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Life as a House

Life as a House

The good news for George, a middle-aged, washed up architect, is that an enormous life change has motivated him to connect with his horrible teenage son and build a house by the ocean. The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come

When LL Cool J stars in a movie with a title like Kingdom Come, you expect to see car chases, stuff getting blown up, that sort of thing. Instead, we get a fairly average,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá También

When a film opens with a handheld shot of two teens humping under a Harold and Maude poster, one can assume the movie is different. Y Tu Mamá También is certainly that - an...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pom Poko

Pom Poko

As an ambitious morality tale, the Japanese animated film Pom Poko is certainly worthy of a solid recommendation. As a family-friendly film, this story of angry raccoons saving their land from destruction has a problem....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

If you thought the only real place for gravity-defying fight scenes was The Matrix, think again. One of today's most diverse directors, Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm), has not only found...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ghost World

Ghost World

It's been seven years since director Terry Zwigoff impressed moviegoers with his documentary Crumb, an uncomfortable look at pop comic artist R. Crumb and his disturbing, grotesque, dysfunctional family. Zwigoff's ability to make viewers...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

13 Conversations About One Thing

13 Conversations About One Thing

With a title as curious as 13 Conversations About One Thing, most moviegoers probably want to know what the "thing" is before plunking down their bucks to see the movie. Well, that "thing" appears...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest

The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest

It's the middle of the dot-com mega boom. Two bright-eyed twenty-somethings drive luxury sports cars down the Silicon Valley freeways, chatting on cell phones about money and meetings. Here's the gag: they're actually in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Enemy At The Gates

Enemy At The Gates

It's Stalingrad, late 1942. A young Russian sharpshooter is picking off Germans at will, bringing a much-needed lift to a demoralized Soviet army. The impatient Nazis send their top sniper to kill the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Spanglish

Spanglish

In the world of James L. Brooks' Spanglish, the human act of communication is in a shambles. A deteriorating American family, presented with a pleasant sadness, moves through each day short on personal fulfillment and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cinderella

Cinderella

She talks to birds, lives in a secluded room, and makes little outfits for mice. What a wacko.Nah, just kidding. We're talking about Cinderella, one of history's most beloved fairy tale characters, and an early...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Consider a parallel world at the dawn of the new millennium. Unemployment is rampant, national morale is low and the country's youth are unruly and dangerous. The government's solution: Banish one school class...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Me & Isaac Newton

Me & Isaac Newton

Michael Apted, master of the forward-thinking 7 Up series (42 Up has just been released on video), now offers up a documentary about ambitious people like himself. Really ambitious people.Apted's Me & Isaac Newton...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Talk Radio

Talk Radio

Two powder kegs of angry energy -- director Oliver Stone and actor/writer Eric Bogosian -- joined together in 1988 for this character study set during the late '80s media explosion, a combustible drama about a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

John Q

John Q

It's tough to imagine a movie star of Denzel Washington's stature making a credible beleaguered everyman, but Washington does it in John Q. Unlike, say, Cary Grant, who always looked like the sharpest looking...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Just Visiting

Just Visiting

In 1993, director Jean-Marie Poiré created a small comedy sensation about two 12th century Frenchmen (played by Jean Reno and popular French comic actor Christian Clavier) who are mistakenly transported to the modern world....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Domestic Disturbance

Domestic Disturbance

You would think it'd be a sure bet that a drama with the title Domestic Disturbance would at least be better than its laughable name. But frankly, Domestic Disturbance may as well be called...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The New Guy (2002)

The New Guy (2002)

When the screenwriter responsible for one of the worst movies of one year directs an equally miserable film the following year, you'd have a hard time believing it was just coincidence. But Ed Decter,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

Although its title sounds new age goofy, The Mothman Prophecies most certainly is not. It's an intelligent, tense thriller of the unexplained, a film for anyone who thinks the X Files movie comes up...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Passion of Mind

Passion of Mind

French director Alain Berliner stepped briefly into the limelight a couple of years ago with the impressive Ma Vie en Rose, a colorful look at a young boy who thinks he's a girl. Just...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cry Funny Happy

Cry Funny Happy

For his feature debut, director Sam Neave takes the filmmaking approach of Mike Leigh, peppers it with a dash of John Cassavetes, mixes in six characters of varying tics and troubles, and gets a boiling...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

The now-classic video game Tomb Raider is a geek boy's dream -- a hot heroine with Barbie-like measurements goes on adventures and kicks ass. The film adaptation, starring the buxom and bored Angelina Jolie,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Beijing Bicycle

Beijing Bicycle

In 1948, director Vittorio De Sica made The Bicycle Thief, the quintessential blueprint of neorealism, a drama widely considered one of the greatest films ever produced. It was shot in the streets of Italy...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

There once was a time in movie history when party-hardy kids would head into the woods and get their heads bashed in by some masked psycho. Ah, the good old days. Writer/director Eli Roth remembers...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Masked & Anonymous

Masked & Anonymous

Masked & Anonymous, as a title, comes across as a vague, artsy moniker as inaccessible as the film it represents. But look closer at the name of this movie about revolution and despair, and you'll...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Simone

Simone

It might sound contrived to say that a film about a computer-generated movie star is a little flat but... well, there it is. It's the unfortunate truth about writer/director Andrew Niccol's Simone, an Al...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wall Street

Wall Street

Since the initial release of Wall Street, Oliver Stone's giant-sized 1987 fable, it's been said a million times: Greed Is Good. With those three words, Michael Douglas, as uber-corporate raider Gordon Gekko, defined the tone...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Don't let Miranda July's background as a performance artist scare you away from her first feature, the offbeat, totally winning Me and You and Everyone We Know. July, who also stars in the film, combines...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Boys And Girls

Boys And Girls

Boys and Girls plays like a college version of When Harry Met Sally..., with just as much fun and fewer contrivances. Here, the key couple is Ryan and Jennifer, who meet by chance on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Olive, the Other Reindeer

Olive, the Other Reindeer

One of the best-ever names for a holiday special (sure as hell beats Frosty Returns) hits home video a year after its TV premiere, in this animated production from Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Based...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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