Saturday, October 15, 2016
A team of astronauts is sent to the moon to rescue an alien who is seeking help to save her dying race.
Trashy adaptation of the popular German Perry Rhodan weekly pulp novel series turning its star into something like a future James Bond; plot and performances are pretty bad, but the movie has some nifty design ideas.
Michael Weldon/Psychotronic: "Pretty shoddy."
Military commandos, terrorists and a motley group of paleontologists battle a prehistoric threat to mankind that hatched within a long-dormant volcano.
Well below par dinosaur adventure with some miserable acting and laughable special effects, but mildy entertaining, if you take it as the trashy product that it is.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team - testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.
Well-produced thriller offers good lead performances, atmosphere and some suspense, but the legal case itself is a bit dubious and the conspiracy unconvincing.
Maltin**: "Unusual premise might have lent itself to a more compelling film but the logistics and complications of the plot keep getting in the way. Film can't decide whether it wants to be an intelligent procedural or a character-driven drama. In the end it doesn't work as either."
One of the world's greatest assassins escapes from his arrest to the woods, while an ex-cop is hiking with his son, and the killer's cohorts try to spring him from custody, and soon the pair is caught in the crossfire.
Below-average thriller with a ridiculous plot, suspenseless action, and the stars' capabilities are never put to any use.
Maltin**: "Untidy actioner leaves plenty of questions unanswered while offering the barest minimum of thrills."
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A dinosaur's runt status means he must use his wits rather than strength to compete for food with his larger brothers and sisters.
Nicely made, likable dinosaur animation with a very simple story - but clearly aimed for a children audience.
Maltin**: "A cross between DINOSAUR and THE LAND BEFORE TIME, without the humor of the former or the heart of the latter...Giving voices to the various prehistoric creatures reduces the film to uninspired children's fare, although kids may enjoy the visual effects. Most adults will wish to return to the 21st century as soon as possible."
The astronomical growth in the wealth and cultural influence of multi-national corporations over the last fifteen years can arguably be traced back to a single, seemingly innocuous idea developed by management theorists in the mid 1980s: that successful corporations must primarily produce brands, as opposed to products.