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The Wood

The Wood

In its first five minutes "The Wood" looks likeit's going to be a breaking-the-fourth-wall disaster, as Omar Epps ("TheMod Squad") narrates to camera, explainingto the audience that it's two hours and ticking until his best...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

But I'm A Cheerleader

But I'm A Cheerleader

"But I'm a Cheerleader" is pure camp, from its often hammy acting to its candy-colored ambience to its plot about an in-crowd high schooler whose panicked suburban parents pack her away to retreat where sexually...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Songcatcher

Songcatcher

Wonderfully chameleonic actress Janet McTeer ("The King Is Alive," "Tumbleweeds") gives another of her distinctive and deeply immersed performances in "Songcatcher" as a priggish 1900s music scholar.A terse, obstinate, overeducated woman who is deeply resentful...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Blow Dry

Blow Dry

"Blow Dry" is a leaden British dramedy about an estranged family of hairdressers reconciling when a big coiffeur competition comes to their small town. Like "The Big Tease" -- a similarly themed English mockumentary that...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Riding In Cars With Boys

Riding In Cars With Boys

When a movie says it's "based on" a true story, all too often it means that after the script doctors get through with it, what's left is too predictable and packed with clichés to bear...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Formula 51

Formula 51

The title of "Formula 51," couldn't be more appropriate for this perfunctory action-comedy, seeing as its cobbled together from at least that many formulaic plot points, formulaic action sequences, formulaic catch phrases, formulaic jokes and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Metroland

Metroland

I was debating a friend a couple days ago who wonderedaloud why no one makes movies about platonic friends. I said, "Who would want to see a movie about a guybeing told 'Let's be just...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

View From The Top

View From The Top

To the endless soundtrack of grating girl-empowerment country music ditties and romantic '80s hair-band rock, Gwyneth Paltrow crash-lands in "View From the Top," playing a Nevada-bred white-trash ditz who dreams of a "glamorous" life as...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

Seething with teen-angst irritability and an obstinate blind ignorance to just how much of an outcast he is, Napoleon Dynamite may be the biggest dork in the history of high school movies.Completely lacking in social...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The 13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior

After a year's worth of post-production monkeying, "The 13th Warrior" has finally come to theaters, and its still a big mess.The screen adaptation of an early Michael Crichton novel about 10th Century Vikings called "Eaters...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Love & Basketball

Love & Basketball

An inspired labor of love about sports and romance in which the female lead is an athlete, too, "Love and Basketball" is one for the "why didn't anybody think of this before?" file.For decades, the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Solaris

Solaris

Steven Soderbergh takes a crack at melding his commercial sensibilities with his esoteric soul in "Solaris," an abstract, ultrastylish, philosophical science fiction film designed to leave you mulling over its meaning for hours, if not...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

"South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" justcan't wait to wiggle out of the restraints put on its television counterpart.In the first 10 minutes of the movie, the cartoon's creators go out oftheir way to assure...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Julien Donkey-Boy

Julien Donkey-Boy

"julien donkey-boy" is fascinating viewing for a movie that has nothing to say and nowhere to go.Gutsy, artistically engrossing and fearlessly acted, it is the second feature of Harmony Korine, the dysfunctional, wonder-freak youth who...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Audition (Odishon)

Audition (Odishon)

The main character in "Audition" is a shy, middle-aged Japanese widower who taps a movie-making buddy to help him find a new wife now that his son is a teenager with a life of his...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Tomcats

Tomcats

Until the blooper reel that runs with the closing credits, there's scarcely a sign of wit or talent in the entirety of "Tomcats," another in what seems to be a never-ending sewer-spawn tidal wave of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Wedding Planner

The Wedding Planner

Jennifer Lopez must have an iron stomach to have been able to read even the first five pages "The Wedding Planner" script without losing her lunch. After a Vaseline-lensed prologue flashback showing a little girl...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Rules Of Attraction

The Rules Of Attraction

Like an episode of MTV's barely-legal late-night dorm life soap "Undressed," with 20 times the creativity but without any more substance, "The Rules of Attraction" is a stylish, glib, endemically energetic diversion that's indulgently entertaining...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Unbreakable

Unbreakable

When the credits rolled at the end of "Unbreakable," I wasn't sure what to make of it. The concept was so off-the-wall I wasn't sure if I was supposed to take it seriously or if...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Jackpot

Jackpot

Sunny Holiday is a karaoke singer with delusions of grandeur. It's not that he's a bad singer or lacks stage presence -- heck, cue up a catchy country tune in a roadside bar and Sunny...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Ocean's Twelve

Ocean's Twelve

Casino boss Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) has caught up with Danny Ocean's merry band of hipster crooks, and he wants his $160 million back -- with interest. As "Ocean's Twelve" begins, the disbanded gang that...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Everything the kinetic, colorful, superficially violent "Kill Bill: Volume 1" lacked in depth and character is remedied tenfold in Quentin Tarantino's stunning, cunning conclusion to his epic revenge fantasy.Gone are the absurdist bloodbaths and the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo

One of the indications that a screenwriter has been living in Hollywood too long is when he start writing stories in which gorgeous, intelligent women fall in love with homely, chauvinist trolls like Rob Schneider...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals are garish, puerile melodramas with all the elegance and sincerity of a Super Bowl halftime show -- and his brash, brassy songs have the depth and nuance of action-movie explosions.Director Joel...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pieces Of April

Pieces Of April

"Pieces of April" is a Murphy's-Law Thanksgiving comedy in which both the meal and the movie have a hard time coming together.Saddled with a handful of sitcomy plot contrivances that leave it struggling with its...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

I Am Sam

I Am Sam

To grasp the shameless, trolling-for-Oscars concept behind "I Am Sam," an insufferably mawkish, mentally-challenged melodrama of self-aggrandizing proportions, just imagine a tear-jerking "Rain Man" sequel with Dustin Hoffman in a custody battle over a button-cute...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Arlington Road

Arlington Road

There's just one thing standing in the way of "ArlingtonRoad" taking a place among the best film noir politics-and-paranoiathrillers -- the script is so tight that the hero is forced to make a dumbmistake now...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Baby Boy

Baby Boy

At the heart of "Baby Boy" -- director John Singleton's return to his "Boyz 'N the Hood" roots -- is a character with whom it's extremely hard to sympathize.Played by R&B hip-hop artist Tyrese Gibson,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Twisted

Twisted

Ashley Judd seems to go out of her way to find hole-riddled women-in-peril B-thrillers anymore. It's as if she's doing everything in her power not to be taken seriously as an actress.After a moving, understated...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Powerpuff Girls Movie

The Powerpuff Girls Movie

Successfully super-sized but otherwise no different from an episode of its TV inspiration, "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" is a wait-for-video flick if there ever was one.Don't get me wrong -- I'm a huge fan of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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