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The Forsaken

The Forsaken

My favorite part of every modern vampire movie is the inevitable scene in which the vampire leader (if the bloodsuckers are the protagonists) or the vampire hunter (if they're the antagonists) explains to an uninitiated...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Chuck & Buck

Chuck & Buck

Ninety-five minutes of feeling creeped out and uncomfortable passes for indie flick entertainment in "Chuck and Buck," a movie in which the audience supposed to sympathize with a stalker just because he's naive and slow-witted.Buck,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Under The Sand

Under The Sand

Charlotte Rampling puts a dignified face on denial in "Under the Sand," a cinematic meditation on the multitude of emotions that come with the devastating loss of a loved one.She plays Marie, a 50-something, upper...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Recess: School's Out

Recess: School's Out

The bad guy in "Recess: School's Out" is a megalomaniacal ex-elementary school principal determined to do away with summer vacations by altering the orbit of the Moon so there's no more summer.Voiced by James Woods...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Little Nicky

Little Nicky

Having now seen "Little Nicky," in which Adam Sandler plays the retarded son of Satan, I have formulated a hypothesis I'm calling the Sandler Theory of Exponentially Obnoxious Returns. It goes something like this:Adam Sandler...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Deep Blue Sea

Deep Blue Sea

I can just see the lowest common denominator-minded suits at Warner Bros. salivating over the pitch for "Deep Blue Sea.""Hey everybody," someone said, "why don't we combine 'Jaws,' 'Alien,' 'The Abyss' and 'Titanic' into some...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Honey

Honey

Somehow the people at Universal Pictures got it into their heads that easy-on-the-eyes, thin-on-talent Jessica Alba (star of Fox's short-lived "Dark Angel") should be a movie star.So apparently a room full of monkeys was recruited...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Friday After Next

Friday After Next

After writing and starring in the funny homeboys-and-hemp comedies "Friday" and "Next Friday," rapper-actor Ice Cube isn't quite out of ripe screwball ideas, but "Friday After Next" spreads them pretty thin. In fact, the "Pink...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

School Of Rock

School Of Rock

Jack Black isn't an actor, he's a clown -- and a one-schitck clown at that.Compare any two-minute clip of his new comedy "School of Rock" to any of his scenes from "Orange County," "Shallow Hal"...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Rat Race

Rat Race

After a generation on hiatus, the crazy, ensemble-cast chase comedy is back with an MTV vengeance in "Rat Race," a cornball marathon between a dozen second-tier stars vying for a $2 million booty.The gimmick: To...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes

Without the faintest hint of director Tim Burton's uniquely uncanny style, "Planet of the Apes" version 2.0 feels like nothing more than a generic (albeit overblown) sci-fi summer movie -- and a forgettably mediocre one...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Filth & The Fury

The Filth & The Fury

For about an hour, "The Filth and the Fury" -- the Sex Pistols new self-indulgent, slash-and-burn documentary -- is a fascinating patchwork of interviews, lost concert footage, 90-mile-per-hour biographical data and body slams directed at...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Sometimes a movie's success stems more from spirit, charm and perseverance than from any originality or artistry involved in its creation. The unabashedly confectionery ethnic comedy-romance "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is a shining example...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Others

The Others

So effective is writer-director Alejandro Amenábar's manipulation of the viewer's psyche that his English language debut -- a seriously goosepimply homage to old-school haunted house movies entitled "The Others" -- would be unshakably bone-chilling even...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Drumline

Drumline

It's a rare treat when a movie that looks, from its synopsis and previews, to be formulaic tripe turns out to be fresh, spirited and truly entertaining. "Drumline" is just such a movie.Built on the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Dogville

Dogville

Lars von Trier's peculiar compulsion to humiliate his heroines (and by extension the actresses who play them) has finally crescendoed to a deafening din of indiscriminate, exasperating martyrdom in "Dogville," a daring experiment in heightened...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Fans of "Stuart Little," the classic E. B. White's children's book about a congenial little mouse with a wind-up red roadster, would be wise to avoid "Stuart Little," the mostly in-name-only big screen adaptation featuring...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Windtalkers

Windtalkers

The Navajo code talkers who are the ostensive focus of the new John Woo World War II movie have so little to do with the story that calling the picture "Windtalkers" feels like a sham.Sure...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Dudley Do-Right

Dudley Do-Right

The essence of Jay Ward's delightfully dolt-driven cartoons like "Rocky and Bullwinkle," "George of the Jungle" and "Dudley Do-Right" was always a resourceful, goofball mix of silliness, self-cognizance and good, dumb laughs -- a combination...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Terminator 3: Rise Of The MacHines

Terminator 3: Rise Of The MacHines

Several significant plot holes prove a frustrating and unnecessary distraction from the exhilarating, ante-upping, unflagging action of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," an otherwise worthy, series-fulfilling successor to the groundbreaking looming-apocalypse flicks that made...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Tarzan

Tarzan

Every time someone makes a "Tarzan" movie, they take wild libertieswith Edgar Rice Burroughs' text. Burroughs' Tarzan didn't live in a treehouse with an elephant-operatedelevator, but Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan did in one his campy 1930s...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Country Bears

The Country Bears

Motivated solely by corporate greed, Disney has recently begun cranking out low-ambition, high-profit margin throwaway pictures as bad as any of the odious junkers (e.g. "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes") that the studio released in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Never Been Kissed

Never Been Kissed

If I see one more high school movie that uses a Literature class Shakespearelesson as a metaphor for raging hormones and whatever else the screenwriteris trying to put across, I swear I'm going to throttle...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Once Upon A Time In Mexico

"Desperado," the second eye-poppingly stylish and unabashedly outlandish B-movie in Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" shoot-'em-up trilogy, is one of my all-time favorite action movies, in part because it has its priorities straight: The plot was...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Heaven

Heaven

The first of several pivotal scenes in "Heaven" -- a stirring film about guilt, love, retribution and deliverance directed by Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") from the last screenplay by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski ("Red,"...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You

There's just no excuse for making a Shakespeare knock-off with "Savedby the Bell" quality dialogue. When a movie modernizes The Bard, evenif it's set it in a high school, the chief obligation is to dialogue...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas

Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas

To understand how completely, contemptibly and cavalierly DreamWorks has gutted the Arabian legend of Sinbad for its every-cliché-in-the-book animated adaptation "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," all you need know is one line of dialogue,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Our Lady Of The Assassins (La Virgen De Los Sicarios)

Our Lady Of The Assassins (La Virgen De Los Sicarios)

A somber, violent, poetic meditation on the day-to-day anarchy that rules modern Medellin, "Our Lady of the Assassins" is the story of an intellectual Colombian expatriate returning home for the first time since gang violence...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Hot Chick

The Hot Chick

Rob Schneider's new low-brow body-swap romp "The Hot Chick" is such an insipidly sexist so-called comedy that the movie's entire female cast is reduced to jumping up and down, giggling and playing patty-cake while rhyming...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Juwanna Mann

Juwanna Mann

The line flubs and other outtakes that run with some movies' closing credits are often the best part of a bad comedy, but "Juwanna Mann" is the first movie I've ever seen in which the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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