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Anna Paquin Could Cameo In 'The Gifted'


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Married to Stephen Moyer since 2010, following their work together on long-running supernatural series 'True Blood' (based on the 'Southern Vampire Mysteries' book series by Charlaine Harris), Anna Paquin has seemingly gone from strength to strength in the entertainment business. When she starred as Rogue in 'X-Men' movie 'Days of Future Past' however, fans were a little annoyed to see how minor her role really was.

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Now, she could be bringing her version of Rogue back to viewers, but on the small screen as part of new FOX series 'The Gifted', set within the 'X-Men' universe. Moyer - who heads up the new series as a parent trying to protect his mutant children from the government - may have let the cat out of the bag a little early.

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The Good Dinosaur Trailer


What if the asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs missed? Well in Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, the dinosaurs are still roaming the earth and one young Apatosaurus named Arlo is about to head out on his biggest adventure yet.

After loosing his father in a tragic accident, Arlo is left alone and scared. One day he falls into a river and gets knocked out by a rock, finding himself far away from his home. But while trying to make his way back to the Clawed-Tooth Mountains, he befriends a human caveboy that he names Spot.

With Spot by his side, Arlo embarks on a quest that will take him across the land as he finds new friends and faces his fears. Through their ups and downs, together the pair will learn that sometimes the most unlikely companions make the best of friends.

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True Blood Recap: Bon Temps Residents Finally Get Closure - Through Murder


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Another episode of True Blood, another ten or so shockers – as the show circles the drain, the writers are throwing shocker after shocker at us. So who killed whom in this episode? Read on to find out (or get majorly spoiled, if that's your thing.)

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Eric is back to his creepy old self. Oh joy.

Well, first of all, let’s talk about Eric for a moment, because who doesn’t love a bit of Eric? He and Pam finally arrived at Sarah Newman’s house after she had been seeing visions of Jason Stackhouse as the Grim Reaper (yes, this plot requires some major dedication). But instead of killing Sarah, a sick, sick Eric fed from her instead, curing his Hep V almost instantly. Yay Eric… maybe. He’s still a Level 100 creep, tbh.

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Anna Paquin - The funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman held at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. Hoffman was found dead in his West Village apartment on Sunday (02Jan14) from an apparent drug overdose. - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 7th February 2014

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Anna Paquin - Anna Paquin catching a cab - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 22nd November 2013

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Anna Paquin - Anna Paquin out in the East Village - Manhattan, New York, United States - Thursday 21st November 2013

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First Official Trailer For 'X Men: Days Of Future Past' Hints At Herculean Heroism In What Could Be The Next Great Comic Book Movie [Trailer]


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X-Men: Days of Future Past won't be out until May next year, but after you see the first trailer for it you'll wish that you could jump forward and dive right into it now. In it, we get our first real glimpse at our mutant heroes and villains, from past and future, who must bend the space time continuum to make the future a better day for mutants throughout the Marvel Universe.

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The past (McAvoy) and present (Stewart) Xaviers meet face to face in the trailer

Based on the much lauded and incredibly popular (if you happen to be into comic books at least) 'Days of Future Past' storyline from the Uncanny X-Men, the move will unite the characters from the first X-Men movies with those from 2011's X-Men: First Class, with the present day X-Men having to go back in time to prevent the ongoing war against mutants, who are being hunted down by the robotic Sentinels. Are you still with us? Good, because it gets even more complicated.

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer - HBO's Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post Award Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 22nd September 2013

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Vampire Series 'True Blood' Comes To An End In 2014


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HBO have announced that the seventh series of True Blood will be its last as the show will come to an end. 

The announcement came on Tuesday (3rd September 2013) as HBO president of programming, Michael Lombardo, according to the BBC stated "together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show". He added "True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO".

The Vampire series was originally based on a set of novels called The Southern Vampire Diaries by author Charlaine Harris that features elements of vampires and werewolves as well as many other supernatural aspects that are set in a fictional town in Louisiana.

