Monday, February 9, 2009


(focus features)
Director: Henry Selick
Writer: Henry Selick
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane
Plot: Adapted from the Hugo Award-winning, internationally best-selling novel, Coraline is a spine-tingling tale about a curious girl who unlocks a mysterious door in her family's new home and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality. On the surface, this "Other World" eerily mimics her own life - though it is much more fantastical. In it, Coraline encounters different versions of her own life, including off-kilter neighbors and an Other Mother who attempts to keep her forever. Ultimately, Coraline must rely on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to get back home.
Genre: Animation | Family | Fantasy

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans


Genre: Horror/Suspense

Theatrical Release:Jan 23, 2009 Wide

Box Office: $33,165,746

I'll accept to actuality afraid that the Underworld alternation has accomplished a third installment. Apparently, these films aren't that big-ticket to accomplish because they accept never been big box appointment performers. With the additional movie, Underworld: Evolution, accepting captivated up things too neatly for this assembly to abide affective forward, the filmmakers accept adopted to do some backtracking. This is an "origin story" - one that allotment to the alpha and chronicles how the vampire/werewolf war started. The limitations of the Underworld adventure are on display: the storyline about replicates that of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, acceptation that if you've apparent one or both of them, there's no acute acumen to absorb your adamantine becoming dollars on the third.

The affidavit for watching the aboriginal two Underworld movies were simple: Kate Beckinsale in a bound covering costume, lots of fast-paced action, Kate Beckinsale in a bound covering costume, affluence of claret and gore, and Kate Beckinsale in a bound covering costume. The fast-paced activity and claret and claret are still present in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, but Kate Beckinsale is boilerplate to be begin (excepting a abrupt actualization abreast the end in a blow that I accept was aerial from the aboriginal film). Back Underworld would not be Underworld after the dominatrix aspect, Rhona Mitra accomplish into the bound covering costume. The aftereffect is agnate but not absolutely the same. Beckinsale's husband, Len Wiseman, who directed the aboriginal two Underworlds afore axis his absorption to Live Free or Die Hard, has ceded the top armchair to Patrick Tatopoulos (a beheld furnishings authority who formed on the antecedent two Underworld films), although he gets a adventure credit. Tatopoulos, it should be noted, does a adequate job of assuming Wiseman's style.

The adventure takes us aback hundreds of years to back the werewolves were disciplinarian to the vampires. (A allegiant apostle of the cine ability alarm this aspect allegorical.) Viktor (Bill Nighy), the baron of the bloodsuckers, has a accurate affection for Lucian (Michael Sheen), the best and bravest of his wolf bite-infected pets. Unfortunately, as abundant as Lucian brand Viktor, he brand Viktor's daughter, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), alike more, and the activity is mutual. Back sex amid vampires and lycanthropes is forbidden, the two charge accommodated in secret. Alike afore they are begin out, the activity leads to their downfall. In adjustment to save Sonja's life, Lucian charge abolish the collar that inhibits his shape-shifting. This is an breach that acreage him in a corpuscle and, while he's there, his words and accomplishments bulb the seeds for the insurgence that will alpha the war.

Those who awful Twilight because of the way in which it defanged vampires while axis women into victims can blow calmly here. Sonja is annihilation but a victim and the vampires, abnormally Viktor, are awful pieces of work. The botheration with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is the way in which it repeats all that has gone before: banned love, desaturated color, blood-soaked battles amid CGI werewolves and all-too-destructible vampires. The accomplished acquaintance feels obligatory. If the filmmakers were activity to go to all the agitation to accomplish a new affiliate to this saga, why not do article absorbing with it?

Bill Nighy, who had a cogent role in the aboriginal Underworld, is a contentment to catch in the way he blithely overacts. This is accurate scenery-chewing. Here's a accepted amateur who has adopted to go as far over-the-top as the administrator will acquiesce (and that turns out to be absolutely far). There are times back it's absurd not to chuckle. This first-rate amateur achievement causes the added sedate assignment by Michael Sheen and Rhona Mitra, who booty their genitalia seriously, to achromatize into the background. (Although, to his credit, Sheen does accompany the affair during scenes back he gets to bark snippets of "rousing" dialogue.)

The appropriate furnishings are beneath absorbing than in the antecedent two installments, conceivably because of bread-and-butter restrictions. They assume like they were done cheaply and/or quickly. Granted, we're not accepted to accept that an army of werewolves is affronted a castle, but neither is it declared to be accessible that the absolute arrangement was put calm on a computer. The akin of captivation accepted by the adventure has not been accomplished by the furnishings technicians. Also, the action scenes are accumulated with the now-popular fast-edit address that makes them difficult to follow.

Does one accept to be a fan of the alternation to acknowledge Underworld: Rise of the Lycans? Probably, back the cine assumes a acquaintance with the saga's mythology. The blur can be watched and accepted by a abecedarian (although I accept apparent the added two, I can't affirmation to bethink them decidedly well), but there's no acumen why addition alien with Underworld would appetite to bother. The aboriginal blur was decidedly bigger and, therefore, is the abode to alpha for anyone with a atom of interest. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an also-ran that is acceptable to be accepted alone by completi

Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Steven Mackintosh

Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Grevioux, Danny McBride

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos