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Rollerball

Rollerball

There's an idea behind remaking old movies that weren't that great in the first place: Instead of screwing up a classic, make a better version of a failed film. Witness, for example, Steven Soderbergh's smarter,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Supernova

Supernova

If it weren't for the incessantly loquacious computer onboard the medical rescue vessel in the new terror-in-space flick "Supernova" -- a 1-900-voiced, femme fatale HAL that never shuts up for two minutes together -- this...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Incredibles

The Incredibles

Far less funny and considerably more violent than audiences have come to expect from Pixar movies, "The Incredibles" is the animation studio's first feature to lack the winsome pizzazz that makes for mandatory repeat viewing.Created...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Storytelling

Storytelling

Todd Solondz's "Storytelling" is designed to foster a sensation of absorbing discomfort, not unlike his earlier examinations of esoteric, emotionally disquieting Americana "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and "Happiness." But this film's two shrewd but pointless...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

I Spy

I Spy

It's been 20 years since "48 Hrs." made Eddie Murphy a movie star and the man hasn't aged a day. But his showboating wise-cracker stock persona sure is getting old.Unfurling that same mustachioed smirk he's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Writer-director Baz Luhrmann wastes no time getting to the flamboyant and cinematic razzle-dazzle of "Moulin Rouge," a spectacular near-opera that breathes 21st Century life into the movie musical by invoking the wildest cultural spirits from...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Big Trouble

Big Trouble

How apropos it seems that the enjoyably outrageous screwball satire "Big Trouble" should open a little more than a week after the death of Billy Wilder, whose influence is felt all over this picture's breakneck...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks Notice

The very fact that the trailers and commercials for "Two Weeks Notice" feature Sandra Bullock blushing with allegedly comedic embarrassment as she answers her cell phone during a wedding should serve as a mammoth red...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Old School

Old School

Occasionally (very occasionally) co-writer and director Todd Phillips stumbles into a slight (very slight) snicker in "Old School," an otherwise deplorably inept comedy about unhappy, 30-something losers trying to recapture their youth by belatedly starting...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Sidewalks Of New York

Sidewalks Of New York

Lauded after his 1994 debut "The Brothers McMullen" as a potential Woody Allen for the reflectively cynical generation, writer-director-actor Edward Burns may truly begin living up to that label with "Sidewalks of New York," a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Slackers

Slackers

Trying to disguise the fact that "Slackers" is really just a paint-by-numbers, boys-will-be-boys college comedy, first-time director Dewey Nicks slathers the flick in Tom Green-style bad taste outrageousness as its misogynistic cool jerk hero (Devon...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

On The Line

On The Line

There's almost no point in reviewing a movie like "On the Line" because its target audience -- N'Sync fans dizzy to see oh-so-dreamy Lance Bass play a lovelorn shy guy -- isn't likely to care...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Blood Simple

Blood Simple

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Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Limey

The Limey

Director Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey" is everything the recent Mel Gibson vehicle "Payback" wished it could be.I liked "Payback," but it was an amusement park ride without depth or feeling -- just a guy with...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Dr Dolittle 2

Dr Dolittle 2

"Dr. Dolittle 2" is one of those comedy sequels slapped together by a lazy screenwriter who thinks as long he's scattered a significant number of good laughs here and there, the clumsy carelessness of the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

While "The Talented Mr. Ripley" may not quitequalify as a masterpiece of suspense, it certainly is the most skilled,engrossing homage to Alfred Hitchcock in ages. Directed by Oscar winner Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") with...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Lost & Found

Lost & Found

A little perspective before I dive into my review of "Lostand Found": You should know I had been dreading this movie for weeks.I fully expected I would have to restrain myself from walking out in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Vertical Limit

Vertical Limit

With only the thinnest thread of a tether anchoring its mountain climbing action in reality, "Vertical Limit" takes suspension of disbelief to new extremes for a film that goes out of its way to seem...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Love Stinks

Love Stinks

The most laughable thing about "Love Stinks" -- a romance- gone- wrong comedy featuring a sitcom writer trying to break up with his deranged girlfriend -- is that nobody in the movie thinks the plot...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Sugar Town

Sugar Town

"Sugar Town" is a hastily thrown-together, satirical showbiz dramedy concerning washed up '80s rock stars learning generic life lessons about responsibility, trust, fidelity and aging gracefully, and it wouldn't be interesting at all if it...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Finding Forrester

Finding Forrester

What is it lately with all these talented directors challenging themselves to turn TV movie scripts into potent, or at least cogent feature films?Steven Soderbergh took the lead with "Erin Brockovich" -- a Lifetime Channel...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Real Cancun

The Real Cancun

Venturing into the R-rated territory they always aspired to anyway, the creators of MTV's reality soap "The Real World" took 16 largely interchangeable, generically attractive, shameless and shallow spring breakers to Cancun last month, put...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Kinsey

Kinsey

Writer-director Bill Condon has a talent for hitting just the right tone in his work. Whether he's paying stylistic homage to "Bride of Frankenstein" creator James Whale in "Gods and Monsters" or writing a screenplay...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Requiem For A Dream

Requiem For A Dream

Forget every movie you've ever seen about the downward spiral of drug addiction. "Drugstore Cowboy," "Sid and Nancy," "Trainspotting," "Permanent Midnight," and more recently "Jesus' Son" -- these films are almost as innocuous as "Alice...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

Have campus comedies really reached the point where fashionable, ante-upping gross-out gags are obligatory? I mean, do we really need a movie in which bulldog semen is served in pastries to unsuspecting frat jerks?I ask...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

8 Mile

8 Mile

OK, yes -- Eminem can act. In fact, he can carry a movie. The charismatically angry white hip-hop star is in every scene of "8 Mile" -- a film inspired in part by his own...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

From the very first words of its opening voice-over, inwhich a detectable trace of Aussie inflection invades Nicole Kidman's affectedSouthern accent, there's something amiss with "Cold Mountain,"a two-and-a-half-hour Civil War epic built around a lackluster...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Light It Up

Light It Up

There is not a single original thought in "Light It Up," a ghetto-transplanted, hostage-situation "Breakfast Club" in which a mathematically diverse group of teenagers are trapped in their high school, keeping a lone authority figure...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Saving Silverman

Saving Silverman

It's barely six weeks into 2001 and already there have been three "romantic comedies" virtually guaranteed to land on my worst 10 list at the end of the year."The Wedding Planner" was the kind of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

American Pimp

American Pimp

Disturbing, shocking, sad, funny, revealing, twisted, and utterly frank, "American Pimp" is a documentary about the world's second oldest profession and its place in the darker recesses of land of the free and the home...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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