1:30 PM, 19th October, 2003
Sinbad: lovable pirate adventurer and action antihero. What more could anyone want? Well, this movie has non-stop action, a fantastically creepy Sirens' lair, hyperrealistic computer-generated ships, several incredible visual sequences, and ((mdash)) wait for it ((mdash)) a pretty good plot. Sinbad (Pitt) has grown away from his childhood friend Proteus. They come together when Sinbad tries to steal the Book of Peace from Proteus's ship and they save each other's lives. Then Sinbad, after an altruistical rescue from a death sentence by Proteus, himself has to rescue the Book from the evil goddess Eris, under the watchful eye of Proteus's girlfriend, Catherine Zeta-Jones. And the fighting never stops.
Sinbad's lines are very funny. Sometimes this interferes with the drama; if you can overlook that, you'll find this movie a good laugh
3:30 PM, 19th October, 2003
A well-established Nickelodeon TV series, 'The Wild Thornberries' translates well to the big screen. The movie is set in Africa. The Thornberrys, on quest for spectacular wildlife footage, regularly manage to save what their African cousins are apparently unable to. But then, they have advantages besides the obvious...
Eliza (Chabert) has a secret ability, conferred on her by a shaman, to talk with animals. Sent to boarding school after unsuccessfully trying to save a cheetah cub from poachers, she must surrender her powers in an attempt to save her sister Debbie (Harris), and outwit the villains to rescue elephants as well as a cheetah cub.
The Klasky/Csupo animation, though less appealing than most Disney animation, includes landscapes comparable to those in The Lion King. The characters are generally appealing. The one character nobody wants to see much of, Donnie, has a small role. Even the chief villain is likeable. The girls' father, Nigel (Curry), is hilarious.
This is a movie that all who can leave their prejudices behind can enjoy. Scenery is lush; the movie's environmental morals are uplifting rather than preachy; the story is easy enough for children to enjoy, but the humour appeals to adults