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Miv Evans, Entertainment Journalist

Miv Evans is a British businesswoman who relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. She previously had a comedy drama commissioned by BBC TV and sold her first film to REN Media International in 2008 which she wrote, directed and produced.

Miv is a freelance journalist for Century City News and the Director of The Trailer Film Festival which she founded in 2009.

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The Drop Movie Review
It's authentic, realistic and suspends our disbelief, which is why we go to the movies in the first place.
09:17 Sep 14, 2014 PST
Movie Review: Honeymoon
An barrage of creepy clichés are thrown at the plot, but none make sense, or connected, or explained. This lack of coherence gives a 'horror coated' feel, no big scares, no edge-of-the-seat
11:40 Sep 8, 2014 PST
FED UP Film Review
Movie review Miv Evans reviews the film 'FED UP'. Evans states that the documentary doesn't contain any surprises and or any answers.
12:29 Aug 31, 2014 PST
As Above, So Below Film Review
Scarlett sets off on a bus in Iran and ends up in the tunnels that lie below Paris. There are encounters with a Grim Reaper, the odd zombie, blood spatter. Fodder for a B-rated horror movie but, unfortunately, not one you'd want to watch.
16:23 Aug 30, 2014 PST
On The Way Film Review
or some reason, the writers decided that a prelude to the big adventure was needed and threw in a few scenes in which the aging grandmother is seduced by a 30 year-old man.
19:11 Mar 12, 2014 PST
Ride Along: Kevin Hart Squares Up to Ice Cube
Miv Evans reviews Ride Along. She is not impressed, as Kevin Hart and Ice Cube talk incessantly through 100 minutes of plotless plot and comedyless comedy.
06:05 Jan 18, 2014 PST
'How I Exiled My Inner Bitch' Book Makes Amazon Best Seller List!
Greg has denial on intravenous, so Dionne's quirks simply pass him by and, pretty soon, shallow love blossoms. But also blossoming are Greg's daughters
20:23 Sep 13, 2013 PST
Getaway Movie Review
If you can imagine what it's like to sit in the passenger seat of a Mustang and be driven around and around the same race track for an hour and half, you don't need to see this film.
05:01 Sep 6, 2013 PST
Jobs - The First Of Many Films
Had this theme of 'having it all ways' been embedded from the start, the audience could have watched as a Greek tragedy was born.
19:28 Aug 12, 2013 PST
Super-Fit Crystal Santos Spotted in Beverly Hills
SUPER-FIT Crystal Santos, known for her recent role in Argo, was spotted going into the Beauty on Robertson salon in Beverly Hills today, looking lovely.
10:13 Mar 25, 2013 PST
General Hospital Actor Scott Defalco Spotted in LA
recurring actor on General Hospital, in the Newsroom, Beverly Beverly Hills. We asked him what he was drinking and he said apple, strawberry, banana and wheatgrass. We asked him if he's into healthy options because of his gig as co-host on the St
06:42 Mar 20, 2013 PST
The Company You Keep: When Your Past Won't Sleep
a lot of characters in this Robert Redford project are in their seventies, which takes nothing from the film, and Julie Christie, at 71, looks quite amazing.
17:46 Mar 10, 2013 PST
NO - from Chile
the events the filmmakers depict are so powerful that the images create a story all of their own. Truths are encompassed by themes of stolen civil liberties and, abomination by abomination, this tragic era of Chile's history is faithfully drawn.
20:41 Feb 6, 2013 PST
Parker: A Bad Bad Guy
An action-centric trailer might initially pull audiences in but, with nothing more to offer than a gun-crazed killer, interest will wane, and this crime flick will be on its way to the DVD graveyard.
18:57 Jan 27, 2013 PST
Arnie Is Back in 'The Last Stand'
Talking is kept to a minimum, and it's the high-octane action that fuels the vehicle, which lets us know, that Arnie is back.
17:13 Jan 23, 2013 PST
This is 40 - Allegedly
A film where vignettes are stuck together and interlaced by the tedious bickering of a couple who have nothing more on their minds than themselves.
11:39 Dec 17, 2012 PST
FLIGHT - Ready to Fall
It's impossible to know what dumb mistake our hero is going to make next, and it's these dilemmas that keep us intrigued from beginning to end.
13:22 Oct 26, 2012 PST
The Other Son Film Review
This is a story about two families; one is from Tel Aviv, the other from the West Bank. They are forced together by a tragedy and, unless Arab and Jew hold out their hands, an even bigger tragedy will befall them all.
18:11 Oct 20, 2012 PST
Tears of Gaza Film Review
claims is an anti-war offering. Unfortunately, however, every frame is so blatantly skewed that it plays more like an exercise in anti-Israel propaganda than a sincere attempt to advocate an end to war.
05:07 Sep 21, 2012 PST
Little Birds Review
The filmmakers hop from a character driven piece to action, which is a fatal move, and storytelling at its weakest. In fact, it's not really storytelling at all.
18:30 Aug 21, 2012 PST
Searching for Sugarman - The Forgotten Musician
This is a compelling documentary about a long-forgotten musician who discovered that his genius had in fact been heard.
20:01 Jul 22, 2012 PST
Magic Mike - The Stripper
McConaughey is on stage in the opening act and proves, within seconds, that this is the role he was born for. He drawls, rocks, titillates and tempts.
16:25 Jun 28, 2012 PST
Lola Learns - Very Little
A wishy-washy single girl, swans around New York, with not much to do and even less on her mind.
15:24 Jun 7, 2012 PST
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - But Only In The Brochure
Apart from being incredibly uninteresting, none of the characters actually have a sound reason for being at The Marigold. Evelyn has never worked but, at the age of 77, flies to India in the hope of finding a job in a call center.
12:26 May 17, 2012 PST
Marley: King of Reggae
This film was made with the co-operation of his family, and much is revealed about the humble Jamaican whose music transcended ethnicity, languages and creeds.
