SA Movie & DVD Magazine
Alien Autopsy (2006)
The Last Sentinel (2007)
Forbidden World (Mutant) (1982)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
"It is is about as realistic as a Tom & Jerry cartoon, but then again, this is a Die Hard movie . . ."
Across the Universe (2007)
"A movie made by Beatles obsessives, for Beatles obsessives . . ."
The Lookout (2007)
"Nowadays it is actually refreshing to get a crime thriller that doesn't try to be Pulp Fiction . . ."
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
"Sure, watching The Simpsons Movie is like watching a longer-than-average episode of The Simpsons. And your problem is?"
"Be sure to have some headache pills handy when you go see Transformers. While it may not necessarily be the best action movie of the year, it is definitely the loudest and you're sure to walk out of the cinemas with a throbbing headache . . ."
"The whole udder issue is discussed on the DVD's audio commentary track."
Shrek the Third (2007)
"In less than three weeks on the American cinema circuit Shrek the Third has grossed a whopping $258 million! No wonder a Shrek 4 "prequel" and a Puss in Boots (starring only you-know-who) spin-off is already in the works for 2010 . . ."
No Reservations (2007)
"Even though it is a romantic comedy, there is too much miserableness going round for the film to be truly enjoyable."
"You sometimes need a flow chart to figure out who is doing what to whom and why in the third - and final (?) - Pirates of the Caribbean film . . ."
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
"Contrary to popular belief the electric car wasn't killed by the oil industry - it committed suicide . . ."
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
"Reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut's dictum that mankind's epitaph one day will be 'we could have saved ourselves, but we were too lazy and cheap to do so' . . ."
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
"While Mr. Bean's buffoonery and incessant mugging may grate on adult sensibilities, the truth is that kids will go gaga over his clownish antics."
The Last Legion (2007)
"Once you accept The Last Legion for what it is, namely a Saturday adventure matinee show aimed at impressionable 10-year-old boys, then you'll have a passable time at the cinema . . . Sort of."
"Not a movie for cynics."
Marie Antoinette (2006)
"Marie Antoinette - based on you know who's life - has been voted by us here at SA Movie & DVD as the movie most likely to disappoint audiences this year . . ."
Catch a Fire (2006)
"Actually serves as little else but agitprop for South Africa's ruling party . . ."
"Middle-aged angst - and not the mystery of Reeves' unsolved death - lies at the heart of Hollywoodland."
"When bad things happen to stupid people, are we supposed to care?"
Flushed Away (2006)
"Any movie designed for kids that wantonly throws around Kafka gags gets my vote."
The Queen (2006)
"Even if your sentiments runs to "the French got it right in 1789" variety when it comes to the British monarchy, The Queen makes for hypnotic viewing . . ."
Blood Diamond (2006)
"While DiCaprio doesn't always the accent right, he at least gets the character spot on."
"What is surprising about Adam Sandler's latest comedy is that it still works despite its uneven tone and - while it is never laugh-out hilarious - makes nonetheless for passable entertainment . . ."
Open Season (2006)
"Decidedly average . . ."
Miami Vice (2006)
"Overlong and dull."
Cinderella Man (2005)
"The film wallows in the poverty and degradation of Crowe and his family, which is a real downer for a supposed feel-good movie . . ."
Into the Blue (2005)
"Any excuse will do to ogle Jessica Alba's behind . . ."
The Family Stone (2005)
"Judging from the DVD cover %u2013 with someone flipping you the bird as they say %u2013 you'd probably be expecting some kind of cheeky comedy, but the movie is in fact nothing of the sort . . ."
The Libertine (2006)
"Historical accuracy is a liability instead of an asset in this painfully exact recreation of 1670s London . . ."
"Only occasionally successful . . ."
"Cars is - dare I say it? - a little on the dull side."
Over the Hedge (2006)
"An energetic, funny and clever computer-animated movie, just the sort of movie you'd expect the makers of Shrek to come up with . . ."
"Poseidon is all rather well-done and suspenseful - think Titanic, but without the boring romantic bits and you'll know what to expect of the movie."
Dot the I (2003)
"Dot the I is okay-ish until it drops one of those Sixth Sense-style plot twists which negates everything that has gone before it into audiences' laps . . ."
Keeping Mum (2006)
"This slight British comedy stars Rowan Atkinson of Mr Bean fame in a rather large role, instead of the cameos he usually gets to play in big screen movies . . ."
American Dreamz (2006)
"This comedy by the director of American Pie prefers farce to political satire and broad comedy to incisive social commentary. . ."
The Wild (2006)
"Disney's latest is an unoriginal mix of Finding Nemo and Madagascar, but the small children in the audience we saw it with simply didn't care . . ."
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
"There isn't much that is new or fresh about Underworld Evolution . . ."
Match Point (2005)
"Lugubriously slow and inert, Match Point simply drags without those customary Woody Allen one-liners . . ."
"Hostel is depraved, sick and disgusting - which means teenagers should love it."
The Fog (2005)
"A mediocre remake of a 1980s horror movie of the same name which wasn't that good to begin with."
"Will probably keep youngsters entertained for its short 76 minutes running time."
Dark Water (2005)
"The gore-free Dark Water tries hard to establish a creepy atmosphere, but instead winds up being slow moving with not much happening."
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
"The first quarter of Brokeback Mountain plays like a silent movie version of Waiting of Godot, but starring two Marlboro Men instead of Vladimir and Estragon . . ."
Lord of War (2005)
"Unlike most Hollywood movies being made today, Lord of War actually has something to say even though it goes about saying it clumsily . . ."