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Hot Tub Time Machine Review


Good
For a film produced by and starring John Cusack, this is unusually corny. But there's enough knowing humour in the script and performances to keep us laughing, even when things get downright stupid.

After a bad breakup, Adam (Cusack) gathers his chucklehead pal Lou (Corddry) and sensibly married buddy Nick (Robinson), plus Adam's nerdy nephew Jacob (Duke), for a skiing holiday in a resort they knew 25 years ago. But after a dip in the hot tub, they find themselves in 1986, reliving a fateful weekend during which they try to resist changing history. Awash in a riot of off-primary coloured clothing, the three friends try to re-navigate old waters while Jacob attempts to make sure that he's conceived on schedule.

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When Adam and Nick discover their friend Lou almost killed himself (by accident, though they're not convinced) they decide to take him and Adam's nephew away for a break. Where better to take their old mate than Kodiak Valley Ski Resort a place where all three men have fond memories of their past.

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Crispin Glover Thursday 4th March 2010 Alice In Wonderland, 2010

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Alice In Wonderland Review


Good
The visual inventiveness in this film is so impressive that it almost makes up for the ill-conceived script, which tries to turn Lewis Carroll's classic tales into a Lord of the Rings-sized post-apocalyptic adventure epic.

It's been 13 years since Alice (Wasikowska) visited Wonderland, although she now believes it was all a dream. When she falls down that rabbit hole again, she doesn't remember anyone, but they remember her, and soon she's involved in a series of portentous events involving the nasty Red Queen (Bonham Carter), her nice sister, the White Queen (Hathaway), and a mythical dragon called Jabberwocky (Lee). She's helped through this by the Hatter (Depp), a smiling cat (Fry), a blue caterpillar (Rickman), two chubby twins (Lucas) and a white rabbit (Sheen), among others.

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Crispin Glover Saturday 16th January 2010 leaving a private party at Chateau Marmont Los Angeles, California

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Open Season 2 Review


Good
What do you do when your moderately successful CG cartoon demands a sequel, and yet your two main stars more of less bail on said cinematic return? Well, if you're the studio behind the semi-successful 2006 title Open Season, you hire a couple of knock-offs and crank up the cash machine. Indeed, anyone looking for Mr. Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher or Mr. You So Crazy/Martin Lawrence to show up and saunter as manic mule deer Elliot and cool Kodiak bruin Boog respectively will be greatly disappointed. On the upside, however, a group of new characters has been added that really bring an extra dimension to the animal antics.

It's been a year since Boog (Mike Epps) and Elliot (Joel McHale) chased a group of ravenous redneck hunters out of their woods, and things are looking up for both of our heroes. As a matter of fact, the cowardly buck is poised to marry his sunny sweetheart Giselle (Jane Krakowski). During the ceremony, dachshund pal Mr. Weenie (Cody Cameron) is "reunited" with his previous owners and dragged into the RV for a trip to a pet theme park. Looking for an excuse to skip his nuptials, Elliot rallies his best buddy and his babe, along with angry squirrel McSquizzy (Billy Connolly), to find the missing mutt. Unfortunately, they are about to come face to face with an unhinged poodle named Fifi (Crispin Glover -- oh yes) who hates all wildlife and will do everything in its power to stop Mr. Weenie from going back to nature.

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Crispin Glover - Tuesday 22nd January 2008 at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah

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Beowulf Review


OK
From the advent of sound with 1927's The Jazz Singer to the computer-generated effects breakthrough of 1989's The Abyss -- advancements in technology have had a major impact on cinematic storytelling, for better and worse. New technologies open up more cinematic experiences and new avenues for directors and actors to explore their craft. But it's easy to get caught up in the razzmatazz of the latest spectacle, instead of focusing on age-old, tried and true thematic substance. And that's exactly Beowulf's tragic flaw.

The Beowulf legend originates from a 700 A.D. oral tradition that was adapted in epic poem form by the English and into film form by director Robert Zemeckis -- using motion-captured live-action performances that are turned into a computer-generated light show. Much like the IMAX 3D screenings of Zemeckis' previous effort, The Polar Express, Beowulf's tale of a hero who comes to rid a Scandinavian village of its monster, while screaming his name every chance he gets, is more a showcase for RealD technology than an engaging film.

