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"Leprechaun 4: In Space" is as ridiculous as it sounds. The acting is horrible, the visual and special effects are really poor, and the story itself is cliched and boring. It's comparable to "Jason X," but I'm not sure either of them are any good--but they're both good for laughs. Overall, if you have some time to waste and you're looking for a really stupid B movie. This is a fine pick.
"Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" decides to completely do its own thing and be a sci-fi film much more than a fantasy. It's not a bad idea exactly, but this film probably should've at least had source material behind it. First of all, the story (although it's semi-developed) really feels empty. There are weird dream sequences cut in throughout the film, and I don't see why they couldn't just wait 'till the final reveal to have them. It messes with the flow of the movie and just confuses the audience.
Joe Wright's "Hanna" tries to offer a twist on the old revenge film that everyone has seen before, but in my opinion, this one fails.
We're introduced to Hanna as she's hunting in the super isolated wilderness with her father, and I actually think that's the best part of the film. Saoirse Ronan does a decent job playing Hanna, but I feel like she could have been used a little more here.
With most action movies, my major complaint is there isn't enough time spent on developing characters, but "Hanna" has the opposite problem. There isn't enough time given to crazy action scenes, and then we're stuck with an awkward girl trying to fit into society. If the film could've found a balance, that would have benefited it much more.
The cast is fine, the dialogue is good as well, but story-wise "Hanna" takes the sentimental route rather than punch-you-in-the-face route. Although it tries to turn that around in the end, it doesn't succeed.
...And this whole thing about it being a modern day fairytale... I don't see it. This felt like style over viscera. Not recommended.
"The Muppets" manages to succeed in reintroducing The Muppets as a viable source of entertainment to the world. If you ask me, The Muppets have always been one of the best forms of entertainment, but that's just me.
After some jeers from the previous Muppet crew, this new film actually hits the right notes without tarnishes The Muppets image, and without trying too hard. There are very catchy songs, there is dancing, and there is a lot of fun for everyone--including adults.
The place where the film shines is the emotional connection it achieves with the audience--those who grew up loving The Muppets and Jim Henson. For me, this movie brought me back to the good 'ol days of watching "The Muppet Movie" and resonating with the characters.
Overall, "The Muppets" is a good reintroduction and a solid foundation for more films to come, or perhaps a new Muppet Show. That would be excellent. Jim would be proud.
Whoever decided to return "Snow White" to its roots deserves all the credit on this one! "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" is probably the best adaptation of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale I've seen. From the moody darkness, the costume design, and finally the characters... this film delivers all around.
"Snow White" aka Lilliana is played by a younger Monica Keena, and surprisingly, she does a good job here. Most of the characters in the original story show up here, but they've just been altered a bit. There's really only one dwarf out of the seven miners, and they not exactly the nicest people. "Prince Charming" isn't quite the charmer he seems to be, and the evil stepmother (Sigourney Weaver) is taken to the extreme.
While it's not spectacular, "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" is what a darker version of a fairy tale should look like. It makes the Twilight-ized "Red Riding Hood" look shameful and trite--which it is. If you're wondering just how creepy the tale of "Snow White" really is, give this one a watch! Recommended.