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Curious George

Curious George

Parents who wisely decided against bringing their youngest to see Peter Jackson's ape epic King Kong will be pleased to learn that the animated adventure Curious George follows the exact same storyline to deliver a...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Annapolis

Annapolis

We've all seen the title card "Inspired by true events." Justin Lin needs the slightly altered "Inspired by other movies" disclaimer attached to his studio-guided Annapolis, a disappointing and formulaic follow-up to the filmmaker's kinetic...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Freedomland

Freedomland

Unless you've burned through Richard Price's 1998 novel Freedomland, it's tough to pinpoint which direction this taut adaptation is headed. What starts as a routine police investigation erupts into a race riot before collapsing into...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Something New

Something New

More than 30 years ago, close-minded sitcom character George Jefferson dogged neighbors Helen and Tom Willis for partaking in an interracial relationship. The pint-sized loudmouth dubbed the duo a "zebra," and audiences howled with laughter...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Maybe placing the word "comedy" in the title is just another failed attempt at humor by Albert Brooks? Because the writer/director's pseudo-controversial Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is the least funny picture he's...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Hoodwinked

Hoodwinked

The creative team behind Hoodwinked received their diplomas from the Shrek school of satirical animation. Not that the ornery ogre's odyssey was the first feature to wed sarcasm to traditional storybook verses, but it did...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

Glory Road

Glory Road

In 1966, color-blind college basketball coach Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) led Texas Western's mixed-race team to the NCAA championship game where they faced Adolph Rupp's battle-tested Kentucky Wildcats. Haskins had rotated his handpicked squad of...

Movie Review posted on 10th March 2006

The Pink Panther (2006)

The Pink Panther (2006)

ABC premiered America's Funniest Home Videos in 1989, and the weekly video-clip competition has gone on to become the network's longest-running comedy series. Amazingly, very little has changed since that debut show. Videos rides one...

Movie Review posted on 10th February 2006

Last Holiday

Last Holiday

Queen Latifah and LL Cool J often do great work in bad movies - she elevates unnecessary Barbershop spin-offs; he convincingly flexes his acting muscles in action-centered junk like S.W.A.T. and Mindhunters.Wayne Wang's Last Holiday...

Movie Review posted on 13th January 2006

The Matador

The Matador

Pierce Brosnan's chances of returning to the James Bond role officially plunge down the drain the minute he sashays his Speedo-clad frame across the screen with Margarita in hand for all of Mexico to see....

Movie Review posted on 30th December 2005

Rumor Has It...

Rumor Has It...

Rumor Has It is the only 2005 release that I walked out of. It's really that bad. I am not exaggerating.Just saw it.

Movie Review posted on 26th December 2005

First Descent

First Descent

Someone sitting near me during a First Descent screening leaned over after the film and asked, in mock seriousness, if we can expect a bowling documentary sometime in the near future.I laughed, but in hindsight...

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2005

Yours, Mine and Ours

Yours, Mine and Ours

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 25th November 2005

Derailed

Derailed

During a recent interview, Derailed star Jennifer Aniston admitted that a close friend figured out the movie's driving twist after watching the trailer. Was the comment high praise for her pal's psychic abilities or a...

Movie Review posted on 14th November 2005

Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice

Bubblegum princess Hilary Duff's fleeting film career has reached the unpleasant stage where the wad of chew we're being offered has grown rubbery and flavorless. Our jaws ache just thinking about gnawing on a lump...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Racing Stripes

Racing Stripes

God bless Hollywood's family film genre. Where else could Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz receive top-billing over Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Whoopi Goldberg? And where else could squeaky-clean pop singer Mandy Moore...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Chicago

Chicago

The Broadway revival of Chicago managed to be cheeky and creaky, a throwback to pseudo-racy vaudeville that's "clean-sexy" in a non-threatening, Marilyn Monroe sort of way. Chicago the movie, from first-time feature director Rob Marshall,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Daddy Day Care

Daddy Day Care

Like a slugger in the midst of a three-game slump, Eddie Murphy desperately needs a hit. If the comedian made his money as a major-leaguer, he'd have been bussed down to the minors as punishment...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The School of Rock

The School of Rock

A collaboration between indie auteur director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Dazed and Confused) and taboo-pushing screenwriter Mike White (The Good Girl) shouldn't feel so mainstream. But that's exactly how The School of Rock plays. Content...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Medallion

The Medallion

Stop me if you've heard this one before. In The Medallion, flailing fighter Jackie Chan plays a police officer (surprise!) who botches an important case (surprise!) and must team with an irascible Yank (surprise!) to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Monster-in-Law

Monster-in-Law

Somebody help me - I'm turning into Roger Ebert. The household film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times typically grades on a curve when it comes to Jennifer Lopez and her on-screen endeavors, bestowing favorable grades...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Italian Job (2003)

The Italian Job (2003)

Because press junkets are repetitive by nature, it's no surprise when an actor spouts off a silly sound bite or two in an effort to fend off extreme levels of boredom. Knowing this in advance...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Weather Man

The Weather Man

The immediate forecast for Gore Verbinski's profound adult drama The Weather Man calls for intense downpours of self-loathing and perpetually overcast feelings of inadequacy. Luckily, that initial dreary period should give way to a bright...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls

Nigel Cole's empowering Calendar Girls calls to mind Peter Cattaneo's The Full Monty, though not just because it's about nude British people who have no business being in their birthday suits. Both imports work from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers

Good comedies get by on amusing concepts, while great comedies sustain the laughter long after they've delivered their one-line pitch. Wedding Crashers belongs in the former category. It rides its amusing premise like gangbusters for...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Battle of Shaker Heights

The Battle of Shaker Heights

We're two movies into Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Project Greenlight, and I'm ready to call the experiment a success. At what, I'm still not sure. The behind-the-scenes antics captured each week for the multi-part...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

It Runs in the Family (2003)

It Runs in the Family (2003)

Someone once said of nepotism, "It does a family good." And occasionally, it does a movie good, as well. It Runs in the Family might not have worked so well with, say, Martin and Charlie...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Troy

Troy

"War is young men dying and old men talking," bellows one Greek leader following a mighty clash in Troy. He might as well be talking about the movie itself. Director Wolfgang Petersen heaps handfuls of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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