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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

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

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

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

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

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

About Adam

About Adam

Let's see if I can, without giving away too much, get to the crux of why "About Adam" self-destructs despite being quite entertaining and consistently amusing.The movie is a buoyant but dark comedy about a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bruce Almighty

Bruce Almighty

Jim Carrey may be unconvincing as a TV newsman in "Bruce Almighty" -- he wears khakis and plaid shirts on the air, he needs a haircut, and he hold his microphone as if he doesn't...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Maid In Manhattan

Maid In Manhattan

After exuding clever charm and dodging most of the cheap Cinderella contrivances that linger around every corner of its plot, the ostensibly crisp romantic comedy "Maid in Manhattan" turns so unforgivably trite in its last...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Beseiged

Beseiged

If Thandie Newton isn't careful, she's going to get typecastas a drooler. As the title character in last year's "Beloved," she played a wild woman-child who not only slobbered, but ate like an animaland screamed...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Grind

Grind

Think "Blue Crush" without water -- or awesome surfing footage, likable characters with real personalities, beautiful girls in bikinis or anything else worth watching -- and I guarantee whatever you have in mind is still...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy

Staying 100-percent true to the surprising, cerebral, cliché- and catch-phrase-eschewing spirit of 2002's "The Bourne Identity," screenwriter Tony Gilroy (returning from the original) and director Paul Greengrass have put together a breathless sequel with tense...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Last Orders

Last Orders

"Last Orders" is a humorous and human, intelligent and emotional movie about the ups and downs of lifelong friendship and about living long-term with decisions, mistakes and regrets of youth. It's exactly the kind of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Stir Of Echoes

Stir Of Echoes

It seems this is the summer for deeply chilling psychological horror movies, and "Stir of Echoes" comes close to giving champs "The Blair Witch Project" and "The Sixth Sense a good run for their money.A...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

A shot-on-video, do-it-yourself quality documentary that belongs on late-night HBO rather than in theaters, "The Girl Next Door" skirts the edges of porn star Stacy Valentine's mock-happy life, trying so hard to not pass judgment...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Robert Zemeckis' self-indulgent direction hangs like an albatross around the celluloid neck of "What Lies Beneath," a soft-peddled yuppie horror flick that could have been -- with some fine tuning -- a sharp and genuinely...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pokemon The Movie 2000

Pokemon The Movie 2000

If these shoddily animated, dialogue deficient, trite and mind-melting Pokemon movies are going to become an annual ritual, I may be forced to look for a new line of work.For the second time in only...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bedrooms & Hallways

Bedrooms & Hallways

Gay guys whining about their complicated sex lives may be wearing a bit thin as a staple for alternative romantic comedies, but "Bedrooms and Hallways" gives this retread genre a good, swift kick in the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

High Fidelity

High Fidelity

John Cusack plays the bitterness of being dumped with droll aplomb in "High Fidelity," an observant and acerbic dark comedy in which he is our overly-reflective tour guide through the farcical misery of a bad...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Mr Death: The Rise & Fall Of Fred A Leuchter Jr.

Mr Death: The Rise & Fall Of Fred A Leuchter Jr.

Talk about your creepy documentaries, "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr." is the weird, disturbing, interview and re-enactment account of an acquiescent electrical engineer who was once the country's foremost...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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