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Feast

Feast

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Project Greenlight, a reality program designed to give first-time film makers an unprecedented shot at their dream, won a few battles but ultimately lost its war.Over the course of three...

Movie Review posted on 22nd September 2006

Step Up

Step Up

Advertising materials tell us all we need to know about Step Up. She's a little bit Fame, and he's a little bit West Side Story. She's an ice queen, while he's a Vanilla Ice clone....

Movie Review posted on 14th August 2006

Miami Vice

Miami Vice

You can learn a lot about Michael Mann's updated Miami Vice by listening to Glenn Frey. It's true. Many questions surrounding this remake are answered using the lyrics to Frey's prophetic "Smuggler's Blues," a song...

Movie Review posted on 1st August 2006

Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls

Nigel Cole's empowering Calendar Girls calls to mind Peter Cattaneo's The Full Monty, though not just because it's about nude British people who have no business being in their birthday suits. Both imports work from...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Troy

Troy

"War is young men dying and old men talking," bellows one Greek leader following a mighty clash in Troy. He might as well be talking about the movie itself. Director Wolfgang Petersen heaps handfuls of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Secondhand Lions

Secondhand Lions

Like a similar creature that patrols a certain Yellow Brick Road, Tim McCanlies' Secondhand Lions is in dire need of a shot of courage. It's scary to think of how much better this king of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Suspect Zero

Suspect Zero

I suspect that zero is moderately close to the number of viewers who will be impressed with Suspect Zero. Another by-the-book serial killer thriller that uses David Fincher's Seven as its guide, Zero takes a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Core

The Core

The Core is Armageddon inside the Earth. If you've caught the trailer, spotted the revealing poster, or even overheard a total stranger briefly mentioning the plot in mixed company, then you've figured this much already....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Elektra

Elektra

Allow me to geek out for a minute. Renowned comic book writer/artist Frank Miller first introduced his assassin-for-hire character Elektra in the pages of Daredevil (issue No. 168, to be exact). His contributions to the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Perfect Man

The Perfect Man

Dear Hilary,Please don't take this the wrong way. You're a wonderful girl, and we've had some fun. But I'm writing this review to let you know that I can't see you or your movies anymore....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown

Soundtracks to Cameron Crowe's movies are often as memorable as the films themselves. Crowe's most famous marriage of cinema and song has to be John Cusack's radio hoist to the beat of Peter Gabriel's "In...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop

Television shows spin-off characters all the time - Matt LeBlanc leaves Friends for Joey and Cheers gives way to Frasier. Not so in movies, where producers frequently tease similar spin-offs but rarely make the big-budget...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Abandon

Abandon

A timely late October release and a spooky ad campaign suggest that Abandon revolves around the ghostly return of a long-lost boyfriend who haunts a lovely coed. Not the case. In reality, it's a melodramatic...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Jersey Girl

Jersey Girl

Kevin Smith grows up. The writer/director from Red Bank, N.J., temporarily retires his trademark Silent Bob shtick for Jersey Girl, which sticks to a cute but overused plotline, occasionally branching out to include a few...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ladder 49

Ladder 49

Firefighter movies resemble westerns in the singular fact that I can see one decent one every five years or so and be completely satisfied. Ladder 49 happens to be an excellent flame jockey adventure, a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

House of Wax (2005)

House of Wax (2005)

At last count, summer 2005 has approximately 2,005 remakes on the slate, from a re-imagined Bewitched to a rejuvenated War of the Worlds. The parade of photocopies was supposed to begin this week with House...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Half Past Dead

Half Past Dead

Martin Boris Velanov is the hardest working man in show business. According to the end credits for the prison thriller Half Past Dead, Mr. Velanov works full-time (some would say "overtime") as the stand-in...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Blue Crush

Blue Crush

At 104 minutes, Blue Crush puts the "endless" in the popular surf phrase "endless summer." It certainly feels longer than any movie derived from a magazine article deserves to be (in this case, it's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Cinderella Man

Cinderella Man

Tickets to Ron Howard's period boxing drama Cinderella Man should come with bootstraps. That way we literally could join the film's heavyweight hero, dutifully played by Russell Crowe, as he sifts through the wreckage left...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Herbie: Fully Loaded

A car with a mind of its own meets a screenplay with no mind to speak of in Herbie: Fully Loaded, Disney's brainless but painless effort to reintroduce its overhauled Volkswagen Bug to a new...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Out of Time

Out of Time

Approximately 106 times over the course of 106 playfully passionate minutes, Carl Franklin's Out of Time threatens to jump the rails of logic and careen off course. With a steady Denzel Washington at the helm,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Comedian

Comedian

Comedians are not funny people. If we're to believe Christian Charles' aptly-titled documentary, they're obsessive, jealous, self-loathing, analytical and petty. Remember, dying is easy and comedy is hard.Two paths are followed in Comedian....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mystic River

Mystic River

Around this time of year, select projects start entering theaters powered by an invisible yet completely tangible force known as Awards Buzz. Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's textured novel, enjoys such clout,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Criticism toward Joel Schumacher's attempted enactment of Andrew Lloyd Webber's cherished stage musical The Phantom of the Opera likely will fall on deaf ears. If you love the source material (I don't), the chances are...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Birth

Birth

Jonathan Glazer's stylish debut Sexy Beast stood out for the uncharacteristically explosive and vicious performance the director coaxed out of stately Ben Kingsley. Evidence of any such energy all but escapes Birth, Glazer's anticipated follow-up...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship opens with one of the most gruesome, gratuitous, and swiftest slaughters in recent memory. Without warning, dozens of passengers aboard a luxurious Italian luxury liner are sliced in half by a makeshift...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Miracle

Miracle

You'd have to work extra hard to botch the feel-good story of the underdog U.S.A. hockey team that overcame adversity in the 1980 Olympics and earned an unexpected gold medal. Miracle, which recounts the team's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Proof (2005)

Proof (2005)

The Broadway hit Proof put playwright David Auburn's name on the map, earned him a shelf full of prizes (from Tony to Pulitzer), and reminded those of us who stopped paying attention that Mary-Louise Parker...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Holes

Holes

In certain literary circles, the ones that meet during fourth-period study hall, Louis Sachar's Newberry Award-winning Holes has replaced the Harry Potter series as the hip new read. No wonder, since the novel introduces readers...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

There's a scene near the end of Joe Dante's Looney Tunes movie where a beleaguered Wile E. Coyote ends up behind the wheel of a locomotive that's loaded to the gills with dynamite. Seconds before...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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