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Sahara

Sahara

If "Sahara" weren't quite so dumb, it might have been a lot offun. A tongue-in-cheek action-adventure movie loosely basedon Clive Cussler's best-selling novel, this wild ride stars Matthew McConaugheyas maritime treasure-hunter Dirk Pitt, who follows...

Movie Review posted on 7th April 2005

Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

"Fever Pitch" is a romantic sports comedy thatgets by on the same kind of lovable-loser charm that has kept its maincharacter obsessed with the Boston Red Sox since age 7. The movie is not especially...

Movie Review posted on 7th April 2005

Sin City

Sin City

Innovative and dazzling in its absolute loyalty to thevisual style of its inspiration, "Sin City" brings comic bookpages alive to a degree that is unprecedented in movie history. A triptych of dark, violent tales set...

Movie Review posted on 1st April 2005

You I Love

You I Love

With its matter-of-fact, almost lighthearted depiction of open sexualityand homosexuality in modernized Moscow, "You I Love" may be culturallygroundbreaking in Russian cinema, but out of that context, it's littlemore than a comedy-drama of shorthand emotions...

Movie Review posted on 1st April 2005

Melinda & Melinda

Melinda & Melinda

Woody Allen hit upon a plucky, imaginative concept for "Melinda andMelinda": The same story, of a woman at loose ends, imagined as bothcomedy and tragedy by two playwrights (Wallace Shawn and Larry Pine) arguingin a...

Movie Review posted on 30th March 2005

Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop

The laughs come fast and easy in "Beauty Shop," a sharp-tonguedspin-off from IceCube's "Barbershop"comedies that follows stylist Gina Norris (Queen Latifah) as she opensher own salon. But the minimal-effort plot keeps getting underfoot. After performing...

Movie Review posted on 30th March 2005

Guess Who

Guess Who

After setting the stage with half a dozen insultingly shopworn plot contrivancesin its first five minutes, "Guess Who" -- a seemingly ill-advisedcross between "Meet the Parents" and "Guess Who's Comingto Dinner" -- eventually finds its...

Movie Review posted on 24th March 2005

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous

Sandra Bullock isn't doing her underappreciated talentany favors by appearing in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous,"a relentlessly dim-witted sequel to her 2000 hit about a tomboy FBI agentgoing undercover at a beauty pageant.The first...

Movie Review posted on 24th March 2005

Dot The I

Dot The I

"Dot the I" begins with a beautiful, willfulbut vulnerable Spanish immigrant to London accepting the proposal of hersweet, adoring and doting English boyfriend -- then being knocked for aloop by a kiss from a stranger...

Movie Review posted on 24th March 2005

Hostage

Hostage

Several stock action-thriller ingredients are slung togetherand served up as new Hollywood hash in "Hostage," including aburned-out cop with personal problems, novice young criminals in over theirnervous heads, a brave little kid who outwits his...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2005

In My Country

In My Country

A fictional narrative created to encompass several storiesthat personify the nation-altering emotional crux of South Africa's Truthand Reconciliation hearings, "In My Country" accomplishes itsgoal -- but does so largely through obvious plot devices. JulietteBinoche and...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2005

Millions

Millions

Director Danny Boyle is known for wildly imaginative visualsin innovative, gritty-cool movies about murderers ("Shallow Grave"),junkies ("Trainspotting")and zombies ("28 Days Later"), so what's he doing makinga sweet, sentimental kids' movie? Virtually reinventing another genre,of course.In...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2005

Downfall

Downfall

For those not already versed in the lore of Adolf Hitler'sfinal days, the intimacy, immediacy and bunker-mentality minutia of "Downfall"may make for truly engrossing cinema. A detailed, historically accurateaccount that bears witness as the psychotic...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2005

The Ring Two

The Ring Two

Abandoning the gimmicky defining premise of itspredecessor, about the ghost of an evil littlegirl exacting blood-curdling vengeance on anyone who watched a hauntedvideo tape, "The Ring Two" seems also to have jettisoned allnotions of pacing,...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2005

Ice Princess

Ice Princess

A pretty high-school science geek with a penchant forfigure skating uses physics to land a better lutz in "Ice Princess,"a follow-your-dream movie that is far less cliche-riddled than you mightexpect from such G-rated Disney fare.Michelle...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2005

Robots

Robots

With its expensive but largely characterless voice castand an off-the-shelf follow-your-dreams plot retooled for a world populatedby wacky sentient machines, the computer-animated "Robots" islucky to have spectacular production design and one or two curious mechanicalstars...

Movie Review posted on 18th March 2005

Diary Of Mad Black Woman

Diary Of Mad Black Woman

"Diary of a Mad Black Woman" is an obscenely hypocritical comedy-drama that climbs high on a rickety soap box to loudly preach Christian values, then turns around to cheer on its wronged-wife heroine as she...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa is being touted as the heir-apparent to Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li -- and in "Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior," he certainly makes a mark for himself in...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

Constantine

Constantine

Almost every Catholicism-cloaked supernatural thriller since The Exorcist" has demonstrated an inherent lack of originality, falling back on the same tiresome genre staples: Possessed young women and tied-to-bed exorcisms, "lost" books of the Bible that...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

Cursed

Cursed

Friday, February 25, 2005If you're looking for a review of "Cursed" or "Man of the House" in your newspaper this morning, you're not going to find one -- in any newspaper anywhere. Opening in theaters...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows

In a similar vein to Steven Soderbergh's "King of the Hill," Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Nobody Knows" tells the story of four Japanese children left to fend for themselves when their mother flits off for a...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

Man Of The House

Man Of The House

Friday, February 25, 2005If you're looking for a review of "Cursed" or "Man of the House" in your newspaper this morning, you're not going to find one -- in any newspaper anywhere. Opening in theaters...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2005

Riding Giants

Riding Giants

There have been surfing documentaries before -- mostly hot-dogging sports flicks comprised of "wow" footage with ace boarders facing down big, beautiful, ominous waves. But even "Endless Summer," this mini-genre's high-water mark, isn't as comprehensive...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Red Violin

The Red Violin

Like a blending of great symphony and great cinema, "The Red Violin" is a magnum opus of musical-visual composition for French-Canadian director Francois Girard ("Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould").The biography of a masterpiece musical...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Almost Famous

Almost Famous

Writer-director Cameron Crowe's fond fictionalization of his first assignmentfor Rolling Stone -- as a 15-year-old cub reporter in 1973 -- "Almost Famous" is a vividly realized labor of love and an absolute pleasure to watch....

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Monkeybone

Monkeybone

Stop-motion animation innovator Henry Selick, the cheerfully demented director of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "James and the Giant Peach," tries his hand at a feature-length hybrid in the new Brendan Fraser comedy "Monkeybone" --...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Limbo

Limbo

Right now I'm as excited about the medium of film as I was during my first film lit class in high school.I've just seen John Sayles' "Limbo," a 200-proof character study so engrossing, intelligent and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Summer Of Sam

Summer Of Sam

The sixth line of my notes from the "Summer of Sam" preview screeningreads, "if Spike Lee wants us to sit here for 137 minutes, he'd betterpick up the pace." An hour later, without a hint...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Osmosis Jones

Osmosis Jones

I've always kind of suspected Bill Murray was a cartoon on the inside, and "Osmosis Jones" is mighty entertaining proof.A wildly clever and consistently funny kiddie-fare gross-out comedy (snot jokes galore), "Jones" may be live-action...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

Throughout most of David Bowie's 1973 concert film "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," the flamboyantly androgynous (at the time) rock legend's performance isn't half as interesting as his gender-bending wardrobe.In pancake makeup and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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