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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

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

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

Get Bruce!

Get Bruce!

Amusing mostly for its celebrity interview rants, "Get Bruce!" is a love-letter documentary about Bruce Vilanch, Hollywood's behind-the-scenes court jester who has made a career of writing the one-liners that keep America from changing channels...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Scary Movie

Scary Movie

It takes "Scary Movie" almost until its closing credits to produce its first real out-loud laugh -- and even then it's a laugh mostly for those who have seen "The Usual Suspects."Don't get me wrong....

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events

(Proofread pending)Jim Carrey makes a four-course meal of the Tim-Burtonesque surreal scenery in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," completely overshadowing the story that is supposed to be about three crafty young orphans stuck...

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

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

Steven Spielberg's best movie in at least a decade, "Catch Me If You Can" is a capricious, invigorating, infectiously jaunty caper about one of the most extraordinary con men in United States history.In the mid-1960s,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

40 Days & 40 Nights

40 Days & 40 Nights

One of the more gratifying feelings a movie critic can have is the feeling of going into a picture expecting tiresome clichés of an overplayed genre, only to discover delightfully surprising freshness and soul where...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Dark Days

Dark Days

The best documentaries are films that submerge the viewer so completely in their subject one feels like one has been an eye witness when the credits roll. "Dark Days," which won three awards at Sundance...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

"Spring Forward" is a quiet and simple but exceptionally absorbing character study about two everyday men at opposite ends of their working lives -- one a young parolee trying to begin anew, the other reluctantly...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Strayed

Strayed

Fleeing the June 1940 arrival of Hitler's army in Paris, a pretty young war widow (Emanuelle Béart) and her two children are rescued from dive-bombing German fighters by a cocky, reckless teenager (Gaspard Ulliel) --...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

8 Women

8 Women

An affectionate, sophisticated parody of Technicolor melodramas and musicals of the 1950s -- with a some mock-Agatha Christie thrown in for fun -- Francios Ozon's ironic, estrogen-overloaded "8 Women" is a cinema-couture candy whodunit, full...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Faithless

Faithless

For any film aficionado familiar with the intimate personal history between late Swedish writer-director Ingmar Bergman and actress Liv Ullman, it's hard to watch "Faithless" without one's mind racing with questions about the autobiographical subtext.Written...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bowling For Columbine

Bowling For Columbine

Point for point, I agree with just about everything mordant muckraker Michael Moore has to say in his gun violence documentary "Bowling for Columbine," but pardon me if I shoot the messenger (ooh, the horrible...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

King Arthur

King Arthur

According to the studio advertising campaign, the 2004 mega-budget version of "King Arthur" is "the untold true story that inspired the legend" -- you know, the factual version in which Arthur is a brooding bore,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Life

Life

A surprisingly bittersweet, comedic "Cool Hand Luke,""Life" is more than just an Eddie Murphy comedy or a Martin Lawrencecomedy. It's actually layered with substance and is even affecting in itsportrayal of the bitterness, depression and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Welcome To Collinwood

Welcome To Collinwood

The entire, very talented cast of the caper comedy "Welcome to Collinwood" is clearly having a good time playing criminal washouts who know more about their own local-crook jargon than they do about breaking and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Me Myself I

Me Myself I

Call it "Sliding Doors" for soccer moms, but "Me Myself I" is the only one of these currently fashionable which-life-is-real? pictures that has at its center a real question in the lives of modern women:...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

M:i-2

M:i-2

How did John Woo turn so quickly from the action movie almighty into a self-perpetuating cliché?Once upon a time, the Hong Kong director of such guns-blazing genre high marks as "Hard Boiled" and "The Killer"...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West

It is readily apparent that Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh had a ball on the set of "Wild Wild West."Smith -- playing gun-slinging government agent Jim West -- looks so cool in his...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bedazzled

Bedazzled

It's easy to understand why Brendan Fraser wanted to star in "Bedazzled." He gets to play a Colombian drug lord, a half-witted hick version of Dennis Rodman and a whole series of other screwball characters...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Empty Mirror

The Empty Mirror

A surrealistic, detached from real time, what-if fantasy in which AdolfHitler madly dictates his memoirs while holed up in his infamous bunkerafter World War II, "The Empty Mirror" is one of those art housefilms so...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Dogtown & Z-Boys

Dogtown & Z-Boys

Without the Z-Boys, there would be no X-Games. The very concept of extreme sports was born on the hot asphalt of a dilapidated south Santa Monica in the 1970s, when a group of teenage surfers...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Anything Else

Anything Else

Comedy writer Jerry Falk -- the narrating neurotic of Woody Allen's new dysfunctional relationship comedy "Anything Else" -- has a problem asserting himself."I can't leave anybody. I'm afraid to sleep alone," says Jerry (Jason Biggs)...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Life As A House

Life As A House

Shaping an entire story around one potent metaphysical metaphor, "Life as a House" overcomes many contrived and manipulative plot elements to prevail as a genuinely moving fable about a man building his dream house as...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Igby Goes Down

Igby Goes Down

Snarky, 17-year-old, silver-spoon-raised Igby Slocumb has been booted out of every prestigious (and not-so-prestigious) prep school on the East Coast -- and one military academy too. A bored, intelligent, resourceful and willful screw-up, he's almost...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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