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The Inner Life of Martin Frost

The Inner Life of Martin Frost

The work of Paul Auster can be an acquired taste, but his Inner Life of Martin Frost is so sweet and harmless that even the most jaded of moviegoers ought to find it a breezy...

Movie Review posted on 22nd May 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The great thing about the movies is that our heroes never age. We can keep going back to Chaplin, Newman, or Hepburn (either one), and with the exception of some dated slang, they remain as...

Movie Review posted on 22nd May 2008

Paddle to the Sea

Paddle to the Sea

Those looking for simplicity and elegance in children's films need search no further than Paddle to the Sea, Bill Mason's 1966 short film (based on the children's book of the same name) about a toy...

Movie Review posted on 19th May 2008

Forgiving the Franklins

Forgiving the Franklins

The Franklins are your heavy-duty holy rollers. Grace before dinner. Church every Sunday. Deep concerns over having edible flowers on the cake for the church bake sale for fear of offending someone in the congregation.A...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2008

Deception (1946)

Deception (1946)

Three big stars (or rather, two big stars and Paul Henreid) can't overact their way out of this mess, a noirish tale about musicians and egomania that's long on talk and short on substance....

Movie Review posted on 5th May 2008

12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

Who would have thought that a movie which almost entirely takes place in one room, consists of 12 men who do nothing but talk -- and who don't even have names -- would be such...

Movie Review posted on 1st May 2008

Impulse

Impulse

Self-obsessed pop star and Dancing with the Stars also-ran Willa Ford makes her debut star turn (not counting the title role in Anna Nicole, I mean... how could you?) in Impulse. What must be a...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2008

Diabolically Yours

Diabolically Yours

The definitive highlight of Lions Gate's Alain Delon five-film box set, Diabolically Yours offers a captivating, early example of the psychological thriller. It's a direct ancestor of just about every puzzler that involves mistaken identy...

Movie Review posted on 21st April 2008

Antonio Gaudí

Antonio Gaudí

Antonio Gaudí was a Spanish artist and architect who worked throughout Spain (most famously in Barcelona) through the late 1800s before falling into financial ruin and abandoning his career. He focused on what would be...

Movie Review posted on 7th April 2008

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains

Quick. Think about ex-President Jimmy Carter. What comes to mind. Peanuts. Georgia. Energy crisis. Bad '70s fashion, maybe? The Iran hostage crisis. Crazy inflation? Maybe his recent work with Habitat for Humanity? Even his Nobel...

Movie Review posted on 2nd April 2008

101 Dalmatians (1996)

101 Dalmatians (1996)

Well, another new Disney movie is coming out and with it comes the theaters packed with screaming babies, very restless kids kicking your seat, and throngs of grownups providing running commentary of everything on the...

Movie Review posted on 31st March 2008

101 Dalmatians (1961)

101 Dalmatians (1961)

She may not be subtle, but Cruella De Vil is without doubt one of animation's greatest villains. How bad is she? So bad she's looking to kidnap a load of Dalmatian puppies (101 of them...

Movie Review posted on 31st March 2008

The Bubble

The Bubble

The "bubble" in the title of The Bubble refers to the carefree world in which hip young Israelis who hate politics choose to live, disconnected from all the epic historical drama taking place all around...

Movie Review posted on 25th March 2008

...and Justice For All.

...and Justice For All.

Sorry to break it to you, but the line "The whole system's out of order!" does not appear in ...And Justice for All., Norman Jewison's send-up of the American legal system and one of the...

Movie Review posted on 22nd March 2008

Blue State

Blue State

I would imagine that even deep in the heart of Texas, everyone knows somebody like John (Breckin Meyer), the character at the center of Blue State. You remember this guy: He swore in 2004 that...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2008

Spiral

Spiral

Wow, a psychological thriller that's not based on the Japanese horror movie of the same name? Impossible!While Spiral may not be the most enthralling film ever made, it isn't a bad example of a creeper,...

Movie Review posted on 15th March 2008

Chaos (2005)

Chaos (2005)

Though it ended up going straight to DVD in the U.S. (after earning a total of about $1 million in France), Chaos surprises by opening with a real bang. Might something good actually come of...

Movie Review posted on 14th March 2008

Catacombs

Catacombs

Here's what happens in Catacombs. Shannyn Sossamon plays Victoria, who arrives in Paris to hook up with her bratty sister Carolyn (marking inauspiciously Pink's speaking-role acting debut). After setting her down with some friends who...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2008

In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

Forty years on, In the Heat of the Night is still a movie with an importance that resonates. There aren't many movies that are turned into TV series twenty years after they premiere, after all:...

Movie Review posted on 29th February 2008

Blonde Ambition

Blonde Ambition

Earlier this year, Blonde Ambition made record-breaking headlines. Not for anything good, mind you, but for its opening day box office. One source said the movie logged a whopping 48 paying customers on Friday, earning...

Movie Review posted on 15th February 2008

Suburban Girl

Suburban Girl

I'll be honest. The only reason I am bothering to write this review is to complain: Why would you take a pretty cool title like The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing and sub in...

Movie Review posted on 14th February 2008

Moving McAllister

Moving McAllister

Has there ever been a road trip in the history of movies that didn't culminate in some form of crazy hijinks, becoming completely derailed before ending with at least one pair of people falling in...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2008

Sex and Breakfast

Sex and Breakfast

Yes, I know he's 28 years old now, but I'm just still not ready to accept Macaulay Culkin as a sexual being, much less deal with him as the star of a sex drama like...

Movie Review posted on 3rd February 2008

My So-Called Life: The Complete Series

My So-Called Life: The Complete Series

Few television shows have had such a short life while having such a major impact on the entertainment landscape as My So-Called Life.The brainchild of Thirtysomething mavens Marshall Herskovitz and Winnie Holzman, the show aimed...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2008

Quantum Hoops

Quantum Hoops

Everyone loves an underdog, but this is ridiculous!Cal Tech is one of the elite academic schools in the country, if not the world, and as is usually the case in such institutes of higher learning,...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2008

Dear Pillow

Dear Pillow

An increasingly frustrated virgin only weeks before his 18th birthday, Wes (Rusty Kelley) is desperate for contact, to the point where he eavesdrops on his neighbor Lorna's (Viviane Vives) tawdry cordless-phone conversations, imagining raunchy scenarios...

Movie Review posted on 27th January 2008

Czech Dream

Czech Dream

Does a film project mean anything goes? There's a certain mindset that holds, when you speak from behind a camera, presumption and questionable taste translates into audaciousness and originality. Two film students' thesis project at...

Movie Review posted on 27th January 2008

Wedding Daze

Wedding Daze

I've come across some absurd premises for movies in my day, but Wedding Daze (now bearing its third title) has to be one of the strangest.Here's the setup: Hopeless romantic/loser Anderson (Jason Biggs, playing his...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2008

Perception

Perception

In too good of a mood today? Park yourself in front of Perception for 104 minutes and you'll be drinking yourself to sleep come nightfall.As melodrama goes, Perception is filled to the absolute brim with...

Movie Review posted on 20th January 2008

Erik The Viking

Erik The Viking

First things first: Terry Jones' Erik the Viking is not a Monty Python film. In fact, only two Pythons appear in it at all.The film is based on Jones' own children's stories, about vikings living...

Movie Review posted on 7th January 2008

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