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HBO Will Finally Stake True Blood In 2014


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True Blood will finish in 2014. The show has just finished its sixth season and there will be one more before the HBO series will come to a final halt. The announcement was made on Tuesday (3rd September) by HBO's President of Programming Michael Lombardo. He said "Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show."

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the season 6 premiere of True Blood at the ArcLight Cinema in L.A.

The show follows the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress from Bon Temps, Louisiana who is pitted against - in romance and otherwise - vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, fairies and an assortment of other supernatural creatures. True Blood has catapulted a number of actors into the limelight and has even forged a marriage during its five year run. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who play Sookie and her main love interest Bill, met on the show and married in 2010. Other stars of the show include Alexander Skarsgard, Rutina Wesley, Ryan Kwanten, Nelson Ellis and Joe Manganiello.  

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True Blood Episode 6 Recap: There'll Be More 'Dead Meat' Next Week


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True Blood season 6, episode 6 entitled 'Dead Meat' aired last night (Sunday 4th August). There was more trouble for the imprisoned vampires and, as usual, Sookie was being hankered after by a handsome and intense vampire. Here's a quick recap:

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Stephen Moyer, Anna Pacquin and Alexander Skarsgard at the premiere of True Blood season 6, held at the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood.

Eric's (Alexander Skarsgard) on the rampage again. Just to make a change from his usual happy, chirpy demeanour. He's still reeling from last week's incident when Bill (Stephen Moyer) didn't have any of Warlow's (Rob Kazinsky) blood to save Nora (Lucy Griffiths).

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Is Taylor Lautner Dating 'Tracers' Co-Star Marie Avgeropoulos?


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Taylor Lautner has been spotted on the streets of New York with Marie Avgeropoulos. It's not official but could this be the blossoming of a beautiful friendship which will make Twilight fans worldwide green with envy?

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Taylor Lautner at the New York premiere of Grown Ups 2.

It's difficult to say but photographers at the New York Daily News caught the couple strolling around New York holding hands, cuddling and talking photographs on their mobile phones. 

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True Blood Season 6, Episode 4 Recap: Ben's Secret Is Revealed


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After a shaky start to the season, True Blood is back on track as one of HBO's top rated drama series as it continues to deliver the good each Sunday night. Last night's (July 7) episode was no break from the norm either as episode four of season six was a roller-coaster ride that rarely slowed down, as secrets were revealed, vampires were born and parties were held. Of course this is True Blood, so you know what a 'party' entails.

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Stephen Moyer (L) Anna Paquin (M) and Alexander Skarsgard (R) attend the premiere of the new season

This week's episode was all about Ben, or should we say Warlow! That's right because Sookie managed put the pieces together having found a healed Jason and uncovered Ben's dark, fairy secret. This explains Jason's mysterious recovery under Ben's care and the almost instant connection between Sookie and Ben when he arrived in Bon Temps, he is her ancient aggressor after all; he's half vampire and half fairy and he could be one very dangerous character. All that was left for Sookie to do was to lure him into bed (never a difficult thing for Sookie to do) and trap him between her legs and, more importantly, her fairy ball. Lets hope this isn't the end of Ben though, he's been the best part of the season so far.

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True Blood Season 6 Premieres, But There Were Clearly Better Options On The Night


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HBO's popular vampire series True Blood came back for its sixth season this weekend, and whilst the ever-faithful fandom were around to check out the first airing of the season there was a noticeable chunk of the viewership missing from the opening night. The episode clocked in with 4.5 million viewers when it aired on Sunday (June 16) at 9pm, over half a million fewer than the number who tuned in for the start of season 5.

