...shining light on the media, one review at a time
VERDICT: This artistic, character driven film with a strong lead performance is rendered unwatchable by scenes flooded with severe foul language, spoken almost entirely by young teenagers
VERDICT: Flashy CGI explosions aren’t enough to save this film that advertises nothing but gore, pain, and depravity. Twisted views of God and loads of offensive language cap off the violence to ensure this movie’s place in the Short Takes hall of fame.
VERDICT: Heroes are villains and villains are heroes in this twisted trip of gruesome murders that encourages a fascination with violence and includes a strong dose of offensive language to make sure any good that might’ve lurked is thoroughly killed.
Director: Josh Schwartz
Cast: Victoria Justice, Jackson Nicoll, Chelsea Handler
Plot: A teenager loses her younger brother during Halloween trick-or-treating and must team up with some nerds to find him.
VERDICT: Offensive language mixed with disgusting sexual humor and crudities make this film a bucket full of tricks without a treat in sight.
VERDICT: Beautiful locations and cinematography are irrevocably splattered with the blood of countless victims, both innocent and guilty, who are remorselessly tortured and slaughtered in this highly unrealistic and disturbing quest for revenge.
VERDICT: Replete with offensive language, sexual immorality, and even some violence, a few mentions of God from the supposed "Christians" are not enough to redeem their hypocritically un-Christian behavior, just as their beautiful music can't cover this film's abuse of God's name, His people, and His worship music.
VERDICT: Victor Hugo’s classic literary tale of mercy and redemption is dragged into the gutter by loads of sexual content, foul language, and violence, making this film too filthy to be saved by the story buried beneath the muck.
VERDICT: With impressive, experimental film techniques as the single positive quality, the only thing "limitless" about this movie is gratuitous violence, sex, offensive language, and general immorality. While it may be accurate that a typical person would use a mind-enhancing drug to enable a debased lifestyle, no one needs to see it condoned on screen.
VERDICT: This pseudo-revenge movie needs more than thrills to warrant taking in the appalling number of times the Lord’s name is taken in vain, the obscenities, sexuality, near-nudity, homosexual references, violence, and “ends justifies the means” message.
VERDICT: It would take a gigantic snow plow to make this supposed kids’ take on the Snow White fairy tale at all suitable for youngsters. The film is avanlached by mounds of inappropriate content including frequent sexual innuendos, crudity, violence, mistreatment of women, confused gender roles and identity, and many other dangerous messages that fall from the movie’s depraved worldview that’s blanketed with an enticing shower of stunning cinematography.
VERDICT: Steve McQueen is usually fun to watch, but not in this grim movie that shows horrific violence and revenge pictures are nothing new in Hollywood. (Note that a 1960s and '70s PG rating can mean anything from actual PG to R.)
VERDICT: Two of cinema’s greatest actors waste their talent on this dark tale that boasts modern R-rated content like homosexuality, violence, foul language, and an unredemptive storyline glorifying anti-heroes.
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson
Plot: A quiet, smart kid tries to survive his freshman year of high school with the help of two quirky seniors.
VERDICT: Countless crudities, obscenities, profanities, drug use, sexuality, and otherwise bad behavior are the only perks of this movie. If that’s just being realistic, then RR recommends that parents keep their kids out of public high schools, as well as away from this film.
Director: Charles Burnett
Cast: Eriq La Salle, Cicely Tyson, Michael Michele
Plot: A former football player returns after a six year absence to the family he abandoned only to find they have moved on in ways he hadn’t expected.
VERDICT: Masquerading as an inspirational family film, this movie’s subtle undermining of marriage, family, and the meaning of love makes it dangerous and disturbing.
VERDICT: This film needs more than its weak plot, flat characters, and revenge theme to make viewers care about or excuse the remorseless killing machine who racks up an appalling body count on her quest for personal satisfaction.
Cast: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale
Plot: Two kids find out their “uncool” step-mom is a spy and must work with her to fight the bad guys and save the world from disaster.
VERDICT: The line the previous Spy Kids movies treaded but didn’t cross is leaped over here, as the positive messages in this film are buried under a disgusting series of bathroom humor, heavy slapstick violence, and rude behavior.
VERDICT: Though a highly artistic production, mysticism and feel-good spirituality take the place of authentic Christianity in the story, while violence, offensive language, immorality, and a mercy killing ensure the film is not worth watching.