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9 Songs

9 Songs

Given what a potential provocation the film could have been, the conceit of Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs is admirable simplicity itself. Matt (Kieran O'Brien) and Lisa (Margo Stilley) have a meet-cute at a Black Rebel...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Home At The End Of The World

A Home At The End Of The World

An initially touching story that wilts under its own insignificance, A Home at the End of the World is the second film to be adapted from a Michael Cunningham novel, following the footsteps of The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Now that both Chicago and Cabaret have been dusted off and remounted as seemingly eternal fixtures on Broadway, and the film version of Chicago was such a rousing critical and commercial success, it's a good...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

D.E.B.S.

D.E.B.S.

Somewhat like watching the Disney Channel's girl-power prime-time lineup through a muddled exploitation-lite filter, D.E.B.S. is a patently ridiculous teen-spies scenario that's played mostly for laughs but oddly enough only works when it's being downright...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Gothika

Gothika

Having won her Oscar, banged Bond, played a superhero, and had her scrapes with the tabloids, there was only one glaring omission in Halle Berry's Hollywood resume (besides making her London theatrical debut), and that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

Episodic and drenched in realism, as opposed to the overly structured and simplistic narrative often thrust upon documentaries about people leaving in desperate Third World circumstances, Born Into Brothels is an inspirational work that still...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

S.W.A.T.

S.W.A.T.

Is it that Samuel L. Jackson's character is nicknamed "Hondo"? Could it be the sequence where Colin Farrell goes running on the beach, appears to flirt with a dog and later explosively vomits, all of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Hunting of the President

The Hunting of the President

It would have been nice if the documentary The Hunting of the President had been made in the late 1990s, when the country was in the throes of Monicagate, Whitewatergate, Troopergate and an endless flood...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Schizopolis

Schizopolis

Hovering somewhere among a botched experiment, a sneaky assault on modern-day life and cinema, and the greatest home movie ever made is Steven Soderbergh's Schizopolis. Made at the tail end of the indie-film part of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dark Victory

Dark Victory

You know you're in trouble when such a classically tooled and sculpted weepie as 1939's Dark Victory - one that should require boxes of Kleenex and a couple hours of recuperation - doesn't even begin...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

House of Bamboo

House of Bamboo

The limits of the lengths to which dazzling camerawork and curled-lip noir bluster can make up for thoroughly ham-fisted dialogue are tested in Sam Fuller's 1955 gangster picture, House of Bamboo. It's the familiar tradeoff...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

The premise at first seems quite a nice one. Henry Van Cleeve (Don Ameche, looking prematurely aged but still dapper in evening wear) comes down a staircase into a cavernous, Art Deco-inspired office where he...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls

An unrequited girls' love story that spins biker gangs and a love of frilly dresses into a fun romp, Kamikaze Girls creates a candy-colored Japan that's hardly more real than a dream but is excellent...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rize

Rize

For all the quite considerable energy on display in the dance documentary Rize, one can't quite escape the sneaking suspicion that it all would have benefited quite enormously from having an actual filmmaker behind the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Outsiders

The Outsiders

When Francis Ford Coppola made The Outsiders in 1983, he was in the midst of yet another career paradigm shift. Having broke the bank on the gargantuan semi-failures Apocalypse Now and One from the Heart,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine

S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine

Sometimes a story's immediacy requires no artifice on the part of the filmmaker: They simply need to be there to capture it. However, over reliance on your story's ability to engage the audience without any...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

I Love You to Death

I Love You to Death

It's a film never particularly loved by audiences and unlikely to be rehabilitated by critics in the future, but I Love You to Death is nevertheless the perfect example of an overlooked gem. Coming right...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bad Boys II

Bad Boys II

It would be a hard heart indeed that couldn't find a bit of affection for a movie that starts with two black police officers going undercover at a Klan rally and ends with what appears...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dark Water (2005)

Dark Water (2005)

As perhaps a concession to the modern age, the haunted-house story Dark Water is set not in some gloomy old mansion but in the claustrophobic confines of a dank apartment building, and it's all the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

50 First Dates

50 First Dates

It's like a Valentine's Day present from Adam Sandler - if he hated us, each and every one. There's a funny man somewhere inside of Sandler, but he only makes brief appearances on movie screens;...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The L.A. Riot Spectacular

The L.A. Riot Spectacular

A film that works overtime to offend each and every ethnic group and economic class that makes up the smoggy purgatory of Los Angeles while simultaneously patting itself on the back for being so putatively...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Holy Girl

The Holy Girl

Lucrecia Martel's The Holy Girl has its finger on something for sure, it's just not quite sure what to do with it. An Argentinean film of rare beauty and smoldering sensuality, it's set in an...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Sometimes history happens and nobody knows about it, until much later, if ever. And then there are times when a camera crew is right there to record everything as it unfolds. This was the situation...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Schizo

Schizo

In the wilds of Kazakhstan, circa the early '90s, there isn't exactly a lot to do and not much wealth to go around - even the head gangsters seem a pretty threadbare lot. In terms...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Let's Get Frank

Let's Get Frank

Sure, it's in essence a love letter to Barney Frank, but from the looks of things, he seems to deserve it. Bart Everly's Let's Get Frank is a scrappy little documentary about Massachusetts Congressman Frank,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Chronicles of Riddick

The Chronicles of Riddick

A befuddled attempt to give Vin Diesel his own franchise series - now that he's ditched giving the XXX thing another whirl - The Chronicles of Riddick stomps onto screens with an attitude that's somehow...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Like a group therapy session with no psychologist in sight (unless that scary principal counts), The Breakfast Club is often considered the Most Meaningful of all the John Hughes teen movies. And while that very...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Stealth

Stealth

Sometime in the near future, the Navy will develop extremely cool new fighter jets called Talons, and they will be piloted by moody ignorami in dangerous anti-terrorism missions all around the planet; that is, until...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Event

The Event

Who wouldn't want to have a party before they died? In The Event, Matt Shapiro (Don McKellar), a talented young cello player dying of AIDS, decides to do just that before having his friends and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

In The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, one sees other actors besides Bill Murray - quite a lot of them, actually - but there are really no other performances to speak of. This is his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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