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The Glass House

The Glass House

Remember that string of "...from hell" psycho flicks in the early 1990s? There was "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" (nanny from hell) and "Single White Female" (roommate from hell). Well, here's one that was...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring

Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring

In the entire three hours of the audacious, transporting, spectacularly cinematic first "Lord of the Rings" installment, there are only two very brief moments that don't come across as being 100-percent a part of the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Empire

Empire

Any chance that "Empire" might be all that different from other drug- dealer- trying- to- go- straight movies is lost with the opening voice-over, in which heroin mini-kingpin Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo) rattles off a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Eight Legged Freaks

Eight Legged Freaks

A truck carrying radioactive waste, a sleepy driver, a rabbit in the middle of the road and a subsequent crash near a dilapidated roadside attraction called Taft's Exotic Spider Farm are all it takes to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Josie & The Pussycats

Josie & The Pussycats

If you were to take the 1998 Spice Girls movie called "Spice World," then remove all the self-deprecation, all the homages to "Hard Day's Night," and all the surprising wit that made it such a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Eye Of The Beholder

Eye Of The Beholder

"Eye of the Beholder" isn't a title, it's a warning label. What's going on in this movie is anybody's guess.An erotic thriller/mystery/failed cerebral art film, starring Ashley Judd as an esoteric serial killer and Ewan...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bully

Bully

A troubling vérité-style docudrama about worthless, contemptible, murderous teenage losers, "Bully" is a raw and graphic, half cautionary tale, half exploitation flick, similar to director Larry Clark's controversial 1995 film "Kids."But as infamous as "Kids"...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Waking Life

Waking Life

Watching "Waking Life" is like eavesdropping on a theoretical discourse between Kierkegaard and Kerouac, while standing in a modern art museum as the paintings come to life and melt into your visual cortex.An eye-popping, mind-blowing,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

The very idea of a movie based on a Disneyland ride -- let alone such a movie produced by Jerry "Kaboom" Bruckheimer, whose standards of quality extend only to the explosions that substituted for plot...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Titanic Town

Titanic Town

Of all the movies I've seen depicting The Troubles in Northern Ireland -- and there have been some powerful films on the subject -- "Titanic Town" is the first one that really drove home to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence

An extraordinary true tale of perseverance set against the deplorable backdrop of government-sanctioned racism in 1931 Australia, "Rabbit-Proof Fence" is a stirring film about three kidnapped Aboriginal girls who run away from an indoctrination camp...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The In-Laws

The In-Laws

With its overblown script striving for maximum wackiness and cheap laughs, the espionage-and-matrimony comedy "The In-Laws" walks a thin line between funny and dumb in an inebriated stupor. Butt-crack gags and unlikely explosions are the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Daredevil

Daredevil

An unremarkably routine superhero movie based on the cult-favorite comic book about a satanically-costumed blind vigilante, "Daredevil" plays like a C-grade grad project for a night school course called Superhero Filmmaking 101.Faithful to his inspiration...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Plunkett & MacLeane

Plunkett & MacLeane

A swashbuckling, bodice-ripping, 18th Century romp with a dance club pulse, "Plunkett and Macleane" is a slick, modern, action-comedy dropped daringly into the ambiance of a costume drama.Based very, very loosely on the criminal career...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Wind Will Carry Us

The Wind Will Carry Us

I realize some people will tell me I'm missing the point of the beautiful, philosophical Iranian art film "The Wind Will Carry Us," but I just expected it to have some kind of direction.What the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

All About The Benjamins

All About The Benjamins

Ice Cube and Mike Epps, co-stars of the stoner satire "Next Friday," trade their ganja for gunplay in "All About the Benjamins." Cube is a rebellious, hotshot Miami bounty hunter and Epps is his frequent...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Caveman's Valentine

The Caveman's Valentine

"The Caveman's Valentine" is a terrible title for an intelligent movie. It sounds like some B-grade fright flick from the 1950s with screaming blondes in strategically torn outfits being abducted by ape men found living...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

El Crimen Del Padre Amaro

El Crimen Del Padre Amaro

Bearing subtle but uncanny structural similarities to American mob movies like "The Godfather" and "Goodfellas," Mexico's highest grossing homegrown film of all time is a substantive parable about an honorable young priest corrupted by desire,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

With all the spirit of its predecessors but none of the magic, "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" can ultimately be summed up with two expressions: "cool!" and "feh." What's cool? 1) A...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Austin Powers: The Shagged Me

Austin Powers: The Shagged Me

It's a shame Mike Myers didn't invent Austin Powers during his "SaturdayNight Live" tenure. The occasionally funny sketch bits he stringsweakly together with about six minutes of plot in his "Austin Powers"James Bond spoofs might...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone

Overly self-indulgent director Chris Columbus could have cut out the entire middle hour of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and if you hadn't read the popular children's book, you'd never know the difference.A good...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Cellular

Cellular

"Cellular" has all the earmarks of a genuinely smart thriller rewritten by a studio-lapdog script doctor who was told it didn't have enough car chases and comic relief.As originally conceived by Larry Cohen ("Phone Booth"),...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Emperor's Club

The Emperor's Club

A routine aerial shot swoops down over the grounds of an architecturally classic boarding school while a buoyant, sanguine score bleats with insistently lyrical French horns in the opening moments of "The Emperor's Club." And...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Traffic

Traffic

"Traffic" is a socially and politically grandstanding soap opera about the narcotics trade and the futility of the "war on drugs." It's a film about how that war is propagated by bureaucratic demagogues in the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Virgin Suicides

Virgin Suicides

Whether it's a skill learned hanging around the sets ofher father's movies or something in the family blood, SofiaCoppola has definitely inherited a distinguishable talent as a filmmaker. "The Virgin Suicides" -- her moody, dark...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

For a long time I've had a theory that the musical genre couldn't survive the cynicism of modern audiences except as a ironic in-joke, like the "South Park" movie or as a post-modern homage, like...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Mickey Blue Eyes

Mickey Blue Eyes

"Mickey Blue Eyes" is one of those movies that wouldn't last 20 minutes if the main character wasn't a certifiable moron.A comedy of the uncomfortable, it's predicated on Hugh Grant, playing an tentative, English, auction...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Two Can Play That Game

Two Can Play That Game

A movie that preaches dishonesty, trickery and manipulation as the keys to romantic happiness, "Two Can Play That Game" is populated by pathetically shallow "players" of both sexes and very talented actors trapped by their...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Kid

The Kid

Disney sure lays it on thick in "The Kid," a feel-good family flick starring Bruce Willis as a snide, fundamentally unhappy L.A. "image consultant" who meets himself as an 8-year-old boy and learns to embrace...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

2 Fast 2 Furious

2 Fast 2 Furious

When even a skillful writer-director with soul to spare like John Singleton ("Boyz 'N' the Hood," "Shaft") can't lend a street-racing movie an ounce of personality, it becomes abundantly clear that the trendy genre never...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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Thom Yorke, Garbage and more react to disastrous visa negotiations

Thom Yorke, Garbage and more react to disastrous visa negotiations

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