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Agnes Browne

Agnes Browne

A foul-mouthed fairy tale version of every Irish Catholic hardship movie you might have ever seen, "Agnes Browne" is an honest effort at mixing familiar misfortune with barby comedy. But director and star Anjelica Huston...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Two Family House

Two Family House

Buddy Visalo is a blue-collar schlep who insists on following his dreams -- or are they schemes?When he was a mechanic in the Air Force during World War II, he sang in a USO show...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Matrix Revolutions

The Matrix Revolutions

The eye-popping, heart-stopping last hour and a half of "The Matrix Revolutions" more than makes up for everything plodding and ponderous that has taken place since the mind-blowing first hour of the 1999 original.Astonishing in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

S1m0ne

S1m0ne

Beneath the uncanny, inevitable and seemingly shrewd facade of the movie-biz farce "Simone" -- about a computer-generated actress taking Hollywood by storm because nobody knows she's not real -- lies a plot cobbled together from...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Ballistic: Ecks Vs Sever

Ballistic: Ecks Vs Sever

If it weren't for director Wych "Kaos" Kaosayananda's laughably excessive use of slow-motion, the convoluted, monotonous, mindlessly flashy, espionage-action bomb "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever" would be about 12 minutes long -- which might have made...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Just Visiting

Just Visiting

Imagine "Crocodile Dundee" with a 12th Century knight in Chicago instead of a leathery lifelong Outbacker in New York, and you've pretty much got the crux of "Just Visiting," a slapsticky, Hollywood remake of 1993's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pokemon 3

Pokemon 3

Next verse, same as the first.There may be more computer-rendered effects animation in "Pokemon 3." The plot -- centered around supernatural goings-on generated by a little girl's out-of-control imagination -- may be somewhat more coherent...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Crossroads

Crossroads

Freshly graduated from jail bait status, Britney Spears wastes no time getting down to her skivvies for her acting debut in the coming-of-age road movie "Crossroads."After a prologue in which three little girls bury a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Santa Clause 2

The Santa Clause 2

At least one of the seven credited writers of the sequel-for-sequel's-sake holiday kiddie flick "The Santa Clause 2" clearly felt obliged to try to remedy the picture's contemptibly contrived premise by writing some really funny...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Scary Movie 2

Scary Movie 2

Technically speaking, "Scary Movie 2" is a real mess. The editing is pathetic, mostly because the script -- if you can call it that -- is just a series of unrelated horror movie japes put...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Life Of David Gale

The Life Of David Gale

Practically trumpeting its utter dependence on Hollywood convention, the death row drama-with-a-twist entitled "The Life of David Gale" acts as its own executioner, injecting the very first scene with a lethal cliché from which the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Best In Show

Best In Show

Mockumentary maestro Christopher Guest -- the driving force behind "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Waiting For Guffman" -- aims his satirical squirt gun at obsessive dog owners in his latest tongue-in-cheek, interview vérité offering, "Best...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Final Destination

Final Destination

"Final Destination" begins with an unusually fresh and amply terrifying scene in which a nondescript horror movie prototeen (Devon Sawa) has a vivid, realistic, and special effects-laden premonition that the 747 he's just boarded will...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

The Coen Brothers flopped with last year's comedically clumsy and questionably hammy "Intolerable Cruelty," and now that they have repeated and amplified the same arched-performance mistakes in "The Ladykillers," I am beginning to understand what...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

By the time hobbit hero Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) finally -- finally! -- struggles to the top of Mount Doom, where at the climax of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Day After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow

"The Day After Tomorrow" isn't quite the disaster of a disaster flick I thought it would be.Don't get me wrong -- it's bad in a way only $150-million movies with awe-inspiring special effects can be...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Dancer In The Dark

Dancer In The Dark

For years filmmakers have been trying to reinvent the musical. "Evita" went big, "My Best Friend's Wedding" sneaked musical numbers into its semi-standard romantic comedy, the "South Park" movie mocked the cartoon musical while besting...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Truth About Charlie

The Truth About Charlie

Perhaps it's not fair to begin a movie review by comparing a remake to its original, but since director Jonathan Demme has been proudly trumpeting "The Truth About Charlie" as a reimagining of Stanley Doden's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Swordfish

Swordfish

Director Dominic Sena seems to fancy himself some kind of John Woo Jr. But John Woo ("The Killer," "Hard Boiled" and more recently "Face/Off" and "M:I-2") is an action genius who has a gift for...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion

The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion

It's a very convincing 1940 in Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," and impetuous Howard Hawkes-style love-hate sniping -- infused with the requisite Allen neuroticism -- is the foundation of this comedy about...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Equilibrium

Equilibrium

The worst theatrically released sci-fi flick since "Battlefield Earth," "Equilibrium" is so blatantly derivative as to be insulting, so absurdly hackneyed it's hard to believe it's sincere, so full of scenery-chomping it's a wonder the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bring It On

Bring It On

"Bring It On" is better than any movie about cheerleading really ought to be.Taking cues from "Clueless" -- the best teen bubble gum flick of Generation Y -- it's a self-mocking popularity satire that takes...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

Despite all the tongue-wagging about philandering shrinksand other rumor mill jazz, "Eyes Wide Shut" turns out to notbe entirely about sex after all. Instead its something even more shocking by Hollywood standards-- a complex and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Get Carter

Get Carter

If the rain-slicked new Sylvester Stallone revenge fantasy flick "Get Carter" seems a little familiar, it's with good reason.It could be that the picture is a remake of a gnarly 1971 film of the same...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Wing Commander

Wing Commander

If you want more for your $8 than just a video game brought to life bya cast of third-tier actors without a modicum of depth, excitement or reason,"Wing Commander" probably isn't for you. But I...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

What's Cooking?

What's Cooking?

A talented ensemble cast brings an extremely authentic family dynamic to "What's Cooking?," a satisfying four-course cross-section of ethnic American clans gathering for their Thanksgiving dinners.Conceived by director Gurinder Chadha as a celebration of diversity,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Ninth Gate

The Ninth Gate

Opening like a cheap horror movie with titles that fly out of computer-animated castle facades, "The Ninth Gate" has an uphill battle to recover respectability from the very beginning.Director Roman Polanski bounces back nicely at...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Family Man

The Family Man

Nicolas Cage makes a gosh-darn good Jimmy Stewart substitute in "The Family Man," starring as a Wall Street playboy taught a lesson in life priorities when he gets Frank Capra-ed into an alternative suburban reality...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Price Of Glory

Price Of Glory

It's a shame "Price of Glory" is such an elementary piece of utterly predictable, movie-of-the-week style filmmaking, because this boxing-themed, strife-defeating family drama certainly has its heart in the right place.A throwback to the kind...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Price Of Milk

The Price Of Milk

There's one big hurdle to thoroughly enjoying the cheerfully offbeat, fanciful romantic Kiwi comedy "The Price of Milk" (well, one big hurdle besides that truly awful title) and it is this: You have to be...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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