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The Longest Yard

The Longest Yard

When Adam Sandler isn't interesting enough to hold yourattention in an Adam Sandler movie, something is certainly amiss. In "TheLongest Yard" -- an off-balance remake of Burt Reynolds' 1974 prison-footballcomedy -- the star's underwritten character...

Movie Review posted on 27th May 2005

Layer Cake

Layer Cake

A stylish, dynamic thicket of thorny underworld twistsand deceptions, "Layer Cake" stars Daniel Craig ("Roadto Perdition," "EnduringLove") in a charismatically dodgy performanceas "a businessman whose commodity happens to be cocaine." Beginning with a voice-over that...

Movie Review posted on 23rd May 2005

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Here's your "Revenge of the Sith" review in a nutshell: It may well be the best of all six "StarWars" movies -- with the caveat that you need to have seen the other five films...

Movie Review posted on 16th May 2005

Kicking & Screaming

Kicking & Screaming

Here's the recipe for making a movie as badas "Kicking and Screaming": First, take every underdog-sports-movie cliche you canthink of and liberally apply them to a little league soccer team. Next,virtually ignore the team members...

Movie Review posted on 13th May 2005

Monster-In-Law

Monster-In-Law

Since it's propped up by most of the same jokes and plotdevices as any other comedy about obnoxious in-laws ("Meetthe Parents," "TheIn-Laws," "MickeyBlue Eyes"), there's really only one questionto answer about "Monster-in-Law": Is it worth...

Movie Review posted on 13th May 2005

Unleashed

Unleashed

Giving his first English-language performance to show any range of actingability, martial-arts superstar Jet Li is inspired in "Unleashed"as a man-child raised in a cage by a minor-league Glasgow loan shark andtrained for one Pavlovian...

Movie Review posted on 13th May 2005

3-Iron

3-Iron

At turns strange, tragic, poignant, chilling and sweet-- and for all practical purposes a silent film -- "3-Iron" isan alluring romantic drama about a resourceful squatter in Seoul, SouthKorea, who finds empty houses to crash...

Movie Review posted on 11th May 2005

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

For almost five years now, Hollywood studios have beentrying to duplicate the success of "Gladiator"by making the same big-budget historical battle epic over ("TheLast Samurai") and over ("Troy")and over ("KingArthur") and over ("Alexander").Each movie has...

Movie Review posted on 11th May 2005

Palindromes

Palindromes

Ponderable provocation is writer-director Todd Solondzraison d'etre.In his 1996 debut "Welcometo the Dollhouse" he thrust unsuspectingaudiences into a tormentingly personal and visceral parable of extremeteenage angst and too-early sexuality. 1998's "Happiness"delved into sexual deviance with...

Movie Review posted on 11th May 2005

Crash

Crash

A meditation on the often unacknowledged undercurrentsof racism in everyday American city life, "Crash" has the kindof broad appeal that can draw large audiences and the kind of lingeringemotional potency that can lead to serious...

Movie Review posted on 6th May 2005

It's All Gone Pete Tong

It's All Gone Pete Tong

A charismatically raucous and appropriately rhythmicfictional biopic about the drug-and-music-fueled career of superstar DJFrankie Wilde, "It's All Gone Pete Tong" is both darkly mirthfuland surprisingly emotive.Opening with an energetic blitz of Wilde's decadent, party-hardylifestyle (cocaine,...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2005

Harry & Max

Harry & Max

The title characters in "Harry and Max" areboy-band brothers, one washed-up and clinging to a solo career and theother just making his first Teen Beat cover -- but you wouldn't know itfrom the story, which...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2005

XXX: State of the Union

XXX: State of the Union

If it weren't for IceCube's charismatic bad attitude, "XXX:State of the Union" would be downright unwatchable.A paper-doll sequel with paper-thin performances and avideo-game plot -- a ridiculously implausible presidential coup plannedby an arch-conservative Secretary of...

Movie Review posted on 29th April 2005

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Imagine the madcap sensibilities of Monty Python appliedto science fiction and you'll begin to have an inkling of the whimsicallyeccentric humor of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," anenormously successful cult-comedy franchise of which a...

Movie Review posted on 29th April 2005

A Lot Like Love

A Lot Like Love

Until its out-of-character finale abandons wit, creativityand contagious chemistry in favor of contrived misunderstandings that stinkof a studio-mandated rewrite, "A Lot Like Love" is a deliciouslyfresh, ingenuous and beguiling romantic comedy.Structured similarly to "When Harry...

Movie Review posted on 25th April 2005

Fade To Black

Fade To Black

In 2003, Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z (a.k.a. Shawn Carter) called it quits after an eight-year career. Compared to most rap artists, he ruled the charts and the airwaves for an eternity. His final album, "The Black...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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