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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

Someone Like You

Someone Like You

What's this? An authentically human romantic comedy without any sign of two-dimensional stereotypes, nose-crinkling cute stock sweethearts or broadly farcical emotional retards? Well, beat me with a valentine! Who'd have thunk it.At first glance, "Someone...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

My Son The Fanatic

My Son The Fanatic

In "My Son the Fanatic," a Pakistani cabbieis forced to face a moral and cultural crisis after 25 years of assimilationinto English life in London. His son has broken off an engagement to a police...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

K-19: The Widowmaker

K-19: The Widowmaker

If there's one thing almost all submarine movies do well, it's creating a corporeal sense of tension. It's a product of the genre's fundamental elements: inherent danger, high drama and human conflict in enclosed spaces,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Independent

The Independent

Remember that great Z-grade 1969 protest picture "Brothers Divided," about the conjoined twins drafted to serve in Vietnam?No? How about the blaxploitation classics "Venus De Mofo" and "The Foxy Chocolate Robot?" Or the tree-hugging girlie...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Grey Zone

The Grey Zone

A harrowing, soul-searching account of the Holocaust is presented from a very unique perspective in "The Grey Zone," which is based in part on diaries found buried at Auschwitz and the memoirs of Miklos Nyiszli,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Life Or Something Like It

Life Or Something Like It

Angelina Jolie shows off the lighter side of her considerable acting talent in "Life or Something Like It," a re-prioritization comedy about an ambitious, showbiz-shallow, platinum blonde fluff reporter for a Seattle TV news station.She...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

At the helm of "Pay It Forward," director Mimi Leder becomes such a manipulatively mawkish emotional puppeteer that it feels as if she's tossing tear gas grenades into the audience.Adapted from Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Frida

Frida

Most movies about the lives of famous artists never provide a true sense of what drove the person's creativity. Even in a strongly acted, strongly directed biopic like 2000's "Pollock," for example, the closest it...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

Last year's kiddie secret-agent comedy "Agent Cody Banks" was a stupid movie that got by on clever charm. It starred Frankie Muniz (from "Malcolm in the Middle") as a junior-high James Bond who had to...

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

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

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