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Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

If one had to find a problem with teenage underdog movies, one of the most prominent ones would have to be that they always seem to want audiences to feel sympathy for the plight of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Heights

Heights

Since the modern cinema could easily be said to have a chronic Glenn Close deficiency, it seemed just peachy when the 24-hours-in-some-New-Yorkers'-lives flick Heights opened with a good dose of the lady herself, only to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Imaginary Heroes

Imaginary Heroes

Considering that Imaginary Heroes starts off with a teenager's suicide and then follows what happens to his family in the following year, it's a surprisingly energetic film that refuses to send its characters through either...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Sound Of Thunder

A Sound Of Thunder

The best thing that can be said for the embarrassing A Sound of Thunder is that at least it presupposes an audience whose belief in evolution is ironclad, sadly a minor triumph in these increasingly...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Night and the City

Night and the City

"The night is tonight. The city is London," says the narrator, and you couldn't really ask for a better beginning. Like many a film noir, Night and the City opens on, yes, nighttime in the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Short Cuts

Short Cuts

While one could argue that Robert Altman's 1993 film Short Cuts was simply an updating of his 1975 classic Nashville, with a much higher quotient of star power and slightly more prurient subject matter -...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Hebrew Hammer

The Hebrew Hammer

It's the curse of the great-pitch movie: They can never live up to the premise. And the funny but sloppy The Hebrew Hammer has a premise to kill for. Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Great Raid

The Great Raid

Sometimes you can have the best story a filmmaker could ask for, a giant pile of money and all the best intentions, only to end up with what is ultimately a sub-par piece of work....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

At one point during Michael Winterbottom's shambolically hilarious Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, a film about trying to film the legendarily unfilmmable 18th century novel, Steve Coogan says to a reporter that the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Games People Play

Games People Play

A reality TV show (of sorts) for those who don't watch reality TV but would still prefer to feel above it all, Games People Play bills itself as the pilot episode of "America's most uninhibited...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Thumbsucker

Thumbsucker

For once, the film's title is hardly a coy allusion or abstract metaphor - Thumbsucker is a movie about, yes, a thumbsucker. More specifically, he's a 17-year-old thumbsucker, a fact that hardly endears him to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Caché

Caché

A low-rent setup for two penthouse-level thespians, Michael Haneke's Caché is somehow rigorous yet formless, absolutely exacting in its procedure, yet seemingly bereft of intent and meaning, scrupulously acted for not much reason at all....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

It's difficult to explain the draw that Sixteen Candles still exerts almost two decades after its original release - and next to impossible if you're talking to someone who wasn't in high school at some...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Saved!

Saved!

Saved! is just the cutest little Christian comedy, simply the sweetest wee satire you'll ever see - but this is a sugar cookie leaking arsenic. Seemingly just another teen movie, Saved! goes into cinematically uncharted...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

MirrorMask

MirrorMask

If the 1980s Bowie/puppet fantasy campfest Labyrinth had been redone by British Dali fetishists with a deep love of The Wizard of Oz, the result might have been something like the ambitious but flawed MirrorMask....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot

Even though it's probably not going to convince many people already opposed to gay marriage to come out and support it, Tying the Knot will at least make them feel guilty about their bigotry. Director...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Weird Science

Weird Science

Like something dug out of the back of John Hughes's closet, among all the back issues of Amazing Tales, Playboy, and Mad - adolescent fantasy writ large and kind of creepy. It shouldn't be forgotten,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Having never watched the Cowboy Bebop anime series, I have to say I was a little disappointed to see little in the way of either cowboys or dancing in the feature of the same name...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale

One feels pretty easy predicting at the start of Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale - after a scene in which a family of four plays tennis and the father keeps hitting the ball...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Woodsman

The Woodsman

For sheer guts alone, one has to applaud the makers of The Woodsman, who must have suffered ear damage from all the doors slamming in their faces when they went around trying to get the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Le Divorce

Le Divorce

Two American blondes discover the joys of Paris - love, heartache, and wearing scarves in a multitude of ways. The blondes are the Walker sisters of California, Roxy (Naomi Watts) and Isabel (Kate Hudson). As...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Broadway: The Golden Age, By The Legends Who Were There

Broadway: The Golden Age, By The Legends Who Were There

Self-indulgent to a fault and brusquely shoved together without much of a sense of rhythm, Broadway: The Golden Age is on the surface the five-year-long quest by filmmaker Rick McKay (Elaine Stritch at Liberty) to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Singing Detective

The Singing Detective

"I'm a prisoner inside my own skin." So says Dan Dark (Robert Downey Jr), hack novelist and lifelong sufferer of psoriatic arthropathy, a horrific disease that has left him with barely functioning limbs and an...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Marci X

Marci X

Better than having your wisdom teeth removed, sans anesthesia, and worse than just about anything that doesn't involve actual physical violence being done to your person, Marci X is a supposed comedy that starts out...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby

Screwball comedy is, in some sense, the most difficult of all types of comedy. Unlike physical comedy and straight farce, there's no real safety net, if the audience just doesn't follow or care about all...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Good Night, and Good Luck

Good Night, and Good Luck

One doesn't need much more of a reason to go to the movies than this: Edward R. Murrow taking on Senator Joe McCarthy (at the height of his power), crisp black-and-white cinematography, the clink of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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