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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 15th January 2007

Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier is a documentary which one experiences, instead of simply viewing. Over three days in January and February 1971, just a couple months before Lieutenant William Calley would be sentenced to life in prison...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Great McGinty

The Great McGinty

The guy is sloppily attired in the manner of the American urban bum, circa the Great Depression. A ragged coat, floppy hat, and three-day growth mark him as meant for the city's many soup kitchens,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Street Fight

Street Fight

It's tempting to view politics as little more than a grudge match, an untelegenic blood match between a number of well-dressed liars who should be judged not for the substance of their statements, but rather...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Thin Man Goes Home

The Thin Man Goes Home

In this fifth installment of the Thin Man series, the Charleses leave New York for some rest and relaxation at Nick's parents' home in the small town of Sycamore Springs (boo!) but leave precious little...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Scarface

Scarface

To say that Al Pacino chews the scenery as Tony Montana, Cuban drug lord par excellence, doesn't really do justice to the performance. Pacino tears into his lines with a lust approaching frenzy, ripping through...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

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 15th January 2007

The Palm Beach Story

The Palm Beach Story

Is marriage really so important? One could take that as being the surprisingly modern theme of Preston Sturges' manic, brilliant 1942 farce The Palm Beach Story, or one could simply take it as screwball comedy...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made Orgazmo, a romp about a Mormon porn star, and submitted it to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for a rating, it came back...

Movie Review posted on 12th January 2007

Alpha Dog

Alpha Dog

Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog is an infuriating misfire that would have been much more easily overlooked had it managed to stay true to one vision or the other; instead, Cassavetes (who also wrote the screenplay)...

Movie Review posted on 12th January 2007

Curse Of The Golden Flower

Curse Of The Golden Flower

A pageantry of pageantry that would put Bertolucci or Lean to shame, Zhang Yimou's The Curse of the Golden Flower piles spectacle upon spectacle, and tragedy on top of tragedy, until the whole contraption fairly...

Movie Review posted on 5th January 2007

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear

It takes a lot to not only ask questions that would normally mark one as an utter loon, but to do so in a fashion that makes people take your ostensibly insane point seriously. Since...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Fateless

Fateless

In recently occupied Budapest, 1944, the Nazis are implementing the Final Solution, and the reality of it is understandably difficult to comprehend. Seen through the eyes of Gyura Koves (Marcell Nagy), a 14-year-old Jew sent...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Protocols of Zion

Protocols of Zion

Cabbies say the darnedest things. While many people have had a whole range of cabdriver conversations, most of us haven't had an eye-opener like the one filmmaker Marc Levin had with an Egyptian driver who...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet

If the goings-on that take place under alien skies on the surface of Altair-4 in 1956's Forbidden Planet seem familiar, it's not just because the planet's name was recycled later for the Star Trek universe,...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

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 4th January 2007

Piccadilly Jim

Piccadilly Jim

A rather hysterical oddity that can't decide what era it's set in or what mood to play, Piccadilly Jim just chucks it all at the screen and hopes that some wit will come through and...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima

In his landmark book of military history The Face of Battle, John Keegan did something extraordinarily rare for his field when describing a battle -- he didn't just tell us how many forces fought in...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2006

The Good German

The Good German

Those who will hate The Good German will do so not because of its time-appropriate look and technique (more on that in a moment), but because it wants to be a wartime drama stripped of...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2006

Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

If only they had let Bill Condon direct Chicago instead of just writing the screenplay. As Condon shows with his razzle-dazzle adaptation of the 1981 Tony-winning musical Dreamgirls, he would have been quite an improvement...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2006

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

Irwin Winkler's Home of the Brave is notable for being the first major narrative, non-documentary film about the Iraq War and, more specifically, veterans of that war adjusting to life back home afterward. Unfortunately, that's...

Movie Review posted on 17th December 2006

The Architect

The Architect

Just what it is about architects that fascinates filmmakers so? Is it the metaphorical possibilities of the job, where one man has the ability to create new buildings -- and thus the potential for new...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2006

The Wire: Season Three

The Wire: Season Three

Sadly, the most passionate and persuasive argument in recent years against the current disposition of the government's stance in the so-called "War on Drugs" came not from a think tank armed with stats and big...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Rescue Me: Season Two

Rescue Me: Season Two

Roughly midway through the second season of FX's Rescue Me, New York firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) is called by his dead cousin's widow to give a lecture to her teenaged son, who has just...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

The proof that some films are simply immune to satire or the wear and tear of time is fully contained in the sharp little diamond of cinema that is John Huston's 1941 version of The...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Nathalie

Nathalie

In Anne Fontaine's Nathalie, we're barely treated to the cozy spectacle of Parisian bourgeois respectability of married couple Bernard (Gérard Depardieu) and Catherine (Fanny Ardant) - he's a well-off businessman of some kind, she's a...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Lower City

Lower City

Two guys on the ragged edge of poverty, a gorgeous young hooker who's sleeping with them both, what could go wrong? If this were all that the emotional, sweat-suffused Brazilian film Lower City was about,...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Candy

Candy

It's nice, in a way, to see a film about drug addicts in which, for a time at least, the addicts really seem to be enjoying themselves. So it is for the first segment of...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Iraq in Fragments

Iraq in Fragments

A story of Iraq told in tones both wondrous and horrible, Iraq in Fragments is a stunning portrait of a country trying to pull itself back together after the system shock of the American invasion...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2006

Babel

Babel

The Bible gives us the story of the tower of Babel, the magnificently tall structure whose height was deemed offensive and impertinent by God. To punish humanity for its architectural hubris, God then decided to...

Movie Review posted on 27th October 2006

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