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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

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

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

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

Blood Simple

Blood Simple

REVIEW COMING SOON

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

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

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

Baadasssss!

Baadasssss!

"Baadassss!" is Mario Van Peebles' fond commemoration of his cantankerous father's bull-headed cinematic audacity. An unblinking, if slightly golden-toned, account of the making of Melvin Van Peebles' violent, dark, gritty and groundbreaking "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Down To You

Down To You

"Down To You" is like being cornered at a party by some sad, drunk guy whose girlfriend has just dumped him.The expressionless Freddie Prinze, Jr. ("Wing Commander") is the guy, a recent college grad who...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

More moderately charming than a romantic comedy should be with stars as charismatic and irresistible as Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany -- but charming nonetheless -- "Wimbledon" is a cute mutt of cross-breeding between sports...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

A Walk On The Moon

A Walk On The Moon

Somehow "A Walk On the Moon," which takes place at a working-classJewish resort in upstate New York during the summer of 1969, manages tovisit every iconic event of that characteristic season which defined ageneration without...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls

If the writers, producers or director of "Darkness Falls" would have held themselves to a higher standard than just recycling the same cheap, soundtrack-aided horror movie jump-frights that have made the genre so tiresome, this...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

X

X

Anime clichés run rampant in "X," yet another mock-intellectual 'toon import from Japan in which the world must be saved from fantastically-rendered destruction by a brooding young hero with eyes the size of saucers.Overflowing with...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Hardball

Hardball

Surprisingly, the redemption-by-baseball picture "Hardball" is not some warm-fuzzy "Bad News Bears" clone transplanted to the projects. It's considerably better than that.Yes, it is about a drunk, gambling-addicted ticket scalper who spitefully agrees to coach...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Barbershop

Barbershop

A modest, personable slice of South Side Chicago life, "Barbershop" is a comedy with a sense of community, populated by three-dimensional personalities that break out of their character molds.Ice Cube stars as Calvin Palmer, the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Better Living Through Circuitry

Better Living Through Circuitry

Rave culture is analyzed to death in the appropriately energetic but highly repetitive documentary "Better Living Through Circuitry."An interesting array of interviews with movement leaders and high-profile DJs, mixed with kinetic dance floor footage and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pokemon: The First Movie

Pokemon: The First Movie

Until I was debriefed at length by the father of a 5-year-old girl sitting in front of me at the preview screening of "Pokemon: The First Movie," all I knew about this Japanese-import cartoon phenomenon...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Das Experiment

Das Experiment

Psychologically resounding but bedeviled by somewhat preposterous plot developments, "Das Experiment" is a German thriller loosely inspired by a Stanford University study in which volunteers were placed as guards and inmates in a mock prison...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Max Keeble's Big Move

Max Keeble's Big Move

Even when presented with a reasonably original idea for a kids' movie like "Max Keeble's Big Move," Disney can always find a way to bleed all the color out of it and give the resulting...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

How many times are we going to have to see some former stand-up comedian dressed in rubber fat lady suit, beating to death saggy boob jokes before people realize this kind of comedy just isn't...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Calle 54

Calle 54

"In the late '80s a friend gave me a record that completed my life. It got me hooked on Latin Jazz."Director Fernando Trueba speaks these words in the opening moments of "Calle 54," his Spanish...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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