Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

Perhaps you think this photo is funny.And it is, in an "Oh, I feel sorry for that guy" kind of way.But would you think it was funny if the joke went on and on, at the expense of the fat girl? Would you think it was funny if that poor young man collapsed with her on top of him, so that his face became stuck in her crotch?If you think that's funny, then this, I'm sorry to say, is the movie for you.I'm convinced that the guys who made Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story are not the … [Read more...]

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) – A conversation with Scott Derrickson

An interview and commentary by Jeffrey Overstreet, originally published in SPU's Response magazine. • Do You Believe in Demons? In "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," a Christian filmmaker challenges audiences to face the horror of the devil. Do you believe that people today can be possessed by demons?That's a question you might not want to toss out during the family dinner, or on the bus with strangers. Most Christians would not hesitate to say they believe in spiritual warfare, but when it comes t … [Read more...]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

[This first draft of this review was published at The Phantom Tollbooth on January 5, 2002. It was soon revised and re-published at Looking Closer.]Merry Christmas, readers and moviegoers.It would be good, in these days of frenzied merchandising, to remember the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, which he included in a letter to his son Michael in 1962: … [Read more...]

Doubt (2008)

Jeffrey Overstreet's initial comments on Doubt are posted at Image. … [Read more...]

Frost/Nixon (2008)

My initial comments on Frost/Nixon are posted at Image.An expanded review will be published soon. … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Ron Howard; writer - Akiva Goldsman; based on the book by Sylvia Nasar; director of photography - Roger Deakins; editors - Mike Hill and Dan Hanley; music - James Horner; production designer - Wynn Thomas; producers - Brian Grazer and Ron Howard; released by Universal Pictures. Starring: Russell Crowe (John Forbes Nash Jr.), Ed Harris (Parcher), Jennifer Connelly (Alicia Nash), Paul Bettany (Charles), Adam Goldberg (Sol), Judd Hirsch (Helinger), Josh L … [Read more...]

Batman Begins (2005)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Christopher Nolan; writers - ; Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, based on a story by Mr. Goyer and "Batman" characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics; director of photography - Wally Pfister; editor - Lee Smith; music  - Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard; production designer - Nathan Crowley; producers - Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Larry Franco. STARRING: Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred), Liam Neeson ( … [Read more...]

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Writer / Director - Rebecca Miller; Director of photography - Ellen Kuras; Editor - Sabine Hoffman; Production designer - Mark Ricker; Producer - Lemore Syvan. STARRING: Daniel Day-Lewis (Jack Slavin), Camilla Belle (Rose Slavin), Catherine Keener (Kathleen), Paul Dano (Thaddius), Ryan McDonald (Rodney), Jena Malone (Red Berry), Jason Lee (Gray) and Beau Bridges (Marty Rance). IFC Films. 112 minutes. Rated R. ● It happens again and again--the human endeavor to est … [Read more...]

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet. ● Director - George Miller; writers - George Miller, Judy Morris and Mark Lamprell; director of photography - Andrew Lesnie; editors - Jay Friedkin and Margaret Sixel; music - Nigel Westlake; production designer - Roger Ford; producers - George Miller, Doug Mitchell and Bill Miller. Starring - Magda Szubanski (Mrs. Hoggett), James Cromwell (Farmer Hoggett), Mary Stein (Landlady) and Mickey Rooney (Fugly Floom). With the voices of - E. G. Daily (Babe), Danny Mann ( … [Read more...]

The Aviator (2004)

A review by Jeffrey Overstreet ● Director - Martin Scorsese Writer - John Logan Director of photography - Robert Richardson Editor - Thelma Schoonmaker Music - Howard Shore Production designer - Dante Ferretti Producers - Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King and Charles Evans, Jr. Miramax Films. 169 minutes. Rated PG-13. STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio (Howard Hughes), Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn), Kate Beckinsale (Ava Gardner), John C. Reilly (Noah Dietrich), Alec Baldwin (Juan Trippe), A … [Read more...]