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Showtime

Showtime

The first 20 minutes of the cop-reality show comedy "Showtime" are ripe with glossy satire. Robert De Niro plays a no-nonsense Los Angeles detective forced to let TV crews follow him on and off the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Love Letter

The Love Letter

"The Love Letter," a snappy comedy about the heart getting ahead of the mind, has the delightful air of a classic Hollywood romance. It could have been made in the 1930s or '40s with the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Serendipity

Serendipity

Last year John Cusack -- modern Hollywood's most endeari=ngEveryman -- starred in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The General's Daughter

The General's Daughter

Only three or four minutes after the lights go down, any credibility "The General's Daughter" might have as a serious drama goes right out the window with the introduction of the title character.At a retirement...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Startup.com

Startup.com

"Startup.com" may well be seen in the future as the definitive time capsule of the Turn of the Millennium internet boom and bust.A documentary that set out to take a candid snapshot of a typical...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Amen.

Amen.

Relentlessly heavy-handed but quite compelling nonetheless, "Amen" is a loosely fact-based drama about a German SS officer's clandestine attempts to stem the Holocaust, and about the complaisance he encountered when trying to alert the world...

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 End Of The Affair

The End Of The Affair

Even if "The End of the Affair" didn't invite comparisons to "The English Patient" with Ralph Fiennes' auto-pilot performance as another reflective World War II-era Englishman immersed heart and soul in an adulterous love affair,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Outside Providence

Outside Providence

It seems Peter and Bobby Farrelly -- the writing-directing brothers behind the laugh-'til-ya-puke hits "There's Something About Mary," "Kingpin" and "Dumb and Dumber" -- are not all comedy after all.Their stoner coming-of-age story for "Outside...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

Both a winning, friends-or-more romance with intelligent, down-to-earth characters and a melodious love-letter to the heart and soul of hip-hop, "Brown Sugar" signals director Rick Famuyiwa's emergence as an articulate, grown-up voice in African-American (and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

What Planet Are You From?

What Planet Are You From?

A comedian whose schtick has always been his acute social-sexual dysfunction, in "What Planet Are You From?" Garry Shandling is nothing if not well-cast as an alien packed off to Earth by his neutered, all-male...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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

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

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

Blood Simple

Blood Simple

REVIEW COMING SOON

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

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

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