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Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Everything the kinetic, colorful, superficially violent "Kill Bill: Volume 1" lacked in depth and character is remedied tenfold in Quentin Tarantino's stunning, cunning conclusion to his epic revenge fantasy.Gone are the absurdist bloodbaths and the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

"South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" justcan't wait to wiggle out of the restraints put on its television counterpart.In the first 10 minutes of the movie, the cartoon's creators go out oftheir way to assure...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

But I'm A Cheerleader

But I'm A Cheerleader

"But I'm a Cheerleader" is pure camp, from its often hammy acting to its candy-colored ambience to its plot about an in-crowd high schooler whose panicked suburban parents pack her away to retreat where sexually...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

Plied with fiction and short on depth, the new biopic of legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly plays like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" without the excitement, charm and humor.Bearded and brooding but otherwise uncharismatic,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Love Me If You Dare

Love Me If You Dare

A smash hit in its native France, "Love Me If You Dare" is a precariously bold, dark but light-hearted comedy about a boy and a girl who grow up together challenging each other to more...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Scorpion King

The Scorpion King

Call it a premature yet promising start to the summer action season. Somehow "The Scorpion King" -- a movie starring a professional wrestler and spun off from a shameful sequel -- has become the most...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Wood

The Wood

In its first five minutes "The Wood" looks likeit's going to be a breaking-the-fourth-wall disaster, as Omar Epps ("TheMod Squad") narrates to camera, explainingto the audience that it's two hours and ticking until his best...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Door In The Floor

The Door In The Floor

Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger give a pair of extraordinary performances in "The Door in the Floor" as a couple whose souls and whose marriage have never recovered from the deaths of their teenage sons...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Shadow Of The Vampire

Shadow Of The Vampire

Part homage to one of cinema's best-known silent films, part winkingly nebulous black comedy, and part old-school horror flick, "Shadow of the Vampire" is a crafty "what if" fictionalization of the making of "Nosferatu," the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

A Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale

By now you've heard about the concept of "A Knight's Tale" and had the time to become justifiably dubious. A 14th Century jousting adventure set to the tune of guitar rock stadium anthems? How could...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bubble Boy

Bubble Boy

Great casting is absolutely vital to a puckishly impudent comedy like "Bubble Boy" -- the story of a happy-go-lucky, immune-deficient geek who zip-locks himself into a homemade portable orb to travel cross-country and stop the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Arlington Road

Arlington Road

There's just one thing standing in the way of "ArlingtonRoad" taking a place among the best film noir politics-and-paranoiathrillers -- the script is so tight that the hero is forced to make a dumbmistake now...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Respiro

Respiro

A grim yet hopeful, fablistic slice-of-life drama from Italian writer-director Emanuele Crialese ("Once We Were Strangers"), "Respiro" stars Valeria Golino (best known in the US for "Rain Man" and "Hot Shots!") as Grazia, a passionate,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Die Another Day

Die Another Day

Until director Lee Tamahori blasts right past a perfectly good ending, only to burn a superfluous 20 minutes on an all-action, all-gimmick epilogue that leaks suspension of disbelief like a sieve, "Die Another Day" is...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Boat Trip

Boat Trip

Driven entirely by tedious clichés, vulgar stereotypes, tawdry and low-brow raunch-as-comedy gags, and the degrading, almost minstrel-show antics of a mugging, rubber-faced Cuba Gooding Jr., "Boat Trip" is a gay-themed movie aimed squarely and exclusively...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

In an era of severely dumbed-down children's movies, the first live-action "Peter Pan" picture since the silent era does something extraordinary -- it un-Disneyfies the story, revives the deeper themes of J.M. Barrie's original book...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Last Castle

The Last Castle

With the United States in the throes of an unexpected war, the timing may not seem right for a movie about military infighting. But "The Last Castle" has a certain popcorn-picture kind of flag-waving pride...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The House Of Mirth

The House Of Mirth

Director Terrence Davies took a chance casting "The X-Files'" Gillian Anderson as the devastated heroine in his adaptation of "The House of Mirth," Edith Wharton's corset opera of turn-of-the-Century social politics.But in her first 20...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Happy Accidents

Happy Accidents

Recovering co-dependent Ruby Weaver has such bad luck with men that she and her girlfriends keep a shoebox of photos called "The Ex Files."In the beginning of "Happy Accidents," writer-director Brad Anderson ("Next Stop Wonderland,"...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough

The honeymoon is over for Pierce Brosnan's incarnation of James Bond.Just as Brosnan has begun to clearly distinguish his own bent on the character -- less loquacious than his predecessors, with an artful but well-bred...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

In Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's ingeniously idiosyncratic showbiz semi-farce "Adaptation" there is a running gag about a typically bogus Hollywood-thriller screenplay called "The 3," in which a preposterous, nonsensical twist ending reveals the three...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Boiler Room

Boiler Room

A Generation X cautionary tale about greed and impatience, "Boiler Room" is a sharp-edged, adrenaline-driven movie that takes place in the eat-or-be-eaten world of crooked stock trading.Populated by 25-year-old, overnight millionaires who wear their testosterone...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

His Secret Life

His Secret Life

Already tormented by grief over the auto-accident death of her loving husband, an upper-middle class Italian widow receives another psychological blow in "His Secret Life" when going through his personal effects. She discovers he was...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bait

Bait

Director Anthony Fuqua doesn't seem terribly interested in the plot of "Bait," a impotent "Enemy of the State" knock-off that reeks of a sloppy re-write designed to accommodate the comedy stylings of Jamie Foxx in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date

Ingenuity creeps into several scenes of the largely stereotypical chick-flick love comedy "The Wedding Date" -- but all its imagination comes at the wrong end of the creative process. What good is a uniquely photographed...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Lantana

Lantana

Marital stress hangs like an albatross around the necks of all the primary characters in "Lantana," an viscous Australian ensemble piece that begins as an intricate, intimate web of rocky relationships and evolves into a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Pollock

Pollock

As an actor portraying the inner turmoil of Jackson Pollock -- the revolutionary abstractionist known for his splatter-and-drip painting style -- Ed Harris gives a commanding, potent performance in "Pollock" that is a torrential mix...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Butterfly

Butterfly

A compelling marriage of innocence and intellectualism, "The Butterfly" views the see-sawing political upheaval of 1936 Spain through the life of a worrisome, bookish little boy.Our young hero -- an asthmatic tailor's son named Moncho...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Flawless

Flawless

The recipe for Joel Schumacher's post-"Batman" cry for redemption goes a little something like this:Take one part "As Good As It Gets," but give the anti-social bigot a gritty, blue-collar bent and a debilitating stroke...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Corruptor

The Corruptor

"The Corruptor" gets off to a shaky start --literally. The over-stylized, '70s-inspired shake-and-zoom handheld cameraworkin the establishing action scenes was enough to make me wish I had a someDramamine. The first act of the movie...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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Seven musicians you can go as to your next Halloween party

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Album Of The Week: The 30th Anniversary of 'Pretty On The Inside' by Hole

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Courtney Love went from Faith No More to Pagan Babies before roles in Sid And Nancy and Straight To Hell propelled her forward to form her seminal...

Placebo - Beautiful James Audio

Placebo - Beautiful James Audio

Returning with their first new song in five years, Placebo have just dropped ‘Beautiful James’ as the first taster of their forthcoming album.

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Queen Cult: The queer band you’ll fall in love with by 2022

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The Cheshire four-piece unveil a new politically-charged single entitled Show & Tell.

Met Gala 2021: The three pop icons who took our breath away

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Billie, Lil Nas X and Rihanna stole the show at the fashion event.

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