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Blast From The Past

Blast From The Past

"Blast From the Past" is one of those high-conceptmovies in which the gimmick becomes an albatross around the story's neck.An obliging comedy about a 35-year-old man-boy raised ina backyard bomb shelter by parents who panicked...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Musketeer

The Musketeer

After all its TV commercial posturing about "re-envisioning" a classic as a post-Hong Kong actioner, "The Musketeer" betrays the truth of its utter lack of real ambition in the casting of a wooden, charmlessly handsome,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Disney animated features have never been known for their originality, but their creators almost always craft delightful entertoonment from threadbare grab bags of clichés and contrived plot devices.This year's regularly scheduled summer cartoon release is...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday

Hitting the nail on the head of mother-daughter relationships -- and doing so with amusing savvy and imaginative good humor -- Disney's "Freaky Friday" remake is such a sublimely fun-for-all matinee delight that it cleansed...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Not Another Teen Movie

Not Another Teen Movie

If ever there were a genre long overdue for a vicious lampooning, it would have to be the cliché-plagued fantasy factory of the witless teen comedy/romance.The popular jock, the cruel cheerleader, the arty-dreamy bespectacled girl,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

All Over The Guy

All Over The Guy

If gay men were allowed to kiss on TV -- I mean really kiss -- a frivolous but passably entertaining sitcom flick like "All Over the Guy" probably would have -- probably should have --...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Just One Time

Just One Time

Stop me if you've heard this one before: "Just One Time" is a "romantic comedy" about a guy who acts like a selfish idiot through the whole movie, then makes an insincere 30-second apology just...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Mystery, Alaska

Mystery, Alaska

"Mystery, Alaska" is a modern, good old-fashioned, American feel-good movie, about a talented hockey team in a snowbound, Arctic Circle hamlet that gets to take on the New York Rangers in an NHL publicity stunt.It's...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The War Zone

The War Zone

In its opening scene "The War Zone," a stormy, explosive drama of terrible family secrets, seems almost tranquil as a deeply sullen teenager named Tom (Freddie Cunliffe) rides his bicycle home through the green and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Xxx

Xxx

More wow-worthy than an afternoon at the X-Games, more feebly-scripted than a gunfire-filled X-Box action game rated "M" for mature, "XXX" is cool, cool, cool until director Rob Cohen gets to the last act and...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules

You know, there's nothing really wrong with "The Cider House Rules," per se.The story of a cusp-of-manhood orphan trying to find his place in the world is noble and interesting enough, in theory. The performances...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Medallion

The Medallion

When Jackie Chan was in his low-budget, Hong Kong action-comedy prime, it was easy to forgive his better movies for simplistic plots and mediocre (sometimes downright bad) acting because enjoying them came down to two...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Stuck On You

Stuck On You

When Walt Tenor (Greg Kinnear) decides he wants to become an actor, he tries to convince his twin brother Bob (Matt Damon) -- his conjoined twin brother -- to move out to Hollywood with him...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

A Dirty Shame

A Dirty Shame

Tracey Ullman is so perfectly attuned to John Waters' brand of lasciviously trashy comedy, it's a wonder that she hasn't worked before for the shamelessly silly provocateur.In the uproarious "A Dirty Shame," the writer-director lets...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Austin Powers In Goldmember

Austin Powers In Goldmember

The cameo-driven, "Mission: Impossible 2"-spoofing, movie-within-a-movie, pre-title sequence of "Austin Powers in Goldmember" is the funniest five minutes to date in this spy comedy franchise. Then Mike Myers shows up and ruins everything.Still trapped in...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

De-Lovely

De-Lovely

"This is one of those avant-garde things, is it?" says a droll, dubious and dying Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) as he sits in an empty theater at the beginning of "De-Lovely," watching his life pass...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Monster

Monster

Curvy, leggy, drop-dead gorgeous Charlize Theron ("The Italian Job," "Mighty Joe Young") has always had the chops to play deeper and more challenging roles than the girlfriends and temptresses she's been making a living from...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Around The World In 80 Days

Around The World In 80 Days

Jules Verne might have a hard time recognizing his source material in the Jackie Chan action-comedy adaptation of "Around the World in 80 Days," but for non-purists, it's easy to forgive the many liberties taken...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

Following in the footsteps of the "Fractured Fairy Tales" cartoons, "The Princess Bride," "Ever After," "Shrek" and "A Knight's Tale" -- but never quite matching any of their wit or novelty -- "Ella Enchanted" is...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Bride & Prejudice

Bride & Prejudice

If nothing else, "Bride and Prejudice" proves that the silly, ingenuous charm of Bollywood musicals becomes tedious andeven downright dumb in English.A cross-cultural adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern-day Bombay, London...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Running Free

Running Free

Put Mr. Ed and Francis the talking mule in a room together and they still wouldn't yap as much as Lucky, the equine orphan hero of the overly-lengthy, overly-loquacious children's movie "Running Free."Lucky is a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Cradle Will Rock

Cradle Will Rock

A wonderfully ambitious, old-school ensemble piece, very much in the can-do spirit of the community to which it pays homage, "Cradle Will Rock" is a politically-undertoned dramedy about theater, censorship, ambition, apprehension, oppression, Orson Welles...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Deep End Of The Ocean

The Deep End Of The Ocean

I had a problem with "The Deep End of the Ocean" right off thebat because Michelle Pfeiffer loses her kid (that's the plot) at one ofthose 15th class reunions that take place only in the...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Passion Of The Christ

The Passion Of The Christ

Beyond Jesus's inner circle of Disciples, relatives and Mary Magdalene, there's barely a single sympathetic character in the entirety of devoted director Mel Gibson's passion project "The Passion of The Christ."Pontius Pilate, the tyrannical Roman...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Hit & Runway

Hit & Runway

"Hit and Runway" is the kind of shoestring budget, mock-autobiographical, tongue-in-cheek film festival trinket that has an endearing charm despite the fact that it just screams "my first feature."Written and directed by unpolished rookie Christopher...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas

The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas

"The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" is one unapologetic goofball of a movie. It makes no pretense of brains or decorum. It's dumb, screwy and proud. Yabba dabba doo!A prequel to 1994's live-action "Flintstones" feature,...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

Somewhere out there in the cinematic ether there's an elusive line between lewdly moronic raunch comedies like "Tomcats" or "Freddy Got Fingered" and sophomoric, low-brow sex and gross-out romps that can make even intellectual types...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

A magnificently crafted hybrid of Chinese historical epic, F/X-enhanced martial arts spectacular, mystical romantic tragedy and live-action anime, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is a film that defies genre while embracing traditionalism.It's an intellectually challenging story...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

Sex & Lucia

Sex & Lucia

"I'm sorry for everything I said when I left," a pretty young waitress whispers into a pay phone at the back of her restaurant in the opening scene of "Sex and Lucia." Regret and apprehension...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

No Such Thing

No Such Thing

On a cutting room floor somewhere lie 15 to 20 minutes of footage that might have made the metaphorical monster movie "No Such Thing" a trenchant, ironic cultural satire instead of a frustrating misfire.It's a...

Movie Review posted on 8th March 2005

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