February 14, 2008 |
With character names like Hogsqueal, Mulgarath and Thimbletack, it's got to be derivative. So it's not altogether surprising that Mark Waters' ("Freaky Friday," "Mean Girls") adaptation of "The Spiderwick Chronicles" suffers slightly from that not-so-fresh feeling.
February 28, 2008 |
Creating a "real" fantasy means riding herd on digital characters to avoid the temptation to squish and stretch them into awkward -- not to mention anatomically incorrect -- poses. When making "The Spiderwick Chronicles," director Mark Waters and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel blocked camera moves to accommodate the live actors, and visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett made sure that the digital creations got the same respect.
February 21, 2008 |
The Spiderwick Chronicles is an above-average game -- for a movie tie-in, that is. Usually, games that share a movie's title, characters and plot are hurriedly slapped together with little to offer gamers other than a way to relive the story (and earn the company a few extra bucks). These games are miserable to play and aren't worth the time. But Spiderwick is different from most. This simple tween-targeted game uses an effective control scheme to play its good blend of action and puzzles.
May 17, 2009
"James and the Giant Peach" Roald Dahl For many years, James lived with his evil aunts, Spiker and Sponge. James tried to avoid the aunts, but they always got him. He then takes a wild journey on a giant peach. Inside the peach he is befriended by large insects: the grasshopper, ladybug, centipede, earthworm, spider and glow worm. These creatures hate Sponge and Spiker just as much as James does. Anybody who likes adventurous stories will like this book.
February 14, 2008
Three new films -- science-fiction thriller "Jumper," family fantasy "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and dance drama "Step Up 2 the Streets" -- are expected to lead the box office over the extended holiday weekend that starts today with a batch of Valentine's Day releases and runs through Presidents Day on Monday. These figures are Times' predictions only. Studios will release this weekend's estimates on Sunday and final, five-day results on Tuesday. Along with the movies listed below, contenders to make the top 10 include "The Eye" and "There Will Be Blood."
February 14, 2008
Definitely, Maybe | A divorcing Manhattan dad recounts his pre-marriage life. Jumper | Teleporters fight those who would kill them. The Spiderwick Chronicles | Mystery awaits the Grace family at their great-great-uncle's home. Step Up 2 the Streets | A street dancer finds herself on the outside at arts school. George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead | Students making a horror film record real terror. The Killing of John Lennon | A look inside the mind of Mark David Chapman leading up to his murder of the former Beatle.