War of the Worlds (2005)

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In Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, Tom Cruise runs for his life. Of course he does. That's what Tom Cruise was born to do. Somewhere, somebody's adding the latest scenes of Cruise pounding the pavement to an already impressive career-spanning montage. It seems that he's run from every imaginable threat except Jurassic Park dinosaurs. But has he ever had a better reason to run than he does here? Spielberg’s vision of H.G. Wells’ otherworldly invaders is so terrifying, it made me want to fle … [Read more...]

More feedback at CT Movies – rant, rant, rant

Anybody else want to volunteer replies to these letters posted at CTMovies Feedback page? posted 06/28/05 I have not seen Bewitched, but I am very surprised at Christianity Today Movies seeming to approve of a film with such themes. Sex, profanity, full-frontal nudity (frankly, I find blurred-out genitals much more vulgar and indecent than fully visible ones—this just draws attention to it all the more) and witchcraft are an odd mix for a film discussed and, it would seem, approved of by CT M … [Read more...]

War of the Worlds – first thoughts

My full review will be posted tonight. But for now:Effects: awe-inspiringSound: awe-inspiringCruise: impressiveFanning: awe-inspiringRobbins: like his Mystic River performance, only wackierTripods: truly terrifyingUrban chaos: chaotic to the point of exhausting9/11 references and echoes: all over the placeVariations on Jurassic Park: everywherePolitical applications: critics looking for them will have a field dayTypical Spielberg broken-family-story: … [Read more...]


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