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Freaky Friday (2003)

Freaky Friday (2003)

On the surface, Freaky Friday has all the signs of being awful -- horrible trailer, atrocious poster (Jamie Lee Curtis dressed like a middle-aged Avril Lavigne), and the presence of Mark Harmon. I don't mean...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Splash

Splash

For me, watching Ron Howard's Splash is like paging through an old high school yearbook. Look how young everyone is! Oh, the potential they had! What a great time that was! Most of the major...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2

SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2

There's already talk about SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 being one of the worst movies of all time. I can't make that claim, but it is one of the saddest movies I've ever seen. The concept...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Yes

Yes

Rambling monologues featuring rhyming dialogue. Lead characters named "He" and "She." Camerawork aching to be lauded in Film Comment. A maid serving as a philosophical voice of reason. It's all there in Yes, Sally Potter's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Swimming

Swimming

Lauren Ambrose can do no wrong in coming of age stories. Her naïve charm worked to her advantage in Can't Hardly Wait and it's probably why she's playing a teenager to such raves in the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

All The Pretty Horses

All The Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses reminds me of a bad comedian telling a joke. He begins with an awful set-up and takes forever introducing the characters. If you're lucky, he stumbles into the narrative...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Legend of Johnny Lingo

The Legend of Johnny Lingo

Talk about misleading your audience. I don't know where the filmmakers got the gall to use a title like The Legend of Johnny Lingo. I sat through the movie (a remake of a 1969 film)...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bullitt

Bullitt

For all of the talk about its legendary car chase through the streets of San Francisco -- and it is justified -- Bullitt idles far tool long in the slow lane when it should be...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie

I didn't read Mitch Albom's book, Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent about two jillion years on the bestseller lists. But based on the movie, I can see why so many people bought the book...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville

There's a good reason why Finding Nemo was on my top 10 list for 2003, along with many of my other colleagues. Take away the imagination-bending animation and superb voice work and there's a riveting...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dude, Where's My Car?

Dude, Where's My Car?

I really wanted to like Dude, Where's My Car? After a week of deadlines, dead time, and dead emotions, I needed a goofy movie to revive me.So, imagine my horror as I sat alone...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid

Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid

When I admitted to a friend that I yet to see the original Anaconda, he assured me that it was a hoot. After all, where else can you see Jon Voight eaten by a gigantic...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Man from Elysian Fields

The Man from Elysian Fields

James Coburn is just great in The Man from Elysian Fields, one of his final performances before recently succumbing to a heart attack. As a dying, once-great novelist, the veteran actor displays a combination of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Alien

Alien

The good news: Sigourney Weaver's famous underwear shot, which probably launched millions of now middle-aged men straight into puberty and beyond, has survived Ridley Scott's keen eye in his digitally remastered 2003 director's cut of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Released in 1989, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is one of the reasons why I believe in the summer blockbuster. The movie provides us with unadulterated entertainment for more than two hours, which is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dinner Rush

Dinner Rush

I will say one thing about Bob Giraldi -- he knows how to capture the chaos and motion of a busy restaurant. For that reason, Dinner Rush, which is set at Giraldi's very own...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

They

They

Watching a truly scary movie is a great cure for drowsiness. Your heart thumps a little harder and your eyes get wider as you look for the next threat or listen for the bump in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

Until I saw The Night of the Hunter, it had been a long time since I had gasped while watching a movie. Forget The Others and The Deep End (which veered toward strained dramatics),...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

SCENE: Two guys shooting baskets at a basketball court. The conversation is mundane, until GUY #1 starts talking about movies.GUY #1: I don't know how he doesn't sleep with Famke Janssen in that movie, it's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Alone In The Dark

Alone In The Dark

In October 2003, Uwe Boll directed House of the Dead, easily one of the worst movies I've seen in the last five years. Fewer than two years later, Boll brings us Alone in the Dark,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Everybody's All-American

Everybody's All-American

The most striking thing in Everybody's All-American, aside from the atrocious hair and make-up work in the movie's last 20 minutes, is in how little of the material is noteworthy. The drama covers four decades,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

Movies teach us the power of love. Reality, quickly and without apology, demonstrates its limitations. Rarely does a film show us the flipside, but I Capture the Castle is that special exception.Based on Dodie Smith's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

The best gauge for the success of a kids' movie lies with its audience. Are moms and dads laughing and singing along with their children? How long and frequent are the bathroom breaks?...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Watching Ice Cube in Are We There Yet?, I developed a new admiration for him. He's disarming and affable, and has a mischievous smile that let's us know he's having fun the whole time. But...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Half Baked

Half Baked

Really, how can you hate a movie with a flying dog?The answer you can't. You also can't hate a movie that's as funny and blissfully stupid as Half Baked, the 1998 pot comedy written by...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing's initial success in 1987 was probably a mixture of factors -- Patrick Swayze's anointment as a sensitive hunk, the fact that the movie's sweetness was a change of pace from the loud, expensive...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Last Kiss

The Last Kiss

Watching The Last Kiss is one of the most uncomfortable experiences I've had in a movie theater since I worked at a multiplex and a girl I had a severe crush in high school saw...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Duets

Duets

In Duets, karaoke bars dominate the American Western landscape like Taco Bells and Starbucks. They're in every major city and full of hot, young people swaying while marginally talented participants sing Weather Girls covers.Karaoke...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

L'Auberge Espagnole

L'Auberge Espagnole

A movie like L'Auberge Espagnole should feel like an embrace. You should be pulled into the close-knit environment of seven young, smart, sexy Europeans living together in a Barcelona flat (The title translates to "Euro...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

On the Line

On the Line

Here's a test I use when I review a kid friendly movie like On the Line, starring Lance Bass and Joey Fatone of the teen pop group *Nsync. If I took my young cousin...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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