Sunday, August 21, 2011

DVD Catch-Up: "Red Riding Hood" (2011), "The Conspirator" (2011)

"RED RIDING HOOD" (2011)
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Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood is a loose, feeble feature-length adaptation of the classic folk tale, attempting to imbue the familiar story with a barrage of traditional elements each varyingly unsuccessful. 
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Ineffectively marrying a hollow, passionless romance with supernatural horror elements, it's ultimately the latter which overwhelms the senses and underwhelms the intellect. [C-]
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"THE CONSPIRATOR" (2011)
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Dusty, musty historical drama is staged with care, but old-hat courtroom histrionics render this history lesson not only monotonous but obsolete. 
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Robert Redford draws post-9/11 parallels with his guilt-by-association cautionary tale, but the film is so easily, lazily discernible, the lesson is over before it starts. [D+]

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