MBA in Film Finance, freelance/staff reviewer since 1988
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The legend that was and is Bob Marley lives on in this overlong revamp of the reggae master's life. Glossing over some areas and focussing on others, it will be an irritant to those who know a lot about the man and a stirring memorial to those who only know snippets. Kevin Macdonald could have cut 30 minutes without any real harm to the story. Bit of a disappointment.
Dennis Quaid gains pounds to play a disgruntled academic widower whose life has gone stale in every way possible. This dysfunctional family drama revolves around the daily actions of an intellectual daughter (Page from Juno), poet son (Ashton Holmes from History of Violence) and layabout but worldly-wise adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church of Sideways). They stay locked in their routines until an ex-student – and now doctor (Parker) – breathes life back into the widower’s personal life, displeasing the possessive…
Even with the normal suffix “of Mars” taken from its title (reportedly because Martian films historically haven’t fared well at the box office), this lavish production of Edgar Rice Burrough’s 100-year-old pre-Avatar/Star Wars space adventure series has much to recommend it. Kitsch (a model turned actor) is muscular and cool enough to play the widowed ex-officer turned rebel who ends up on the far away planet Barsoom (Mars) in the middle of its own civil war. Initially trying to get…
Eugene Levy (American Pie) and Samuel L Jackson (Coach Carter) team up as naïve dental-supply salesman and tough hard-hearted cop in this wayward comedy by the director of California Man and Flubber. Relying on Levy’s cartoonish comedy expressions and Jackson’s clichéd cop antics for interest, what redeems this sagging caper is its peripherals, such as a delicate moment with a tramp who almost grabs the drop money and Levy’s character being locked up in the holding cell for women criminals…