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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals are garish, puerile melodramas with all the elegance and sincerity of a Super Bowl halftime show -- and his brash, brassy songs have the depth and nuance of action-movie explosions.Director Joel...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pieces Of April

Pieces Of April

"Pieces of April" is a Murphy's-Law Thanksgiving comedy in which both the meal and the movie have a hard time coming together.Saddled with a handful of sitcomy plot contrivances that leave it struggling with its...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

I Am Sam

I Am Sam

To grasp the shameless, trolling-for-Oscars concept behind "I Am Sam," an insufferably mawkish, mentally-challenged melodrama of self-aggrandizing proportions, just imagine a tear-jerking "Rain Man" sequel with Dustin Hoffman in a custody battle over a button-cute...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Arlington Road

Arlington Road

There's just one thing standing in the way of "ArlingtonRoad" taking a place among the best film noir politics-and-paranoiathrillers -- the script is so tight that the hero is forced to make a dumbmistake now...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Everything the kinetic, colorful, superficially violent "Kill Bill: Volume 1" lacked in depth and character is remedied tenfold in Quentin Tarantino's stunning, cunning conclusion to his epic revenge fantasy.Gone are the absurdist bloodbaths and the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo

One of the indications that a screenwriter has been living in Hollywood too long is when he start writing stories in which gorgeous, intelligent women fall in love with homely, chauvinist trolls like Rob Schneider...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Brotherhood Of The Wolf

Brotherhood Of The Wolf

"Brotherhood of the Wolf" isn't a bad pre-Revolutionary French action-horror flick, per se. But everything that's wrong with it can be summed up by noting that if it had been made in English, it would...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pushing Tin

Pushing Tin

As tremendously cocksure rival air traffic controllers,John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton amplify the already provokingly chargedatmosphere of "Pushing Tin," a caustic, chaotic, dark comedythat takes place in the killer-stress world of the Long Island's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Shrek

Shrek

Once upon a time there was a mean ogre who lived in an enchanted forest full of suspiciously familiar characters. There was a trio of little pigs forever on the run from some wolf. There...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded

Here's your review of "The Matrix Reloaded" in a nutshell: One incredibly cool, gravity-defying, CGI-aided, swirling-camera kung-fu melee; one jaw-dropping, 100-mph, against-traffic freeway chase; and way, way too much long-winded, expository, circular, self-important, pseudo-philosophical yappity-yappity-yap.Writing-directing...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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