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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

The MacHinist

The MacHinist

Trevor Reznik is six-foot-two, weighs only 119 lbs. and literally has not slept in a year. Haunted by increasing paranoia, plus insomnia and exhaustion, the man is wasting away -- a skeletal shadow of his...

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

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

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

Matrix

Matrix

About half way through "The Matrix," the ostensibly intellectualand certainly expensive virtual reality sci-fi thriller starring KeanuReeves as a genius hacker, the movie turns suddenly simple, as if a WarnerBros. exec showed up on the...

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

Undercover Brother

Undercover Brother

An "Austin Powers"-style blaxploitation spoof, "Undercover Brother" doesn't miss a single joke. Its title sequence alone -- a montage depicting the rise and fall of African-American culture (from Jesse Jackson and James Brown highs to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Lucie Aubrac

Lucie Aubrac

While Robin Williams will probably score big at the box office this week with yet another cry for respectability in his mediocre Holocaust tragicomedy "Jakob the Liar," a more stirring (and much less manipulative) film...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Spy Kids

Spy Kids

One of the bad guys in the cool juvie adventure flick "Spy Kids," is a PeeWee Herman meets Willie Wonka meets the Wizard of Oz wacko who -- when he's not trying to take over...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

15 Minutes

15 Minutes

Somewhere between a buddy-cop potboiler and a blunted, commercialized "Natural Born Killers" lies "15 Minutes," a slick, violent thriller with an acerbic statement to make about media sensationalism.Hard-drinking, cigar-chomping celebrity cop Eddie Flemming (Robert De...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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

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