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Alien Vs Predator

Alien Vs Predator

IN THE MEANTIME...Here's the plot:The iconic monsters from the two franchises battle each other on Earth for the first time on film, as they have in the comic-book world. The discovery of an ancient pyramid...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Big Blue

The Big Blue

A giant metaphor for freedom and self-discovery, directed by a young Luc Besson who had yet to discover his self-indulgent streak, "The Big Blue" is a visceral and turbulent, yet strangely tranquil and beautiful cinematic...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Trapped

Trapped

Apparently not wanting to call attention to the fact that it's releasing a emotionally exploitive child abduction B-movie thriller at a time when AMBER Alerts are being issued almost weekly, Warner Bros. sneaked "Trapped" into...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Lisa Picard Is Famous

Lisa Picard Is Famous

Lisa Picard is a struggling New York actress who has had her 15 minutes and just doesn't realize it yet. She starred in a rather carnal breakfast-in-bed commercial for Wheat Chex that made her notorious...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Liberty Heights

Liberty Heights

A comical and retrospective memoir of segregation and discrimination in America's golden age of denial, "Liberty Heights" is director Barry Levinson's fourth movie built around his memories of Baltimore in the 1950s and '60s.Told from...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Art Of War

The Art Of War

Cool as dry ice, Wesley Snipes comes off a two-year action movie hiatus like a bad-ass, black-belt James Bond with some ghetto in his blood in the opening scene of "The Art of War."Dressed to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

New Best Friend

New Best Friend

A boring, unfocused twist on the dangerous-in-crowd B-movie archetype, "New Best Friend" stars innocent yet mysterious Mia Kirshner ("Exotica," "Not Another Teen Movie") as an insecure outcast at a tony North Carolina college who falls...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow

Most film directors dream about making their "Citizen Kane," and while few would have the audacity to try to equal Orson Welles' cinematic masterpiece, Peter Bogdanovich has found a way to do the next best...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Harry Potter is growing up, and so is his movie franchise.Under the tutelage of a new director -- Alfonso Cuarón, known for both children's fare (the 1995 remake of "A Little Princess") and an edgy,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Christmas With The Kranks

Christmas With The Kranks

As I write this, the time is 8:32 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2004, and I have just walked out on "Christmas With the Kranks" after roughly 45 minutes of mind-numbingly humorless, sit-com barrel-bottom idiocy.An...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality

If the whole crew that made "Miss Congeniality" -- writer, director, stars, everybody -- were to get together for another movie, one with a less idiotic plot than a tomboy FBI agent going undercover at...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

I've always seen "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as one of Shakespeare's daffier comedies -- what with the fairies and all -- so this film version, adapted by director Michael Hoffman ("One Fine Day," "Restoration"), came...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Freddy Got Fingered

Freddy Got Fingered

Hey, you know what's funny? False accusations of child molestation. That's just the most hilarious way to get back at your father for being mean to you because you're a hopeless screw-up. At least, that's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Head In The Clouds

Head In The Clouds

A handsome misfire of romanticized misfortune and decadence, war and idealism, tragedy and melodrama, "Head in the Clouds" aspires to be a sweetly risqué twist on the spirit of "Casablanca." But miscast leads and ersatz...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Ride With The Devil

Ride With The Devil

As Civil War dramas go, the unromanticized anti-epic "Ride With the Devil" is the polar opposite of "Gone With the Wind."Bleak, deceptively simple and realistic, the battles are dirty, bloody and unwieldy, the heroes are...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Idiots

The Idiots

It's one thing to know in your own ego that you're an intrepid cinematic genius. It's quite another thing to be so cocky that you leave flubbed shots in your movie and call it art.That's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

A Guy Thing

A Guy Thing

Jason Lee is usually the funniest guy in any Kevin Smith movie (Banky in "Chasing Amy," Azrael in "Dogma"). Julia Stiles has had fine comedic timing ever since her big splash in "10 Things I...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Swimfan

Swimfan

"Swimfan" is the kind of thriller that requires, for the plot to move forward, a complete absence of common sense on the part of the hero -- in this case a high school swim team...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Count Of Monte Cristo

The Count Of Monte Cristo

The latest big screen adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" has such a conspicuously clean Hollywood ending that, even though I've never read the book, I was suspicious and went online to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Bachelor

The Bachelor

You know something is just not right about a movie when even the most insignificant supporting characters have more charisma and personality than the leads.Such is the case with "The Bachelor," a comedy about an...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Mummy Returns

The Mummy Returns

Remember how badly "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" turned out when Steven Spielberg tried to wedge an impish kid into his successful archeology-action-adventure formula? Well, deja vu.How pathetically contrived and sadly unoriginal is...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Legend Of Bagger Vance

The Legend Of Bagger Vance

Isn't it ironic that Robert Redford, the Sundance sugar daddy of independent film, seems to have become incapable of directing a movie that isn't utterly conventional, soft-focused Hollywood melodrama?Granted, he's good at it. There's a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Unfaithful

Unfaithful

For about five minutes at the beginning of its Third Act, the adultery-fueled sexual potboiler "Unfaithful" seems to mull over the possibility of becoming more than just a glossy, tawdry, yuppie bodice-ripper.The suburban New York...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Beach

The Beach

One would think that edgy, hallucinogenic "Trainspotting" team of Danny Boyle (director) and John Hodge (screenwriter) would be a perfect pair to adapt "The Beach," prodigy-novelist Alex Garland's edgy, hallucinogenic, travelogue about Southeast Asian adventure...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Order

The Order

The Catholic church has been a source of inspiration for a whole slew of scary movies -- everything from goosepimpling tales of possession like "The Exorcist" to fact-based stories of institutionalized horror like the current...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Something's Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give

While blessed with entertaining performances and uncommon earnestness (for a Hollywood movie) about the tribulations of middle-aged romance, there's something a little too artificial about "Something's Gotta Give."Taking place largely in a Hamptons beach house...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

First Daughter

First Daughter

Set in an absurd, patronizing fantasy world in which flag-waving citizens line the streets to see the president's kid off to college and angry political protesters share the red-carpet sidelines at black-tie events with shallow...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

In Disney Channel's big-screen spin-off "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," 'tweenybopper star Hilary Duff does little more than giggle (at cute boys) and gasp (at Roman tourist attractions) her way through a wholly contrived trip to...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Alfie

Alfie

Playing an inveterate womanizer as a sympathetic hero didn't work especially well for Michael Caine in 1966's "Alfie." He was Oscar-nominated for the performance, but his title character was a misogynistic, egomaniacal cad -- taking...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

All The Queen's Men

All The Queen's Men

Husky men in drag may be good for a sketch-comedy guffaw, but as the basis for an entire movie the idea always gets stretched way too thin.It's the difference between "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen...

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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