The little girl who dazzled us in Beasts of the Southern Wild has star power to spare. It just isn't fair that she's stuck in a lackluster remake of this wonderful show-turned-movie.
Almost everything is this film is off. Take Sandy, the shaggy-haired dog Annie befriends. Here he's a tidy, short-haired pooch, making the Movie Slut wonder if someone in the movie had a dog-hair allergy.
And then there's the music, so excellent in the original. Why were three new unmemorable songs added?
Even Cameron Diaz, who seems made for the part of the wickedly funny Miss Hannigan, is off her game.
The MS could go on, but why beat a dead dog, long or short haired. If you want a dose of the-sun-will-come-out-tomorrow optimism, the 1977 version is still available.
My name is Barbara Nachman and I'm the Movie Slut. A tub of popcorn and a dark theater is all it takes to turn me on.
From "Shine" to "Scream," from "Psycho" to "Sicko," from "African Queen" to "Queen Blood," from "Butterfield 8" to "Eight-Legged Monsters," I celebrate them all.
My love of film began in high school when I'd sneak downstairs at night to watch "The Late Show" and "The Late Late Show."
Now, movies are a religion. The dark theater, the retreat from reality, and often a message to take home. My favorite flicks remind me to seize the moment, to never give up, and to always remember that "Tomorrow is another movie day."