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New York Minute

New York Minute

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen - the artists formerly known as the Olsen twins - celebrate their pending legality with a calculated bid for a larger movie following. Celebrities since their diaper days on Full House,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

How to Deal

How to Deal

You could take a camcorder to the mall, videotape strangers at random, and end up with a better movie than Mandy Moore's How to Deal. Soggy and melodramatic, this mess aims to address the obstacles...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Out of Time

Out of Time

Approximately 106 times over the course of 106 playfully passionate minutes, Carl Franklin's Out of Time threatens to jump the rails of logic and careen off course. With a steady Denzel Washington at the helm,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Comedian

Comedian

Comedians are not funny people. If we're to believe Christian Charles' aptly-titled documentary, they're obsessive, jealous, self-loathing, analytical and petty. Remember, dying is easy and comedy is hard.Two paths are followed in Comedian....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

There are roughly 255 solid laughs in the full-length animated feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Not that I counted each one, but the movie runs 85 minutes and feels like it...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cheaper By The Dozen

Cheaper By The Dozen

Can someone please pull Steve Martin's career out of the past? Once wild and crazy, Martin's now mild and lazy, a cookie-cutter comedian content to milk mediocre laughs out of reheated remakes of classic flicks....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mystic River

Mystic River

Around this time of year, select projects start entering theaters powered by an invisible yet completely tangible force known as Awards Buzz. Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's textured novel, enjoys such clout,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Criticism toward Joel Schumacher's attempted enactment of Andrew Lloyd Webber's cherished stage musical The Phantom of the Opera likely will fall on deaf ears. If you love the source material (I don't), the chances are...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ray

Ray

Every time former Booty Call-er Jamie Foxx rasps his voice, sways gracefully on a piano bench, or hugs his own torso in triumph, we lose the actor we've come to know completely. Left standing in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

View from the Top

View from the Top

Assume crash positions, people. We're going down.Bruno Barreto's View from the Top begins with small-town beauty Donna's (a miscast Gwyneth Paltrow) head planted firmly in the clouds. She enrolls in flight school as a means...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Three Marias

The Three Marias

Brazilian director Aluisio Abranches starts his drama The Three Marias with a series of brutal and senseless deaths. Two brothers are struck down, one burned alive by a gasoline-splashing madman while the other has his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Country Bears

The Country Bears

Never mind comic books and video games... Believe it or not, Walt Disney's The Country Bears is (to our knowledge) the first movie based on an amusement park attraction. What's next, It's A...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Birth

Birth

Jonathan Glazer's stylish debut Sexy Beast stood out for the uncharacteristically explosive and vicious performance the director coaxed out of stately Ben Kingsley. Evidence of any such energy all but escapes Birth, Glazer's anticipated follow-up...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Yes Men

The Yes Men

The thinking man's comedy, The Yes Men is a brainy offshoot of MTV's Punk'd that's hatched from the team behind the shrewd American Movie. Using guerilla-style filmmaking tactics, directors Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, and Sarah...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

When Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered, "I'll be back," nearly 20 years ago, someone should have asked him, "How many times?" Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines marks Arnie's third go-round as the futuristic cyborg, and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship opens with one of the most gruesome, gratuitous, and swiftest slaughters in recent memory. Without warning, dozens of passengers aboard a luxurious Italian luxury liner are sliced in half by a makeshift...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Are you disappointed that the Grumpy Old Men franchise died with stars Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon? Never fear. The familiar formula has been slightly doctored, recast, and relocated from Minnesota to Louisiana...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Miracle

Miracle

You'd have to work extra hard to botch the feel-good story of the underdog U.S.A. hockey team that overcame adversity in the 1980 Olympics and earned an unexpected gold medal. Miracle, which recounts the team's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

National Security

National Security

Directors often copy the techniques of respected filmmakers without raising much ire. But when a director borrows liberally from the volatile filmography of pyrotechnic prince Michael Bay, they're just asking for trouble. Dennis Dugan's National...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls

The title Darkness Falls is incomplete. Several other things fall as this 76 minute monstrosity lumbers along, including (but not limited to) your hopes, your interest level, and finally, your eyelids.Actually, Darkness Falls is the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Proof (2005)

Proof (2005)

The Broadway hit Proof put playwright David Auburn's name on the map, earned him a shelf full of prizes (from Tony to Pulitzer), and reminded those of us who stopped paying attention that Mary-Louise Parker...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Something's Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give

Writer/director Nancy Meyers has penned a little ditty about Jack and Diane in Something's Gotta Give. Sure, they go by different names and actually attempt to construct characters separated from their recognizable personas. Borrowing a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Reign of Fire

Reign of Fire

Pity the dragon. When not building lame adventures around the mythical beasts (Dungeons & Dragons), filmmakers have saddled the poor creatures with the smooth baritone stylings of Sean Connery (Dragonheart). Reign of Fire,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher

Quiet, small-scale, and self-contained dramas such as Antwone Fisher can be powered in one direction or another by the smallest detail. For title character (and real person) Fisher (Derek Luke), a sailor serving in the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Barbershop 2: Back In Business

Barbershop 2: Back In Business

The first Barbershop was a pleasant surprise, an easygoing comedy that had its ear turned toward the community and its heart in the right place. The sequel doesn't surprise us - we know what to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Holes

Holes

In certain literary circles, the ones that meet during fourth-period study hall, Louis Sachar's Newberry Award-winning Holes has replaced the Harry Potter series as the hip new read. No wonder, since the novel introduces readers...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Club Dread

Club Dread

Club Dreadful is more like it. Have you ever watched a horror movie where you're begging for the deranged serial killer to make quick work of his or her aggravating victims? Club Dread is that...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

DreamWorks' animated division continues its mediocre streak of family-centered adventures with the visually stimulating but substandard Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Based ever-so-loosely on Sinbad's literary escapades, the film shows our courageous thief (voiced...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Coach Carter

Coach Carter

Even those unfamiliar with real-life high school basketball coach Ken Carter might find familiar elements in the inspirational drama based on his achievements. After all, how many different ways can you tell the story of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

The first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of Robert Zemeckis' digital banquet The Polar Express draw inspiration from Chris Van Allsburg's wonderful Christmas novel of the same name. Beginning with the late-night arrival...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

We pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away this week at the age of 76.

Album of the Week: Conquering 'Stage Fright' with The Band

Album of the Week: Conquering 'Stage Fright' with The Band

'Stage Fright' was released on August 17th, 1970.

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Is Netflix's 'Outlaw King' Starring Chris Pine The New 'Braveheart'?

Is Netflix's 'Outlaw King' Starring Chris Pine The New 'Braveheart'?

We can't wait until the Fall for this gritty historic thriller.

7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music

7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music

From Robbie Williams to Olly Murs, these musicians are still football mad.

Paul McCartney - Fuh You Lyric Video

Paul McCartney - Fuh You Lyric Video

It's a far cry from The Beatles' 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand', but Paul McCartney has unveiled a risque new single entitled 'Fuh You'.

Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

Which of Madonna's many hits do you think is the best?

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