The White Sheik (Federico Fellini) ***1/2 - A newlywed breaks away from a rigid unromantic honeymoon schedule set up by her husband to a film set where she meets up with an actor playing an idealized romantic character the White Sheik. It's lighter and fluffier than the works of Fellini which I've seen so far. It's also quite funny and absurd. I was somewhat annoyed by the characters at first but it won me over in the end.
Mirror, Mirror (Tarsem Singh)
**1/2 - A lavishly designed reimagining of the Snow White lore suffers
from an uneven tone. It wants to be goofy, comedic and campy while at
the same time trying to tell straightforward fairy tale. It's a very
tricky thing to do especially in a live-action film (Animated features
can get away with this easier, I find). It's all over the place. I
believe at least some of the fault lies on Julia Roberts, woefully
miscast as the Evil Queen. She was trying to be both funny and menacing
but failing both which throws off the entire film. This is the last film
of costume designer Eiko Ishiaka and her costumes are gaudy, lavish and
elaborate as always and compliments the great art direction.