Author Archive for Noah S. Lee

Film review:  Sloppy ‘Getaway’ hits the skids

Film review: Sloppy ‘Getaway’ hits the skids

If you think “Getaway” is the best means of escape from the dog days of a summer’s end, then now would be a good time to jump out of the car and find someone you can trust to drive you to where you want to go.

Film review: Fantasy world of ‘Bones’ isn’t that fantastic

Film review: Fantasy world of ‘Bones’ isn’t that fantastic

While it packs a great deal of magical punch and rousing set pieces, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” suffers from an overstuffed mythology, sloppy storytelling, and flat acting performances to the point where it can’t hope to be the next grand fantasy blockbuster.

Screenwriters will give advice, talk shop when festival begins

Screenwriters will give advice, talk shop when festival begins

OCEANSIDE — No film can be expected to take shape without a screenplay. That’s why award-winning writers Antonio F. Vianna and Leonie Tremaine will be presenting the Screenwriters’ Workshop during the OIFF (Oceanside International Film Festival), which begins Aug. 23.

Film review: Brilliant writing, directing shine in this world

Film review: Brilliant writing, directing shine in this world

An inspiring and earnest comedy about finding your voice and living your life despite the challenges you face, “In a World…” is a brilliant writing, directing and producing debut for star Lake Bell.

Film review: ‘The Spectacular Now,’ tells it like it is for teens

Film review: ‘The Spectacular Now,’ tells it like it is for teens

Witty, touching, and sad in many places that hit close to home, “The Spectacular Now” paints an authentic, vibrant portrayal of teenage life and refuses to shy away from the seemingly unimportant details, and we have Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley to thank for that.

Film review: Elysium’ leaves more questions than answers

Film review: Elysium’ leaves more questions than answers

“Elysium” expresses a burning desire to prove its point but can’t show it and no amount of rich visuals and action can disguise that.

Film review: ‘Europa Report’ finds life in vastness of space

Film review: ‘Europa Report’ finds life in vastness of space

A conceivably striking and exciting piece of science fiction, “Europa Report” takes the audience on a captivating journey and places them in the eye of possibilities waiting to happen.

Film review: ‘Millers’ sets its GPS for funny, ends up at revolting

Film review: ‘Millers’ sets its GPS for funny, ends up at revolting

“We’re the Millers” tries and fails to invigorate its pointless narrative with gross-out moments, as well as trapping a run-of-the-mill cast with endless amounts of vulgarities in virtually every scene you witness on the big screen.

Film review: Past, present don’t mesh in Allen’s latest

Film review: Past, present don’t mesh in Allen’s latest

“Blue Jasmine” benefits from having Cate Blanchett in the lead role and a colorful supporting cast, but the so-so story and the difficulty in discerning the past and the present thwart its strive to become something much greater.

Film Review: ‘The Wolverine’ shows signs of life

Film Review: ‘The Wolverine’ shows signs of life

Hugh Jackman gives Wolverine depth and emotion, but film’s climax falls short