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Armaan

Armaan

Having limited knowledge of Bollywood movies, I'm a little afraid of showing cultural ignorance in my review of Armaan. However, if there's one thing I've learned from my nearly three-year stint at filmcritic.com, watching some...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Witness

Witness

The city cop struggles through an early breakfast with his temporary neighbors -- the Pennsylvania Amish. After a sip of coffee, he blurts out, "Honey, this is great coffee." His breakfast companions blankly stare. Awkwardly,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mimic 2

Mimic 2

Warranted or not, I usually look at direct to video movies as if I'm not getting the best product for my money. In most video stores Boogie Nights and Citizen Kane are the same...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven isn't a great movie, but it is a very cool movie. An explanation: Schindler's List is a great movie, but I think we can agree that we're not going to spend a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

House of the Dead

House of the Dead

I've seen a lot of bad movies in my short career as a movie critic, but the video-game-inspired House of the Dead poses a new challenge. I feel a typical review would do little or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

In 1987 John Hughes took a huge risk. The man who had spent three years profiling the lives of teenagers did the unthinkable: He wrote and directed two movies featuring adults: She's Having a Baby...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Charade

Charade

I don't understand why directors decide to remake perfectly good movies. This thought races through my head because I recently saw Charade, the 1963 Stanley Donen gem featuring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and an endless...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sidewalks of New York

Sidewalks of New York

Edward Burns' best movies rarely show the busy intersections and tall buildings of New York City. He covers the blue-collar attitude perfectly, representing a side of the Empire State most moviegoers rarely see anymore....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Maverick movie directors eventually become domesticated. Don't believe me? The same guy who directed The Conversation also directed Jack. The man behind The French Connection helmed Blue Chips.Whether it's through common sense, clean living,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers has been re-released on DVD for its 25th anniversary. You've probably seen it countless times between its 1980 release and repeat airings on TV, so you know the basics. Still, here are...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

My Baby's Daddy

My Baby's Daddy

As I took that long, dark drive home from the multiplex after watching My Baby's Daddy, all I thought about was Raging Bull. Well, actually one scene, after boxer Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) has...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room

When Enron collapsed three years ago, it was hard to sort out what actually happened aside from billions of dollars being lost and a whole lot of paper shredding. The important new documentary, Enron: The...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

An American Rhapsody

An American Rhapsody

An American Rhapsody offers us an example of teen acting gone marvelously right. As a 15-year-old who wants to rediscover her Hungarian roots, Scarlett Johansson portrays the thrill and frustration of being a teenager...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Valiant

Valiant

A lithe Canadian beauty beat the tar out of a Disney animated feature this weekend. People opted to see Steve Carell get his chest waxed. Penguins, not the singing and dancing ones, but ordinary penguins,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet

I have a hard time deciding whether or not I like Nathan Lane. Since he starred in The Birdcage almost a decade ago, he seems to have adopted an overblown, theatrical presence to whatever role...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Control Room

Control Room

Control Room, the outstanding new documentary about media coverage on the Iraq war, is required viewing not only for any journalist, but also for anyone who truly believes the news they watch or read. Director...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Because Of Winn-Dixie

Because Of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie, the latest effort from director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke), is about a special dog who makes a difference in a child's life. It's about small towns and the secrets...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

You don't need to be a teenage girl to enjoy The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I thought it was a fun movie, if not a bit disingenuous. For every truth the movie offers into...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding

Unlike most of my filmcritic.com colleagues, I don't live in New York or San Francisco, where the movie premieres are numerous. As a result, I'm often left to review less prominent releases. This...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Beautiful Country

The Beautiful Country

It's getting harder to appreciate an immigrant saga like The Beautiful Country in which audiences are expected to be swayed by the poor and huddled masses. After all, isn't the United States a country of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Washington Heights

Washington Heights

When are directors and screenwriters going to learn to take their time in telling a story? That you don't need two million events and people to create a compelling narrative? OK, anyone else aside from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen

Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen

If you're a fan of Lindsay Lohan (and God knows why you wouldn't be), the burgeoning teenage sex symbol, then drop whatever you're doing and go see Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. She's in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer

It will be a long, hard stretch until the summer movie season finally arrives. Until then, we must endure a series of likely theatrical flops that Blockbuster will sell for $2.99 in six months....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Late Marriage

Late Marriage

The man and the girl go to her bedroom. She says she wants to be a designer and shows him her sketches. Her talent is evident, and somewhere beneath her exotic good looks...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Higher Learning

Higher Learning

I first saw John Singleton's Higher Learning when I was 17. Back in 1995, my friend and I left the theater feeling like we had seen an important commentary on American society. We...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Walk On Water

Walk On Water

Read about Walk on Water, and it's hard not to be impressed with the subjects it examines, which range from homophobia to the Middle Eastern social climate. Watching the movie is another story.The movie's main...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Space Jam

Space Jam

As a teenager, when I was rabid New York Knicks fan, I hated Michael Jordan. I hated how smug he was on the court. I hated how he always hit the big shot. I hated...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Micki & Maude

Micki & Maude

Have you ever been to a party and flirted and chatted with a perfectly lovely guy or girl only not to get a phone number? That's happened to me a time or two and I've...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Concert for George

The Concert for George

In The Concert for George -- a musical tribute to the late George Harrison -- Eric Clapton remarks that Harrison, a longtime friend, would not have wanted this concert held for him. He was not...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Four Weddings And a Funeral

Four Weddings And a Funeral

In the spring of 1994, Four Weddings and a Funeral was an international hit, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and turning Hugh Grant into a star. It was the My Big Fat Greek...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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