16:52 Apr 20, 2012 PST
Delicacy - Or as the French say, La Delicatesse
Billed as a romantic comedy, and if you think someone getting killed in a car accident is funny, then you'll think this film is a hoot. If, however, your tastes are a little more discerning, you'll find little here to entertain.
06:37 Apr 3, 2012 PST
The Hunger Games - In Reality
This film has a powerful concept that has been watered down to become a very bad reality show. Like Survivor, there's a progressive system of elimination but, instead of contestants voting off other members, they actually kill them.
16:27 Apr 2, 2012 PST
Project X Another Bad Hangover
This particular piece of trash is produced by Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover (s), and is arguably the worst film Warner Bros. have ever released.
06:14 Mar 7, 2012 PST
Wanderlust Movie Review
The beginning of this film is quite entertaining but, as the minutes tick by, the energy slowly drains, the story takes an infantile turn and the characters we meet are either boringly normal or unrealistically bizarre.
17:11 Feb 27, 2012 PST
Good Deeds Movie Review
This is Tyler Perry's twelfth film and, as his core audience is already lined up eagerly awaiting its release, success at the box office is guaranteed. Unfortunately, this guarantee seems to have negated Mr. Perry's need to produce anything worth
16:07 Feb 25, 2012 PST
Act of Valor Movie Review
It's worth watching just to see real Seals in action they're all super-cool, burly and really, really hot.
07:01 Feb 19, 2012 PST
Big Miracle - Free the Whales
This is an adventure rescue story about whales, native Alaskans, news reporters, tree-huggers, politicians, oil executives and seafaring Russians.
06:48 Feb 3, 2012 PST
'Butter' Movie A Jennifer Garner Special
This film is an attempt to satirize the Obama/Hillary primaries but the infantile plot and host of clichéd characters never get beyond bad melodrama.
18:44 Feb 2, 2012 PST
One for The Money - More For the Bounty
One for The Money is an attempt at a sassy girl action comedy becomes a tedious melodrama with a few stray bullets thrown in. It lacks tension, credibility and, most of all, humor, and tries too hard to be what it's supposed to be
10:52 Feb 1, 2012 PST
Red Tails - the heroes of Tuskegee
This is a high-flying war film told from the point of view of the first African American aerial combat unit to serve in World War 11.
14:06 Jan 19, 2012 PST
Worlds Apart Documentary Review
documentary about three different countries who have built walls on their borders to keep out the doomed population next door. It's fast-paced and revealing and each moment that captures a human tragedy paints a picture of politics
06:35 Jan 9, 2012 PST
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (First of a Trilogy)
all of whom seem quite normal compared to the girl with the dragon tattoo. She is totally bizarre but at the same time endearing and somehow manages to give dysfunction a very good name.
07:28 Dec 21, 2011 PST
W.E. - Madonna's Latest Material
director in the world can save a bad script so it's unfortunate that Madonna decided to write her own material for the follow-up to her first flop, which she also wrote.
13:14 Dec 18, 2011 PST
War Horse: Born to Conquer
This is an epic tale about a valiant horse who finds himself in battlefields far from home and, as we follow his tumulteous journey, it becomes clear that the characters are merely passing ships and our only companion
13:05 Dec 15, 2011 PST
Young Adult: Calamity Jane is Back
Adding to the litany of bad girl movies that have hit our screens this year, this dark comedy presents us with another anti-heroine and, as long as you don't mind seeing yet another Pretty Girl befriend yet another Fat Boy,
10:47 Dec 4, 2011 PST
The Iron Lady At The Oscar Altar
relevance and truth are sacrificed in the name of the upcoming Oscars and what we actually get is Meryl Streep playing a role Helen Mirren was born for.
21:24 Nov 26, 2011 PST
'The Kid With a Bike' Declared as Best European Film of 2011
His bike is his friend and he pedals fast, and he pedals furious, never letting it get sentimental and keeping us firmly in his grasp so we don't miss a minute of his captivating tale.
12:52 Nov 23, 2011 PST
HUGO - A Special Effects Bonanza
created from undeveloped ideas, acted out by pseudo Dickensian characters whose lives exist around an eternallyy bustling Parisian train station that doesn't feel French at all.
09:49 Nov 23, 2011 PST
'The Artist' - The Silence is Deafening
a black and white silent movie which is self-indulgent, pretentious and a case of the Emperor's New Clothes.
07:23 Nov 20, 2011 PST
My Week With Marilyn - According to the Book of Colin
our journey becomes a mundane trot with people who never change and so little happening that if the sequences were swapped around, no one would notice. And Michelle Williams as Marilyn? Not really.
05:53 Nov 18, 2011 PST
Happy Feet 2 - Unhappy Penguins
the story is dismal and the characters drag us from one non-event to another, uttering humorless dialogue in mismatched accents that are a perfect metaphor for the mélange on-screen.
18:22 Nov 13, 2011 PST
J. EDGAR - A Double Tale
It is intended to be a biopic but flies around at such a pace that there is no time to get to know the man whose flaws would doubtless intrigue, and becomes nothing more than a mildly interesting trudge through American history.
10:28 Nov 9, 2011 PST
Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia's Children
Their tales are desperately sad and the lack of government support is deplorable but these charming little ones have so much hope their stories are uplifting and they enchant us right to the very end.
14:09 Nov 2, 2011 PST
Appropriate Adult - Inappropriate Behavior
This is a story about two of the UK's most notorious serial killers but, instead of sensationalism, the filmmakers feed us intimacy, and instead of gore we glimpse the mind of a man who tortured and murdered so many, he lost count.
17:19 Oct 23, 2011 PST
'Margin Call' a Meltdown in 24 Hours
Set in the high stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is a gripping tale about the obscene wealth of the morally bankrupt and, although not a tell-all, it tells enough to fascinate and makes no excuses for the contemptible behavior of
10:59 Oct 17, 2011 PST
The Big Year - A Bad Bromance
This is a story about bird watching, and if you think that sounds boring, you should see the film. Or rather, you shouldn't see the film. Really, you shouldn't.
