Andrew Coffin

The New World

Movie | Those with the patience to make it to the story's conclusion may be surprised
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 2/04/06, 12:00 am

Based on the film's trailers, one might expect The New World (rated PG-13 for some intense battle sequences; also some scantily clad Native Americans and hints of sensuality) to be a politically correct, revisionist drama that pits idyllic "naturals" against imperialistic white settlers; but those willing to submit themselves to Mr. Malick's lyrical style may find the film is more than it first appears to be.

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Glory Road

Movie | What this film lacks in gritty realism, it makes up for in audience-pleasing competence
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 1/28/06, 12:00 am

There's a reason that clichés are clichés, particularly in the language of film. In short, they often work. It's the screenwriter's way of going to the well, and that's not always a bad thing.

Glory Road (rated PG for racial issues including violence and epithets, and momentary language) goes to the well, but it goes there with skill and aplomb, reaching for if not quite equaling other recent Disney sports fables like The Rookie, Miracle, and Remember the Titans in inspirational underdog entertainment.

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Hoodwinked

Movie | This animated film offers plenty for adults to enjoy, but almost none of it is at the expense of the movie's intended audience
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 1/28/06, 12:00 am

Hoodwinked, despite some surface similarities, is no Shrek, and that's at least part of the reason why it is one of the most delightful surprises of the new year.

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