The 4.5 million total was down 15% from last year’s 5.2 million and was down 11% from the number that season 5's finale managed to draw in. A drop it may be, but in the grand scheme of things that number isn't as bad as it seems as even the ever-popular Game of Thrones only managed to draw in 4.37 million when season three first went to air earlier this year. That number rose to 5.39 million viewers when the season came to an end last week, and if season six proves to be as successful as the previous five have then there shouldn't be too much to worry about for HBO.

There's even more reason for True Blood's shaky start too and thats thanks to NBC and their coverage of the NBA Finals, which as you can imagine took in the bulk of the audience numbers for the night. Next week also spells the return of the Jeff Daniels-starring The Newsroom, which will air at 10pm after True Blood and could provide week two with a much improved view rating.

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HBO's True Blood Is Back This Summer With A Darker, More Intense Vibe


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Just when you thought it was going to be a bleak, TV-less summer, HBO’s True Blood steps in to save the day. The show will be back with a bloody vengeance (best pun we could come up with, sorry) on June 16 and the cast are excited about what’s to come.

"There's a real energy and excitement, and I think that came this year from the top down," said Joe Manganiello, who stars as werewolf Alcide, for CNN. "The show got really big in its scope during seasons three, four and five, and it became more about the world and these creatures with so many plot lines. In season six, there's a concerted effort to make this show return to what made it great in season one and two. It was about these people who lived in a town. It was about the town versus the rest of the world. I think (the show) really returns to that at the end of this season. The way that it's pulled is really smart, and I think it's going to be really fun for the audience."

So, ok maybe you got none of that because, like so many others, you stopped paying attention to what seemed like the thousands of characters and convoluted plots that took over. When really, what we all wanted to see, what we flocked to see in seasons one and two, were just some good ol’ fashioned creepy vampires, perhaps an easy to digest racism metaphor or two. And hey, it looks like the show’s producers have realised that as well and are now bringing it back to basics.

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Anna Paquin - Premiere of HBO's 'True Blood' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood - Outside Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 11th June 2013

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Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgard - Premiere of HBO's 'True Blood' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood - Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Wednesday 12th June 2013

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer - Premiere of HBO's 'True Blood' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 11th June 2013

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer - 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower - Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer - GREAT British Film Reception to honor the British nominees of the 85th Annual Academy Awards at British Consul General’s Residence - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 22nd February 2013

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Anna Paquin Wednesday 30th May 2012 Los Angeles Premiere for the fifth season of HBO's series 'True Blood' - Outside Arrivals

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Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin - Stephen Moyer and his daughter Lilac pick up a pregnant Anna Paquin Monday 28th May 2012 at LAX airport after she arrived on a flight from London

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer - Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer Sunday 26th February 2012 The 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park - Arrivals

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer Sunday 4th December 2011 Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and his daughter Lilac Moyer spend the day shopping on Abbott Kinney. Venice, California

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Anna Paquin Tuesday 22nd November 2011 Anna Paquin returns to her car after visiting Byron & Tracey salon in Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, California

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Anna Paquin and Emmy Awards Sunday 18th September 2011 2011 HBO's Post Award Reception following the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center Los Angeles, California

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer - Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer Hollywood, California - HBO's True Blood Season 4 Premiere Tuesday 21st June 2011

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Anna Paquin Tuesday 21st June 2011 HBO's True Blood Season 4 Premiere Hollywood, California

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True Blood: Season One Review


Excellent
Richly populated with a wide variety of unique characters, not to mention a serial killer and lots of sexy vampires, Bon Temps, Louisiana is a decidedly interesting place in which to spend some time. Alan Ball's True Blood may not quite measure up to the triumph of his Six Feet Under, but it's as good a series as any HBO has put on the air since The Sopranos ended, and it's well worth a renewal or two.

Based on a series of novels by Charlaine Harris, True Blood drops us into the weird world of Sookie Stackhouse (the energetic Anna Paquin), a young waitress who has ability to hear people's thoughts, a talent that annoys the hell out of her. In this slightly alternate reality, vampires live among humans, albeit in a fairly segregated fashion. The invention of synthetic blood, the so-called True Blood of the title, means that vampires need not kill humans to feed, so they have been granted civil rights. The problem, though, is that they still prefer the real thing.

