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The Pacifier

The Pacifier

Just the fact that The Pacifier elicits chuckles means it's a huge success. The formula of a tough guy in a kiddie environment has been done before, notably with Hulk Hogan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Let's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

Ah, baseball. The mere mention of America's pastime brings forth images of fresh grass, sunny days, endless labor disputes and another round of steroid controversy.If you're tired of the ugliness surrounding the summer sport, or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

Someone should tell Julianne Moore that this isn't how box office careers are made. If you want to play the same character over and over, have it be a model the multiplex masses can warm...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sleepover

Sleepover

A most pleasant surprise, Sleepover is reminiscent of last year's hit Freaky Friday, an unabashedly goofy kids' movie with good intentions that adults will enjoy more than they have any right to.Julie (Alexa Vega from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Look at Me

Look at Me

Maybe in Europe, whining is looked upon as an art form. Three years ago, the Italian movie, The Last Kiss -- a precursor to Garden State -- was released in the U.S. It bitched and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Raising Victor Vargas

Raising Victor Vargas

To watch most movies featuring teenagers, you would assume that sex is as simple a function of breathing. In goes seduction and confidence... and out comes a liaison. The most refreshing aspect in Peter Sollett's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Undiscovered

Undiscovered

Watch enough movies and after a while you learn a few things. Here's one important lesson: When the number of ushers assigned to a theater showing a movie is greater than the number of people...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tupac: Resurrection

Tupac: Resurrection

It's easy to forget that Tupac Shakur was just 25 when he was gunned down at a Las Vegas intersection in September 1996. In such a brief period of time, he lived a full life:...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

Anne Hathaway is a gorgeous, young woman with a gentle screen charisma. It's hard to believe she will turn 19 this fall; she looks and presents herself like a woman who knows all the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Paparazzi

Paparazzi

ATTENTION ASPIRING FILMMAKERS!!Forget what those how-to screenplay books advise. The key to getting a screenplay sold is to find a pet peeve of Hollywood celebrities, and write a script where they get revenge on those...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Focus

Focus

Any movie starring William H. Macy, Laura Dern, and David Paymer is going to be good, even if the three were working from an old sitcom pilot. And you throw Arthur Miller into the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bread And Tulips

Bread And Tulips

An unhappy Italian housewife, a lonely waiter, a goofy masseuse, lots of love, and gorgeous scenery all come together in Bread and Tulips, which proves charming despite its covering of predictable, well-worn material.The story concerns...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Raising Helen

Raising Helen

The poster for Raising Helen features Kate Hudson, in a pose suited for a bearskin rug, sporting shorts shorter than the Hulk's temper and fuzzy boots last seen at the hottest strip joint in Anchorage....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Klute

Klute

If you want proof at how a great cinematographer can make an average movie better, rent Klute, the 1971 mystery starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Nobody utilizes the dark better than Gordon Willis....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Soul Survivors

Soul Survivors

In my opinion, a movie reviewer's most important task is to offer an explanation for his opinion. But with Soul Survivors, I'm so full of critical rage that this review is liable to turn...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Piglet's Big Movie

Piglet's Big Movie

It's hard to believe that Piglet's Big Movie has made any money over the last two weeks. In an era were kids are used to fancy animation and lots of eye-twitching excitement, this latest entry...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rescue Heroes: The Movie

Rescue Heroes: The Movie

Reviewing Rescue Heroes: The Movie is a lot like eating a grilled cheese sandwich. It was satisfying, maybe even a little tasty, but two days from now I'm not going to remember it. This is...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Others

The Others

The Others has a great ending -- one that will be spoofed in Scary Movie 4 and referred to in Entertainment Weekly for years to come. It's the reason why people will rush to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

There are a few things I don't understand: physics, women, and how Seven Brides for Seven Brothers gets excluded from the American Film Institute's 100 greatest movies of all time. Quite frankly, I'm bound to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played

You learn several facts about golf in Bill Paxton's adaptation of The Greatest Game Ever Played, including that the sport was once so dominated by social standing that family background played as big a role...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Innocence

Innocence

The most amazing thing about Paul Cox's Innocence is how unlike a movie it is. I mean that as the highest compliment. If most studios were to profile an elderly couple who rekindle...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

When I heard that Al Pacino was playing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, part of me was extremely skeptical. I was fearful he would bellow every other word ("If YOU prick US!"), which has...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Never Die Alone

Never Die Alone

A movie is bad when you feel sorry for the actors onscreen. A movie is absolutely terrible when one of the actors you empathize with is David Arquette. Welcome to the atrocity that is Never...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Saving Grace

Saving Grace

There is comic potential in Saving Grace, but its two interesting main characters and their unusual business arrangement are buried under a mound of predictable, weathered material.In the movie, a middle-aged English widow (Brenda Blethyn)...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Shining Through

Shining Through

Shining Through, the 1992 Melanie Griffith WWII espionage vehicle, scares me. If the U.S. government really behaved in any way as it does here, then "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" would be our national anthem. Shining...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Honeymooners

The Honeymooners

I don't think I'll see a movie this year that will leave me as puzzled as The Honeymooners, and it's not because it was made with black actors. Hollywood is so desperate to put a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

New Best Friend

New Best Friend

If the people behind the Girls Gone Wild videos were ever to develop a movie, New Best Friend would be it. Beautiful women grind on each other, share long, lingering kisses and (un)dress like...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Venom

Venom

The last time Jim Gillespie and Kevin Williamson collaborated on a movie was I Know What You Did Last Summer, a film in which the only redeeming values were Jennifer Love Hewitt's heaving bosoms.It shouldn't...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

No Good Deed

No Good Deed

A closer look at No Good Deed reveals a lot of sad truths. You realize that the once terrific Samuel L. Jackson is quickly becoming this generation's Ernest Borgnine, grabbing any role that comes his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Roll Bounce

Roll Bounce

In Roll Bounce, Malcolm D. Lee's comedy-drama set in 1978 Chicago, five friends find another place to skate after their neighborhood spot closes, but immediately get humiliated by the rink's hero and his band of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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