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It Waits Review


Weak
"It waits?" That's supposed to scare us? What, is it sitting at a red light? Did it go to the post office? Is it taking the day off work so the cable guy can come by?

Whoa.

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Big Eden Review


Weak
Arye Gross plays the shortest gay man alive in Big Eden. In this little indie, Gross returns to a small Montana town to care for his grandfather where he finds that gays are -- gulp -- embraced, not shunned. He quickly gets involved in a love triangle with two men who literally tower over him. If this wasn't so absurd and corny it might be sweet. But it cetainly doesn't look like any Montana town I've ever heard of.

Skins Review


OK
The trials and tribulations of Native Americans and their "Warsaw" ghetto reservation lands are tough subjects to interpret for both a filmmaker and viewing audience. The fertile grounds of social injustices, governmental mockery, human indecency, and the slow erosion of community heritage are tackled in Native American Chris Eyre's well-intentioned but underexposed sophomore feature, Skins.

The film focuses on two Sioux brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation - one of the largest pieces of land granted by the government for "re-settlement" of Native American tribes. Rudy (Eric Schweig) is the local arm of the reservation's law enforcement and spends the better part of his night shifts rounding up drunken Indians and breaking up domestic disputes on the reservation. His brother Mogie (Graham Greene, looking like a beached whale) is one of the reservation's infamous drunks, due in part to a stint in Vietnam and the typical, abusive father.

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The Last Of The Mohicans Review


OK
James Fenimore Cooper and Michael Mann together? The Last of the Mohicans represents an unlikely collaboration that didn't seem all that great to me back in 1992, and now, in it's release as a "Director's Expanded Edition," still doesn't seem all that great, nor that expanded. The story of warring English and French in 1750s colonial America, and the culture clash that comes along with that, really isn't quite as timeless as people would like to think. Not to mention, Day-Lewis and Stowe's romance isn't very believable. Still too bland for my tastes.

The Missing Review


OK

As a good ol' damsels-in-distress Western with picturesque frontier vistas, a handful of Winchester rifle shootouts and enough character conflict to keep the long horse rides interesting, Ron Howard's "The Missing" is reliable, if over-earnest, matinee fodder.

Unfortunately, the director has his eye on the Oscar, and the strain he puts on a perfectly serviceable story in an attempt to ratchet up the prestige factor makes the movie seem awfully pretentious for a kidnap-and-rescue sagebrush saga.

The always riveting Cate Blanchett perfectly embodies the stamina, bravery and grit of an 1885 frontier woman as Maggie Gilkeson, a widowed mom who has suffered a hard life both with and without husbands and lovers. She has passed on that strength and tenacity to her two daughters -- teenaged beauty Lilly (Evan Rachel Wood), snatched by a gang of Indian guides who have rebelled against the deceitful Army, and stubborn, tough young Dot (Jenna Boyd) who steadfastly refuses to be left behind when a pursuit is mounted. ("I won't stay behind," she wails with powerful determination in the picture's most memorable moment. "Wherever you put me, I'll follow you. You know I will!")

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Skins Movie Review

Skins Movie Review

The trials and tribulations of Native Americans and their "Warsaw" ghetto reservation lands are tough...

The Missing Movie Review

The Missing Movie Review

As a good ol' damsels-in-distress Western with picturesque frontier vistas, a handful of Winchester rifle...

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