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On_line

On_line

A smart, melancholy subculture slice-of-life and an unromantic roundelay between half a dozen denizens of the internet underground, the stylish low-budget indie "On_Line" has serious art-house sleeper-hit potential.Taking place in large part over the internet...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Brown Bunny

The Brown Bunny

IN THE MEANTIME...Here's the plot:Controversial, sexually graphic road-trip & relationship movie -- reworked from the version that was panned at Cannes 2003.

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Message In A Bottle

Message In A Bottle

About 75 percent of "Message In a Bottle" is waiting for theother shoe to drop. Robin Wright Penn plays a Chicago Tribune researcher whobecomes fixated on finding the author of a grief-filled love letter setadrift...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Daddy Day Care

Daddy Day Care

There's a delightful surprise before the opening credits of "Daddy Day Care" -- a very funny CGI-animated short about tadpoles and peer pressure called "Late Bloomers."The movie itself doesn't demonstrate half the creativity crammed into...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

In July (Im Juli)

In July (Im Juli)

It never ceases to amaze me how much mileage there is left in the road trip and romantic comedy genres when they're blessed with a little creativity -- and the eccentrically dark chocolate German bonbon...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Envy

Envy

Even if you have not yet tired of the eye-bugging, eyebrow-dancing, class-clown schtick of Jack Black or the eye-bugging, eyebrow-dancing, fretful straight-man schtick of Ben Stiller, the first collaboration between these two one-trick ponies is...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Malibu's Most Wanted

Malibu's Most Wanted

There are exactly two funny performances in "Malibu's Most Wanted" -- a one-joke comedy about an over-privileged white-boy wannabe rapper -- and neither of them are by top-liner and co-writer Jamie Kennedy.Expanding on a two-bit...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Underworld

Underworld

"Underworld" might have been one bad-ass B-movie, if only its plot about a war between vampires and werewolves had been seen by co-writer/director Len Wiseman as anything more than a token gimmick on which to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Green Mile

The Green Mile

"The Green Mile" begins with a little deja vu. Like Tom Hanks' last mid-Century, Oscar-baiting drama, "Saving Private Ryan," it's bookended by a modern framework that finds an old man reluctantly reminiscing about a difficult...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Hollywood Ending

Hollywood Ending

While it is getting harder and harder to indulge an aging Woody Allen's enduring fantasy of beautiful young women falling in love with him in his movies, the man's comedy instincts are as sharp as...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

The handful of battle scenes that make up a good hour of "Pearl Harbor" are adrenaline-pumping and hyper-realistic on a massive scale.You feel the impact of every single 7.7mm round from dive-bombing Japanese Zeros as...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Panic

Panic

A brilliantly observant, darkly humorous and immaculately acted movie about an average suburban father in the throes of a midlife crisis, "Panic" bears an vague, off-kilter resemblance to "American Beauty" in style and subject.Its central...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pavilion Of Women

Pavilion Of Women

Within moments of the opening credits of the weepy, self-important, World War II-era Chinese soap opera "Pavilion of Women" a question arises that plagues the whole movie: Why is this in English?Everything about this film...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Alex & Emma

Alex & Emma

After wishing I could claw my eyes out through "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and now "Alex and Emma" -- the two worst romantic comedies of the year to say the very...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Crew

The Crew

Too many crooks spoil "The Crew," and I'm not talking about the "grumpy old mobsters" played by Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds, Dan Hedaya and Seymour Cassel in this withering wiseguy comedy.I'm talking about the throng...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

An American Rhapsody

An American Rhapsody

Film doesn't get any more passionately personal than writer-director Eva Gardos' semi-autobiographical "An American Rhapsody," the deeply stirring story of a Hungarian family torn apart by Cold War persecution, reunited through immigration and tested by...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Debut

The Debut

Looking past the frequently rudimentary filmmaking and the rather stale plot of Americanized kids struggling against the old world values of their immigrant parents, "The Debut" has at its heart a strong cast of actors...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Along Came Polly

Along Came Polly

Jennifer Aniston must have been struck with serious deja vu while filming one pivotal scene from "Along Came Polly," in which she discovers that a neurotic risk assessor (Ben Stiller) -- whom she's been seeing...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Tadpole

Tadpole

Home from boarding school for Thanksgiving holiday with unruly hormones and a festering Oedipal jones for his 40-something stepmom, idiosyncratic 15-year-old Manhattan sophisticate Oscar Grubman is having a hard time coping with life.Versed in the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing

Homogenized, sterilized and clearly revised by test-audience scoring, "The Next Best Thing" is a disingenuous, emotionally deficient comedy-drama about an earthy yoga teacher who has a baby with a gay friend after a night of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Dinner Game

The Dinner Game

Maybe it's a cultural thing, but I just don't find Francis Veber's brand of French farce all that funny. "La Cage aux Folles"? Feh. "Le Jouet"? Nice try. "Les Comperes"? Whatever.But then again, I think...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Believer

The Believer

Controversy has engulfed "The Believer" since its premiere at last year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize but still couldn't find a distributor because it's a frank and frightful portrayal of...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Mexican

The Mexican

Brad Pitt plays a scatterbrained, indentured mob lackey on a do-or-die delivery assignment. Julia Roberts plays his neurotic, therapy-addicted girlfriend who made him promise he'd get out of the rackets. James Gandolfini is a hypersensitive...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Me, Myself & Irene

Me, Myself & Irene

If only Jim Carrey's uninhibited and completely unhinged, sweet-and-sour insanity was by itself enough to carry a movie, it might not matter so much that the plot of the Farrelly Brothers' "Me, Myself and Irene"...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

All sweeping desert vistas and melodramatic 19th Century British imperial clichés (updated with politically correct tisk-tisking, of course), Shekhar Kapur's "The Four Feathers" is a hollow-hearted epic for the sake of an epic.The tedious seventh...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Without A Paddle

Without A Paddle

A threesome of comedy second-bananas star in "Without a Paddle" as childhood pals (and Central Casting clichés) who reunite after the funeral of an adventurous friend (he died in a parachuting accident) for one "last...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Orange County

Orange County

Somewhere inside the surprisingly fresh, sharply jocular, angst-of-youth comedy "Orange County" there's a trite, typical teen movie struggling to get out. But director Jake Kasden just keeps out-witting the monster, pulling the carpet out from...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Paid In Full

Paid In Full

The familiar story told in "Paid In Full," the story of a good ghetto kid seduced into the drug trade with tragic results, covers no new territory. But it's a story told so well --...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bangkok Dangerous

Bangkok Dangerous

The incongruous sensory overload of never-ending silence is potently captured by clamorous, unrelenting editing and a brilliant lead performance in the gritty but heartfelt Thai import "Bangkok Dangerous."An intense, pulsating, ironically noise-fueled redemption fable about...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Monkey's Mask

The Monkey's Mask

"The Monkey's Mask" is an old-fashioned film noir murder mystery, complete with a hard-boiled private eye narrator, a pretty young victim, a host of nebulous suspects and a smoky, enigmatic femme fatale.With whispered intensity, it...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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