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Fly Away Home Review


OK
Anna Paquin's first starring role after stealing an Oscar for The Piano is the harmless family movie Fly Away Home. Following in the footsteps of countless family movies before it, Fly Away Home tries too hard to appeal to both children and their parents and ultimately loses much of its appeal to everybody.

In case you missed the movie's trailer, which provides a nice plot synopsis, Fly Away Home is about a teenage girl (Paquin) from New Zealand who moves in with her Canadian father (Jeff Daniels) after her mother dies. The young girl is utterly bored and lonely until she finds a family of young goose eggs (eventually geese) to take care of. After she becomes the geese's mother, she finds happiness, and the whole family bands together to figure out how to take care of the geese. This ultimately leads to the decision to have young Anna fly the geese down south for the winter.

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X-Men Review


Good
Well, comic book freaks can take a breather, as another sci-fi fantasy hits the big screen, this time in the long-awaited, highly-anticipated, it-better-be-good X-Men.

Without too much regret, I can say that X-Men will be palatable to fans and newbies alike. It's not a great film, but it will probably follow the arc of the Superman and Batman movies -- tons of sequels of variable quality until an abrupt and dismal end a decade later.

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Darkness Review


Bad
I love road trips. Not because I'm especially fond of sitting in my car for days at a time, but because with each passing mile a promise is fulfilled. Every hour behind the wheel draws you nearer to your destination, and along the way you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. But, though paperback self-help writers may tell you otherwise, the journey itself is not enough. You have to actually get somewhere to make the whole trip worthwhile. And if, at the end of a day's travel, you haven't gone anywhere at all, you've wasted all your time and a whole lot of gas.

Like a long road trip to nowhere, Spanish director Jaume Balagueró's Darkness is miserable, frustrating, and hard on the buttocks. Though the film's run time is a mere 102 minutes, the psychological impact of wasting precious money and energy staring at the screen and waiting for something -- anything -- to happen could take years off your life.

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X2: X-Men United Review


Very Good
The mutants are back in town in the first big sequel of 2003 -- a year that promises at least a half-dozen Brand Name Sequels (nearly all of which, surprisingly, I'm anxious to see). X2 probably won't be the best of the bunch, but it certainly isn't the worst. Like the original X-Men, the sequel is a lot of good, clean fun, full of vibrancy and memorable comic book antics, but ultimately it's a bit of a letdown due to too many squandered opportunities and an exhausting running time.

X2 picks up an indeterminate amount of time after the original ended. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman, looking strangely clean cut) is still trying to figure out his past. Magneto (Ian McKellan) is trapped in his plastic prison. And Jean Gray (Famke Janssen) is having bad dreams about something wicked coming on the horizon.

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Castle In The Sky Review


Extraordinary
Probably my favorite Miyazaki film, Castle in the Sky is full of adventure, mystery, and good, clean fun.

Based on Gulliver's Travels' stories of the flying city of Laputa, the film follows the mysterious Sheeta (Anna Paquin) as she gently floats down from the sky and lands in the care of Pazu (James Van Der Beek). What follows involves a massive adventure that stretches to include sky pirates, a Nazi-like military group, Sheeta's secret identity, and a quest to discover the cloud-shrouded city of Laputa, floating somewhere up there.

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Almost Famous Review


Excellent
When you enter into the world of entertainment journalism, you think it's the coolest thing in the world. Suddenly, doors are opened for you. You can get into movies free, or get books free, or get music free. You can meet directors or movie stars, see rock gods face to face, and get to ask Kurt Vonnegut that question that has burned in your gut for years. For some odd reason, people call you names. They call you evil and the enemy, but you really don't care. You just are thrilled to be there, be part of this intangible "it" known as celebrity.