14:45 Oct 12, 2011 PST
Real Steel - Unreal Everything Else
Watching the robots in this film duke it out in the ring is a total blast but, unfortunately, the futuristic boxing world where this story resides is never truly created.
16:39 Oct 5, 2011 PST
What's Your Number? - Zero at the Box Office
This uninspiring romantic comedy plods from one superficial moment to the next, telling us nothing we haven't been told before and showing us nothing we haven't seen.
13:11 Sep 28, 2011 PST
Abduction With Taylor Lautner
There are so many disastrous scenes in this movie that it could have been made by a group of students in their first year at film school.
10:23 Sep 23, 2011 PST
50/50 - Deadly Funny
This film is a daring combination of tragedy and comedy which works for a while but then runs out of steam, becoming sentimental and, without the depth of a tear jerker, ends up in no man's land.
14:44 Sep 16, 2011 PST
'Drive' a Ryan Gosling Unravelling
This film kicks off with a dazzling set piece that lays the groundwork for a unique action thriller, but unfortunately the filmmakers fail to follow through and unique becomes clichéd and action becomes gory.
07:37 Sep 11, 2011 PST
'Contagion' A Star Studded Catastrophe
This film is tagged as a sci-fi/action/thriller, but it plays like a mega-long montage, with film stars rushing across a plethora of plotlines, reciting endless melodrama until they finally collapse into an ungainly finale that is coated with cheese
04:54 Sep 7, 2011 PST
'Higher Ground' a Lower Level Drama
This is a desperately tame, slow-paced story, cram-packed with religious fanatics who are so brain-washed they all sound the same.
04:01 Aug 24, 2011 PST
WARRIOR - Three Heroes Too Many
This is a family drama set in the world of martial arts, but we never actually see the family together and the championship that is the focus of the story is played out in three rounds, one after another, by the end of which all tension is gone and
09:13 Aug 21, 2011 PST
Conan The Barbarian- Circa 1982
an endless tirade of special effects and sword fights, making it more like a video game than a movie, and watching someone play on their computer for two hours is about as tedious as it can get.
05:49 Aug 17, 2011 PST
30 Minutes Or Less - And Still Too Long
This is a low-brow comedy that has nothing more to offer than the commitment of the actors to do their best against insurmountable odds. The plot is infantile, the humor lame and the characters flounder under the weight of having nothing of worth t
17:33 Aug 11, 2011 PST
'The Change-Up' - While Staying The Same
This film takes the worn-out idea of body switching, throws in some crass humor and a few clichéd characters, then drags the entire old stoker out for two long, painful hours.
06:38 Aug 2, 2011 PST
Mr Nice - The Drug Baron
This is a fascinating biopic about a global drug smuggler who begins life as the ultimate academic, becomes a legendary pothead and eventually pays a brutal price for the insidious path he chooses to take.
16:18 Jul 31, 2011 PST
Crazy, Stupid Love - Without the Crazy
This film is shamelessly formulaic, has far too many coincidences, characters and sub-plots and also one of the cheesiest endings in the history of cinema. It's all very gentle and plodding and including 'crazy' in the title is an utter misnomer
14:23 Jul 26, 2011 PST
Another Earth - Shuttle Or Tardis?
This film has an intriguing sci-fi premise about a duplicate earth appearing but, unfortunately, it gets relegated to the realm of sub-plot and the focus is placed on a tedious romance that is a poor substitute for the extra-terrestrial adventure we
10:56 Jul 23, 2011 PST
Zookeeper - A Really Bad Break-Up
The first scene in this film is extremely amusing but then things go downhill fast, gathering momentum at such a rate that all hope is soon lost and what promised to be an entertaining romp turns into one of the most idiotic comedies of all time.
14:54 Jul 10, 2011 PST
Aniston Goes Dark in 'Horrible Bosses'
No film has ever tried harder to be funny but every attempt at a punch-line makes a soft landing without so much as a dead bear bounce to send it into the realms of dark comedy, which its concept decreed it should be.
04:37 Jul 7, 2011 PST
SUPER 8 - Super Lame
It lurches incoherently from one half-created world to the next and, in a vain attempt to justify calling itself a thriller, turns up the volume from deadly quiet to deafening which, as a storytelling technique, sucks.
13:50 Jul 2, 2011 PST
Life, Above All - A South African Story
This enthralling story is realistic and moving and is made all the more potent by its stark simplicity.
16:00 Jul 1, 2011 PST
Monte Carlo A Drama in Monaco
It attempts to create a culture clash but is so clumsy in its execution that it repeatedly demeans the waitress who left high school at 16 and is classist storytelling at its most unattractive.
07:43 Jun 29, 2011 PST
Larry Crowne - A Tom Hanks Tribute
None of the interaction between the characters does more than skirt on the surface and it's obvious Talia, 30 years Larry's junior, is there as the text book mentor all screenplay heroes are supposed to have. Their already painfully contrived rel
12:58 Jun 28, 2011 PST
'The Kennedys' Coming to a Store Near You
This is a TV mini-series about the most famous, charismatic family in American history but somehow the writers manage to make the entire clan look completely boring.
07:24 Jun 26, 2011 PST
Project Nim - A Chimp's Life
Nim is a chimpanzee who a professor tried to make human. It's a fascinating documentary that aims to hold up a mirror to the animal that is man's closest relative but in so doing also holds up a mirror to mankind. And it's not always pretty.
17:16 Jun 25, 2011 PST
Bad Teacher - Bad Everything
Diaz dazzles as the Bad Teacher in this otherwise barely entertaining piece that tries so hard to shock it suffers from exhaustion long before the final curtain falls.