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Crispin Glover - Crispin Glover, London, England - UK premiere of 'Beowulf' held at the Vue Leicester Square - Departures Sunday 11th November 2007

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Crispin Glover Sunday 11th November 2007 UK premiere of 'Beowulf' held at the Vue Leicester Square - Arrivals London, England

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Amber Heard and Crispin Glover - Amber Heard and Crispin Glover Los Angeles, California - Premiere of 'Beowulf' at Mann's Village Theater - Arrivals Monday 5th November 2007

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Epic Movie Review


Weak
The stigma of "I've seen it all before" pervades Epic Movie in unexpected ways. Writers/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's previous credits, Scary Movie (as two of six writers) and Date Movie, tell you what you're in for: the skewering of some currently popular cinematic genre. Famous scenes will be re-shot, famous people lampooned, and there will be plenty of naughty bits. Experience might also alert you to the film's questionable quality. However, in a movie whose lifeblood is appropriation, borrowing, copying, and sullying (parody seems too sophisticated a description), it is surprising that Epic Movie feels tired not because it reminds us so often of the epics it sends up, but because it suffers from the faults of its "Something" Movie predecessors.As with Scary, Date, and Not Another Teen, Epic Movie takes for its plot a cobbled together version of the events of the films it lampoons. Thus, we first meet four orphans before they win a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's factory that leads to an epic adventure in Gnarnia (with a silent G, "for legal purposes"). First orphan Lucy (Jayma Mays) is the daughter of a Louvre curator who finds her golden ticket when clues around her father's dead body lead to, gasp, Da Vinci. Edward (Kal Penn) leaves his Mexican orphanage after a wrestler/monk tries to feed him a dead cat (apparently, Nacho Libre was an epic). Peter (Adam Campbell) is an X-Man with chicken wings, picked on in high school by Mystique (Carmen Electra) and LC (from the TV's Laguna Beach). The final orphan, Susan (Faune A. Chambers), represents the point at which the filmmakers just couldn't be bothered anymore. She was on a plane once, and so were some snakes.In as ambiguously defined and incredibly inclusive a category as "epic" there are ample opportunities for satirical sparks. And there are moments, fleeting as they are, such as Peter's exploration of the sexual shape-shifting possibilities of Mystique, when those opportunities are taken. More frequently, though, the order of the day is mere repetition. The Nacho Libre scenes and Snakes on a Plane sequence do nothing with the original material other than cast it with inferior actors. Later, aboard a more touristy "Black Pearl," SNL's Darrell Hammond is very good at impersonating Johnny Depp impersonating Keith Richards, but is given too little to do besides this. In all, the film lacks the perspective needed for effective satire. As with Date Movie, the filmmakers don't have much to say about the films they are dealing with. They simply present them to us in a burlesque fashion with a fart joke here and a rude word there.Worse still, the filmmakers have turned their attention too heavily to their back catalogue. There are the staple gratuitous slow motion bikini dancers, Carmen Electra is back, MTV references fill in where jokes cannot be found, and Jayma Mays seems with her dazed and confused performance to be channelling Scary Movie star Anna Faris. Rather than looking for things to say about the latest in epic films, they seek to appropriate a successful formula onto the latest box office successes. The movie is also entirely toothless. Discussing the film, Penn brags of how Friedman and Seltzer "ridicule" Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, in which he starred in 2004. Here, ridicule translates to a shot of a White Castle restaurant on the screen and Penn saying, "I have a feeling I have been here before." Perhaps this was my problem. I want some savageness in my satire, and Epic Movie is decidedly tame. As one who sat through The Da Vinci Code, X-Men 3 and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I was expecting a suitably cruel counter attack. Instead, I got what I should have expected knowing the pedigree. In this latest and tiredest Friedman/Seltzer puff piece the law of diminishing returns persists.Lion for dinner? Let's go!

Back To The Future Review


Extraordinary
A classic adventure that holds up perfectly today aside from a few green-screen gaffes, Back to the Future is a quintessential '80s flick that combines science fiction, action, comedy, and romance all into a perfect little package that kids and adults will both devour. I know I did when I saw this film as a teenager, anxiously wishing I could zip back in time too to stand up to a bully, right some wrongs, and otherwise fix the mistakes that I made... never mind my parents. Michael J. Fox is perfect in the lead role (though the film was original half-shot with Eric Stoltz in the lead), but Christopher Lloyd ("Damn! Damn damn!") steals the show as Doc Brown, whose Delorean time machine enables all the madcap adventures that follow. Overall it's about as perfect as a summer blockbuster amusement can get. Check out the DVD set of all three Back to the Future movies, a huge bargain at under 20 bucks.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Review


OK
Angels fight in slow motion. Angels show skin in slow motion. And most importantly, Angels explode in slow motion.

Thus we have the three immutable laws of the reinvented Charlie's Angels, that most improbable crossover hit from the 1970s TV show. Alas, what made the original film such a guilty pleasure wears thin in this rehash.

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Charlie's Angels Review


Weak
The spy game is up. You can thank Charlie's Angels -- the movie -- for that.

