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Prime

Prime

The title makes no sense - when you hear Prime, you expect a movie about numbers or meat - but the sentiments found in this cute romantic comedy are easily identifiable. Writer/director Ben Younger follows...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Benji: Off The Leash!

Benji: Off The Leash!

Benji: Off the Leash! is at once a terrible movie and a terrific public service announcement for the ASPCA. Longtime Benji writer/director Joe Camp clearly would rather shout his anti-animal cruelty messages from a soapbox...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

The Pixar logo - which is the company's name with a desk lamp in place of the "I" - has become the cinematic equivalent of a "Prime" stamp on a side of beef. Once we...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop

Television shows spin-off characters all the time - Matt LeBlanc leaves Friends for Joey and Cheers gives way to Frasier. Not so in movies, where producers frequently tease similar spin-offs but rarely make the big-budget...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Gigli

Gigli

That deafening sound you hear is negative buzz. Gigli just opened, and already it has plenty. Early test screenings started it. The media fueled it. And the release of the film may finally conclude our...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Any sailor worth his salt knows that "pirate" is a curse word you don't dare utter on the high seas. You just might summon the scavengers' fearful wrath. Actually, "pirate" wasn't a word you wanted...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Five years ago, Miss Congeniality gift-wrapped a Christmas hit for Warner Bros. as it delivered Sandra Bullock a much-needed meaty role. The actress was suffering a string of mediocre underperformers at the time, from the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire

Let's all breathe a sigh of relief that we've got Almost Famous, for without that giddy skip down music's memory lane, there's a chance Jerry Maguire would have been considered the quintessential Cameron Crowe movie.Not...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Clearing

The Clearing

There's tension in them there trees, and hopefully some cash for Fox Searchlight in the form of counter-programming. Surrounded by a sea of summer popcorn escapist vehicles, the rock-solid kidnapping thriller The Clearing feels like...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Masterpiece Theater meets Mayberry in Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, a stodgy and superfluous adaptation of Charles Frazier's Civil War romance novel that's every bit as unconvincing as it's meant to be epic. Frigid and detached...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Abandon

Abandon

A timely late October release and a spooky ad campaign suggest that Abandon revolves around the ghostly return of a long-lost boyfriend who haunts a lovely coed. Not the case. In reality, it's a melodramatic...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jersey Girl

Jersey Girl

Kevin Smith grows up. The writer/director from Red Bank, N.J., temporarily retires his trademark Silent Bob shtick for Jersey Girl, which sticks to a cute but overused plotline, occasionally branching out to include a few...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Danny Deckchair

Danny Deckchair

In the game of life, Danny Morgan (Rhys Ifans) is a checkers piece sitting on a chess board. At his construction site job, he spends more time in the cement mixer than he does on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ladder 49

Ladder 49

Firefighter movies resemble westerns in the singular fact that I can see one decent one every five years or so and be completely satisfied. Ladder 49 happens to be an excellent flame jockey adventure, a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dark Blue World

Dark Blue World

Dark Blue World refers to lyrics in the tune a piano-playing pilot attempts to learn. It's the favorite song of a fallen comrade, and one that the musically-inclined soldier feels obligated to play at...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

House of Wax (2005)

House of Wax (2005)

At last count, summer 2005 has approximately 2,005 remakes on the slate, from a re-imagined Bewitched to a rejuvenated War of the Worlds. The parade of photocopies was supposed to begin this week with House...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Alfie

Alfie

With his insatiable appetite for the opposite sex, his cockney British chirp and his healthy confidence in his own good looks, Jude Law's modern-day Romeo romping through Alfie is a smoother-talking Austin Powers without the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Half Past Dead

Half Past Dead

Martin Boris Velanov is the hardest working man in show business. According to the end credits for the prison thriller Half Past Dead, Mr. Velanov works full-time (some would say "overtime") as the stand-in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Blue Crush

Blue Crush

At 104 minutes, Blue Crush puts the "endless" in the popular surf phrase "endless summer." It certainly feels longer than any movie derived from a magazine article deserves to be (in this case, it's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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 1st November 2005

Grind

Grind

Putting off their futures as long as they can, four lifelong buds hit the road in hopes of landing a pro skating sponsorship. Eric (Mike Vogel) motivates the group, made up of college-bound Dustin (Adam...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Ring

The Ring

There's something inherently creepy about children and the supernatural. Poltergeist knew it. The Sixth Sense knew it, too. Both movies make their presence known in The Ring, though I wouldn't necessarily use them - or...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Hollywood Homicide

Hollywood Homicide

Ron Shelton fans (you know who you are) will be happy to hear that Hollywood Homicide improves on Dark Blue, the director's failed LAPD endeavor from earlier this year. But that's like saying white paint...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

In the Cut

In the Cut

Congratulations to In the Cut, currently the worst film of 2003. Mandy Moore and the producers responsible for the equally atrocious How to Deal, can breathe a sigh of relief, for they used to stand...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cinderella Man

Cinderella Man

Tickets to Ron Howard's period boxing drama Cinderella Man should come with bootstraps. That way we literally could join the film's heavyweight hero, dutifully played by Russell Crowe, as he sifts through the wreckage left...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key

Set in and around Louisiana's swampy back waters, The Skeleton Key dabbles profusely in Hoodoo, American folk magic that's different - and supposedly less harmful - than the religion-based Voodoo. Tell that to Ben Devereaux...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Longest Yard (2005)

The Longest Yard (2005)

Sports and sponsorships go together better than Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.AutoTrader.com dumps millions into a deal with ABC for Monday Night Football rights. Olympic highlights are now known as "Chevy Moments." The currency flooding...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Aren't remakes intended to improve on the films they're honoring? First-time director Marcus Nispel may return audiences to the Lone Star State to recreate the horrific and (not really) "factual" events of August 20, 1973,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Herbie: Fully Loaded

A car with a mind of its own meets a screenplay with no mind to speak of in Herbie: Fully Loaded, Disney's brainless but painless effort to reintroduce its overhauled Volkswagen Bug to a new...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Did you ever reminisce about your favorite sitcom star from the '70s or '80s and wonder, "Where are they now?" Well, you've finally got your answer. They've all been diligently working on the set of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

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

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Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

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