13:24 Jun 22, 2011 PST
CARS 2 - No Kids at Disney
This is a children's film with a plot too complicated for many adults to understand and with so much explanatory dialogue it sometimes feels like a lecture. There's absolutely no humor for anyone and much is made of a picture of an engine, the li
11:18 Jun 21, 2011 PST
SENNA - Fearless to the Finish
Senna is a riveting documentary about Ayrton Senna, the Formula One driver, whose passion, raw talent and religious beliefs gave him iconic status in life and mythical status in death. Spectacular moments jostle alongside the intimate which make
07:46 Jun 18, 2011 PST
Page One: Inside The New York Times - Remembering The Good Times
There are some compelling facts in this documentary, but not nearly enough, and what there is is so bogged down by social media trivia that no room is left for a cohesive story to be told, which is something of a paradox
13:12 Jun 17, 2011 PST
The Art of Getting By - Or Not
Stakes don't get much lower than this and it's as crashingly boring as it sounds, with the lack-luster plot making its meandering way from one pointless moment to the next.
13:53 Jun 15, 2011 PST
The Last Mountain- The Hooligans of Corporate America
The coal industry is detonating the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb each and every week, shredding landscapes to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities in their wake. Politicians are siding with their corporate donors an
09:36 Jun 2, 2011 PST
Midnight in Paris - Another Woody Allen Biography
This is yet another Woody Allen film with a lead character who is a writer struggling to write. It's a lot better than anything he's produced for years, but there's none of the old genius in sight and no sign of the enigmatic characters he now s
11:45 Jun 1, 2011 PST
'Beautiful Boy' a Tragic Tale
It's emotionally charged but never depressing and all praise to the brave writers for taking us to a cinematic place where we have never been.
04:31 Jun 1, 2011 PST
The Hangover Part II - A Definite Misnomer
It is actually a remake of The Hangover we just saw, and watching this so soon after the first is a bit like spending the evening with an ageing aunt who's suffering from dementia.
09:26 May 26, 2011 PST
Beginners - The Day Dad Came Out
This film has no story to tell, the characters are all too passive to cause any kind of conflict and the endless flashbacks slow down a snail-pace to a near standstill. To say it lacks realism is an understatement and to say it's a drudge is being
05:14 May 26, 2011 PST
Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The story dawdles its way through endless fluff, the attempts at comedy are dire, it's bogged down with fatuous dialogue recited by brunette mermaids (yeah, right) and a chorus of actors in very bad wigs. This is cinema at its dreariest and the ex
18:11 May 17, 2011 PST
Bridesmaids - Sparring in Stilletos
This is a chick flick in which the chicks behave so badly they don't even make it to Vegas for the bridal shower. The exact number of bridesmaids is five, plus one bride; two of these are funny, four are not, which gives humor a minority stake but
06:46 May 11, 2011 PST
Passion Play - A Mickey Rourke Special
This film is littered with gaping plot holes at every turn, one of which is when Nate gets into a relationship with Lily but doesn't ask how come she's got a pair of angel wings growing out of her back.
12:53 May 8, 2011 PST
Something Borrowed - Something Old
This film is mildly entertaining, extremely forgettable and unable to make up its mind if it's a buddy movie or a romantic comedy. The finale, in particular, suffers from this genre dithering
15:36 May 6, 2011 PST
William, Kate, Carol and Camilla Forced to Stand Together
When the Queen, Camilla and Carol were forced to stand together for a few minutes at the recent nuptials, the atmosphere was clearly strained and hardly a word exchanged.
06:44 May 1, 2011 PST
FAST FIVE - Back Again
The filmmakers are understandably grateful to the legions of loyal fans who have made Fast and Furious into a franchise and they show their respect by placing a high impact action scene right at the beginning, even b
01:53 Apr 29, 2011 PST
PROM - A Dancing Disaster
Who would think cinema needs another clichéd prom movie with dreary stereotypes who aren't capable of cracking so much as one funny line? Apparently, Disney do, and they're releasing it in theatres this week
19:15 Apr 27, 2011 PST
Water for Elephants - Nothing for The Audience
a few animal tricks, a load of idle gossip and a sociopath circus An owner attacking his bi-lingual elephant when ticket sales are down. Considering this is a movie set in a circus, there's really not much to see.
08:47 Apr 22, 2011 PST
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
a rather low-profile target for such a high-profile 'truthsayer' and, equally debatable, is whether this is a subject audiences really need an in-depth on. With the ozone layer at no. 9 on the 2011 Social Worries List, would product placement eve
06:15 Apr 21, 2011 PST
RIO - A Big Bird Fest
magnificently depicted and the cast is littered with stars but somehow it becomes duller and duller by the minute, ending up as yet another big budget cavalcade with plenty of sizzle, not much sausage and, despite its genre, not one funny line.
14:31 Apr 17, 2011 PST
Arthur - Already On the Rocks
The original characters of Arthur become shadows of their former selves in this 2011 knock-off and there is so much dreary dialogue that it feels more like a play than the crazy romp it once was.
05:01 Apr 7, 2011 PST
Born to Be Wild 3D - A Short Tale
This is a mesmerizing documentary about orphan elephants and orangutans who are given sanctuary and nurtured until they are ready to be returned to their natural habitat in the wild.
13:09 Apr 4, 2011 PST
Hanna - A Never Ending Mystery
It's overloaded with kung fu kick-outs, has a plot that doesn't add up and the entire experience is as uninspired as its title.
17:53 Mar 30, 2011 PST
Trust - A Chat Room Story
Liana's a pretty girl with a charming personality who would have no problem getting a boyfriend but she is only interested in meeting boys online, for which we are never given an explanation.
17:40 Mar 28, 2011 PST
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - Pit-Bull With Lipstick
a patchwork of ideas that lack cohesion but each patch has enough material to keep a TV series running for years, which is something Fox really should give some thought.
08:32 Mar 24, 2011 PST
In a Better World - Or Not
This film cocks a thumb at the politically correct corner, slips off the restraints of self-control and, in unfettered terms, demands an eye for an eye.
