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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

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

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

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

The Wood

The Wood

In its first five minutes "The Wood" looks likeit's going to be a breaking-the-fourth-wall disaster, as Omar Epps ("TheMod Squad") narrates to camera, explainingto the audience that it's two hours and ticking until his best...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

But I'm A Cheerleader

But I'm A Cheerleader

"But I'm a Cheerleader" is pure camp, from its often hammy acting to its candy-colored ambience to its plot about an in-crowd high schooler whose panicked suburban parents pack her away to retreat where sexually...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

Martin Lawrence proves his brazenly raunchy stand-up routine can still go 12 rounds in his new concert film "Martin Lawrence Live: RunTelDat." But if you like the man because he's funny, you might want to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Onegin

Onegin

Ralph Fiennes is dangerously close to being pigeon-holed as cinema's go-to guy for doomed, stoic, period lover roles. Save his ill-advised turn as Jonathan Steed in that unfortunate "Avengers" movie, the guy hasn't done anything...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Formula 51

Formula 51

The title of "Formula 51," couldn't be more appropriate for this perfunctory action-comedy, seeing as its cobbled together from at least that many formulaic plot points, formulaic action sequences, formulaic catch phrases, formulaic jokes and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Songcatcher

Songcatcher

Wonderfully chameleonic actress Janet McTeer ("The King Is Alive," "Tumbleweeds") gives another of her distinctive and deeply immersed performances in "Songcatcher" as a priggish 1900s music scholar.A terse, obstinate, overeducated woman who is deeply resentful...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Blow Dry

Blow Dry

"Blow Dry" is a leaden British dramedy about an estranged family of hairdressers reconciling when a big coiffeur competition comes to their small town. Like "The Big Tease" -- a similarly themed English mockumentary that...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Riding In Cars With Boys

Riding In Cars With Boys

When a movie says it's "based on" a true story, all too often it means that after the script doctors get through with it, what's left is too predictable and packed with clichés to bear...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

"South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" justcan't wait to wiggle out of the restraints put on its television counterpart.In the first 10 minutes of the movie, the cartoon's creators go out oftheir way to assure...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Julien Donkey-Boy

Julien Donkey-Boy

"julien donkey-boy" is fascinating viewing for a movie that has nothing to say and nowhere to go.Gutsy, artistically engrossing and fearlessly acted, it is the second feature of Harmony Korine, the dysfunctional, wonder-freak youth who...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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