Bruce Bennett Short Bio

Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett has been the primary contributor to Mad About Movies since it began in 2003. He is an award winning film and theater critic who, since 2000, has been writing a weekly column in The Spectrum daily newspaper in southern Utah as well as serving as a contributing editor of “The Independent,” a monthly entertainment magazine. He is also the co-host of “Film Fanatics” a movie review show which earned a Telly in 2009. Bruce is also a featured contributor at: RottenTomatoes.com

His motto: "I see bad movies so you don't have to."

Spiderwick Chronicles

Old school fantasy fun

Seen through the eyes of a child this adaptation, may lack originality but is nonetheless fast paced, contains enough fantasy to balance the family drama and is scary, at times very scary. Freddie Highmore stars as a set of twins who move with Mom and Sis out to the country to a house with spells, fairies, and monsters aplenty–using retro special effects. (Think “Gremlins” not “Gollum”.)

Grade: B+
Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements.

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