14:24 Mar 22, 2011 PST
PAUL - The Badly Behaved Alien
a sci-fi adventure road movie comedy starring a bad-ass alien and is a spoof on every alien film that's ever been made. It's not side-splittingly hilarious but there are plenty of funny lines and in a cinematic age when comedies aren't funny any
18:47 Mar 17, 2011 PST
The Lincoln Lawyer - The Attorney Who Hustled
becomes a little too clever for its own good, losing its charm in a convoluted plot and the essence of what was so good is lost. But it still entertains and McConaughey's southern drawl has never sounded so enchanting
11:15 Mar 17, 2011 PST
The 5th Quarter - God is Watching the Game
This film is billed as a sports movie when in fact it's a family drama and this split focus results in scenes that have no idea what they want to say, but take forever to say it.
19:14 Mar 14, 2011 PST
Incendies - A Tale From the Middle East
She is never allowed to embrace Islam or her illegitimate son, who is judged by the extremists to be as guilty as his vanquished young mother. It's a compelling tale.
14:29 Mar 13, 2011 PST
Source Code - Running Around in Circles
How can a secret agent carry out a mission if he's not in full possession of the facts? If this was the only set-up the writers could think of, they should have made this lack of information a glitch in the
07:56 Mar 13, 2011 PST
Battle: Los Angeles
The UFO world in this UFO-inspired film is never created and the entire movie is an endless barrage of UFOs firing at marines, and marines firing back. It's mindless
06:29 Mar 11, 2011 PST
Mars Needs Moms - From Disney Studios
Despite a lot of very expensive special effects, this film is just the moon all over again but with a high rise office complex added and, of course, Martians.
09:20 Mar 8, 2011 PST
The Adjustment Bureau - Que Sera, Sera
A bunch of hard-knocks in raincoats and fedoras is not what we were hoping to get from our encounter with Destiny.
06:06 Mar 4, 2011 PST
Jane Eyre Film Review
A present day Jane Eyre would be most appealing. She could be taken from her crack addict mother by social services and placed in care, where her therapist encourages her to focus her energies on something creative.
17:36 Mar 2, 2011 PST
Win Win - KO'd By The Coach's Wife
The talents of the wrestling coaches nowhere near matches their passion, but that's what makes them so compelling
11:41 Feb 27, 2011 PST
'Hall Pass '- A 7-Day Disaster
The weakest idea in the world can work if the characters are memorable and relatable and struggle to make sense of their lives, just like we do. But these four people have most things figured out and the only problem is that Rick and Fred check out
06:41 Feb 24, 2011 PST
The Fighter DVD Review
Dicky once knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard and is now trying to do the same to his crack habit. He's irritating and irresponsible but he's the bum we identify with because, like us, he's truly flawed.
17:42 Feb 20, 2011 PST
Take Me Home Tonight - And I'll Make You LOL
This is a coming of age story where no one actually comes of age, but this doesn't matter at all because, unlike most comedies, this one's actually funny.
16:00 Feb 19, 2011 PST
Unknown - I.D. Issues At Their Worst
Liam Neeson gets saved himself by a mystery girl who is also a pretty hot stunt driver. If this all sounds crashingly unoriginal, that's because it is
10:44 Feb 18, 2011 PST
Winter in Wartime - The 13 Year Old Soldier
the French still feel the need to defend their swift capitulation to the Germans, while the Dutch don't. This could be due to the fact that the French get uptight about everything, but it could also be due to the fact that drugs in Holland are legal
17:01 Feb 16, 2011 PST
'M'- Cinema's First Serial Killer
produced in 1931 and introduces us to cinema's first ever serial killer. It's also the first 'talkie' directed by an American-German director and was later used in Nazi propaganda films to illustrate the evils of sexual deviance. For all these r
09:52 Feb 7, 2011 PST
'The Eagle' Has Landed in Scotland
These two warriors are brave, honorable and are fearless in pursuit of their goal so their journey is only a physical which is not cinematic and quite tedious to watch
05:27 Feb 7, 2011 PST
The Roommate- Sparring in Stillettos
There's not one truly creepy moment; filleting a fluffy and getting two girls to kiss, with or without tongue, is never going to save anything.
18:23 Feb 6, 2011 PST
Sanctum - James Cameron's Follow Up to Avatar
It's really nothing more than a bad Blair Witch, but instead of using a hand held camera it was shot on 3D. So it's pretty, but dull.
14:21 Feb 2, 2011 PST
Kaboom - A Pig Conspiracy
nothing more than a superficial romp with a bunch of students who imagine a conspiracy, as a result of taking too many illegal chemicals on a regular basis.
06:13 Feb 2, 2011 PST
Unthinkable DVD Release
Not only does she lack the stature to be a highly-placed agent, but she becomes very irritating when she's squawking around the place, reciting the Geneva Convention to anyone who will listen.
12:41 Jan 31, 2011 PST
Getting on - a British TV Comedy
Nurse Kim Wilde goes to work to avoid being with her seven kids. She's blunt and earthy and gets through the day on cake and cigarettes. Sister Den Flicker is single but desperate not to be.
12:08 Jan 31, 2011 PST
The Last Song - A Miley Cyrus Faux Pas
Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) and her younger brother (Bobby Coleman) are spending the summer with their estranged father (Greg Kineer). Ronnie is still angry about her parent's divorce and gives everyone a hard time, in particular her father. She wanders i
07:21 Jan 31, 2011 PST
An Education - DVD Review
We go willingly with Jenny on her journey from the classroom, to art auctions, to Paris and to the hotel where she is callously deflowered.
06:19 Jan 30, 2011 PST
The Other Woman - Still Behaving Badly
Emilia is impossible to like and gets a little psycho when her father bonds with William so obviously has a problem with seeing other people happy
16:34 Jan 29, 2011 PST
Rattled - The Israeli Mafia Hit New York
The DA still seems mystified by the Israeli Mafia who, amongst their many other crimes, pulled off the biggest gold heist in New York history.
