Cinema Review Archive: December 2004

Phantom of the Opera, The

In his first review for DVDTimes, David Stoller takes a look at Joel Schumacher's cinematic adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical.

National Treasure

Nicolas Cage plays a treasure hunter searching for a secret horde hidden at the time of the American Revolution in this action-packed caper movie from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Three orphaned children are adopted by a wicked relative hellbent on murdering them and stealing their inheritance in this blockbuster movie adaptation of the popular Lemony Snicket series of children's books. Jim Carrey stars as the evil Count Olaf. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Garden State

In this offbeat independent comedy, a young man who's spent his life on medications returns home for his mother's funeral and meets a lively young woman who gives him a new perspective on life. Zach Braff writes, directs and stars alongside Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Polar Express, The

A computer-animated adventure about a magical train that takes a group of lucky children to the North Pole every Christmas Eve. Robert Zemeckis directs and Tom Hanks provides most of the voices. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Blade: Trinity

Wesley Snipes returns as the leather-clad vampire-killer for the third movie based on Marvel Comics' blend of gothic horror and high-tech action. This time he teams up with fellow hunters Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel to take on the oldest and most powerful vampire of all, the legendary Dracula. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Napoleon Dynamite

A surprise hit this summer at the American box office, this is a low-budget, independent comedy about a nerdish high school kid and the weird people in his life. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.