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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

What Women Want

What Women Want

You know how in testosterone-charged action movies an explosion will be shown over and over again in slow motion, and from four or five different angles? The ultimate sign of a guy movie, right?Well, in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion

As mechanical as an old Disneyland automaton, "The Haunted Mansion" is the third movie in a year from the Mouse House studio based on one of its own theme park rides -- and while it's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Shadow Of The Vampire

Shadow Of The Vampire

Part homage to one of cinema's best-known silent films, part winkingly nebulous black comedy, and part old-school horror flick, "Shadow of the Vampire" is a crafty "what if" fictionalization of the making of "Nosferatu," the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Chicago

Chicago

Within the first five seconds of the musical number that opens the film adaptation of "Chicago," director Rob Marshall has established such a sublimely vivacious speakeasy atmosphere of hot jazz, cigarette smoke and showgirls that...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Legend Of Drunken Master

The Legend Of Drunken Master

Widely considered Jackie Chan's best movie, "The Legend of Drunken Master" (released to the rest of the world in 1994 as "Drunken Master II") features what are arguably the fastest, most furious and elaborate --...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

About 50 minutes into "Tomb Raider" the plot abruptly ends -- there's literally no reason for the movie to continue -- but not a single character notices.Video game vixen Lara Croft -- that curvaceous, gun-slinging...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Door In The Floor

The Door In The Floor

Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger give a pair of extraordinary performances in "The Door in the Floor" as a couple whose souls and whose marriage have never recovered from the deaths of their teenage sons...

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

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