08:55 Jan 29, 2011 PST
The Rite: An Uneventful Excorcism
Kovak's story, not Father Lucas' and, as a hero, Kovak is a disaster. He lacks faith in his religion and belief in the devil but never tells us what he does believe in or even what he wants and, while doleful eyes might work when you're being rea
06:04 Jan 27, 2011 PST
Aftershock (Tangshan Dadizhen) - A Chinese Tragedy
People in China get shot for fiddling their tax returns and if I was a studio exec I'd think twice before claiming that $200 lunch at the Beverly Hilton as the pay off might not be worth it.
16:50 Jan 25, 2011 PST
The Dilemma - A Tale Teller
Geneva's ability to switch the tears on and off is entertaining and reminds us why bad girls have so much more appeal.
07:08 Jan 12, 2011 PST
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - and Then a Piece More
She is riddled with self-doubt and so sensitive that she gets hurt when she is heckled. Really? A stand-up comedienne with a layer of skin missing? Who'd have thought?
14:25 Dec 19, 2010 PST
Little Fockers - Little Laughter
This latest addition to the series is juvenile, hackneyed, without one funny moment and all other comedies can now be judged with a simple 'Was it as bad as Little Fockers?'
12:27 Dec 17, 2010 PST
How Do You Know - Another Arduous Rom Com
The athletes' world is never mentioned after the first few minutes and Witherspoon might as well have been a hairdresser who had to pack it in because of her varicose veins.
19:17 Dec 15, 2010 PST
True Grit - A Shoot Out with No Bullets
when Rooster and Le Boef shoot at flying corn bread it's the Wild West's equivalent of a peeing contest, but falls so flat it doesn't even raise a cringe.
09:56 Dec 13, 2010 PST
Little Rose - Fighting Love and Bolsheviks
The ominous clouds keep circling, reminding the citizens that they are trapped, and as Roman, Kamila and Adam weave their web of deceit they become more and more aware of the eyes that never stop watching.
18:03 Dec 12, 2010 PST
Kevin Spacey Swindles Millions of Dollars in 'Casino Jack ' Movie
The idea of the politically powerful being pitted against ancestral Indian tribes is fascinating but the filmmakers are in such a hurry that, instead of drawing us into their unique new world, many powerful moments are simply tossed in
07:29 Dec 11, 2010 PST
Biutiful - A Spanish Siesta
This endears him to us and assures us that, even on his worst day, he would balk at the idea of putting someone's cat in the microwave.
08:01 Dec 7, 2010 PST
Barney's Version - Making a Long Story Longer
He's not charming, he's not funny, he's incredibly selfish and although he claims to be outspoken and politically incorrect, he is in fact just plain rude and whenever he doesn't get his way, he throws his toys out of his pram.
14:51 Dec 5, 2010 PST
The Trailer Festival - Access Hollywood Here!
So far 72 requests from Hollywood managers, producers and distributors for DVDs and scripts, with 3 deals being negotiated. Sales will continue for the next year.
13:50 Dec 5, 2010 PST
'All Good Things' Movie Features Ryan Gosling in a Psychotic Role
From having these little chats to himself, David suddenly takes an almighty leap to become completely psycho and, with such an absence of a build-up, we merely think that he's having a werewolf moment.
12:07 Dec 5, 2010 PST
I Am Comic - Aren't I?
It stays dark and ironic from beginning to end and assures us time and again that, when you do stand-up, failure isn't everything, it's the only thing. It's compelling viewing, with plenty of laughs
20:54 Dec 4, 2010 PST
The Special Relationship - Hope for Hillary
With his place on the international stage set, Blair becomes more and more presidential, making many Brits wonder if he's forgotten which country he's supposed to be running.
12:05 Nov 27, 2010 PST
Another Year - Another Dance
Together they dance the perfect dance, unaware that they have to stay in step to fill the gaps of them all.It's a story for the lonely and the apparently perfect.
16:24 Nov 26, 2010 PST
The Company Men - With a Big Dry Cleaning Bill
Not dreadful, not crashingly tedious, but just another title headed for an early arrival at the DVD graveyard.
08:55 Nov 22, 2010 PST
Black Swan - A Dying Swan Tale
This film flails around for two arduous hours, much like a dying swan, with only the fall of the curtain to put it out of its misery.
04:41 Nov 22, 2010 PST
Harry Potter & The Deathly Harrows: Part 1 - The End is Near
This Harry Potter finale could have been cut in half. It drags on like a death march, making its reluctant way to the final, tedious, 143rd, minute.
08:48 Nov 21, 2010 PST
The King's Speech - A Regal Romp
It's royal protocol for any toilet used by a monarch outside the palace to be smashed up, so how this worked when the King had his therapy at Rush's humble abode I have no idea.
07:19 Nov 12, 2010 PST
Due Date - A Pointless Ride
Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr) is on a business trip in Texas and looking forward to the birth of his first child in one week's time.
12:41 Nov 7, 2010 PST
Made in Dagenham - Exported to the World
When the hand that once rocked the cradle dons a gauntlet and lands a perfect right hook, there is no one more surprised than the greedy Ford Managers.
12:17 Oct 17, 2010 PST
Outside The Law (Hors-La-Loi) - Vive La Revolution!
rustles up a very long charge sheet of the atrocities carried out by the French, who have never looked worse and which, of course, guarantees an audience. Outside of France, of course.
12:00 Oct 15, 2010 PST
Conviction - With Doubt
It's a compelling journey and by the end of the film everyone will be wishing that they had a sister just like Betty Anne.
12:06 Oct 14, 2010 PST
Inhale - The Organ Seekers
As the route to the coveted organs becomes more entwined, it becomes Sophie's Choice all over again, but with even weightier consequences.
17:00 Oct 13, 2010 PST
Hereafter - Without the Thereafter
The tone never moves beyond prosaic and it's most definitely a deadly experience, but not, methinks, the one the filmmakers intended.
16:13 Oct 13, 2010 PST
Red - Another CIA Relic
'Red' is another old stoker (and some) but the blurb just tells it like it is which means that Hollywood producers are either concerned with the happiness of the movie-going public or the story is so boring even they can't talk it up.
