A combination of the original made-for-tv movie and Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood's philosophy on Faerie, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a often times frustrating but ultimately satisfying little chiller. Nixey certainly has a visual flair, but the performances of the adults in the movie often fall short of the material. Still the movie's endearing yet sometimes clumsy adherence to lore, helps it to rise above its generic haunted house trappings.
A beautifully realized adaptation of Shawn's and Gregory's stage production that suffers from Shawn's personal interpretation of the script. In attempting to reconcile the inherent contradictions of Ibsen's play, Shawn undermines the very drama of the piece. Still, it is wonderfully acted, hauntingly directed and should be essential viewing for anyone looking to see Ibsen's words live on the screen.
A spectacularly uneven film, Edwards' "Godzilla" falls into the trap so many attempts at updating a popular franchise fall into - it tries to appeal to fans while also creating something new. The result is a film that's never sure what story it wants to tell or where it wants the audience's attention at any given moment. The end product is less than the sum of its parts, because the parts *are* wonderfully realized. The monsters are interesting, their interactions…