When did banality and pandering become okay? Just steal from Hong Kong, The Matrix, and a kitschy TV show from the mid-1970s and that's a movie? Charlie's Angels is one of the worst examples of action film homogeneity and shameless duplicity in any film I've seen in ages.

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Even Cowgirls Get The Blues Review


Terrible
A pair of wildly divergent views on Gus Van Sant's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues... -Ed.

Don Willmott, 1 star [lowest rating]

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Racing With The Moon Review


Very Good
Coming of age, WWII style, with Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage eager to head off to war, getting into trouble along the way, and ending up not entirely sure about the whole thing. Much like any number of films in this vein, Richard Benjamin's movie flirts with disillusionment while simultaneously romanticizing a bygone era. Both come across moderately well in this endeavor, thanks to the dual talents of Penn and Cage raking the muck extensively.

Bartleby Review


OK
Destined to inspire new lows in workplace slackerdom, Jonathan Parker's Bartleby is a cryptic take on workplace politics and motivation, courtesy of Herman Melville's short story, "Bartleby the Scrivener."

Given a weirdly futuristic spin, Jonathan Parker's interpretation of Bartleby takes him out of a law office and into a public records commission, subtly morphing from typist to file clerk. More notably than all that is Parker's balls-out casting, with the certifiably unhinged Crispin Glover taking the role of the lowest-of-low-key peons.

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River's Edge Review


Extraordinary
Long before Laura Palmer's body was discovered wrapped in plastic, poor Jamie was strangled to death aside a lonely river, her unrepentant killer John (a creepy Daniel Roebuck, the guy who played Jay Leno in The Late Shift) taking it upon himself to prove to his friends what he's done. He's not giddy about it, he just wants acknowledgement and, somehow, understanding.

A gripping study of teen ambivalence and the utter lack of angst, River's Edge is a creepy, powerful, and underseen picture that features some virtuoso performances (notably Crispin Glover's Layne, who organizes an ill-conceived campaign to get John out of town). Featuring some of the most inventive and believable dialogue, the locals (including Keanu Reeves and Ione Skye as the only kids even remotely bothered by the death of their friend) are at a loss for what to do. Atmospheric and numbing, the picture is an obvious precursor to Twin Peaks, and a better template David Lynch couldn't have found. The story is loosely based on a real murder, which makes it all the more chilling.

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Like Mike Review


Weak
A cardboard Cinderella story, involving a pair of magic basketball sneakers and the hopes and dreams of an orphaned black youth, the script for Like Mike is about as challenging as getting tickets for a Wang Chung reunion concert. Calvin Cambridge (Lil' Bow Wow) is a short, pigtailed 14-year-old orphan with high hopes of one day playing with the big boys of the NBA. But his diminutive stature and inability to shoot a fade-away jumper over the orphanage's bully Ox (Jesse Plemmons) dent his dreams of stardom. But, the gods smile upon Calvin after he acquires a mysterious pair of old sneakers inscribed with the faded initials "MJ," which received a jolt of magic lightning one stormy night. Never mind the damning fact that previous owner of the shoes is about six feet, six inches in height.

After lacing up the shoes, Calvin ends up on the court of his favorite team, the Los Angeles Knights during a half-time promo, taking on the Knights' star player Tracey Reynolds (Morris Chestnut) in a bit of one-on-one. With the power of MJ in his soles, Calvin fakes left and ends up hitting a 25-foot jumper and then a devastating slam-dunk that stinks of the power of Flubber. The reactions from a stunned crowd inspire the manager of the Knights, Frank Bernard (Eugene Levy), to sign Calvin to a contract as a publicity stunt, without ever intending the play the lucky whippersnapper. But after Calvin hits the game-winning jumper when the tough-as-nails coach Wagner (Robert Forster) hands him the ball - the evil orphan headmaster Bittleman (Crispin Glover) earns more riches wen Calvin's contract is re-negotiated.

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Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter Review


Weak
Rest assured, Friday the 13th will never have a "final chapter," and after a 3D installment, the only way to one-up the series is with the twin appearances of a pervy Corey Feldman and the inimitable Crispin Glover. The formula is tried-and-true here; Jason died in part three, he's revived in the hospital here, and heads back to the lake for more slaughtering. Most of the cast is phoning it in, at best, but Corey and Crispin (watch him dance!) make for at least passable diversions.

Like Mike Review


Good

By all rights, "Like Mike" should be a lousy movie. Designed as a slap-dash kiddie flick, built around a dumb plot device (magic sneakers turn a young orphan into an NBA all-star) and starring a flash-in-the-pan novelty hip-hopper (Lil' Bow Wow), its overall concept is thick with seemingly predictable, third-hand story elements. Will the kid find adoptive parents? Will his team win the big game? Well, duh.

