Monday, November 10, 2008

Mini movie reviews (#3)

Wristcutters: A Love Story Directed by Goran Dukic
Starring Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigam, and Tom Waits
Released in 2006
Rated R
Good: Definitely an interesting and semi-original premise. Patrick Fugit's acting skills have improved since Almost Famous, thankfully. Shannyn Sossamon is perhaps the most gorgeous woman in the entire world. The soundtrack is entirely by Gogol Bordello, and the funniest character (Eugene, masterfully played by Shea Whigam) is based on the lead singer.
Bad: The last 1/3 of the movie is bizarre. A bit too bizarre.
Rating: 8/10

Ghost Town Directed by David Koepp
Starring Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni
Released in 2008
Rated PG-13
Good: Greg Kinnear is awesome, as always. Tea Leoni is cute, and Gervais is mildly funny (though not at his best).
Bad: The ending was terrible. A barely-above-average romantic comedy. Not much else needs to be said.
Rating: 6/10

Kung Fu Panda (second viewing) Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson
Starring Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, and Ian McShane
Released in 2oo8
Rated PG
Good: Fantastic voice acting done by all (especially Black and Hoffman). Cute, exaggerated animation. The action scenes are beautifully done.
Bad: Big-name stars like Angelina, Jackie, and Seth don't get nearly enough screen (or "vocal") time. Some of the jokes seem overused in animated children's flicks.
Rating: 7.5/10

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