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Underclassman

Underclassman

Here we have a definite candidate for the year's worst picture, and it comes just a few weeks after director Marcos Siega's other failure, "Pretty Persuasion."This time Siega shares the blame with star Nick Cannon,...

Movie Review posted on 12th September 2005

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

The playfully warped imagination of director Tim Burtonis ideally suited to the task of bringing Roald Dahl's twisted-as-taffychildren's tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to the bigscreen, and the sourball confection created as a result...

Movie Review posted on 18th July 2005

Me & You & Everyone We Know

Me & You & Everyone We Know

It probably helps a great deal that the wispy, flower-likeMiranda July appears in her own film, as her adorable, blue-eyed presencewarms what would have been a cold, quirky, Todd Solondz-like experiencein "Me and You and...

Movie Review posted on 1st July 2005

Yes

Yes

I usually give Sally Potter a lot of slack; I've enjoyedall three of her feature films so far ("Orlando," "The TangoLesson" and "TheMan Who Cried"), even if I've been alonein doing so. She's an intelligent...

Movie Review posted on 1st July 2005

The Adventures of SharkBoy & LavaGirl in 3-D

The Adventures of SharkBoy & LavaGirl in 3-D

As if to make up for the ultraviolence in his "SinCity," director Robert Rodriguez bringsout his second film of the year this week -- the family-friendly adventure"The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl." In this film,...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2005

High Tension

High Tension

This French-produced horror film has enjoyed a decentbit of internet buzz, and now opens in the United States, albeit in a strangepartially-dubbed, partially-subtitled version that runs about a minuteshy of the original to qualify for...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2005

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

Hayao Miyazaki's new film "Howl's Moving Castle"is so good that it shames virtually every animated film made since Miyazaki'slast, "SpiritedAway," graced movie screens in 2002. If nothing else, it proves to Hollywood that its recentfailure...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2005

Oldboy

Oldboy

According to some insiders, Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy" was just a hair away from winning the 2004 Palm D'Or that eventually wentto Michael Moore's...

Movie Review posted on 15th April 2005

The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

The original "Amityville Horror"bored critics in 1979, but created a box office bonanza and spawned sevensequels. Now the studios have commissioned a straight-ahead remake.After all, why go to the bother of writing new stories, or...

Movie Review posted on 15th April 2005

The Ballad of Jack & Rose

The Ballad of Jack & Rose

"The Ballad of Jack and Rose" concerns several strange characterswho just scream for something strange and unusual to say. But writer/directorRebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller, only gives them themost ordinary, mundane movie dialogue...

Movie Review posted on 1st April 2005

Pooh's Heffalump Movie

Pooh's Heffalump Movie

Fans of A.A. Milne's fantastically classic children's books know that there's no such thing as a heffalump. When Winnie the Pooh and his best friend Piglet go heffalump hunting in one of the stories,...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

Head-On (Gegen die Wand)

Head-On (Gegen die Wand)

In Fatih Akin's earlier film, "In July," the German-born writer-director took an old-fashioned road movie romance (a variation on "It Happened One Night") and gave it a craggy, sun-baked sweetness.From the first 40 minutes...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

Fear X

Fear X

It's a rare movie that holds back information, allowing the audience to get inside it and ask questions about its strange universe, like Nicolas Winding Refn's "Fear X."The film stars John Turturro as Harry Caine,...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

"The Sea Inside"
("mar Adentro")

"The Sea Inside" ("mar Adentro")

After creating from scratch two breathtaking metaphysical thrillers in a row -- "Open Your Eyes" and "The Others") -- writer, director and composer Alejandro Amenábar's return to the big screen is rather disappointing: "The Sea...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI

THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI

The master Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano made his reputation in the United States with his violent, whisper-to-a-scream gangster films like "Sonatine," "Fireworks" and "Brother." His most dedicated fans also know about his softer side, shown...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Agronomist

The Agronomist

Like Gus Van Sant and Steven Soderbergh, director Jonathan Demme has managed to keep a fascinating indie presence while dabbling in mainstream filmmaking.One gets the impression that Demme loves working with the "A"-list actors and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

THE CLEARING

THE CLEARING

One simple thing a filmmaker can do to make a picture better is to clearly establish time and place. You'd think that such a thing would be a given, but it's surprising how many filmmakers...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

THX 1138
(The Director's Cut)

THX 1138 (The Director's Cut)

Once upon a time George Lucas -- the man who virtually invented the "Bigger! Faster! More!" school of blockbuster filmmaking -- was a freshly minted film school graduate stretching tiny budgets into entire worlds. "THX...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE

Since the beginning of time mankind has posed the most difficult questions: "Is the Earth round or flat?" "Is there life after death?" "Why is junk food so tasty?"But no question elicits quite the same...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Enduring Love

Enduring Love

"Enduring Love" opens with a startling and powerful sequence: A runaway hot-air balloon bounces through a giant, sloping green field somewhere outside of London. A group of anonymous men give chase and grab hold of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Much better than Meet the Fockers," this family-friendly film uses virtually the same batch of vomit jokes, pee jokes, slapstick, chases and exploding cars. But this time we have Ice Cube, who possesses a remarkable...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

THE WOODSMAN

THE WOODSMAN

Comparisons to "Mystic River" are obvious as Kevin Bacon shifts from the role of a Boston cop entangled in a murder case involving child molesters to the much deeper role of an actual child molester...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

VERA DRAKE

VERA DRAKE

Bustling around drizzly, post-WWII London with a happy, doughy face and gleaming eyes, Vera (Imelda Staunton) works as a floor-scrubber for the wealthy, humming to herself and calling everyone "dear."She lives in a graying flat...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin is often compared to David Lynch. In reality, his influences hail from decades long gone: from the silent-era Germans and the early Hollywood pioneers. His exuberant, expressionistic 2000 short film "The...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

A Love Song For Bobby Long

A Love Song For Bobby Long

"A Love Song for Bobby Long" is set in New Orleans among a community of alcoholics, has-beens and screw-ups, where one can get away with shambling down to the neighborhood dive bar while wearing a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Deserted Station

Deserted Station

The two leaders of Iranian film, Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, have spent a good deal of their time training and helping young filmmakers get started. Makhmalbaf has his own film school, and his wife...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

HERO

HERO

The most expensive and highest grossing film in Chinese history, Zhang Yimou's "Hero" went on to snag one of 2002's Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film. Unfortunately, the notorious Miramax snapped it up and sat...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

SAW

SAW

Sclock-horror maestro Roger Corman constantly reminded his writers of the vital importance of the first ten minutes of a film. That's when you capture the audience and set the tone for the entire film. Many...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

THE FINAL CUT

THE FINAL CUT

Good ideas are rare in Hollywood. But rarer still is the tendency to leave a good idea alone.If a movie is smart enough to rely only on its good idea, the result is almost always...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

SHE HATE ME

SHE HATE ME

What could Spike Lee have been thinking?Right on the heels of an unalloyed masterpiece, "25th Hour," the great American filmmaker delivers "She Hate Me," a bizarre, head-scratching hodgepodge of poorly executed bad ideas.Many film buffs...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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