The “Terminator” franchise isn’t owned by Disney (yet), but “Terminator: Dark Fate” (2019) – if you take away Sarah Connor’s potty mouth — is what a Disney “Terminator” would be like. The filmmaking is slick and the action is impressive, and we get callbacks to the classic installments (notably Linda Hamilton returning for the first time since 1991’s “T2”). But the story/screenplay by six writers offers nothing new.
“Shattered Glass” – I had already respected Hayden Christensen for his work on “Life as a House” and TV’s “Higher Ground” (and yes, even “Star Wars”), but his portrayal as Stephen Glass, an endearing psychopath who fabricates articles at The New Republic, is a cut above. The brisk, intense film also works as a peek inside the magazine business and the people who work there.
– John Hansen, Brainerd Dispatch, Dec. 31, 2003
How in the world does one explain the huge popularity of the “Twilight,” “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “Hunger Games” book/film series? I mean, I can understand “Harry Potter,” and I’m a fan of those books and movies myself. But where “Potter” provides a lusciously realized and wondrous world, adorable characters and plenty of humor, I don’t see any of that in the three phenomena that have followed it.