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Reign Over Me Review


Terrible
We knew it was coming. Hollywood was destined to push a cloying and manipulative human drama that plays on our post-September 11 angers and fears to earn sympathies it doesn't deserve. I just didn't expect Mike Binder, writer and director of the beautiful Joan Allen vehicle The Upside of Anger, to be the culprit.

Binder's bogus new film Reign Over Me is a nauseatingly shameless disaster about a reclusive widower grieving for the family he lost in the terrorist attacks. An inert Adam Sandler dons a disheveled Bob Dylan wig to play Charlie Fineman (Get it? He's not fine, man), a former Manhattan dentist whose wife and three daughters were on one of the planes that left Boston bound for Los Angeles. Because New York City is only five blocks wide (at least, in Binder's limited view), Charlie eventually crosses paths with his college roommate Alan (Don Cheadle) and the pretentiously somber movie tries to connect these lonely souls.

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Man About Town Review


OK
Yeah, that's Ben Affleck grinning out at you from the cover of this direct-to-DVD release, but don't let that turn you off of the film completely. Man About Town may be rehashed from Jerry Maguire and

The Upside of Anger Review


Excellent
There's an upside to Mike Binder's intelligent film about the torrent of anger one woman feels toward life. And depending on who you ask, you're likely to get a different response on exactly what that upside is. Easily characterized as a "chick-flick," The Upside of Anger deals mostly in the complicated world of relationships. My wife found it powerful and enlightening; I found it tedious and long. She yearned for more Joan Allen; I prayed for more Kevin Costner. And yet, despite our differences, the one thing we could agree on is that Anger packs an undeniably genuine, emotional punch.

In yet another robust female role, Allen plays Terry Wolfmeyer, a mother of four grown daughters who is consumed with anger after her husband mysteriously abandons his family. Terry's convinced that he's left her for his younger, more beautiful Swedish secretary. Paralyzed by her outrage, the only way Terry is able to deal with the situation is by drinking. Each day, from the time she takes her morning shower to the time goes to bed, Terry has a glass of vodka in her hand ready to drown her sorrows.

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The Sex Monster Review


Grim
Think 90 minutes of Dream On gone horribly awry. Mariel Hemingway as a sexy vixen with nascent bisexual tendencies? Maybe 20 years ago. Maybe. Never funny and insulting at times.

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