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Odd Thomas Review


Excellent

After Van Helsing, the first G.I. Joe and the Mummy movies, filmmaker Stephen Sommers just about keeps his excessive action instincts in check for this offbeat supernatural comedy. There are still aspects of a thriller here, but the characters have a surprising depth that adds to the humour and drama, providing both strong laughs and moving emotional moments.

Yelchin plays the title character, who isn't sure if his given name is just missing a first T or whether it was prophetic. As Odd grows up, he discovers that he can see dead people who need help solving their murders. The police chief (Dafoe) in his small desert town believes him because he gets every case right. And now Odd's girlfriend Stormy (Timlin) helps him piece together clues when it becomes apparent that something hugely horrific is about to happen. Odd also turns to his psychic friend Viola (Mbatha-Raw) as he grows increasingly worried about the rising presence of deathly creatures that swarm around people who are about to die.

Sommers sets this up with a wry wink, letting Yelchin play Odd as a nerdy nice guy who can't quite believe he has such a hot girlfriend. We like him instantly, so are happy to go along with the fantastical story. And the witty dialogue keeps us chuckling with its snappy commentary and absurd sideroads. Yelchin gives Odd a terrific sense of physical energy, which helps him develop sharp chemistry with everyone else on-screen. With his visions of something momentous on the horizon, the film feels like a comical variation on Donnie Darko

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Stephen Sommers Thursday 6th August 2009 Los Angeles Screening of 'G.I.JOE:The Rise of Cobra' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theater Hollywood, California

Stephen Sommers
Stephen Sommers

Stephen Sommers, Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller - Stephen Sommers, Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans London, England - 'G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra' photocall held at HMS Belfast Wednesday 22nd July 2009

Stephen Sommers, Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller
Dennis Quaid and Stephen Sommers

Sienna Miller and Stephen Sommers - Sienna Miller and Stephen Sommers Sydney, Australia - 'Gi Joe: The Rise Of Cobra' press conference held at Sydney Harbour Monday 20th July 2009

Sienna Miller and Stephen Sommers
Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller and Stephen Sommers
Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum
Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum

The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor Review


Bad
In the classic movie monster hierarchy, the cloth-clad Mummy really scrapes the bottom of the scare barrel. Aside from his close kinship with the zombie -- sadly, this is one Egyptian artifact that avoids the mandatory skin eating -- there's really nothing inherently spooky about a reanimated corpse with limited super(natural) powers. This is especially true of the sarcophagus' latest big screen incarnation. In Rob Cohen's horrid The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, our wrapped rascal is literally as menacing as an inert stone statue.

Ever since the end of WWII, the rough riding O'Connell Family -- Rick (Brendan Fraser), Evelyn (Maria Bello, subbing for Rachael Weisz), and college age son Alex (Luke Ford) -- have been in semi-retirement. Gone are the days when they would circumnavigate the globe looking for ancient treasure and kicking antiquated butt. When they get the chance to return a precious diamond to the people of China, they jump at the chance. Unfortunately, the gem is instrumental in the resurrection of the evil Emperor Han (Jet Li), a ruthless tyrant bent on conquering the world. Luckily, an ancient witch (Michelle Yeoh) has cursed him to an eternity embedded in rock. Of course, it won't be long before our haphazard adventurers have him up and around -- and seeking immortality via his massive terra cotta army.

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Night At The Museum Review


Weak
Right around the time a monkey urinates on Ben Stiller's head, I came to terms with the fact that Shawn Levy's high-concept comedy Night at the Museum would choose the lowest road possible as it searched for scatological humor.

That Levy -- the pandering director responsible for this year's atrociously unnecessary Pink Panther installment -- would stoop to such levels doesn't surprise me. No, I'm more upset that it took me so long to begrudgingly accept that what could have been inspired fluff for the whole family is, in fact, is a silly parade of slapstick antics aimed at audience members age eight and under.

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The Scorpion King Review


Terrible
The Rock: One name symbolizes everything that can be defined as the stereotypical American male. Why? He's a gruff, tough-as-nails, merciless, and sexually magnetic savior of the free world. And he's huge on TV. And sure enough, The Scorpion King - the latest installment in the mind-numbing, insanely profitable Mummy series - is pure trash. Starring the aforementioned WWF superstar, The Scorpion King is filmmaking at its worst.

The Scorpion King ably rehashes the plots of the variety of other, better films including Gladiator, the Indiana Jones series, Flash Gordon, Beastmaster, and even The Goonies. Set 5,000 years ago, a warlord named Memnon (Steven Brand), acting on crazed Napoleonic urges, ravages the land and bends its people into totalitarian rule. With the aid of a seer who foretells the future, Memnon stands invincible against all aggressors.

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The Mummy Returns Review


Bad
That darn mummy!

Stab him, burn him, unravel him (or whatever Brendan Fraser & Co. did to him in the original; I can't even remember)... he still keeps coming back!

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The Mummy Review


Terrible
Normally, when a movie is really bad, the best part of watching the film is watching the previews. When watching The Mummy, Stephen Sommers "not-quite-a-remake-but-really-is" of the 1921 version, I didn't even get that satisfaction. I think one of the previews was good, but not good enough for me to remember its title. I remember that Jan de Bont is coming out with a new chic horror film called The Haunting or something equally cheesy, which looks to be worse than his last one. I also remember seeing a preview for a new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie that didn't even dare put his name on it after him having been in the double-trouble combination of Eraser and Jingle all the Way.

So, when the movie was as bad as the previews, I was not a happy camper.

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Deep Rising Review


Bad
Awfully hackneyed and barely entertaining, this Die Hard/Poseidon Adventure/Leviathan knockoff has so little going for it one scarcely knows what to mention in its review. Famke Janssen, always a riot, is even toned-down to blandness as a jewel thief plying her trade on a luxury ship. When Treat Williams and (unbeknownst to him) the band of criminals he is carrying on his speedboat cross paths with the cruise liner, all havoc breaks loose. Whoops -- there's also a monster-from-the-deep to throw a wrench into the works. Explosions, "witty one-liners," and the Williams as the unlikeliest of action heroes make this one yet another throwaway.

Van Helsing Review


Weak
Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker receive zero writing credit for Stephen Sommers' lopsided Van Helsing, and you can hear the immortal authors breathing a sigh of relief from beyond the grave. The novelists' legendary creatures may receive prominent placement in Universal Studio's big-budget rollercoaster ride, but the half-baked ideas propping up the mediocre monster mash belong solely to writer/director Sommers - for better or for worse.

Van Helsing ends up as a high-concept adrenaline rush that never stops generating lesser concepts over its elongated 145-minute run time. Wheels start turning when Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) funds the creation of the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley) to power a machine that will allow the vampire's offspring to live. The prince of darkness is trying to please his voracious brides, while the final descendent of a line of Transylvanian vampire hunters (Kate Beckinsale) is trying in vain to stake the brute before he ends her life. The wild card in this mix is Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), a hired gun with a guilty conscience working for the Catholic Church to vanquish various evil beings.

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Stephen Sommers Movies

Odd Thomas Movie Review

Odd Thomas Movie Review

After Van Helsing, the first G.I. Joe and the Mummy movies, filmmaker Stephen Sommers just...

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Trailer

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Trailer

Watch the trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraG.I. Joe is set 10 years...

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Night at the Museum Movie Review

Night at the Museum Movie Review

Right around the time a monkey urinates on Ben Stiller's head, I came to terms...

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The Scorpion King Movie Review

The Scorpion King Movie Review

The Rock: One name symbolizes everything that can be defined as the stereotypical American...

The Mummy Returns Movie Review

The Mummy Returns Movie Review

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