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Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)

Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)

Three major studios (Sony, Paramount, and MGM) collaborated on one motion picture, and this is the result? A moronic mingling of massive families, Brady Bunch style, that isn't satisfied until father figure Dennis Quaid is...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

We Are Marshall

We Are Marshall

Football fans (myself included) talk a lot about pain. The physical sport relies heavily on violent verbiage: We got killed out there today, we're going to slaughter that team, and so on. Those terms have...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

The Prestige

The Prestige

That's four swings and four home runs for Christopher Nolan, who remains perfect having helmed an amnesic identity crisis (Memento), an atmospheric Northwestern noir (Insomnia), and the rebirth of a cherished superhero (Batman Begins). If...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Man, are we mean to horses. At least, that's what I got out of DreamWorks' Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, an old west campfire tale told from the perspective of a wild horse that...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

If Tenacious D's lyrics are to be believed, then the two-man super group is the universe's greatest rock band.Comprised of dueling acoustic guitarists Jack Black and Kyle Gass, the D fills albums with harmonious and...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2007

Flyboys

Flyboys

Airplanes parked on runways aren't very exciting. Sure, the motionless crafts contain the components necessary for flight, but they only achieve their fullest potential when they leave the ground and soar through the skies.The same...

Movie Review posted on 29th January 2007

Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland

Who killed Superman?George Reeves' death remains one of Hollywood's juiciest unsolved mysteries. After years spent clinging to the industry's fringe, the performer shot to stardom in 1952 when he hopped into Superman's red-and-blue tights for...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)

After four decades, 20 feature films and five actors in the leading role, the James Bond franchise finally gets... an origin story?You'd think it unnecessary, as 007's trademarks by this point have been burned into...

Movie Review posted on 19th January 2007

Alexander

Alexander

To paraphrase the obnoxious David Spade, I liked Alexander a lot... when it was called Troy.In fact, Oliver Stone's overblown biopic detailing the global conquests of Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) would make a nice...

Movie Review posted on 19th January 2007

2 Fast 2 Furious

2 Fast 2 Furious

Two years ago, Rob Cohen's The Fast and the Furious tapped into a subculture of gearheads and speed freaks as it transformed Vin Diesel and Paul Walker into overnight sensations. Its $145 million domestic gross...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Equilibrium

Equilibrium

I'll be the first to admit that dismissing any film as a Matrix clone feels like a cop-out. The pioneering thriller powered through theaters three years ago, yet films continue to beg, borrow, and...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Deliver Us From Eva

Deliver Us From Eva

Red flags of caution should shoot up any time the strongest actor in an ensemble comedy is a former rap star with a Halloween sequel and the critically-panned remake of Rollerball on his resume. Still,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Garfield: The Movie

Garfield: The Movie

At the very least, Garfield: The Movie explains why Bill Murray wore such a long face after Sean Penn picked up the Best Actor Oscar at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Apparently Murray had already...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet

Children, put down your books. Thanks to Walt Disney Studios, you no longer need them. In today's world, a video store membership card and a working knowledge of animated Disney classics proves to...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

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 15th January 2007

Willard

Willard

A pallid complexion, stuttered speech pattern, and naturally creepy persona have prevented Crispin Glover from achieving leading man status over the course of his 20-year career. Best known as George McFly from Back to the...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Gridiron Gang

Gridiron Gang

Wanna know why sports movies are criticized for being too cliché? Because sports, as a whole, are too cliché. We've been trained to root for the underdog, though it's conventional when that come-from-behind victory is...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Mr. Deeds

Mr. Deeds

Adam Sandler really wants you to like him. Oh, and he's also very sorry for Little Nicky, an experiment that resembled your typical Sandler flick but had the drawing power of my socks after...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

When did Clint Eastwood find the time to pour his heart and soul into Million Dollar Baby? Between stumping for last year's Mystic River and collecting accolades from critics groups coast to coast, all signs...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

An Unfinished Life

An Unfinished Life

We never meet Griff Gilkyson - he's shown in outdated photographs and discussed frequently - though his memory rages in the hearts of three emotionally damaged characters. His death is the reason director Lasse Hallström...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Stuart Little 2

Stuart Little 2

The term "little" works well in describing Rob Minkoff's Stuart Little 2. After all, this cuddly sequel to the 1999 hit is a little more visually polished, a little funnier, and a little more...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Guardian

The Guardian

Much like Top Gun and, to a lesser extent, An Officer and a Gentleman, Andrew Davis' boys-in-basic-training melodrama The Guardian primarily functions as a recruitment tool for its chosen military branch. The Coast Guard would...

Movie Review posted on 13th January 2007

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Right around the time a monkey urinates on Ben Stiller's head, I came to terms with the fact that Shawn Levy's high-concept comedy Night at the Museum would choose the lowest road possible as it...

Movie Review posted on 22nd December 2006

Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

When last we saw Rocky Balboa, our prized overachieving contender (played to monosyllabic perfection by Sylvester Stallone) had prevailed in a street fight against his protégé, Tommy "Machine" Gunn (Tommy Morrison).The Italian Stallion may have...

Movie Review posted on 20th December 2006

Apocalypto

Apocalypto

My ancient-language skills are rusty, so until I get my hands on a Mayan-to-English dictionary, I'm going to assume that Apocalypto translates into "vicious, unwieldy, and relentless brutality staged with ambitious fervor for a fruitless...

Movie Review posted on 12th December 2006

The Holiday

The Holiday

Nancy Meyers officially displaces Sleepless in Seattle director Nora Ephron as the crown-wearing queen of winsome, middle-concept romantic comedies. Granted, the writer-director has been staffing a cache of headstrong and heartfelt female characters since she...

Movie Review posted on 12th December 2006

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

If Tenacious D's lyrics are to be believed, then the two-man super group is the universe's greatest rock band.Comprised of dueling acoustic guitarists Jack Black and Kyle Gass, the D fills albums with harmonious and...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu

The last time I could use "smart" to describe a Tony Scott movie, a bath-robed Will Smith was dodging satellites and thwarting conspirators in the taut Enemy of the State. The ready-made blockbuster pushed the...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)

After four decades, 20 feature films and five actors in the leading role, the James Bond franchise finally gets... an origin story?You'd think it unnecessary, as 007's trademarks by this point have been burned into...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

A Good Year

A Good Year

Proper casting can make or break a film. A savvy producer knows not to hire Sylvester Stallone for a Shakespearean tragedy. Successful studio heads understand that the charismatic Will Smith is the wrong choice to...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2006

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