And then it happens.

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A Walk On The Moon Review


Weak
Six producers for this? Let me just say that there's nothing more stomach-turning than the idea of Viggo Mortensen getting naked for the camera, but boy does his ass play a huge role in this movie. Diane Lane, as a repressed suburbanite summering in the Catskills on the eve of the 1969 moon landing, gets naked plenty, too. But the moon landing is a horrible poor metaphor for infidelity and the hackneyed "sexual awakenings" themes laid out here. For die-hard fans only.

25th Hour Review


Extraordinary
If you were to write a screenplay about a drug dealer who has just 24 hours of freedom left before he begins a seven-year prison sentence, what would you have him do? Repent? Fashion an elaborate escape? Have plenty of sex? That's probably why you haven't authored any Oscar-quality screenplays lately. Writer David Benioff, on the other hand, is likely to see a little golden statuette up close next year for his work on 25th Hour, a remarkable new film based on his novel of the same name.

Neither tearjerker nor suspenseful crime drama, 25th Hour is extraordinary in that it avoids all the clichés that such a premise so often invites. It is instead a carefully focused character study about a charismatic but condemned man who must come to grips with his sentence before morning. Edward Norton plays Montgomery Brogan, the felon in question. He spends his last free hours visiting his father (Brian Cox) and attending a going away party in his honor at a New York nightclub. In tow are his girlfriend (Rosario Dawson) and his two childhood pals, Frank (Barry Pepper) and Jakob (Philip Seymour Hoffman) -- the latter of which is so perfectly cast that you can't help but chuckle the first time you see Hoffman give his usual dyspeptic sneer, signaling that he is disgusted not only with his high school English students but essentially the entire outcome of his life.

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Hurlyburly Review


Bad
Blah blah blah! The drug addicts and freakazoids of Hurlyburly talk a lot but have surprisingly little to say. What wants to be a black comedy and clever character drama is actually a poorly-acted exercise in extreme tedium. Yawn. Totally unbelievable dialogue and broadly drawn characters leave little to recommend.

Jane Eyre Review


Bad
One of these days, Hollywood is going to run out of old Brontë sisters/Jane Austen books to make into films. Then, and only then, will the world be safe once again.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Sense And Sensibility (it even made my 1995 top ten list), but I gave Persuasion one of the worst reviews of the year. Here comes Jane Eyre to follow in the latter's footsteps.

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The Piano Review


Essential
"We can't leave the piano!" Anna Paquin's precociousness and grating voice may have turned a lot of people away from The Piano, but her Oscar a few months later redeemed her somewhat. Paquin has since grown up, but her debut film is unforgettable: The haunting tragedy-with-happy-ending of an 1800s-era mute woman essentially exiled to New Zealand with her emotionally dead husband. Jane Campion does her best directing ever, working a miracle out of the bizarre Harvey Keitel, with whom Holly Hunter's Ada falls in love. Forbidden romance on a deserted, cold, and rainy island? Sign me up.

Almost Famous Review


Good

Writer-director Cameron Crowe's fond fictionalization of his first assignmentfor Rolling Stone -- as a 15-year-old cub reporter in 1973 -- "Almost Famous" is a vividly realized labor of love and an absolute pleasure to watch.

Having gestated in Crowe's fertile mind since before "SayAnything," his 1989 directorial debut, it's a born crowd-pleaser honedinto an entertaining cinematic paragon of rock 'n' roll that boasts sharpperformances from a sublime cast, speaking page after page of Crowe's uniquebrand of intrinsically quotable, yet seemingly true-to-life dialogue.

A winning young actor named PatrickFugit -- who prior to being cast had only twoepisodes of "Touched By An Angel" on his resume -- carries themovie as William Miller, the director's mop-topped alter-ego. Like Crowehimself, William gets his start as a rock journalist by being taken underthe wing of Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a jaded but passionatemusic reporter for the fanzine Creem.

