The Secret of Kells (2010) IMDb Director: Tomm Moore (yes, two M’s) Voice Actors: Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally Score Composer: Bruno Coulais Length: 75 minutes Rating (US): No MPAA rating; suitable for older children, but beware of a few very intense, scary sequences, including an implied slaughter of village folk … Continue reading Movie Review: “The Secret of Kells” (2009)

Movie Review: “Steamboy” (2004)

Title: Steamboy (2004) IMDb Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo Lead Voice Actors (English): Anna Paquin (Ray Steam), Alfred Molina (Dr. Eddie Steam), Patrick Stewart (Dr. Lloyd Steam) Musical Score: Steve Jablonsky (sample here) Length: 126 minutes Rating (US): Rated PG-13 for action violence. Spoiler-free Synopsis: “In [alternate] 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the … Continue reading Movie Review: “Steamboy” (2004)

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 and … Continue 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 spent … Continue 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 Burl … Continue 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 humans … Continue reading Movie Review: Children of Men (2006)