writer: Paul Haggis

The Next Three Days

To the filmmakers' credit, this picture does hold one's attention. It is over two hours long. Russell Crowe gives a strong performance in portraying an obsessed man, a husband who loves his wife dearly and believes in her innocence when she winds up in prison with a murder rap. He does everything [...]

Quantum of Solace

Lights, camera, and action, action, action! This film has almost non-stop action and violence. Viewing the film was a bit like being involved emotionally in a whirlwind. It is entertaining in certain scenes for sure, but plot and character development suffer a bit in this one. Two characters seek [...]

In the Valley of Elah

This film had a couple of F words in it before one scene appeared on screen! During the opening credits, with the words against a black background, in the first twenty seconds, the viewer and listener was greeted with two F words. I knew immediately that the strong language would be plentiful. The [...]

Casino Royale

"Casino Royal" takes us back to see how Bond became Bond. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that there was little actual blood but then most of the older 007 movies were fairly tame in this sense. The action was ever lasting accept for a longer than needed poker game and the language is [...]

Flags of Our Fathers

As in most war epics filmed in our day, this is a bloody and graphic portrayal of the story behind the men who were in the famous photo taken on Mount Suribachi atop the island of Iwo Jima. It is unfortunate that director Eastwood chose to show with such graphic detail the maiming and wounding of [...]

The Last Kiss

This film introduces us to the notion that the grass is always greener in someone else's arms. It contains more on-screen sex than usual for an R rated film and it seems that everyone is doing it except the married couples. "Kiss" does show that relationships aren't easy and temptation is. [...]

Crash – Filtered

September 6, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Set in Los Angeles, "Crash" is a film with multiple storylines involving people from various walks of life. It is very moving in that it tries to portray the oftentimes severe effect that racism has on everyday life. A variety of characters include white cops, Persian shop-owners, a Latino [...]

Million Dollar Baby – Filtered

July 12, 2005
Maggie Fitzgerald has fought the odds and worked very hard to dig her way out of the life she had with her lazy, hurtful mother. She makes her way to Frankie Dunn’s training gym, where he eventually agrees to take her on and train this female boxer. Although she is on the older side, she has [...]

Million Dollar Baby

July 12, 2005
One of the most difficult things about reviewing films is giving an account of the movie without spoiling the film for others (i.e., giving away a surprise ending). Unfortunately, I will have to cross that line if I am going to truly inform you about the most objectionable thing in the film. You [...]

Crash

Prior to seeing this film I hadn’t construed a common theme other than the lives of several groups of people intersect because of an accident. It didn’t take much time to derive racism and stereotypes as the focal points. The writers effectively addressed their opinions on the prevalence of [...]

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