Movie Reviews

Image: Movie Reviews:Julia Stiles and Mekhi Phifer in O.  Photo Courtesy of Lions Gate Films Inc.:

Image: Movie Reviews:Julia Stiles and Mekhi Phifer in “O.” Photo Courtesy of Lions Gate Films Inc.:

Jason Okamoto

Ghost World (1 1/2 out of 4 stars)

The popular comic created by Daniel Clowes comes to shaky life on film with help from Terry Zwigoff, the director of the cult-classic documentary “Crumb.” Thora Birch (“American Beauty”) and Scarlett Johansson (“The Horse Whisperer”) play two best friends attempting to cope with life in “the real world” after high school. Both are self-proclaimed outcasts who agree that “people are stupid,” but they soon find it hard to be different in a world that is constantly changing. The film desperately tries to win you over with its humor, and on occasion succeeds, but in the end it?s too lazy to do anything for itself or for you. Visit Ghost World for more information.

The Deep End (2 out of 4 stars)

A remake of Max Ophul?s “The Reckless Moment” (1949) directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, and based on the novel “The Blank Wall” by Elisabeth Sanxany Holding. Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton) attempts to keep cool after covering up the death of a man who she suspects was her son?s lover. Although this film is no better than most others that occupy the “wannabe ?Fargo?” category, it?s not completely unoriginal, in a visceral and enchanting way.-Blue is the key color that makes itself present on screen, paralleling with Margaret?s ability to “keep it cool.” Visit The Deep End for more information.

Jeepers Creepers (1 out of 4 stars)

Jeepers Creepers marks the return of Francis Ford Coppola?s production company, American Zoetrope, into the main stream. The horror begins when a brother and sister witness the disposal of a dead body by a mysterious figure while driving home from college. The film never takes itself too seriously, poking fun at itself while scaring the audience . Sadly “Jeepers Creepers” turns from a broad horror-comedy to a bad monster movie. If you enjoy being repulsed or being sucker-punched, then “Jeepers Creepers” is just the ticket, but the average filmgoer will likely leave the theater disappointed. Visit Jeepers Creepers for more information.

O (0 out of 4 stars)

Shakespeare?s back in high school again and this time he?s brought his tale of “Othello” to share with the kids. Mekhi Phifer plays Odin James, a basketball star at a private school where he is the only African-American. Odin?s world comes crashing down when his devious and jealous teammate, Hugo (Josh Hartnett), makes him believe that his girlfriend (Julia Stiles) is cheating on him.

“O” is shamefully unconvincing as it tries to make us believe that teenagers live and die only for superficial high school drama. Shakespeare?s stories are timeless, but screenwriter Brad Kaaya and director Tim Blake Nelson have proven that, when taken out of their proper time and context, they won?t always make good movies. Visit “0” for more information.

Star ratings are out of a possible four.