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Rebound

Rebound

This summer will have no fewer than three movies featuring a band of misfit kids playing sports. Not that there's anything wrong with that. If people had a problem with Hollywood repeating the same thing,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Breakin' All The Rules

Breakin' All The Rules

Breakin' All the Rules is about stupid people with problems, meaning what would take you and me five minutes to resolve takes these characters 85 excruciating minutes. The only thing the movie breaks is your...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Goodbye, Columbus

Goodbye, Columbus

There have been more than a few movies made about young adults at an impasse: The Graduate, Walking and Talking, and The Brothers McMullen quickly come to mind. Nobody ever talks about the underrated Goodbye,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Johnson Family Vacation

Johnson Family Vacation

Johnson Family Vacation captures the experience of a road trip very well: the long stretches of boredom, the frustration that nothing exciting is up ahead, the failure to get comfortable. I somehow don't think that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Die Hard

Die Hard

If I were teaching a film class at a college (a shuddering prospect, I know), Die Hard would be studied the way Citizen Kane and Potemkin are. It's a perfect action movie in every...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Halloween: Resurrection

Halloween: Resurrection

About halfway through Halloween: Resurrection my cell phone fell out of my pocket and onto the theater floor. The five seconds I spent blindly groping the sticky surface before deciding to resume my search...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Swing Shift

Swing Shift

Do the people who write the back of video boxes and DVD cases watch the movies they profile? Looking at the video box of my old copy of Swing Shift, the 1984 drama about life...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Boat Trip

Boat Trip

Directors, screenwriters, and everyone else involved in making a movie have a singular task: make an audience believe in the world onscreen. I'll forgive a lot in a movie, if the characters and their conflicts...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Lucia, Lucia

Lucia, Lucia

How does an attention-grabber like Lucia, Lucia get a finale so dull, that it actually taints the entire movie? For about 90 minutes, the movie grabs you by the shirt collar with a plot ripe...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dear Frankie

Dear Frankie

Dear Frankie is a good movie stuck inside of a great story. Frankie is a nine-year-old boy (Jack McElhone) with one great joy in his life: corresponding with his father, a naval petty officer. The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Punisher (2004)

The Punisher (2004)

Over the course of two hours, the Punisher, Marvel Comics' black-clad antihero (played by Thomas Jane -- now rebranded as "Tom Jane") kills more people than cardiovascular disease. Bad guys get their head split in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

An Evening With Kevin Smith

An Evening With Kevin Smith

Some people think he helped make independent movies relevant again. Others firmly believe that mentioning his name among the likes of Tarantino, Linklater, and Soderbergh is akin to sacrilege. Don't even ask those same people...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Mystic Masseur

The Mystic Masseur

Film critics are expected to give eloquent answers as to whether a movie is good, bad or average. With The Mystic Masseur, I found myself too bored to initially think of anything useful....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mr. 3000

Mr. 3000

Anyone who doesn't believe that the script is the foundation of a movie should check out Mr. 3000. Bernie Mac, in his first starring role, all golf ball eyes and raspy charisma, is stuck with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds

Kids who are relatively new to movies and unfamiliar with cynicism will love Thunderbirds, Jonathan Frakes' live-action take on the cult 1960s puppets and rockets show. Kids are bound to love the fast pace and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Read My Lips

Read My Lips

In my notes for the acclaimed French romantic thriller Read My Lips, the word "endless" is scribbled twice on separate pages, and underlined each time for emphasis. The movie's weakness is not in its...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Damn Yankees!

Damn Yankees!

I like baseball. I love movies, especially musicals. I figured that Damn Yankees! would be my movie version of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. It was more like combining chocolate and a pound of seasoned ground...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

From Justin to Kelly

From Justin to Kelly

Watching From Justin to Kelly, one question looms over the entire production: Why was this movie made? The popularity of American Idol lies in the fact that viewers can select their own pop prince or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Saving Face

Saving Face

Because it's playing in the art house circuit and most of the dialogue is Chinese, Saving Face isn't going to make a dime. Too bad: It's a pleasant romantic comedy (produced by Will Smith) with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pinocchio (2002)

Pinocchio (2002)

It's been about 20 years and some 130 pounds since I saw Disney's cartoon version of Pinocchio (based on Carlo Collodi's book). Though much has happened in that time, I remember adoring that movie. I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Running Man

The Running Man

Game/reality shows have already entered the realm of the grotesque with people eating cow stomachs on Fear Factor, getting verbally castrated by Simon Cowell and company on American Idol, and tolerating Donald Trump's presence on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Madagascar

Madagascar

It's a testament to how great animated filmmaking has become that Madagascar is just a pretty good movie. If it had been released in 1995, audiences would have been stunned at the animation, the storyline,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Mother

The Mother

I feel as if I've seen The Mother at least five times since 2001. A woman, ranging in age from 40 to 70, discovers that her life, for lack of a better word, sucks. Through...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

As I walked into the theater showing Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, it seemed as if a thousand kids were talking all at once, led by one particular youngster who had the authoritative rasp...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

The plot in Winter Solstice is more of a subplot, never mind a feature length movie. And that's one of the many problems in writer/director Josh Sternfeld's sluggish account of a New Jersey family under...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fade To Black

Fade To Black

Throughout Jay-Z's Fade to Black, the rap superstar talks about the importance of making his final album great, and about how big his November 2003 concert at Madison Square Garden needs to be. Both are...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sleeping with the Enemy

Sleeping with the Enemy

Sleeping with the Enemy made over $100 million in 1991, and you can bet every penny came from the presence of Julia Roberts. This was when she was truly America's sweetheart thanks to that smile,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Crying Game

The Crying Game

Years ago on David Spade's "Hollywood Minute" segment on Saturday Night Live, the comedian offered his take on The Crying Game's big secret. "Sssh," he said. "It's overrated." Sarcasm aside, I have to agree with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Against The Ropes

Against The Ropes

It's pretty rare that a movie's title describes the experience of viewing it. Against the Ropes is that uncommon example: You're on the losing end from the opening bell.Scheduled to open last year, Against the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things arrives at an ideal time. Focusing on a group of twentysomething socialites having a frolicking good time in 1930s London, while the press hungers for every detail, it capitalizes on the current...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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