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The Five Obstructions

The Five Obstructions

An eccentric and intrepid testament to the pure joy of cinema, "The Five Obstructions" is what happens when one of the world's most audacious filmmakers -- Las von Trier, founder of the minimalist Dogme95 movement...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

A senseless roller coaster ride through the unstable mind of a bubble-headed, Japanese teenager and flash-in-the-pan, cheese-pop singer, "Perfect Blue" is just the kind of anime that could turn Western audiences off from this generally...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

I ? Huckabees

I ? Huckabees

The one philosophy behind the existential screwball comedy "I ? Huckabees" (pronounce the ? as "heart") is that there is no one philosophy. A satire of spiritual gurus, self-help and other psychological gimmickry, it makes...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Narc

Narc

A rogue-cop drama with such robust performances and realistic grit that its flirtation with clichés hardly matters, "Narc" strives to bring back the tough authenticity of 1970s police flicks like "Serpico" and "The French Connection."Jason...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Gone In 60 Seconds

Gone In 60 Seconds

"Gone in 60 Seconds" wants to be a dusky, adrenaline-driven joy ride of car chases and ultra-cool criminal heroes, but it's so bland that it only manages to be exciting for about 20 seconds at...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Way Of The Gun

The Way Of The Gun

A belated, Tarantino-spawn crime caper picture packed with highly contrived, high-caliber gunplay and other bursts of meaningless creativity, "The Way of the Gun" is the gritty and stylish, but hollow and hyperbolic, directorial debut of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Three Kings

Three Kings

Leave it to oddball indie auteur David O. Russell to take his first studio commission and make a bang-up action flick that's also a dark comedy, a political soapbox, a human drama and condemnation of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Mod Squad

The Mod Squad

That fact that "The Mod Squad" opens with a dictionary definitionof "mod" appearing on the screen -- altered to include GenerationY hipsters -- did not bode well for the intelligence level to which thismovie was...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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