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The Prince & Me

The Prince & Me

Fun fact about Julia Stiles, teen movie vet: She isn't much good in teen movies. She hit the right notes in 10 Things I Hate About You, playing a caustic outsider, but since then she's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ice Princess

Ice Princess

Michelle Trachtenberg obviously hasn't read the teen star career-progression handbook. It goes: TV series, princess fantasy, teen sex comedy. Trachtenberg managed to skip the middle step on her way from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

May

May

How refreshing, after the mild thrills of movies like Final Destination 2 and Wrong Turn, to watch a horror movie with some inner life. It's easy to describe Lucky McKee's May in terms of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Unleashed

Unleashed

There is nothing that happens in Unleashed that cannot more or less be surmised from the film's trailer, yet the entertainment value of the film's 100 minutes is scarcely diminished. It is a high concept,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Primer

Primer

When I say that Primer requires a second viewing to fully understand it, I don't necessarily mean it as a compliment. This is blasphemy for a low-budget sci-fi head trip like this one. Desperately needing...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

P.S.

P.S.

Dylan Kidd's first film, Roger Dodger, conquered the rarified nation of two-character drama, anchored by Kidd's punchy dialogue and Campbell Scott's commanding lead performance. Kidd's follow-up, P.S., suggests he's not quite ready to expand. Not...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Stateside

Stateside

Stateside is interesting, for awhile, in the way that it fractures and places together pieces of several youth-movie subgenres. We have here, at various points, Rich Kid Makes Good; Opposed Young Love; Gaining Character in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

North By Northwest

North By Northwest

It was with slight disappointment and definite surprise that I found, after years of intending to see it, Hitchcock's North by Northwest coming in just under the top tier of his films. Watching Cary Grant...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

I Heart Huckabees

I Heart Huckabees

In David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees, everyone talks a little bit like they're in a play -- the dialogue is unusually dense and abstract for a film, even an artsy one, even an "existential...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Brother Bear

Brother Bear

Brother Bear is the very Disney tale of a young bear-hating man named Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix) transformed into a bear and embarking on a journey with an orphaned cub. It's beautiful look at,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Aladdin

Aladdin

Disney's version of Aladdin and his magic lamp is one of its best animated features -- or features, period -- with terrific songs and gorgeous colors, thrilling action sequences and big laughs. It doesn't have...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spaceballs

Spaceballs

True story: Before I turned 18, I had seen Spaceballs far more times than I had seen Star Wars. Since then, innate geekiness caught up with me and Star Wars eclipsed it. But when I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Thing About My Folks

The Thing About My Folks

The Thing About My Folks is a low-budget labor of love for star Paul Reiser, and both halves of that equation show: Its depiction of a late-in-life father-son relationship is prickly and heartfelt, and it...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Robot Stories

Robot Stories

Greg Pak's Robot Stories belongs to that rarest of subgenres, indie science fiction. For that alone, I give it some credit; an indie sci-fi fan cannot subsist on Donnie Darko alone. This brief, spirited anthology...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Junebug

Junebug

Phil Morrison's Junebug is about a Chicago man returning home to North Carolina, where he introduces his new wife to his family. Curious, then, that the man occupies so little of the film. When the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Fighting Temptations

The Fighting Temptations

In the gospel musical-comedy The Fighting Temptations, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a reluctant choir director. When he inevitably rises to the task, though, he doesn't really direct the choir so much as spazz along in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mulan

Mulan

In the rush to contrast the early-nineties Disney golden age (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King) with the current crop of underperformers (Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Home on the Range) that have resulted...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Honey

Honey

Honey tries to apply for membership in at least three cliché-ridden subgenres: the nonmusical dance musical (complete with putting on a benefit show), the rise-and-fall-and-rise showbiz story, and the urban issues drama. The result is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Eulogy

Eulogy

Michael Clancy's Eulogy is sort of a sitcom version of The Royal Tenenbaums, with its estranged family united by a dying (well, in this case, dead) patriarch who no one particularly likes (played here, briefly,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Intermission

Intermission

Intermission, a gritty ensemble comedy about a bunch of gritty Irish folk, bears some resemblance to late-nineties indie crimedies like Trainspotting, Go, and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, and fans of those movies should...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sideways

Sideways

Miles (Paul Giamatti) is the most self-aware lead character yet in an Alexander Payne film, so of course he's despondent. Payne's previous films specialize in characters grappling with self-delusion, like retiree Warren Schmidt of About...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

When Will I Be Loved

When Will I Be Loved

Neve Campbell's performance as Vera, a poor scheming rich girl, in When Will I Be Loved is probably her best ever. The shock of watching her isn't that Campbell does anything particularly different with her...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Along Came Polly

Along Came Polly

Maybe Ben Stiller should take a break. Not a big one. Just a little breather. Along Came Polly is the first of his four 2004 releases, and it feels like a project coasted through between...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Airplane!

Airplane!

If Airplane! isn't the funniest English-language movie ever made, it could at least get into some spirited comedy fisticuffs with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Fish Called Wanda, or Wayne's World for the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Seeing Other People

Seeing Other People

Wallace Wolodarsky's Seeing Other People is a comedy that's supposed to be about how sexual temptation can really screw up a relationship, but it's more illustrative of how a relationship can really screw up a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

The funny thing about the Friday the 13th movies is how much energy they expend just to run in place. This series sets the standard for low horror-movie learning curves - not just in the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Where the Truth Lies

Where the Truth Lies

Where the Truth Lies casts such a uniquely seductive spell that it takes a good long while before you figure out that it's not, for the most part, very good. The film is a mystery,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Machinist

The Machinist

Christian Bale lost 60 pounds for his role as an insomniac factory worker in The Machinist. In a profession where the transformation du jour has traditionally been weight gain, this an impressive physical stunt --...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Animation Show

The Animation Show

Animation fans in need of a pick-me-up in the wake of Sinbad's flop (and the subsequent return of small-minded chatter about non-computer animation being "dead") should check the web for the nearest showing of The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Boogeyman

Boogeyman

I am sad to report that Boogeyman is not another biopic. It's not even clear whether this tame bit of horror shlock is about the Boogeyman or simply a Boogeyman. The film's credits list him...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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