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Firewall

Firewall

There is now practically a subgenre of films in which the protagonist's family is kidnapped and the bad guys use that leverage to get him or her to perform some misdeed. Nick of Time, Hostage,...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang Lee, is that it's about gay cowboys. Truthfully, that's all the novelty it has to offer. Just the thought of...

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2005

Shark Tale

Shark Tale

It would be really interesting to see what an R-rated version of Shark Tale might encompass. All the mafia-related gags might hold more punch. The subplot, involving one shark's disappointment in his son, might reveal...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Domino

Domino

The opening text of Domino informs the viewer that the film is based on a true story "sort of." It should also inform the viewer that it makes sense, entertains, and maintains focus on its...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Azumi

Azumi

When underground director Ryuhei Kitamura announced that he'd be making Azumi, his first film inside the Japanese studio system after a successful run of independent films (Versus, Aragami), fans may have had just cause to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Crónicas

Crónicas

In the late '70s and early '80s, one man is believed to have slaughtered over 300 little girls. Pedro Alonso Lopez, the "Monster of the Andes," holds the ignoble title of being the worst serial...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lightning Bug

Lightning Bug

Lightning Bug is one of those rare films that actually gets better as it goes along. It starts out as a run-of-the-mill coming of age story, but eventually finds the idiosyncrasies that separate it from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Shrek 2

Shrek 2

When Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) pulls off his helmet to reveal a hairnet in the first minute of Shrek 2, it's clear the sequel intends to match the wit and style of its predecessor. Fortunately...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mean Girls

Mean Girls

When I was in high school, I didn't have many friends. Instead, I analyzed the cliques from a distance. I even created a little chart showing where everyone sat in the cafeteria. Seeing a similar...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bride & Prejudice

Bride & Prejudice

What do you get when you mix a Bollywood musical with a Jane Austen classic? I'm not sure, but if you take a pretty generic romantic comedy and throw in some musical numbers, you'll get...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Super Size Me

Super Size Me

In the documentary Super Size Me, director Morgan Spurlock takes what seems like a fraternity hazing stunt and turns it into an astute statement about the shape of the Union. For thirty days he agrees...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Legend of Evil Lake

The Legend of Evil Lake

You'll be hard-pressed to find a sub-genre nuttier than the Hong Kong supernatural action flick. Typically a blend of swordplay, demons, period intrigue and unexplained powers, this breed of chop-socky can usually be counted on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Layer Cake

Layer Cake

Matthew Vaughan, producer behind the entire Guy Ritchie oeuvre (Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and... er... Swept Away), makes his directorial debut with Layer Cake, another tale from the British criminal underworld that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Anchorman

Anchorman

The full title of this film, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, is a sly reference to the documentary Pornstar: The Legend of Ron Jeremy and might indicate a subtle referential humor on the filmmakers'...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Murderball

Murderball

Another title for Murderball might have been Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Quadriplegics... But Were Afraid to Ask. From the opening scene, showing athlete Mark Zupan changing out of his regular pants into...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Envy (2004)

Envy (2004)

The last half hour of Saturday Night Live is inevitably a wasteland. Talented comedians are given Z grade material that goes nowhere. Imagine if the entire show were that dismal. That, in a nutshell, is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Red Eye

Red Eye

Horror director Wes Craven has had his share of hits and misses. His strongest work encompasses the iconic (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and the ironic (Scream). His weakest outings give the genre a bad...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lonesome Jim

Lonesome Jim

If you were to saddle Garden State with a far less likeable lead and set it in Indiana, you might end up with this small gem, the latest from actor-cum-director Steve Buscemi. The Lonesome Jim...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Otaku Unite!

Otaku Unite!

Otaku Unite! follows the story of anime fandom in the U.S. from its subculture roots to a growing mainstream presence. Director Eric Bresler deftly culls opinions and facts from some of the foremost names in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Collateral

Collateral

There are two kinds of roller coasters. The most modern kind uses maglev technology to take you from 0 to 100mph in a matter of seconds. The old-school kind slowly creeps you up an incline...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Sugarland Express

The Sugarland Express

Somewhere between unleashing the homicidal tanker of Duel on television audiences and the man-eating shark of Jaws on moviegoers, a young Steven Spielberg found the time to spin a far more human yarn in his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Stander

Stander

Johannesburg. The late '70s. Nelson Mandela is still in jail. Cries of "Amandla!" ("Freedom!") still ring from protesters. White police still put down these riots with brutality. Andre Stander (Thomas Jane) is an appalled police...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Agronomist

The Agronomist

The Agronomist, a documentary from director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), works for the same reason his previous non-fiction cinema (Stop Making Sense, Cousin Bobby) does. He picks an interesting subject, and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kagemusha

Kagemusha

Before the epic rancor of Ran, Akira Kurosawa told a more intimate, but no less tragic story with Kagemusha. Also set in feudal Japan, but based on real events, the film tells the tale of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls

My friends and I get together once a year to watch cheesy movies and eat cheesy food on a holiday we've predictably dubbed "Cheese Day." Over the course of ten years we've ingested some of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

When Shane Black wrote the screenplay for 1996's The Long Kiss Goodnight, he broke his own record as the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood. Then, just as suddenly as he had burst onto the scene...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

To End All Wars

To End All Wars

If you were to take all of the movie clichés from every prisoner of war film since 1937's The Grand Illusion and string them together, you'd get a film slightly better than 2001's To End...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

In 1994 an attempted genocide in Rwanda left over 1 million dead. The response of the international community was tepid, at best. The response of one hotel manager, however, was heroic. Hotel Rwanda tells his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

My Summer of Love

My Summer of Love

Though My Summer of Love may seem like the title of either a junior high school report or a Sixties memoir, it is, in fact, the latest from acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort). Regardless,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mad Hot Ballroom

Mad Hot Ballroom

The children-in-competition documentary is beginning to have enough examples to deserve its own genre. From Hoop Dreams to Spellbound, documentary filmmakers seem obsessed with the drive, determination, and borderline abuse that surrounds these kids and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

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Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

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