Josh Duhamel stars in “BANDIT” | FILM REVIEW

Where the thrill of the heist is more important than the score
Josh Duhamel, Elisha Cuthbert, Nestor Carbonell and Mel Gibson
Directed by Allan Ungar

From the start, Allan Ungar’s “Bandit” takes the wrong storytelling route, in both its screenplay and casting of the lead role. Kraig Wenman adapted Ed Arnold and Robert Knuckle’s novel “The Flying Bandit: Bringing Down Canada's Most Daring Armed Robber,” morphing this undeniably exciting true tale into a comedy of errors, sort of. Sadly, the true error is in the screenplay. The film is ... more >

Mel Gibson on the way to redemption?

Mel Gibson was recently seen at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the Jodie Foster-directed "The Beaver" (watch trailer below). And I'm thinking, 'this could be the start of redemption for Gibson, a sort of "Wrestler" moment for the troubled star whose career took a nose-dive years ago after he started making anti-semitic comments in public and spouting off racial slurs on a phone conversation ... more >

Edge of Darkness

a well-worn conceit on display
Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone and Danny Huston
Directed by Martin Campbell

“Edge of Darkness” is a crowd-pleaser much like “Taken,” in that your definition of pleasing has to involve a long list of bad-guys that need to be shot by the end. This is the kind of movie Mel Gibson used to make every other time before he went all seriously religious, verbally-attacked a (jewish?) cop and became known in certain circles as “Da Fuhrer.” He returns here after eight years (his ... more >