Movie Reviews

Grimm story: Dark tale not for kids
Published on Aug 25th, 2005
0 comments Fairy tales. We hear them once upon a time as children, and they live happily ever after in our minds. That's where the magic happens: in our minds. We first hear the stories read– probably...
Plane scary: Red Eye, white knuckles
Published on Aug 18th, 2005
0 comments Wes Craven has made some crappy pictures, but he hasn't completely lost his touch. Red Eye is a simple but effective thriller, a B movie elevated to B+ by the performances of its stars, Rachel...
Four frères: Unforgettable but uneven
Published on Aug 11th, 2005
0 comments A mediocre John Wayne western, The Sons of Katie Elder becomes an epic urban drama in the hands of John Singleton, who blends social relevance and commercial elements into an uneven but unforgettable...
Puppy love: Pooch ploy pays off
Published on Jul 28th, 2005
0 comments Chemistry is sometimes overrated. Sure, it did a lot for Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but in Must Love Dogs it's the strength of the individual actors, Diane Lane and John Cusack, that makes you believe...
Going with <I>Flow: </I>Howard's ticket to stardom
Published on Jul 21st, 2005
0 comments Are the people who say Hustle & Flow will make Terrence Howard a star the same ones who "discovered" Halle Berry in Monster's Ball, Charlize Theron in Monster, and Jamie Foxx in Ray? Howard had...
Sweet! Can Willie unseat Dorothy?
Published on Jul 14th, 2005
0 comments Unlike most of the movies that have been remade in the last few years, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was an ideal candidate. It has a cult of fans who originally saw it at an impressionable...
Wells, well: Sure, it's stupid, but...
Published on Jun 30th, 2005
0 comments There are several things we know (or think we know) going in to Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds: * The special effects will be better than in Byron Haskin's 1953 movie, also based on H.G. Wells...
Parrot trap: The birdman of Telegraph Hill
Published on Jun 23rd, 2005
0 comments In what's shaping up as the decade of the documentary, non-narrative films are breaking into subcategories. Fahrenheit 9/11 reached a mass audience through a combination of topicality and publicity....
Dark roots: New Batman leaves fun behind
Published on Jun 16th, 2005
0 comments How do you like your Batman? That's important to consider if you're in doubt about seeing Batman Begins, the new movie that's essentially a prequel to the quartet made between 1989-97. Those...
Wedded blast: Is murder best aphrodisiac?
Published on Jun 9th, 2005
0 comments For Angelina Jolie to act sexy is as senseless a waste of energy as for Chris Rock to act black. It's coals to Newcastle, fuel to the flame. When you are as sexy as Jolie, you don't have to act sexy...
Everlast-ing love: Fighting for the family
Published on Jun 2nd, 2005
0 comments "In the Depression, was I depressed?"– "I'm Still Here" by Stephen Sondheim Ron Howard crafts his movies so well it's easy to overlook their flaws. Cinderella Man immerses us in the Great...
Purple prose: Grande dames save weak scrip
Published on May 25th, 2005
0 comments There's not much to Ladies in Lavender, but not much is required when two of the best actresses on the planet get to strut their stuff for an hour and three-quarters. Dames Judi Dench and Maggie...
No whimpers: Lucas goes out with a bang
Published on May 19th, 2005
0 comments Star Wars is over! Well, except for myriad new DVD configurations, the videogames, TV series, graphic novels and– can you doubt it?– Broadway musical. Never say never, but George Lucas...
Meet the Fonda: They shoot mothers, don't they?
Published on May 12th, 2005
0 comments Published May 12, 2005 in issue 0419 of the Hook BY STEVE WARREN FILM@READTHEHOOK.COM If you've heard anything at all about Monster-in-Law, you know it's essentially a distaff version of Meet the...
Meet the Fonda: They shoot mothers, don't they?
Published on May 11th, 2005
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MOVIE REVIEW- Prepare to squirm: Race trouble in snowy LA
Published on May 5th, 2005
0 comments <P>Racial tension isn't what it used to be. The more sensitive we become, the more ways we have of stepping on each other's toes, and the harder we try to say and do the right thing, the more...
Prepare to squirm: Race trouble in snowy LA
Published on May 5th, 2005
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<I>Fifeville</I> headlines Film Festival
Published on Apr 21st, 2005
0 comments Three Charlottesville filmmakers whose work was recently featured at the Rotterdam Film Festival– Kevin Everson, Alexandria Searls, and Talmage Cooley– lead a line-up of local and state...
Look and listen <I>The Interpreter</I>'s muffled message
Published on Apr 21st, 2005
0 comments   It was quite a coup for director Sydney Pollack to get recent Oscar-winning actors Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn together in a movie. They're just the most obvious indication of the care he...
McElwee's march: Through Carolina, tobacco still rules
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments   A documentary filmmaker who does his own narration, speaks in something close to a whisper, and searches for his own family history is celluloid Ambien, right? Wrong. Filmmaker Ross McElwee is...
<I>Sahara</I>: Testosteroni and cheese
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments   Remember when Matthew McConaughey was The Next Big Thing? He was never a bad actor, but his 15 minutes ran out before he established himself as a box-office draw. When you see him in a movie...
<I>Fever Pitch</I>: Farrellys deliver a softball
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments   For women who had to sit through Sin City last weekend, it's payback time. You remember the Farrelly Brothers, Bobby and Peter. They made their name during the Clinton years with raunchy, edgy...
Unstylish: Stereotypes way out of date
Published on Mar 31st, 2005
0 comments   If there's one overriding reason we can't all just get along it's because conflict sells. Beauty Shop (B.S. for short, which is apropos) was made by people with nothing but economic principles...
Chop shop: Robots revisit the makeover
Published on Mar 10th, 2005
0 comments Talk about a workout! Robots is the most exhausting movie in some time. It combines the manic energy of Robin Williams as the voice of a major character with one warp-speed action sequence after...
Bad fit: Watching The Jacket requires restraints
Published on Mar 3rd, 2005
0 comments When people talk about the subsequent work of Academy Award-winning actors, two words usually come up: Louise Fletcher. After winning the Best Actress Oscar for her supporting role in One Flew over...
Flying high: <I>Aviator </I>looks sweep-ish
Published on Feb 24th, 2005
0 comments Every year I write enough copy to reach to the moon and back (if printed in sufficiently large type), and the only column I'm embarrassed by is this one, in which I try to forecast the winners of the...
Dave's latest dog: Lots of saccharine at this grocery
Published on Feb 17th, 2005
0 comments A spoonful of sugar helps the saccharine (or Splenda, if you prefer) go down in Because of Winn-Dixie, a movie guaranteed to rot your teeth. You should ignore my cynicism if you've been waiting for a...
Happy Willentine's Day! <I>Hitch</I> worth hooking up with
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments For more than half its length, Hitch makes two points that surprised me: Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, Hollywood can still turn out a good, commercial romantic comedy; and Will Smith...
Quasi thrilling: <I>Bad Education </I>nods to Hitchcock
Published on Feb 3rd, 2005
0 comments   Pedro Almodóvar keeps getting better and better. Bad Education (La Mala Educación) opens with Herrmannesque music in the manner of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, but most of the thrills that...
Girlfighter: Eastwood earns respect, not love
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments Is Clint Eastwood touched by an angel in Million Dollar Baby? That's one explanation for one of the film's unanswered questions: Why does Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) decide Frankie Dunn (...