Princeton Town Topics

Princeton Town Topics is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kam Williams
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 The Island (2005) Kam Williams The pace of this roller coaster ride becomes too furious to remember that it all started out as an adventure addressing some pertinent ethical issues about the pitfalls of stem cell research, cloning, and bio-genetics. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2007
4/4 Open Range (2003) Kam Williams While equally paying homage to directors Peckinpah, Eastwood, and Kurosawa, what makes Open Range special is that it's a love story, too. And one peopled by endearing characters we're inclined to care about when the bloodletting has finally ended. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2007
3/4 Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) Kam Williams A riveting, well-acted, above average example of the horror genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2007
3/4 In Her Shoes (2005) Kam Williams Cluttered and predictable; but laced with laughs and enough of an emotional payoff to make it all worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2007
3/4 An Unfinished Life (2005) Kam Williams A modern-day Western from Lasse Hallstrom which doesn't measure up to the best of the three-time Oscar-nominee's work, but is, nonetheless, a beautifully filmed panoramic production with a plot compelling enough to recommend. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2007
0/4 The Brothers Grimm (2005) Kam Williams A disjointed, ear-splitting, visually-jarring, mirthless exercise in pandemonium that director Terry Gilliam tries to pass off as family entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2007
3.5/4 March of the Penguins (2005) Kam Williams Director Jacquet has cleverly figured out a way to anthropomorphise his wondrous, web-footed subjects, as they deal with hunger, rejection, loss, loneliness, and sensuality. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
1/4 Fantastic Four (2005) Kam Williams Tim Story gives the Marvel comics superheroes the Barbershop treatment. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
4/4 War of the Worlds (2005) Kam Williams Spielberg flips the E.T. script with this sci-fi flick which reverts to the pulp fiction notion of aliens as the enemies of earthlings. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
3/4 Bewitched (2005) Kam Williams Has some hilarious moments, mostly thanks to Will Ferrell's zany slapstick, mugging, and other antics. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
4/4 Batman Begins (2005) Kam Williams Works splendidly because it dispenses with the idea that Batman's archenemies have to be quirky, colorful, superficial savants, àla the campy television series from the sixties. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
2/4 The Honeymooners (2005) Kam Williams A disconnected series of skits and one-liners likely to satisfy children while only infuriating nostalgic adults in search of the magic of the Fifties sitcom. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
4/4 Born Into Brothels (2004) Kam Williams In the end, you can't help but wonder exactly what it was you've just seen. A hard-hitting exposé? Voyeuristic slumming? A true tale of triumph, against all odds? A self-aggrandizing, vanity biopic? Some new type of reality film?Perhaps all of the above. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
1/4 Beauty Shop (2005) Kam Williams This bottom-feeder's sophomoric, locker room approach to black-white, gay-straight, and male-female issues cannot be undone by a saccharine storybook ending. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
3/4 Fever Pitch (2005) Kam Williams Drew Barrymore gives an excellent performance as a lady-in-waiting opposite Jimmy Fallon's equally-impressive portrayal of a jittery, baseball-obsessed beau. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
3/4 Look at Me (2004) Kam Williams Examines a variety of questions, such as superficiality versus substance, materialism versus self-worth, and taking advantage of others versus forming sincere relationships. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
1/4 A Lot Like Love (2005) Kam Williams The typical romantic comedy keeps the leads apart or until just before the closing credits. This film falls flat because they engage in sex during the picture's opening sequence. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
0/4 XXX: State of the Union (2005) Kam Williams XXXcruciating! EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
1/4 Unleashed (2005) Kam Williams An irritating excuse to glorify senseless slaughter! EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
3/4 Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (2005) Kam Williams A fitting capstone on a collection of screen classics for the ages! EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
1/4 Monster-in-Law (2005) Kam Williams For a revenge comedy to work, the villain should be so despicable that you relish those moments when the victim turns the tables and gets even. This flick is misleading because the title character is not really mean, but rather a sympathetic figure. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2007
4/4 Just Like Heaven (2005) Kam Williams Kudos to Witherspoon and Ruffalo for generating enough screen chemistry to insure a teary-eyed finale that'll make you forget the fact that you're watching a shameless rip-off. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2007
2/4 Flightplan (2005) Kam Williams Following a smooth takeoff, this psychological thriller hits some turbulence and crash lands due to a preposterous, almost comical, turn of events. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2007
3.5/4 The Gospel (2005) Kam Williams While The Gospel's faith-laced dialogue might annoy non-Christians, the plot mostly explores themes of a universal nature. Recommended to members of any faith for the stirring, onscreen performance of Grammy-winner Yolanda Adams. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
1/4 The Great Raid (2005) Kam Williams Instead of a tribute to a fine chapter in the annals of the Greatest Generation, we have a second-rate romance right out of a cheesy, pulp fiction novel. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
