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Any Given Sunday

Any Given Sunday

There's only about 22 minutes of plot in "Any Given Sunday," Oliver Stone's innovative, bone-crunching ballet of sound and fury football, so lets get that out of the way right now:Al Pacino stars as the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Bridge

The Bridge

Carole Bouquet is a cinematic treasure. A gold mine of authentic humanity and emotion, capable of playing a vast range of personalities, and more astonishingly -- yet accessibly -- beautiful at 42 than ever before,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Cecil B Demented

Cecil B Demented

If John Waters' last few gentler and (slightly) more commercial movies ("Pecker," "Serial Mom," "Cry-Baby") had his fans thinking the once-warped director had lost his edge, that perhaps he was inching toward mainstream repeatability, they...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy

Getting knocked up might just be the best thing to ever happen to Jodie Foster's career. Without a pregnancy to get her off the hook, it would have been Foster running from rampant, rabid loopholes...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Baby Boy

Baby Boy

At the heart of "Baby Boy" -- director John Singleton's return to his "Boyz 'N the Hood" roots -- is a character with whom it's extremely hard to sympathize.Played by R&B hip-hop artist Tyrese Gibson,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo

Zoiks! Like, man, some ghoulish fiend is turning party-hearty spring breakers into straight-laced zombies on the amusement park resort atoll Spooky Island! And for once you'll never guess (well at least not right away) who...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Deliver Us From Eva

Deliver Us From Eva

A "Taming of the Shrew"-inspired romantic comedy about three buddies who are so in love with three sisters that they bribe a local Lothario to romance the girls' foxy but man-less, meddling hellcat of an...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Loving Jezebel

Loving Jezebel

Written by a man (Kwyn Bader) who has convinced himself he knows what women want, "Loving Jezebel" is a film about a sensitive-guy lady-killer with a bad habit of coveting women who are spoken for.After...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy

Fifty percent groundbreaking, breathtaking computer-generated visuals, 30 percent New Age spiritual hokum, 15 percent generic post-apocalyptic science fiction and five percent lame action flick clichés, "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" is such a eccentric amalgam...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth

If 1950s sci-fi schlockmeister Ed Wood could have gotten his hands on $60 million and CGI special effects, he might have made a movie as hilariously gawdawful as "Battlefield Earth."Seriously on par with Wood's infamous...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets

In his second big-screen outing, adolescent wizard Harry Potter is blessed with enough cinematic magic to overcome several of the very same problems that left last year's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" feeling a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Anniversary Party

The Anniversary Party

Making a Hollywood story with a decidedly un-Hollywood flair, co-writers, co-directors and co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming take a casual, almost guerilla approach to their collaborative conception called "The Anniversary Party."It's a shoestring...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

Making only a minimal effort to be any different or better than the hundreds of other forgettable, predictable, almost-married-the-wrong-guy romantic comedies that have come before it, "Sweet Home Alabama" has the benefit of a talented,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Signs & Wonders

Signs & Wonders

A textbook example of a pretentious art film, "Signs and Wonders" bursts with superfluous symbolism, overcranked tension, deliberately vague performances and proud-to-be-low-budget stylistic idiosyncrasies. But for all its pretense, it has a lot of the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Head Of State

Head Of State

Smart, sharp political satire it's not. But Chris Rock's "Head of State" -- the comedian's directorial debut in which he plays a black man running for president -- mixes a few stinging zingers into its...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Vulgar

Vulgar

Hey everybody, wanna watch a movie in which a guy dressed as a children's party clown gets violently gang-raped? I didn't think so. But here's the bigger question: Why would Kevin Smith protégé Bryan Johnson...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The 6th Day

The 6th Day

Underneath "The 6th Day's" Schwarzenegger schmaltz of expensive explosions, showpiece stunts and utterly extraneous jet-helicopter chases, there's an intelligent cautionary thriller about science run amuck which has been trampled to death.Taking place in a future...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Sweet & Lowdown

Sweet & Lowdown

Every time Woody Allen miscalculates and makes a movie as weak as last year's "Celebrity," I start to wonder if he's down for the count. I should know better.Once again, Allen has come roaring back...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Scooby and Shaggy save the day in "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" -- or to be more precise, they save the movie. The scaredy-cat dog and his whimpering stoner sidekick get all the laughs (and all...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Lord Of The Rings:<br>the Two Towers

Lord Of The Rings:<br>the Two Towers

Unless you're a "Lord of the Rings" superfan, you'd better brush up on "Fellowship of the Ring" before seeing the sequel "The Two Towers," because director Peter Jackson just jumps right in to the middle...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire

If Jonathan Lipnicki is washed up at 18 and looking back on his career as a button-cute child star, "The Little Vampire" is will very likely be the picture that embarrasses him most.A quick, sloppy...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Spy Kids 3d: Game Over

Spy Kids 3d: Game Over

Since the vast majority of the audience for "Spy Kid 3D: Game Over" has probably never seen a 3D movie with cheap, old-fashioned blue-and-red-lensed cardboard glasses, here's a three-point primer for proper enjoyment of any...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Leaning hard into ham-fisted mockery of beauty pageants and Midwesterners, "Drop Dead Gorgeous" is an exercise in frustration.It's frustrating because this mocumentary condemnation of the objectification of teenage girls is ripe with thick, delicious layers...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Doug's First Movie

Doug's First Movie

I've never seen "Doug," the Saturday morning cartoon that spawnedthis inconsequential feature film spin-off, so maybe I'm missing some vitalbit of understanding to figure out why anyone should shell out for ticketand popcorn to watch...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Master Of Disguise

Master Of Disguise

"The funny voices? The silly faces? They were funny for about one second," says a woman breaking the heart of Pistachio Disguisey (Dana Carvey) in the nitwit kiddie spy flick "Master of Disguise."She couldn't be...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Blade II

Blade II

Visually and atmospherically, the video game-like vampire-action sequel "Blade II" is slick, dark and cool, yet it doesn't take itself too seriously. The flick's fancy-schmancy martial arts fight scenes even incorporate low-brow wrestling moves like...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Uptown Girls

Uptown Girls

The last thing I wrote in my notes at the preview screening of "Uptown Girls" was "could have been worse." I guess that means some part of me was somewhat charmed by this silly, weightless...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Rugrats In Paris

Rugrats In Paris

Maybe it's just me, but doesn't it seem flagrantly irresponsible to market a cartoon to kids in which a diaper brigade of babies have wonderful adventures when they wander away from their parents and get...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Analyze This

Analyze This

Yes, "Analyze This" has many generous burstsof hilarity, especially with Robert De Niro goofing on the kind of mobsterroles that made him by playing a mafioso with high anxiety. Yes, casting him as a hoodlum...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Anna & The King

Anna & The King

Because "Anna and the King" stands on its own remarkably well, it may be unfair to begin this review with a comparison to "The King and I," the most famous film adapted from the same...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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