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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

Far from rocket science, the bubbly sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde takes the formula from the original 2001 hit and simply lathers, rinses and repeats. What's left is a faint carbon copy...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Jim Carrey fans who roll in the aisle and clutch their sides every time the lanky megawatt talks out of his rear will despise the first 30 minutes of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Secondhand Lions

Secondhand Lions

Like a similar creature that patrols a certain Yellow Brick Road, Tim McCanlies' Secondhand Lions is in dire need of a shot of courage. It's scary to think of how much better this king of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Criminal

Criminal

Argentinian filmmaker Fabian Bielinsky enjoyed a surprise hit in 2002 with his crackling con artist scheme Nine Queens. The intricate thriller about an established crook and his inexperienced protégé moved at such a rapid clip...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Rundown

The Rundown

The dentist responsible for maintaining The Rundown cast's teeth deserves an Academy Award. Leading man The Rock's flashy grin steals the spotlight from his weight room-generated physique. Seann William Scott must floss three times a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Fantastic? Not exactly, but Tim Story's take on Marvel Comic's first family of superheroes can be fun if your expectations are low enough.This summer's second superhero saga, Fantastic Four explains how five members of a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Truth About Charlie

The Truth About Charlie

It's possible to pinpoint the exact scene where the wheels come off director Jonathan Demme's rickety, pointless remake of the 1963 Cary Grant-Audrey Hepburn thriller Charade, where the whole ride comes to a screeching halt....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Juwanna Mann

Juwanna Mann

Hollywood's latest cross-dressing comedy comes from Warner Bros., a studio that up until now has been enjoying a successful summer run (Scooby-Doo, Insomnia, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood). Juwanna Mann -- best...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Shame is the name of the game in Kicking & Screaming. Will Ferrell's latest outing finds the funnyman trading his Anchorman hairpiece and crippling ego for a clipboard and whistle so he can coach his...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Be Cool

Be Cool

Ten years after he forcefully established himself as a Hollywood player, smooth-talking mobster Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is prepared to flee the biz. His breakout smash Get Shorty opened the door to multiple money-grabbing sequels...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven

Ah death - so hilarious. If not for the neo-glow cinematography and jangly pop soundtrack, one could almost mistake Just Like Heaven as a potentially morbid downer. The story starts with a car crash, follows...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Home on the Range

Home on the Range

Disney's recent, highly-publicized split with Pixar Animation Studios probably caused stockholders, executives, and outsiders eyeballing the Mouse House to quake in their boots. After all, Walt's prized studio hasn't produced a worthy animated feature-length film...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Hulk

The Hulk

Months before The Hulk director Ang Lee announced he'd rely solely on CGI to create his colossal star, fanboys from Portland to Poughkeepsie worried about how the not-so-jolly green giant would look on screen. Early...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Suspect Zero

Suspect Zero

I suspect that zero is moderately close to the number of viewers who will be impressed with Suspect Zero. Another by-the-book serial killer thriller that uses David Fincher's Seven as its guide, Zero takes a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Elf

Elf

On Christmas Eve, an infant crawls into Santa's sack and hitches a ride back to the North Pole. Upon finding his imported cargo, Santa passes the bundle of joy off to a paternal elf (played...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Uptown Girls

Uptown Girls

You have to pay close attention, but there's a subtle hint in an early scene of Boaz Yakin's unwatchable Uptown Girls that let's us know what's in store: A TV playing in the background of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Final Cut (2004)

The Final Cut (2004)

Is it possible for a film to have too many ideas? Anything's possible, of course, in the realm of science fiction. By exploring an unspecified futuristic society, writer/director Omar Naim raises disturbing sci-fi conundrums in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pistol Opera

Pistol Opera

A recent article in Entertainment Weekly explains why Hollywood heavyweights from Tom Cruise to Brad Pitt are casting their creative nets across the Far East for new ideas. Who can blame them? In terms of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Grudge

The Grudge

Sarah Michelle Gellar and the supernatural go together like peas and carrots, to borrow a phrase from our friend Forrest Gump. The starlet's signature role had her slaying vampires as Buffy Summers. We all know...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Core

The Core

The Core is Armageddon inside the Earth. If you've caught the trailer, spotted the revealing poster, or even overheard a total stranger briefly mentioning the plot in mixed company, then you've figured this much already....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Man

The Man

The Man will remind most of us of 48 Hours, with Samuel L. Jackson assuming Nick Nolte's disgruntled cop role and Eugene Levy downplaying Eddie Murphy's scene-stealing accomplice in crime.Mistaken identities pull Levy's character Andy...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Forgotten

The Forgotten

Wrap your brain around this one. It has been 14 months since grieving mother Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) lost her son, Sam, in a plane crash that took the lives of 10 other children. She's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Missing

The Missing

Is there a role Cate Blanchett cannot convincingly play? As the tent pole of Ron Howard's drawn-out period thriller The Missing, the Oscar nominee assumes the physical, spiritual, and emotional confidence of a pioneer woman...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

Comparisons between Tim Burton's stop-motion endeavors The Nightmare Before Christmas (which he co-wrote) and Corpse Bride (which he co-directed) are inevitable and unfair. The former will always be the Neil Armstrong of this particular animation...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Ladykillers (2004)

The Ladykillers (2004)

Joel and Ethan Coen's hot hands finally have cooled with their remake of The Ladykillers, and fans could probably see it coming. For starters, as mentioned, it's a remake - uncharted waters for two filmmakers...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Perfect Score

The Perfect Score

Ocean's Eleven meets The Breakfast Club as six ambitious high school seniors hatch a plot to steal the answers to the SAT and advance with ease to the colleges of their choice.For the record, I...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Elektra

Elektra

Allow me to geek out for a minute. Renowned comic book writer/artist Frank Miller first introduced his assassin-for-hire character Elektra in the pages of Daredevil (issue No. 168, to be exact). His contributions to the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Bad News Bears

Bad News Bears

When a movie this awful tosses the adjective "bad" into its title, we call it truth in advertising. Look beyond the easy-target moniker and you'll find even more bad news: Richard Linklater's remake of Michael...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Perfect Man

The Perfect Man

Dear Hilary,Please don't take this the wrong way. You're a wonderful girl, and we've had some fun. But I'm writing this review to let you know that I can't see you or your movies anymore....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown

Soundtracks to Cameron Crowe's movies are often as memorable as the films themselves. Crowe's most famous marriage of cinema and song has to be John Cusack's radio hoist to the beat of Peter Gabriel's "In...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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