Author Archive for Noah S. Lee
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” neither undermines nor disgraces the legacy of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Rather, it underlines the importance of that story while making it clear the new one we’re witnessing now is here to stay.
“Playing for Keeps” is mildly diverting in its attempt to elicit those feel-good emotions we expect to experience in a romantic comedy, but a combination of aimless storytelling and underdeveloped characters causes it to miss scoring a goal by a huge margin.
An excess of convoluted storyline and lack of clarity may leave audiences shaking their heads in disappointment after the final credits of “Killing Them Softly.”
Part love story and part a peek behind-the-scenes, “Hitchcock” provides an exciting and insightful look into the challenges the eponymous figure and “Master of Suspense” faced while making “Psycho,” that even the legendary filmmaker would have been proud to see.
Dazzling in its eye-popping animation and surprisingly effective in its story, “Rise of the Guardians” breathes life into the concept of faith when experiencing movie magic — something families may be able to use a lot more in this day and age.
Funny, peculiar and uplifting in its pursuit for hope in a situation saying otherwise, “Silver Linings Playbook” resonates with charmingly vivid energy that will keep audiences laughing and focused, thanks to the performances of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
“Anna Karenina” may, in a literal sense, be artistic to some in a few places, but even a striking visual approach cannot rescue the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel from its weak characterizations, melodramatic acting, confusing narrative and ineffective “staging.”
Living life to its fullest takes on a gentle meaning in “The Sessions,” that even the most sensitive of eyes will appreciate the lighthearted accessibility of its subject matter.
A triumphant blend of willpower and courage, “Chasing Mavericks” overcomes the wipeouts seeking to crush its indomitable spirit, transforming itself into a powerful tale not so much about surfing as it is about the real person who accomplished the impossible.
Thanks to a strict adherence to a procedure we’ve seen too many times in police-oriented stories, “Alex Cross” fails to stand on its own two feet.