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28 Days Later

28 Days Later

The eerily and utterly empty streets of a looted London in the early scenes of "28 Days Later" are a perfectly chilling primer for the gritty neo-B-movie horror to follow in this incisive, underground-styled revival...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Some foreign films should never be dubbed. Reading an elementary translation in subtitle while hearing the passion and emotion in the inflection of the original voices is often more honest and more engrossing than hearing...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek: Nemesis

"Star Trek" films have always faced considerable scrutiny from their detail-oriented fans, so one would think by the 10th big screen outing the shepherds of the series would know better than to make a movie...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Romeo Must Die

Romeo Must Die

Most freely adapted from Shakespeare, "Romeo Must Die" is a pounding-adrenaline martial arts action flick with a rival gang romance subplot that seems to have lifted more from "Macbeth" than "Romeo and Juliet" -- mainly...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives

Screenwriter Paul Rudnick (Adams Family Values, In and Out ) is wicked with the one-liners, so zingers abound in his tongue-in-cheek reworking of "The Stepford Wives" -- the creepy, retrospectively campy chiller from 1975 about...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Thick with director Wes Anderson's unique brand of laughing-on-the-inside irony, "The Royal Tenenbaums" is a bittersweet comedy of bourgeoisie dysfunction in a family of failed prodigies.The Tenenbaum children each excelled so extraordinarily in their youth...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Alamo

The Alamo

If you want to remember the Alamo, the latest feature film version of the Texas fort's famous last stand may not be much help.A beautifully produced but relatively bloodless (literally and figuratively) Hollywood rendering of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Joe Dirt

Joe Dirt

"Joe Dirt" was obviously written by people who owe their careers to sketch comedy. This David Spade vehicle about an inbred, mullet-haired, 98-pound nitwit has no structure to speak of other than the main character...

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

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

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

Garfield: The Movie

Garfield: The Movie

The "Garfield" comic strip hasn't been funny in at least 15 years, but Bill Murray rescues the movie adaptation from the same fate by capturing, in his purringly petulant voice performance, that indolent, impudent charm...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

There is a sub-genre of comedy that Saturday Night Live alumni seem to specialize in which I've decided to dub the "wouldn't it be funny if" movie. The defining characteristics are as follows: 1) Begin...

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

Lake Placid

Lake Placid

"Lake Placid" is a sub-standard monster movie with such a greatcast of enjoyable stars you won't even care that it's bad. Star number one: Bridget Fonda, who plays a lab jockeypaleontologist, an indoor kind of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Fantasia 2000

Fantasia 2000

(Review written for IMAX release)Always intended to be an ongoing experiment in animation, Disney's "Fantasia," which stalled out after its spectacular first installment in 1940, has been reborn with a brand new gimmick -- the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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

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

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