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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

The Closet (Le Placard)

The Closet (Le Placard)

Although Francis Veber's "The Closet" is billed as a comedy, it's not clear at first what sense of humor it might have. The prolific French director has been known to make screwball comedies ("Le jouet"),...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

My Favorite Martian

My Favorite Martian

Disney's "My Favorite Martian" is bookended by the only two laughsin the whole movie. The opening scene cleverly takes a swipe at NASA'sMars Rover mission as a springboard into the story about a visitor fromthe...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Crocodile Dundee In L.A.

Crocodile Dundee In L.A.

Somebody at Paramount Pictures must have owed Paul Hogan a humongous favor to green-light "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles." Before even seeing the movie, I could have told you it's 15 years too late for...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

What's The Worst That Could Happen?

What's The Worst That Could Happen?

Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito -- two stars with pretty shaky comedy credits of late -- seem to be tempting fate with the title of their new criminal vs. corporate scoundrel caper. It's called "What's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer

Never before have I seen a movie try so hard to be deliberately awful -- and succeed so wildly -- as "Wet Hot American Summer," a nickel-budget sketch-comedy spoof of early '80s teen sex-at-camp romps...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bamboozled

Bamboozled

Beginning as a stinging, double-edged satire of stereotype exploitation, Spike Lee's racially charged "Bamboozled" slowly turns into a heavy-handed horsewhipping as it loses its sense of humor.Intelligent, persuasive, scathing and certainly provocative, the picture is...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Domestic Disturbance

Domestic Disturbance

Another simplistic thriller in the child-in-peril vein, "Domestic Disturbance" follows the heroic perfect father formula of "Ransom," "Don't Say a Word," etc., substituting kidnappers with a murderous stepfather antagonist.Twelve-year-old Danny Morrison (Matt O'Leary) was hiding...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Forces Of Nature

Forces Of Nature

I just can't figure out what I think about "Forcesof Nature." The most stylistically creative romantic comedy in recentmemory, at times it's downright experimental with, for instance, two computer-enhancedstorm scenes in which raindrops fall in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Fast & The Furious

The Fast & The Furious

In its first 120 seconds, "The Fast and the Furious" makes it abundantly clear that if you're interested in anything more than gunning engines, squealing tires, custom paint jobs and arm-ornament hard-body bimbos, you're watching...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Cq

Cq

At once an homage to and a spoof of two signature styles of late 1960s cinema, "CQ" is an enjoyably eccentric entry into feature filmmaking by a writer-director who has the art form in his...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Jackass: The Movie

Jackass: The Movie

Strictly for shallow-end-of-the-gene-pool types who find professional wrestling and monster truck shows too sophisticated for their simple-minded tastes, "Jackass: The Movie" is exactly like "Jackass" the stupid-stunts-and-practical-jokes MTV show, except that the swear words aren't...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Dark Blue World

Dark Blue World

Parallel themes of honor, freedom and love run side-by-side through the World War II air war-and-amour melodrama "Dark Blue World." But the picture's stale and flimsy romance sends this otherwise stunning and profound combat story...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Girl On The Bridge

Girl On The Bridge

Movies about beautiful young women trying to find themselves are not uncommon, and neither are movies about September-May romances. But while the French import "Girl on the Bridge" could be crowbarred into one or both...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Return To Me

Return To Me

Taken out of context, the plot of "Return To Me" sounds like a really cheesy gimmick for a movie romance.David Duchovny plays a man whose beautiful, adoring wife (Joley Richardson) dies in a car crash....

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Kiss Of The Dragon

Kiss Of The Dragon

Ten years ago, before Hollywood accepted Asian heroes in its martial arts movies, a kung-fu flick as pea-brained and badly acted as "Kiss of the Dragon" would most certainly have starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. But...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bad Santa

Bad Santa

"Bad Santa" is one hilariously crass Christmas comedy -- and most certainly not for kids.From the comical poor taste of running the title credit over a shot of a bitter, broken-down, booze-hound mall Santa (Billy...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Respiro

Respiro

A grim yet hopeful, fablistic slice-of-life drama from Italian writer-director Emanuele Crialese ("Once We Were Strangers"), "Respiro" stars Valeria Golino (best known in the US for "Rain Man" and "Hot Shots!") as Grazia, a passionate,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

Plied with fiction and short on depth, the new biopic of legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly plays like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" without the excitement, charm and humor.Bearded and brooding but otherwise uncharismatic,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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