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Turn It Up

Turn It Up

Real life hip hop stars Pras and Ja Rule star as an ambitious young rapper and his violent best friend/producer in "Turn It Up," a film spawned by Pras' song "Ghetto Superstar," which appeared on...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

American Beauty

American Beauty

Every time I see a new Kevin Spacey movie, I expect the world from him, and every time he delivers the galaxy.Arguably the greatest actor currently working in motion pictures, he is capable of putting...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Le Divorce

Le Divorce

The further away director James Ivory and producer Ishmael Merchant get from their trademarked aristocratic period pieces, like "A Room With a View" and "Howard's End," the worse their movies get. At this point, I...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures

While leaving town to get away from her abusive boyfriend, Dorothy (Susan Lynch) comes upon a scene that's all-too-familiar to her: another young woman getting smacked around in the middle of the street.High on courage...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

8 1/2 Women

8 1/2 Women

An idly rich father and son, trying to sidestep the grief brought on by the death of their wife and mother, become obsessed with acquiring a varied private harem to exorcise obscured erotic fantasies in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Barbarian Invasions

The Barbarian Invasions

In Denys Arcand's "The Barbarian Invasions," the bald, flabby, bespectacled Remy (Remy Girard) is slowly dying. He never makes a miraculous recovery, nor does he renounce his sinful lifestyle, nor does he leave behind a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Holy Smoke

Holy Smoke

A dingy, daffy, Australian-flavored comedy about conviction, faith and self-awareness, "Holy Smoke" stars Kate Winslet as a young woman seduced by Eastern religion while traveling in India and Harvey Keitel as the American deprogrammer retained...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin

In 1996, high-profile anti-drug crusading Irish journalist Veronica Guerin was violently gunned down in broad daylight at a highway crossing. The event galvanized the island nation, resulted in a sweeping take-back-the-streets campaign in the Dublin...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

Teen angst gets the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" treatment in "Girl, Interrupted," James Mangold's disappointingly common and commercial follow-up to his earlier, low-budget wonders "Heavy" and "Cop Land."Poor Winona Ryder -- in her...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

"Friday Night Lights" takes place in a dismal West Texas suburb where society revolves entirely around high school football and the "winning is everything" philosophy is considered an All-American value.Director Peter Berg ("The Rundown") vividly...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Titus

Titus

Sumptuously and elaborately staged, steeped in powerful symbolism and bordering on absolute brilliance, Julie Taymor's sometimes pretentious "Titus" flirts with becoming among the all-time best of Shakespeare movies -- if you can endure the stomach-turning...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Chronicles Of Riddick

The Chronicles Of Riddick

Writer-director David Twohy creates an uncommonly vivid and comprehensive science-fiction universe in "The Chronicles of Riddick," complete with genuinely otherworldly planets and detailed cultural mythologies. But he spends so much time and energy on such...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Murder By Numbers

Murder By Numbers

Sandra Bullock's best dramatic performance to date and the intelligent direction of Barbet Schroeder ("Reversal of Fortune," "Single White Female") are almost enough to lift the thrill-kill cat-and-mouser "Murder by Numbers" above its paint-by-numbers plot...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Enough

Enough

If you've seen the TV commercials, the theatrical trailer, or even the poster or print ads for the 100-percent unoriginal woman-in-peril thriller "Enough," then you've seen the whole movie. What kind of marketing campaign gives...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Scorpion King

The Scorpion King

Call it a premature yet promising start to the summer action season. Somehow "The Scorpion King" -- a movie starring a professional wrestler and spun off from a shameful sequel -- has become the most...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

East-West

East-West

"East-West" opens with a simple, dark -- almost black -- shot of a churning ocean liner wake on a cold sea, accompanied on the soundtrack by an resounding, distinctively Russian imperial march. The shot lingers...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Door In The Floor

The Door In The Floor

Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger give a pair of extraordinary performances in "The Door in the Floor" as a couple whose souls and whose marriage have never recovered from the deaths of their teenage sons...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

What Women Want

What Women Want

You know how in testosterone-charged action movies an explosion will be shown over and over again in slow motion, and from four or five different angles? The ultimate sign of a guy movie, right?Well, in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion

As mechanical as an old Disneyland automaton, "The Haunted Mansion" is the third movie in a year from the Mouse House studio based on one of its own theme park rides -- and while it's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Shadow Of The Vampire

Shadow Of The Vampire

Part homage to one of cinema's best-known silent films, part winkingly nebulous black comedy, and part old-school horror flick, "Shadow of the Vampire" is a crafty "what if" fictionalization of the making of "Nosferatu," the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Chicago

Chicago

Within the first five seconds of the musical number that opens the film adaptation of "Chicago," director Rob Marshall has established such a sublimely vivacious speakeasy atmosphere of hot jazz, cigarette smoke and showgirls that...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Legend Of Drunken Master

The Legend Of Drunken Master

Widely considered Jackie Chan's best movie, "The Legend of Drunken Master" (released to the rest of the world in 1994 as "Drunken Master II") features what are arguably the fastest, most furious and elaborate --...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

About 50 minutes into "Tomb Raider" the plot abruptly ends -- there's literally no reason for the movie to continue -- but not a single character notices.Video game vixen Lara Croft -- that curvaceous, gun-slinging...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

Martin Lawrence proves his brazenly raunchy stand-up routine can still go 12 rounds in his new concert film "Martin Lawrence Live: RunTelDat." But if you like the man because he's funny, you might want to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Onegin

Onegin

Ralph Fiennes is dangerously close to being pigeon-holed as cinema's go-to guy for doomed, stoic, period lover roles. Save his ill-advised turn as Jonathan Steed in that unfortunate "Avengers" movie, the guy hasn't done anything...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Hideous Kinky

Hideous Kinky

Maybe it's a generational thing, but in the last coupleweeks I've seen two movies about the 1960s and '70s that, despite superbperformances and solid direction, just did nothing for me. The first was last week's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Extreme Ops

Extreme Ops

I can't remember the last time I saw worse stunt editing or cheaper action movie production values than in "Extreme Ops," a virtually plotless snowboarders-vs.-terrorists waste of celluloid, so feeble in every way that its...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Coming off of "Shakespeare In Love," which in many ways reinvented, spoofed or at least paid winking homage to 400 years of romantic clichés, one might think director John Madden would be able to circumvent...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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