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Finding Forrester Review


OK

What is it lately with all these talented directors challenging themselves to turn TV movie scripts into potent, or at least cogent feature films?

Steven Soderbergh took the lead with "Erin Brockovich" -- a Lifetime Channel story in anybody else's hands -- and with the help of Julia Roberts created this year's Oscar front-runner. Taylor Hackford took the hostage negotiation thriller "Proof of Life" and gave it real punch and humanity, when Hollywood doctrine dictates it should have been either a women's weepy concerning the wife's angst or a Dolph Lungren-level action flick about a rescue raid against Colombian kidnappers.

Now Gus Van Sant, onetime guardian of the quirky avant guard ("To Die For," "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"), takes on an After School Special of a script about a ghetto littérateur savant and his reclusive white mentor, and creates "Finding Forrester" -- a solidly enjoyable, fairly cerebral feature raised above its roots by stout performances from its two leads.

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A Walk On The Moon Review


Good

Somehow "A Walk On the Moon," which takes place at a working-classJewish resort in upstate New York during the summer of 1969, manages tovisit every iconic event of that characteristic season which defined ageneration without ever feeling like a parade of trite and recycled bohemiancliches.

I'm not entirely sure how this miracle was performed, butformer supporting actor turned director TonyGoldwyn (the bad yuppie in "Ghost"),manages to embrace the rampant and inevitable Moon walk watching, Vietnamtalking and Woodstock going, yet refuses to let them weigh down his picture,narrowing his focus instead on Pearl Kartrowitz (Diane Lane), a discontentedBrooklyn housewife who succumbs to the spirit of that summer while on vacationin the Catskills and has an affair with a enigmatic free spirit (ViggoMortensen).

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X-Men Review


OK

As overwrought, over-buzzed, F/X-driven, pure-popcorn summer escapist flicks go, "X-Men" delivers the goods better than most.

You want supernatural baddies bent on world domination? You got it. Explosions? Check. Super-charged, fly-wire kung-fu fights? They're in ample supply. Highfalutin credibility-lending Shakespearean actors hired to chew scenery? Two, even! Visual effect that wow the audience more with their obvious expense than the impression they leave on the retinas? And how!

Plot, you ask? Dialogue? As simplistic as possible, please, and only when absolutely necessary.

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25th Hour Review


Good

For almost its entire first act, Spike Lee's captivating, character-driven "25th Hour" only hints at a plot as the film corkscrews into the pulp of one dismal, discomforting day in the once-high life of Monty Brogan.

A handsome, well-to-do, young Manhattanite with a swanky apartment, a beautiful, love-of-his-life girlfriend, a loyal dog he rescued from near-death and a detached disposition, Monty (Edward Norton) seems nonetheless morbidly acquiescent to and distracted by something ponderous hanging over him.

As Monty tries to shore up plans to spend the evening with two life-long friends -- an arrogant Wall Street cowboy (Barry Pepper) and an anxious, clammy, unstrung schoolteacher (Philip Seymour Hoffman) -- director Lee reveals in brief, striking flashback fragments what it is that's on the character's mind.

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Buffalo Soldiers Review


Weak

A dark comedy about "soldiers with nothing to kill except time" -- convicted felons, junkies and high school dropouts serving in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall -- "Buffalo Soldiers" has designs on being a incisive satire somewhere between "M*A*S*H," "Catch-22" and "Dr. Strangelove."

But in its cheeky skewering of the U.S. military (which saw the movie much delayed in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks and subsequent hawkish patriotism) its provocative ambitions are dragged down by characters as cartoonish as those in lowbrow in-the-army-now laffers like "Stripes" or "Private Benjamin."

Our anti-hero is a battalion clerk named Ray Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) who is serving his country to avoid serving time. Being of a criminal mind, he's found his access to base goods and equipment a lucrative source of extra income on the East-West black market and he's got his fingers in everything from Mop 'n' Glo to guns and drugs to the base commander's bitter, frustrated wife (Elizabeth McGovern).

