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Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

Seething with teen-angst irritability and an obstinate blind ignorance to just how much of an outcast he is, Napoleon Dynamite may be the biggest dork in the history of high school movies.Completely lacking in social...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The 13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior

After a year's worth of post-production monkeying, "The 13th Warrior" has finally come to theaters, and its still a big mess.The screen adaptation of an early Michael Crichton novel about 10th Century Vikings called "Eaters...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Love & Basketball

Love & Basketball

An inspired labor of love about sports and romance in which the female lead is an athlete, too, "Love and Basketball" is one for the "why didn't anybody think of this before?" file.For decades, the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Solaris

Solaris

Steven Soderbergh takes a crack at melding his commercial sensibilities with his esoteric soul in "Solaris," an abstract, ultrastylish, philosophical science fiction film designed to leave you mulling over its meaning for hours, if not...

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

Audition (Odishon)

Audition (Odishon)

The main character in "Audition" is a shy, middle-aged Japanese widower who taps a movie-making buddy to help him find a new wife now that his son is a teenager with a life of his...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Tomcats

Tomcats

Until the blooper reel that runs with the closing credits, there's scarcely a sign of wit or talent in the entirety of "Tomcats," another in what seems to be a never-ending sewer-spawn tidal wave of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Wedding Planner

The Wedding Planner

Jennifer Lopez must have an iron stomach to have been able to read even the first five pages "The Wedding Planner" script without losing her lunch. After a Vaseline-lensed prologue flashback showing a little girl...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Rules Of Attraction

The Rules Of Attraction

Like an episode of MTV's barely-legal late-night dorm life soap "Undressed," with 20 times the creativity but without any more substance, "The Rules of Attraction" is a stylish, glib, endemically energetic diversion that's indulgently entertaining...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Unbreakable

Unbreakable

When the credits rolled at the end of "Unbreakable," I wasn't sure what to make of it. The concept was so off-the-wall I wasn't sure if I was supposed to take it seriously or if...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Jackpot

Jackpot

Sunny Holiday is a karaoke singer with delusions of grandeur. It's not that he's a bad singer or lacks stage presence -- heck, cue up a catchy country tune in a roadside bar and Sunny...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Ocean's Twelve

Ocean's Twelve

Casino boss Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) has caught up with Danny Ocean's merry band of hipster crooks, and he wants his $160 million back -- with interest. As "Ocean's Twelve" begins, the disbanded gang that...

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

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

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Adam Sandler has gone soft and it just doesn't work. Whilehe somehow managed to carry off his sweet, pathetic romantic lead characterin "The Wedding Singer" last year, in "BigDaddy" he's taken it too far. The...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

End Of Days

End Of Days

By 10 minutes into "End of Days," this sorry Schwarzenegger-versus-Satan saga -- full of gratuitous gore-and-guns and contorted Christian mythology -- has already proved itself to be the most laughable entry yet in the recently...

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

October Sky

October Sky

Although "October Sky" is a film with no surprises from its soundtrack of '50s rock 'n' roll standards to its triumph over adversity themes, this teen-years biography of a NASA scientist who got his start...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Love Me If You Dare

Love Me If You Dare

A smash hit in its native France, "Love Me If You Dare" is a precariously bold, dark but light-hearted comedy about a boy and a girl who grow up together challenging each other to more...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Last Resort

Last Resort

Polish writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski pulls the viewer right into the anxiety-drowned heart of a young, naive Russian immigrant in "Last Resort," a visceral, intimate drama that takes place in an internment camp for political refugees...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bubble Boy

Bubble Boy

Great casting is absolutely vital to a puckishly impudent comedy like "Bubble Boy" -- the story of a happy-go-lucky, immune-deficient geek who zip-locks himself into a homemade portable orb to travel cross-country and stop the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Gods & Generals

Gods & Generals

If the 3 hour and 49 minute Civil War epic "Gods and Generals" is any indication, the Union and the Confederate armies must have talked each other to death.The movie has, at most, five scattered...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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