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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

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 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

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

The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

Somewhere inside "The Perfect Storm" there's a near-perfect movie drowning under gale-force swells of romanticized sea-faring melodrama.Here's a stomach-in-knots true story about the rugged crew a swordfishing boat caught in the biggest sea storm in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Heartbreakers

Heartbreakers

In a clear-cut case of perfecto casting, "Heartbreakers" stars Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as a mother-daughter con team who bilk rich men for a living. Slinky Weaver rushes them into marriages, curvy Hewitt...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones

The climactic lightsaber duel in "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" has to be seen to be believed. It puts the awesome Darth Maul/Obi-Wan fight in "The Phantom Menace" to shame, and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The One

The One

If popcorn-picture auteur John Carpenter made martial arts flicks, they'd be just like "The One" -- an unabashedly cheesy, B-grade sci-fi amusement park ride with half-price special effects, action movie in-jokes, and Jet Li, a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind

Writer-director Christopher Guest -- king of the mockumentary genre -- returns to his musical oddball roots in "A Mighty Wind," a "This Is Spinal Tap" for the 1960s folk-pop crowd.As amusingly deadpan as 2000's dog-show-spoofing...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Overnight

Overnight

Like watching a train wreck in slow motion while an ignorant, arrogant engineer shovels more coal onto the fire, "Overnight" is a cautionary tale about the fickle nature of showbiz in which the victim is...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate

Director Jonathan Demme's remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" is eerily effective in bringing the 1962 masterpiece of chilling dark satire and dangerous political corruption up to date for a world in which corporations seemingly pocket...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Antitrust

Antitrust

Just about the time the fur was really flying between Microsoft and the Justice Department in 1999, screenwriter Howard Franklin ("The Man Who Knew Too Little") seized the day and scurried over to MGM with...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Hunting Of The President

The Hunting Of The President

Based on Joe Conason and Gene Lyons' bestseller, this new documentary makes an interesting companion piece to Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," offering a possible explanation as to how the country came to its second impeachment...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Like Mike

Like Mike

By all rights, "Like Mike" should be a lousy movie. Designed as a slap-dash kiddie flick, built around a dumb plot device (magic sneakers turn a young orphan into an NBA all-star) and starring a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1

In the wake of "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown," film buffs have come to expect intrepid sub-Hollywood scavenger Quentin Tarantino to bowl us over with ingenious, amped-up, style-blending B-movie off-shoots made with a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Nico & Dani

Nico & Dani

It's hard to buy the nonchalance of the homosexual experimentation that takes place between two teenage best friends in this Spanish coming-of-age fable "Nico and Dani," which takes place over a few weeks of summer...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Thir13en Ghosts

Thir13en Ghosts

A genuinely spectacular waste of money -- and about as mind-numbing as you'd expect from a movie which brags in ads that its "R" rating is for violence, gore and nudity -- "Thirteen Ghosts" has...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Punisher

The Punisher

Stone-cold antihero vigilante Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) begins this adaptation of Marvel comics' morose cult favorite "The Punisher" as a top-ranking, six-language-speaking undercover FBI counter-terrorism agent on his last gun-running sting before an early retirement,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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