But director John Schultz ("Drive Me Crazy") doesn't use the shoes as a storytelling crutch (they account for about four minutes of the whole movie), he gets charismatic performances from his cast of talented players, and he beats down almost every encroaching cliché, creating in their stead a smart kids' picture of delightful surprises.

Sure, as the film begins street-smart but endearingly sweet 14-year-old Calvin Cambridge (Bow Wow) is living in a laughably diverse group home (his two best friends are a white boy played by "Jerry Maguire's" Jonathan Lipnicki and an Asian girl played by Brenda Song), where he's picked on by a teenage bully and dreams of being adopted. "Parents only want the puppies," he moans.

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Nurse Betty Review


Good

Heretofore known for his viciously incisive, very black socio-sexual satires, director Neil LaBute takes a joyride in antic comedy territory with "Nurse Betty." It's charming effort of pure entertainment about a gentle, bouncy Kansas waitress who becomes convinced she's a part of her favorite soap opera after being sent into post-traumatic shock by witnessing a murder.

The murder was that of her abusive, redneck husband (LaBute regular Aaron Eckhart in another amazing chameleon performance) -- a retribution for a shady business deal gone wrong.

The waitress, Betty Sizemore, is the kind of bona fide wide-eyed innocent most Hollywood actresses wouldn't be able to play without slipping into a hammy, ignorant hayseed routine and winking ironically at the audience. But in the hands of Renée Zellweger -- who proved her sweetheart credibility in "Jerry Maguire" -- Betty is 100 percent genuine sugar.

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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Review


Weak

The first "Charlie's Angels" movie was a lightning strike of sexy, silly, butt-kicking-babe action-flick fun. But at least it made an attempt to have an intelligible plot with genuine stakes, cool twists, clever campiness and memorable characters.

Lightning does not strike twice in the sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," which only bothers with a minute or two of story in each reel, as it tries to skate by on cheap wisecracks and surprise cameos (Bruce Willis! Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen! TV "Angel" Jaclyn Smith!) while spending the bulk of its time mired in over-produced, three-ring-circus-like, exclamation-point action scenes.

The Angels drive a military truck off the top of a Mongolian dam, and out pops a helicopter in which they escape from an army of bad guys! The Angels enter a motocross race in which bikes collide and explode during mid-air back flips! The Angels fight off two dozen punk-poser Irish gangsters at the San Pedro harbor in slow-mo/fast-mo uber-choreographed kung fu!

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Charlie's Angels Review


Good

In one of many joyously over-the-top undercover scenes in the impish big screen adaptation of "Charlie's Angels," Drew Barrymore -- incognito as part of a sexbomb race track pit crew clad in cleavage-flaunting stars-and-stripes leather jumpsuits -- distracts a bad guy's chauffeur by seductively licking the steering wheel of his car.

The way Barrymore embraces the preposterousness of this moment with giddy aplomb personifies the spirit of this comedically sexy, digitally enhanced, candy-colored, B-movie mock-exploitation romp.

A vast, sassy, action-packed improvement on the '70s TV show, which never could reconcile its insincere femme empowerment message with its transparent jiggle factor draw, this picture adds to the mix a "Xena"-like self-aware sense of humor that gives flight to the formulaic proceedings.

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Crispin Glover

Date of birth

20th April, 1964

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.85




Crispin Glover Movies

Back to the Future (1985) - Clips Trailer

Back to the Future (1985) - Clips Trailer

Marty McFly is an ordinary high school teenager, with a passion for music and a...

Mr Nice Movie Review

Mr Nice Movie Review

The life of notorious drug smuggler Howard Marks hits the big screen in a lively,...

Mr. Nice Trailer

Mr. Nice Trailer

In the 1970's Howard Marks was one of the biggest weed smugglers in the world...

Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Review

Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Review

For a film produced by and starring John Cusack, this is unusually corny. But there's...

Hot Tub Time Machine Trailer

Hot Tub Time Machine Trailer

When Adam and Nick discover their friend Lou almost killed himself (by accident, though they're...

Alice In Wonderland Movie Review

Alice In Wonderland Movie Review

The visual inventiveness in this film is so impressive that it almost makes up for...

9 Movie Review

9 Movie Review

Inventively animated with a striking attention to detail, this offbeat thriller might have trouble finding...

9 Trailer

9 Trailer

Watch the Trailer for new animated movie 9 After his Academy Award nomination for a...

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Alice In Wonderland Trailer

Watch the trailer for Alice In WonderlandAlice In Wonderland is a legendary story that many...

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