For reasons unknown, the earth's inner core has stopped rotating, causing the planet's electromagnetic field to rapidly deteriorate. Instantly, life around the globe begins to change dramatically. In Boston, 32 people with pacemakers, all within a 10-block radius, suddenly drop dead. In San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge collapses, sending hundreds of people plunging to their deaths. In London's Trafalgar Square, flocks of pigeons lose their ability to navigate, flying into panicked crowds. And in Rome, as thousands of tourists watch helplessly, an electrical superstorm reduces the ancient Coliseum to rubble. Scrambling to resolve the crisis, government and military officials call upon geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes and a team of the world's most gifted scientists to travel into the earth's core in a subterranean craft piloted by terranauts Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs and Commander Robert Iverson. Their mission: detonate a nuclear device that will reactivate the core and save the world from sure destruction.
This story of a New York-area loan shark, restaurateur and boxing coach is full of hyperstylized shots, philosophizing speeches and no-way-out plotting.
2015-06-25 | NICOLAS RAPOLD | Read the New York Times Review of Glass Chin
There was a time when movies like “DOA: Dead or Alive” lurked sheepishly at schoolboy height on video store shelves, spines straining to accommodate the charms of their actresses.
2007-06-16 | JEANNETTE CATSOULIS | Read the New York Times Review of DOA: Dead or Alive
Disney's latest sports-underdog movie is the true story of a part-time bartender (Mark Wahlberg) who realizes his dream of playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.
2006-08-25 | JEANNETTE CATSOULIS | Read the New York Times Review of Invincible
A thin, pleasant teenage heist comedy in which six diverse New Jersey teenagers — an athlete, a stoner, a goody-two-shoes, etc — oppressed by standardized testing, conspire to break into the offices of the Educational Testing Service to steal the answers to the SAT. While the movie does raise some interesting questions about the fairness and utility of standards in determining the futures of young people, it undermines its defense of individuality by being so bland and generic. In the end, test or no test, everyone learns some valuable lessons. — A. O. Scott
2004-01-30 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of The Perfect Score