16:34 Oct 10, 2010 PST
Fair Game - Another Bush Basher
it's an interesting yarn and once word gets out that this is another Bush Basher, people will turn out in droves. So George has a purpose at last.
06:31 Oct 9, 2010 PST
Social Network - Friends on Facebook?
A comment on the ugly face of success and, by the end of this story, so much treachery is unearthed and so many relationships sullied it's hard to decide who the last man standing is.
16:02 Oct 3, 2010 PST
Tamara Drewe - Very British, Very Twee
It's possible that sexy young girls would become smitten by a successful novelist, but not this one. Nicholas is, to say the least, flabby.
06:29 Oct 1, 2010 PST
Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi
Ajmal announces that he is safe because he is in the hands of fellow Muslims, in the hands of Islam. But his worried eyes tell a different tale.
10:11 Sep 27, 2010 PST
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - A Sequel Sell-Out
Although Money may Never Sleep, if you watch this in a comfy chair, there's a good chance you will.
08:09 Sep 27, 2010 PST
The Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole
The Guardians have no clue anything is afoot until Soros wings it across a lot of sky to tell them. Some guardians they turned out to be.
08:12 Sep 21, 2010 PST
The Arbor: A Documentary About a Yorkshire Family Torn Apart
Steeped in sadness but the renowned British stiff upper lip is in full play and it feels more like people doing their dirty washing in public than the tragedy that it is.
09:13 Sep 19, 2010 PST
THE TOWN - Boston Born, Boston Bred
A story that turns the tension on and off like a conductor toying with his orchestra, but instead of a baton he's using an AK47, which makes it a pretty lively concerto.
09:15 Sep 16, 2010 PST
Never Let Me Go - A Wristcutting Romp
It's about misery, suffering, hopelessness and death, and has very little to do with matters of the heart, unless you count the deadly surgical removals at the local hospital. I bet you can't wait to get to the theatre, can you?
07:35 Sep 15, 2010 PST
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger - Woody Allen's Latest Release
Woody Allen started with some gems, but much trash has followed, many of which simply went through the motions of storytelling and showed Allen's distain for the audience and the people who finance his films.
08:16 Sep 13, 2010 PST
Catfish - Face to Face
The filmmakers claim that Nev reading his texts from Megan out loud to his friends is romantic, but as these texts have sexual connotations, it sounds more like a peeing contest than anything else.
08:26 Sep 10, 2010 PST
Dorian Gray - An Oscar Wilde Story
This film proves that you don't have to like who's up there on the screen, you just have to get them, and who doesn't get a guy who has such a good time that he misplaces his soul? Exactly.
08:06 Sep 5, 2010 PST
Going The Distance - a Long Distance Disaster
the experience of watching it could be likened to one of the most boring conversations you've ever had in your life. Your eyes are glazing over but the person talking to you insists on droning on for another ninety minutes
14:54 Sep 1, 2010 PST
City Island - DVD Review
Insulting your audience's intelligence is never a good idea and, as the producers now know, not the route to Box Office glory.
14:11 Aug 31, 2010 PST
Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 - French Iconic Gangster
His ideals are so egocentric that they are, in fact, only fantasies, fashioned to accommodate his own selfish needs. As basic as this is, crawling inside Mesrine's still feels like quite an honor and brings us closer to the scoundrel on the screen
08:32 Aug 28, 2010 PST
GHOST WRITER - Another Polanski Drama
The UK opposition to the invasion of Iraq was so great that many Brits wondered what the US President could have promised their leader and this film presents a possible conspiracy theory, which would explain Blair's spectacular wealth since leaving
08:33 Aug 24, 2010 PST
The Sicilian Girl - The Mob's Worse Nightmare
The Mafia Godfathers have become the Goldman Sachs of the underworld, no longer respected by their global audience and recognized simply as the gangsters that they really are.
06:34 Aug 23, 2010 PST
The Tillman Story - A Sorry Tale
By the end of this sorry tale, it becomes clear that the martial moral compass has become decidedly out of synch.
11:02 Aug 22, 2010 PST
Piranha 3D - Safe in the Water
When the piranhas attack, hundreds of teenagers scream and flounder and stagger ashore, but all they really had to do to escape was to run like hell.
06:59 Aug 20, 2010 PST
Louis - As in Armstrong
The writer, director and producer is one Dan Pritzker, a big jazz fan and billionaire heir to the Hyatt empire. So it was no surprise to discover that the budget for this little independent film is a staggering $25M
10:05 Aug 19, 2010 PST
Lottery Ticket - Your Number's Up
as we all know, money can make even the most beautiful people ugly, so we sit in our seats and wait for the good to stumble and expose, layer by layer, the flaws that poverty had hidden so well.
15:40 Aug 18, 2010 PST
Enemies of The People - The Killing Fields of Cambodia
The Enemies of the People are the words the Khmer Rouge used to describe the two million Cambodians who they butchered in the name of patriotism. This film searches for an explanation for this genocide
11:17 Aug 16, 2010 PST
Eat Pray Love - At Your Peril
Roberts' quest to find the balance of mind, body and spirit, which the Hippies covered in the 60s and I'm sure they'll be very surprised to learn this can be achieved without some kind of chemical assistance.
08:53 Aug 16, 2010 PST
Nowhere Boy - With a Real Point of View
moving and compelling and tells us what John saw when he was dreaming of the past and, when he waxed lyrical, why he always said so much with so little. The person behind the personality has finally been smoked out.