0/4 The Man (2005) Kam Williams A derivative, readily-forgettable insult to the intelligence! EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
3/4 De-Lovely (2004) Kam Williams If you ignore the plot and just approach the flick as nothing more than a 21st century update of a Busby Berkeley-style musical, you will not be disappointed. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2007
2/4 King Arthur (2004) Kam Williams In many ways this movie tells us far more about the values and age in which we are living, than the one it pretends to be returning us to. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2007
1/4 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Kam Williams Ostensibly modeled on the egomaniacal Ted Baxter of the old Mary Tyler Moore TV series, this adventure's protagonist is less comical, less endearing, and generally grates on the nerves. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2007
2/4 The Notebook (2004) Kam Williams A sentimental film filled with flashbacks and clichés. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2007
4/4 Lost in Translation (2003) Kam Williams Alternately laugh-out-loud silly and profoundly moving, kudos to Sofia Coppola for managing to capture an undeniable chemistry between Murray and his 18 year-old co-star, despite a certain asexuality. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2007
3.5/4 Cinderella Man (2005) Kam Williams A cross between Seabiscuit (because of the Depression) and Rocky (because of the sport), yet a fine enough film to stand on its own, even if the production falls short of both in terms of its emotional punch. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2007
1/4 Must Love Dogs (2005) Kam Williams An insult to the viewer's intelligence, which sticks to silly slapstick while failing to get around to making a mature statement about relationships. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2007
4/4 Paris, je t'aime (2006) Kam Williams A novel experiment which one hopes will be tried again soon. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2007
4/4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Kam Williams A menagerie of menacing and morphing computer-generated special effects make the movie worthwhile. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
3.5/4 Strayed (2003) Kam Williams Reminiscent of such desert island classics as Swept Away and Lord of the Flies, this film is at heart, a microscopic suspense drama quite independent of the war which brought its unfortunate characters together. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
3.5/4 Raising Helen (2004) Kam Williams Satisfying only because of Joan Cusack's sterling performance. Will somebody please give that actress a starring role in her own vehicle? EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
2/4 Troy (2004) Kam Williams All the cast members, even Mr. Pitt, adopt the obligatory British accent, sans contractions, employed by the historical drama genre, even though the action takes place in Ancient Greece. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
4/4 Gloomy Sunday (2000) Kam Williams Undoubtedly deserves to be added to the ranks of the best Holocaust films ever made. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
0/4 Envy (2002) Kam Williams An implausible plotline, seasick cinematography, and absence of humorous moments add up to an irritating, insulting experience which explains why Dreamworks decided to delay the film's release for a year. It should have been left on the shelf. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
3/4 My Architect (2003) Kam Williams What makes this movie riveting is not its subject, but the huge hole evident in the biographer's soul, a space he desperately tries to fill by speaking with those once close to his father. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
3/4 13 Going on 30 (2004) Kam Williams A rehash of familiar material, but the engaging Garner is charismatic enough to make it magical. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
1/4 Dogville (2003) Kam Williams After about an hour, the novelty wears off, and you're aching to see an actual animal and real shrubs. After two hours, you feel disappointed when you realize that this wouldn't even make a good play. After three hours, it's downright infuriating. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
3/4 The Ladykillers (2004) Kam Williams Despite cartoonish characters, over-the-top hijinks, and occasional lapses of bad taste, any movie that leaves you laughing up the aisle, has to remain well-recommended. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2007
3/4 Walking Tall (1973) Kam Williams A new, and arguably improved, Walking Tall, starring pro wrestler-turned-actor, The Rock. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2007
2/4 Taking Lives (2004) Kam Williams A production which would rather scare its audience with gore than reel it in via a gripping whodunit. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2007
2/4 Hidalgo (2004) Kam Williams The event around which the movie revolves is a desert mirage, since there is no record of any such race ever being staged. Nonetheless, those able to ignore this outrageous historical distortion might enjoy this triumph of an underdog aganst the odds. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2007
4/4 Starsky & Hutch (2004) Kam Williams Cartoonish but clever, with the bulk of the fun coming when Wilson's wry wit meets Stiller's impatient officiousness head-on. Sophomoric, yet probably the best of the recent TV retreads. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2007
2/4 Against the Ropes (2004) Kam Williams It's hard to expect anyone to infuse much passion into a "by-the-numbers" boxing movie which telegraphs every punch. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2007
1/4 Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) Kam Williams Schoolyard jokes about religious faiths, genetic traits, and sexuality which only work if you enjoy laughing at people because they are darker-skinned, or curlier-haired, or perverted, or have emigrated from another continent. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2007