Movie Reviews

True grit: <I>Hotel Rwanda</I> shows horror, heroics
Published on Jan 20th, 2005
0 comments   Just when I'd settled on Saw as the best horror film of 2004, along came Hotel Rwanda with its depiction of real-life horror on a grand scale. The choice isn't as simple as Freddy vs. Jason,...
The Weitz Stuff: Company could be cult hit
Published on Jan 13th, 2005
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To the dogs: The Dave nods through Fern
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments Soon you'll be able to have a three dog night with Dave Matthews! Next month (February 18 to be exact) he'll be on theater screens in the girl-and-her-dog flick Because of Winn-Dixie, but his first...
2004 in REVIEW- Reality takes a big bite
Published on Dec 23rd, 2004
0 comments If a trend could be seen in this year's movies– and the first thing they teach in journalism school is trend-spotting– it was toward documentary and biographical films. Perhaps Hollywood...
Delightful: 'Lemony' keeps its pledge
Published on Dec 16th, 2004
0 comments While the debate rages about how young a child can be to watch Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events without being traumatized for life, the real question should be how childless adults can...
The clean dozen: Everyone's trying to be greatest thief
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments Sometimes the actors onscreen look like they're really having fun. They say what they have to say and do what they have to do to tell the story, but they don't make it look like they're working. If...
String-puller: Four of an unkind get <I>Closer
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments The message I took from Closer is that relationships would be a lot simpler if you had one set of people to love and another set to have sex with. Of course, married men have been practicing this...
Misnamed: 'Alexander' the not-so-hot
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments History teaches us many painful lessons. Alexander is one of them. A lot of people put a lot of good work into this screen-filling tale of the young leader who conquered most of the known world in...
<I>Declaration</I> code: Founding Fathers left a riddle
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments   If your kids won't study history, take them to see National Treasure. It may not make them appreciate history, but it will show them there are worse things they could be doing than studying it...
<I>Polar</I> opposition: End of the line for the magic
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments Classic films don't grow on Christmas trees. We got spoiled last year when one holiday season gave us both Elf and Bad Santa. This year things have returned to the mediocre norm with Surviving...
Alfie's back: Laying down with Law
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments It seems like everything but Cher has changed in the 38 years between Alfies, but the 2004 version proves that isn't so. Cher's not even around. Her old title song (allegedly ditched for drawing...
Light <I>Ray</I>: Gentleman sings the blues
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments As happened with Halle Berry and Charlize Theron, a good actor who's generally been undervalued as a lightweight finally gives a performance that can't be ignored in Ray. Playing both the piano (...
'Bye, Thunderbirds: Bigger, longer, and cut
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments Two words from one of the songs in Team America: World Police will serve as a review too: "F*** yeah!" As a fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone even before South Park, I was predisposed to love their...
Erin go bragh: Film captures Irish conference
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments Everyone no doubt remembers the hoopla surrounding last spring's international gathering, "Re-Imagining Ireland," at UVA. Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, it brought such...
On the road: Travels with Che and Alberto
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments Every young person should take a Great Road Trip, seeing the country or the world with little or no money. It's more difficult and dangerous now than it was in the 1950s when Jack Kerouac was "On the...
Flaky film: What a Load of #$*!
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments Being as stupid as David Letterman pretends to be, I like movies that make me feel intelligent. Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, and William Arntz, the makers of What the #$*! Do We Know? (a.k.a. What the...
Karl & George: Bush's Brain explores Rove's power
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments Fahrenheit 9/11, Going Upriver: The Long War Of John Kerry, Silver City, The Manchurian Candidate (redux)– what a year for political films. If those haven't sated your political cravings, the...
Burnout: Firefighters without fire
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments Apparently Denis Leary hasn't put out– or ignited– all the fires on the East Coast. Ladder 49 is Backdraft for the post-9/11 world where firefighters get a little more respect. The action...
Apt name: The Forgotten probably will be
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments You're not paranoid if they're really out to get you. It's not knowing that's such a bitch. And when she gets into that situation in The Forgotten, Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) can be a bitch too...
Ay, robots!: Sky Captain flies but doesn't soar
Published on Sep 16th, 2004
0 comments The good news about Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is that the tail doesn't wag the dog. With everything but the principal actors and a few props being created or assembled in the computer,...
Mule train: Maria more slick than gritty
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments The economy sucks everywhere. In Colombia they have the overwhelming numbers of poor people, the legitimate businessmen who exploit them, and the people involved in the drug trade. Maria Full of...
What's it like? Depends on who you ask
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments The HamiltonsStarr Hill RestaurantSaturday, September 4 I met a dude about a week ago who had just moved into the area from Florida. He proclaimed himself a diehard music lover and inquired about...
Un-Fair! Reese-- not dull, but not Sharp
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments We knee-jerk liberals hear a title like Vanity Fair and automatically think, "Vanity Unfair!" After all, we're the spiritual children of Marlon Brando's rebel in The Wild One who, when asked what he...
Threeway: Man, woman-- and a shark
Published on Aug 19th, 2004
0 comments A good filmmaker doesn't need much to keep an audience involved for 79 minutes. A man, a woman, and a shark will do quite nicely, thank you. Actually Chris Kentis, a good filmmaker, has several...
New 'Candidate': The sorcerer's a Prentiss
Published on Jul 29th, 2004
0 comments Jonathan Demme's 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate is the kindest, warmest, bravest, most selfless movie I've ever seen. Ignore that. I don't know what made me say it. Because of its political...
Up to here: Roots have had their fill
Published on Jul 29th, 2004
0 comments The RootsThe Tipping Point  (Geffen Records) Never ones to settle, The Roots have continually explored the depths of what it is to be a live hip-hop band. Not only that, they're the only group...
Captive-ating Redford: Wait to see it on video
Published on Jul 22nd, 2004
0 comments He's Robert Redford and you're not. That simple fact is enough to bug the crap out of some people. In The Clearing Redford is Wayne Hughes, and that bugs the crap out of at least one person: Arnold...
Bionic cop: More sci-fi for summer fun
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments Does the fact that more movies are created by artificial intelligence mean we'll be seeing more movies about artificial intelligence? It's taken Isaac Asimov's i, Robot over 50 years to make it to...
Soft history: Square knights of the Round Table
Published on Jul 8th, 2004
0 comments Last year about this time, Jerry Bruckheimer opened Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and exceeded everyone's expectations, critically and financially. This year he claims the...
Hot stuff: Moore's screed should be seen
Published on Jul 1st, 2004
0 comments Sending a Republican to review Fahrenheit 9/11 would be like having an atheist review The Passion of the Christ. Don't worry. The Hook did neither in my case. The polarizing effect of these films on...