09:56 Aug 15, 2010 PST
Scott Pilgrim v. The World - film review
someone wrote an uninteresting drama, added some sci-fi/superpower scenes, tossed in some sequential art and simply let them collide. Rather like getting Pavarotti, Dolly Parton and Snoop Dogg to sing a line each of the same song and expect people
11:14 Aug 13, 2010 PST
Johnny Mad Dog - The Diminutive Warriors
...a soldier tries on a wedding dress, never taking his eyes off his reflection as he gently pulls the sparkling white lace over his muscled torso, slips the starched veil onto his cropped head, and stands,
12:59 Aug 12, 2010 PST
The Expendables - Stallone Has Issues
Times move on and, at 64, Sly, thankfully, knows that getting the girl won't work anymore, but instead of letting someone else have the honor, he fixes it so NO ONE gets her. How dog in the manger is that? Also, Schwarzenegger and Willis get disp
06:27 Aug 12, 2010 PST
Mesrine: Killer Instinct - A French Iconic Gangster
French government publicly dissed the Americans over the Iraq invasion/WMD issue, with the French saying they wanted 'more proof'. The last time they made that request it came marching into Paris waving a German flag.
07:15 Aug 8, 2010 PST
Animal Kingdom - Bad Guys v Bad Guys
The Kingdom is the Melbourne underworld and the Animals are the armed robbers who inhabit the terrain. It's set at a time when Melbourne criminals are becoming TV Reality stars and the Armed Robbery Police Force are shooting suspects on sight.
09:40 Aug 6, 2010 PST
TWELVE - Teenagers Without The Rock and Roll
Like all teenagers, they're hard-wired to what they can't have and with the hunt for illegal drink stolen, they're forced to channel their bad behavior elsewhere, which is where Twelve comes in.
13:40 Aug 4, 2010 PST
VINCERE - Mussolini's Fatal Attraction
If this had happened in the UK, Ida would have been whisked off to the Tower and promptly beheaded (nowadays they have to arrange car accidents). If it was in present-day US, and Mussolini had been exposed by investigative journalism...
12:21 Jul 31, 2010 PST
Charlie St Cloud - It's Official, The Bad Guys Have Gone
As Universal are probably relying on Efron's fans to fill the theatres, mightn't the girls think he's a bit of a cry baby? Or is it that the likes of Eastwood and Schwarzenegger are gone forever, and the machismo that was once common currency ha
08:01 Jul 29, 2010 PST
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
Hefner is compelled to save anyone who has suffered a social or judicial injustice and faces off political intimidation with the same stare that Clubber Lang used on Rocky. How cool is that?
16:39 Jul 27, 2010 PST
Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - Spies With Long Tails
If it's only the backdrop of a story, it gets a little tricky. Probably a little like trying to mix oil and water, or deciding to buy magnetic catches; you know, deep down, it's just not going to work.
12:24 Jul 26, 2010 PST
SALT - Two New Stars are Born
Jolie doesn't get star billing because the film is 99 minutes, 70 of which are action sequences that no A list actor could ever get insurance for.
17:31 Jul 22, 2010 PST
Inception - The Thief of Dreams
No new sci-fi world has been created and the story is simply dropped into the present day, without a ray gun or lightsaber in sight. And instead of using a tardis to get around, our hero uses a white van - how passé is that?
11:29 Jul 16, 2010 PST
The Trailer Festival - Access to Holllywood
Within two weeks eighteen filmmakers were contacted by producers, managers and distributors; scripts and DVDs are en route to Hollywood.
15:41 Jul 13, 2010 PST
Despicable Me - Honey, I Shrunk the Moon
Gru's sits on what looks like a stuffed tyrannosaurus rex couch (eat your heart out, Sarah Palin, you only shot a bear), keeps a vicious fanged creature as a pet and there are Adams Family-esque niceties everywhere. So far so good.
09:36 Jul 8, 2010 PST
The Karate Kid - Jaden Gets Tough, Chan Goes Girly
I'm not sure what the Chinese think of the fact that the average American is happy to bare his soul to any passing film crew, but I'm sure it's not complimentary.
06:27 Jun 11, 2010 PST
Get Him to The Greek - Sacrificing An Intern for a Rock Star
We're given a decadent display of human weakness and self-indulgence, and left in no doubt that, to have that much fun, it really is worth risking everything.
16:35 Jun 4, 2010 PST
SEX AND THE CITY 2 - or Should It Be Souks and the City?
Trying to fool the audience is always a dangerous game to play and there's no doubt the Jimmy Choo crowd can pick up whiffs of treachery and Ralph Lauren Eau de Parfum with equal accuracy.
15:09 May 27, 2010 PST
Macgruber - The Sketch That Pretends It's a Film
None of the other characters question MacGruber's credibity and, instead of creating their own world, they make themselves cartoonish and as unbelievable as him.
10:36 May 24, 2010 PST
Robin Hood - Outlaw Finds His Inner War Strategist!
Ridley Scott has come up with a politically charged version that not only romanticizes Robin Hood's story, but also mocks the British monarchy and bashes the French at the same time. How smart is that?
19:48 May 12, 2010 PST
Letters to Juliet - Another Fatal Romance
After watching this film for ten minutes I started to wonder how Shakespeare would feel about an inept scribe taking his Juliet's name and screwing up the dialogue. I bet he'd be furious.
13:10 May 9, 2010 PST
John Rabe - The Gentle German Who Saved 200,000 Chinese Lives
John Rabe kept diaries during the 27 years he spent in China as an employee of Siemens. His scribblings detail the minutiae of his life and relationships with the city and the people with whom he became deeply entrenched.
17:29 May 5, 2010 PST
Nightmare on Elm Street - Freddy's Coming to Get You, Yet Again
If the studio couldn't come up with some kind of twist, why didn't they just give Freddy a girlfriend? A lot of women find crazy guys attractive and he is nice and tall and as Rocky did all right with women even with his face bashed in then why no
06:10 May 1, 2010 PST
Casino Jack & The United States of Money - Spot Your Politician Here!
High rollers in Indian casinos, hookers in Saipan, a murdered Greek tycoon, Cold War spy novels, plush trips to paradise.... and the United States Congress. These are among the intriguing clues that add up to the epic mystery behind one of the grea
14:13 Apr 30, 2010 PST
Harry Brown - Senior Citizen With Ammo and Attitude!
Michael Caine is commanding and convincing and watching him in Dirty Harry mode when wheezing from emphysema is quite an experience. You really shouldn't miss a minute.
16:17 Apr 23, 2010 PST
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