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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

With Chicken Tikka Masala, 18-year-old screenwriter Roopesh Parekh has penned a lively but vacuous mashup of My Beautiful Laundrette and The Wedding Banquet. It's a fun and sprawling farce that glosses over the heavy issues...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Wild Side (2004)

Wild Side (2004)

It's a tale told over and over again: lonely souls adrift in a cruel world finding each other and creating a new kind of family with the strongest of bonds. Tell the tale incorrectly, and...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Flower and Snake

Flower and Snake

Takashi Ishii is widely recognized as the master of intellectually challenging Japanese erotica. He's also pretty freaky.In Flower and Snake, his imagination really runs wild, putting one woman through an outrageous obstacle course of sexual...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Jailbait

Jailbait

Oh, bummer. Young petty criminal druggie Randy (Michael Pitt) has just run into his state's tough three-strikes-you're-out law, and as the cell door slams behind him, he's looking at a 25-year stretch. The question: how...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

Of all the camp classics available for your derision and laughter, Valley of the Dolls is surely one of the campiest, the kind of movie whose promotional stills are reproduced on T-shirts for sale in...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Battle Cry

Battle Cry

Battle Cry is a colorful and overpacked CinemaScope-era World War II epic that, at two hours and 29 minutes long, feels about as long as the Battle of the Pacific it depicts. What sets it...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Surrender Dorothy (2006)

Surrender Dorothy (2006)

A Diane Keaton star vehicle produced as a made-for-cable original, Surrender Dorothy is a pleasure for fans of the always interesting Keaton even if its roots as a chick-of-a-certain-age-lit novel sometimes show through.As a group...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2006

Sliver

Sliver

New Yorkers obsess over real estate, and they're quick to notice when interesting apartments feature prominently in movies, especially thrillers. There's a direct line that runs from Rosemary's Baby (fabulous pre-war woodwork!) through Single White...

Movie Review posted on 29th March 2006

Sin Destino

Sin Destino

As the first few minutes of Sin Destino went by, I started wondering if I had seen it before. Didn't I remember another grainy black-and-white verite-style melodrama about a dead-end Mexico City teen slowly going...

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2006

The Thing Called Love

The Thing Called Love

The routine story of four scrappy Nashville newcomers who hope to make it as country music stars, The Thing Called Love wouldn't hold much interest if it weren't for one important fact: a clearly deteriorating...

Movie Review posted on 13th January 2006

Fear And Trembling

Fear And Trembling

Wow! Talk about lost in translation! Fear and Trembling spends most of its 107-minute running time inside the accounting office of a Japanese conglomerate, but no matter how boring that may sound, rest assured the...

Movie Review posted on 20th December 2005

Educating Rita

Educating Rita

Educating Rita is a charming but ultimately uninventive Pygmalion-style tale that would go nowhere without sparkling performances by Michael Caine and especially by Julie Walters as a 26-year-old lower-class striver who just wants to make...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2005

15

15

There have been plenty of movies about dissaffected American youth, and disaffected Japanese youth, and disaffected British youth, and disaffected Korean youth. Someday, someone will write a movie in which all these groups come together...

Movie Review posted on 25th November 2005

Mahogany

Mahogany

Thirty years after its release, Mahogany is still screened often... in gay bars. A minor camp classic starring Miss Diana Ross as a Chicago striver who claws her way to the top of the international...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Crutch

Crutch

Two facts to ponder: Crutch is "based on a true story," and Rob Moretti is not only one of the lead actors but also the writer, director, editor, and producer. The result: Crutch comes across...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Fighting Tommy Riley

Fighting Tommy Riley

As you sit down to watch Fighting Tommy Riley, you may be thinking that the world doesn't need another boxing drama, and the first few minutes of the film, which introduce us to a down-on-his-luck...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Relax... It's Just Sex

Relax... It's Just Sex

If you're only going to see one West Hollywood gay ensemble dramedy in your life, it probably shouldn't be Relax... It's Just Sex. Of all the movies in this suprisingly crowded indie subgenre, the best...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dracula Iii: Legacy

Dracula Iii: Legacy

I have a British friend whose favorite curse is "Bloody hell!!" It strikes me that there's no better way to describe Dracula III: Legacy. Bloody hell pretty much sums it up.The latest installment in this...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Breakfast At Tiffany's

A near perfect blend of comedy, romance, and minor tragedy, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a must-see classic that, despite diversions from Truman Capote's original novel, remains his clearest statement on what it feels like to...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Postmen in the Mountains

Postmen in the Mountains

If you want to make a grown man cry at the movies, give him a story about an estranged father and son who reconcile and come to love and respect each other before it's too...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Girl Most Likely to...

The Girl Most Likely to...

Made for TV in 1973, right around the time the smoke was starting to clear from a nationwide wave of bra burnings, The Girl Must Likely To... is a deeply dark revenge comedy with a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Flipper's New Adventure

Flipper's New Adventure

Back in the '60s, sequels didn't need fancy names. Therefore, instead of Flipper 2: Full Throttle we get the more prosaically named Flipper's New Adventure, a family-friendly story that has as much fun and excitement...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Tommy Boy

Tommy Boy

Given time and some top-rate producing talent, David Spade and Chris Farley might have evolved into a Martin and Lewis for the 21st century, but we'll never know. They only had two outings together, Tommy...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

Of the six movies Robert Redford has directed to date, A River Runs Through It is his second best, following behind the searing, unforgettable Ordinary People. A specialist in bringing books to life as movies,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Imelda

Imelda

The truly remarkable Imelda Marcos did history a great service by agreeing to sit down for an interview with documentarian Ramona S. Diaz for her searing documentary, Imelda. Though Marcos initially agreed to only 15...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Un, deux, trois, soleil

Un, deux, trois, soleil

What's real in Un, deux, trois, soleil is the teeming multiracial housing project in the slums of Marseilles where Victorine (Anouk Grinberg) struggles through her childhood and early adulthood. What's not real in this feverish...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music... well, what can I say? And why should I bother? If any movie were ever critic-proof, it's this one. In fact, famed critic Pauline Kael was fired for daring to write...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Testosterone

Testosterone

Here's the thing: When your lover goes out for a pack of cigarettes and doesn't come back, it's probably best just to let him go. If you start to chase after him, the ensuing drama...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Izo

Izo

Legendarily outrageous Japanese director Takashi Miike swings for the fences every time. When he connects, with films such as Audition, Visitor Q, and Ichi the Killer, the results are unforgettable, true home runs of wild...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pecker

Pecker

John Waters lives in two worlds: the trashy and aggressively weird neighborhoods of his native Baltimore and the artsy society circles of New York City. Pecker is his hilarious take on what happens when those...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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