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X2: X-Men United Review


Good

(NOTE: I've received a couple complaints about this review containing spoilers. That wasn't my intention, but I thought you should be warned.)

Opening with a chilling evil-mutant breach of White House security that feels especially ominous in today's terrorist-tinged political atmosphere, "X2: X-Men United" is gripping from frame one and doesn't let go for 135 minutes.

Breaking off from a tour of the presidential residence, a creature known as Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming in sharpened teeth, dark blue skin and extensive ceremonial scars) evades Secret Service agents by bursting into a puff of paint-like mist that instantaneously gusts across rooms and reconstitutes itself into solid humanoid form long enough to, say, snap a guard's neck, before evaporating into blue vapor again and surging into the Oval Office.

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She's All That Review


Zero

Any delusions Miramax may have been harboring that it was still an arthouse studio have been permanently put to rest with the release of "She'sAll That," a completely common and utterly excruciating high schoolugly duckling romance so grossly out of touch with the times that eventhe title is passe.

Part "Sixteen Candles," part "Pygmalion,""She's All That" tries to hitch a low-rent ride on the coattailsof the "Scream""Dawson'sCreek" teen profit phenomenon by casting a bunch of C-list teenageactors (who, if they had any integrity, would have passed on this movieand kept their fingers crossed for a douche commercial) in roles that NeveCampbell and even James VanDerBeek (late of "Varsity Blues")wouldn't touch with asbestos gloves.

The personality-less Freddie Prinze, Jr. ("Scream,""I Know What You Did Last Summer") stars as Zach, Harrison HighSchool's king of the popular, dreamy jocks. Unceremoniously thrown overby the snobby head cheerleader from central casting (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe),Zach accepts a bet from his cold-blooded posse of in-crowd cronies thathe can turn any girl in school into the prom queen in six weeks.

Being that Harrison High is a Hollywood school, where thefat chicks are a size 10 and a stray eye brow hair signals radical feminism,the worst they can do is Laney (Rachel Leigh Cook), a brainy (she can quoteCNN!), mousy, anti-social art chick who is one removed bobby pin and apair of contact lenses away from ultra-babedom.

The movie takes place in one of those fictional worldswhere although jocks are all bastards, geeks secretly aspire to be jocksand everyone, regardless of clique, goes to the same parties.

Following an inevitable course with no twists or surprises,Zach falls for Laney (despite her queer interest in performance art andcurrent events) and becomes a nice guy in the process, and Laney learnsthat the key to happiness is wearing lip gloss and dating guys with two-digitIQs.

Written by somebody named Lee Fleming, who 1) saw too manyJohn Hughes movies as a teenager and 2) is clearly at least five yearsbehind the times, "She's All That" features badly out-dated slang,clean-cut token minorities who perform spontaneous rap ditties in the schoolquad, and gratuitous references to long-forgotten characters from MTV's"The Real World." In an desperate attempt to look hip, he madeZach the school's star soccer player (football is so 1998!).

Directed by TV veteran Robert Iscove, the pic sleepwalksthrough Laney's requisite confrontations with 1) the cheerleader ("Toanyone here that matters, you're vapor!"), and 2) Zach ("Am Ia bet?!?," turn heel, stomp off dramatically). Iscove failsto avoid a couple dozen other obligatory scenes before wrapping up witha prom climax that includes an ill-advised synchronized dance number.

Forgettable in almost every other regard, "She's AllThat" will be remembered, by those who keep track of such things,only as the movie that knocked Miramax off its pedestal once and for allby demonstrating that several years under Disney's wing has turned chairmenBob and Harvey Weinstein into clones of Larry Levy, the cynical producerfrom "The Player" who reasoned that a good story is immaterialto making a movie for the unwashed masses.

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