SOUL SURFER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean McNamara Stars: Annasophia Robb, Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid. From a young age, Bethany Hamilton (Annasophia Robb) had "salt water in her blood." Born into a family of surfers, the teenager was a surfing prodigy destined for greatness until a shark attack left her with only one arm. Based on Hamilton’s own memoir, Soul Surfer deals mainly with her determination to return to the water and compete in surfing trials. When she begins to have doubts, a journey to Thailand in the wake of the devastating tsunami Continue reading

THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, David Ogden Stiers, Dan Aykroyd, Charlize Theron There was a time when Woody Allen was capable of writing very funny screwball comedies that placed his neurotic alter ego in strange situations. But over the past decade his films have become more introspective and analytical of his own troubled personal life, and, consequently, nowhere near as funny or as enjoyable. His previous film Small Time Crooks heralded a welcome return to the more lightweight Woody of old, although it seemed to Continue reading

WHAT WOMEN WANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nancy Meyers Stars: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Mark Feuerstein, Ashley Johnson, Lauren Holly, Bette Midler, Valerie Perrine, Delta Burke. The battle between the sexes has been fertile ground for Hollywood, with films in this sub-genre harking back to the comedies of Tracy and Hepburn in their heyday (Adam's Rib, etc) and even the series of lightweight romantic comedies of the '50's and '60's featuring Rock Hudson and Doris Day. What Women Want could easily and cynically be dismissed as a "chick flick", but Continue reading

CAST AWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Jenifer Lewis, Geoffrey Blake, Peter Von Berg, Chris Noth, Lari White. This modern day version of Robinson Crusoe reunites Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, etc), the most commercially successful director of all time, with his Oscar winning star Tom Hanks. In one of his most physically grueling roles to date, Hanks plays a man who is stranded on a remote tropical island for four years. Chuck Norland (Hanks) is a trouble-shooter for Fed Ex, whose expertise takes him to Continue reading