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Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers

At some point during the process of adapting James Bradley's nonfiction book about the battle of Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood decided he'd need two movies to adequately manage the material's scope. The first, Flags of...

Movie Review posted on 20th October 2006

Man of the Year

Man of the Year

Like a politician riding the campaign trail, Barry Levinson's Man of the Year talks out of both sides of its mouth by promising one thing but delivering another. Ad materials suggest an irreverent Robin Williams...

Movie Review posted on 13th October 2006

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 9th October 2006

The Last Kiss (2006)

The Last Kiss (2006)

The catchy pop ballads found on the soundtrack for Tony Goldwyn's The Last Kiss will break your heart in two. The movie these songs support only wishes it could make such a claim.Back to the...

Movie Review posted on 9th October 2006

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 9th October 2006

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 29th September 2006

Feast

Feast

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Project Greenlight, a reality program designed to give first-time film makers an unprecedented shot at their dream, won a few battles but ultimately lost its war.Over the course of three...

Movie Review posted on 22nd September 2006

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 22nd September 2006

Invincible (2006)

Invincible (2006)

Following the disappointing 1975 season that saw the team finishing 4-10, the Philadelphia Eagles needed assistance and weren't picky about where the help would come from. In a move characterized as part desperation, part publicity...

Movie Review posted on 29th August 2006

Step Up

Step Up

Advertising materials tell us all we need to know about Step Up. She's a little bit Fame, and he's a little bit West Side Story. She's an ice queen, while he's a Vanilla Ice clone....

Movie Review posted on 14th August 2006

Step Up

Step Up

Advertising materials tell us all we need to know about Step Up. She's a little bit Fame, and he's a little bit West Side Story. She's an ice queen, while he's a Vanilla Ice clone....

Movie Review posted on 11th August 2006

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

The animals populating Steve Oedekerk's Barnyard: The Original Party Animals remind me of the plastic Little People figurines with which my two-year-old plays. The cows wear snap-on noses and hold objects in synthetically smooth velvet...

Movie Review posted on 4th August 2006

Miami Vice

Miami Vice

You can learn a lot about Michael Mann's updated Miami Vice by listening to Glenn Frey. It's true. Many questions surrounding this remake are answered using the lyrics to Frey's prophetic "Smuggler's Blues," a song...

Movie Review posted on 1st August 2006

The Ant Bully

The Ant Bully

The ants bustling through the colony refer to Lucas (Zach Tyler) as "The Destroyer." The nickname is well-deserved. Because he is picked on by the neighborhood bully, the pint-sized Lucas vents his frustrations on someone...

Movie Review posted on 28th July 2006

You, Me and Dupree

You, Me and Dupree

Entertainment gossip trackers shamelessly debate an actor's chosen sexuality in much the same way that baseball fans discuss a player's stats. Is he gay? Is she bisexual? Some even make broad assumptions that everyone in...

Movie Review posted on 14th July 2006

United 93

United 93

The horrors of September 11, 2001, have been well documented. Seconds after American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower, our collective attentions fixed on the unthinkable scene. Hours stretched into...

Movie Review posted on 12th July 2006

X-Men: The Last Stand

X-Men: The Last Stand

We've witnessed, this summer, how fresh blood can rejuvenate a franchise entering its third installment. Weeks ago, Paramount handed the Mission: Impossible keys to J.J. Abrams (Alias) and clicked their heels when the inventive television...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2006

Hoot

Hoot

Mystery novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen aimed his book Hoot at young adults, so it's fitting that the movie version ends up filling the widening generational gap at the cinemas. Adapted by television...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2006

Superman Returns

Superman Returns

You are bound to leave Superman Returns buzzing about "the scene." It's our first real glimpse in the film of the Man of Steel in action, the first genuine indication that the spandex-clad savior has,...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2006

Nacho Libre

Nacho Libre

Husband-and-wife filmmakers Jared and Jerusha Hess share a bizarre sense of humor, one that's difficult to categorize but apparently pretty popular. They know what amuses them, be it an eccentric sight gag or a particular...

Movie Review posted on 21st June 2006

Cars

Cars

Almost every major sport has a companion film, the one movie fans routinely point to as the definitive representation of their beloved competitive activity. Basketball has Hoosiers. Baseball divides camps between The Natural and Bull...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2006

Over the Hedge

Over the Hedge

Audiences who peek Over the Hedge at DreamWorks' latest creation are destined to find a homogenized animated feature that's as polished as the pop-up suburban neighborhood that houses the bulk of the action. Blessed with...

Movie Review posted on 20th May 2006

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

Entertainment journalist Cal Fussman interviewed Tom Hanks for the June issue of Esquire. As part of an insightful feature, the two-time Oscar winner flipped through candid photographs taken on various film sets over the course...

Movie Review posted on 19th May 2006

Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible III

Paramount's mission sounded impossible. Its assignment? Resurrect Tom Cruise's lucrative espionage franchise, which director John Woo left in shambles after the overly stylish and unreasonably convoluted 2000 installment.To move forward, the studio and star (a...

Movie Review posted on 5th May 2006

R.V.

R.V.

Bob Munro (Robin Williams) has reached a difficult intersection on the road of life. Once, he played hero to his daughter Cassie (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque). Now she's an iPod-sporting, disgruntled teenager who'd rather hang with...

Movie Review posted on 29th April 2006

The Wild

The Wild

You will not find a worse movie in Walt Disney's animated canon than The Wild. At the very least, the hyperactive abomination helps us understand why the once-mighty studio shelled out $7.4 billion to acquire...

Movie Review posted on 24th April 2006

Take the Lead

Take the Lead

Liz Friedlander's Take the Lead is a marginally fictional biopic of Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas), the real-life New York dance instructor who found himself compelled to educate bad-seed, inner-city high school students. It is a...

Movie Review posted on 8th April 2006

Atl

Atl

Watching Chris Robinson's ATL - hip code slang for Atlanta (and just when I got comfortable calling it "Hot-lanta") - we should have no doubt that this coming-of-age story plays out on the streets of...

Movie Review posted on 1st April 2006

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Ice Age: The Meltdown

I hated Ice Age. The prehistoric road-trip comedy arrived in theaters on the heels of the superior Shrek and paled in comparison. Even judged on its own merits, Age moved like a two-ton glacier, suffered...

Movie Review posted on 31st March 2006

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

A handful of films released during the 2005 Oscar race raised important questions about the unchecked influence of government. Stephen Gaghan's Syriana probed the unholy marriage of business and politics in the Middle East. George...

Movie Review posted on 17th March 2006

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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

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

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7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music

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Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

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