30 March 2007

Various Mini Movie Reviews

I am behind on reviewing various movies I've seen in the last month. So I'll be brief.

"Night at the Museum": Ridiculous premise. Cute for kids, I guess. Good special effects. Surprising cast (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, among others.) 2 out of 4 Jujubees.

"Casino Royale": This remake is very much the same as every other James Bond movie ever made... except it has Daniel Craig. Taking off his shirt. A lot. 'Nuff said. 3 out of 4 Jujubees if you want to see Daniel Craig take his shirt off. A lot. Which, quite frankly, I do. Otherwise, 2 out of 4 Jujubees.

"School for Scoundrels": This is a Billy Bob Thornton/Jon Heder (yes, the star of Napoleon Dynamite that's showing up everywhere) collaboration that works. Though it's slow in places it is funny in spots and has enough twists to keep you tuned in until the end. Pleasant but not great. 2 out of 4 Jujubees.

"In My Country": A gut-wrenching, thought provoking drama starring Juliette Binoche and Samuel L. Jackson as a white Afrikaner and a black American witnessing and reporting on South Africa's "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" in 1996. The commission's job is to listen, evaluate, and reconcile the unreconcilable: 21,800 blacks were tortured and killed in the final days of apartheid. It's a brutal but important story to tell and it raises important themes/questions including: is anyone innocent when evil is done? 4 out of 4 Jujubees.

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