Movie Reviews

Plath-tered: Suicidal tendencies are catching
Published on Dec 4th, 2003
0 comments Fame has its downside: paparazzi, autograph hounds, being ripped off by business managers, having trouble maintaining relationships... and the threat of being portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow in a movie...
Missing: Dad comes back to save the day
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments The old story about the father who abandons his family and then tries to come back into their lives is retold in a Western setting in The Missing, Ron Howard's epic drama that's easily the best of...
Gothica: Flick goes from soap to nuts
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments Fearless prediction: Halle Berry will not win her second Oscar for her performance in Gothika. Not that she doesn't give a good performance, but: 1) It's a horror movie. Martin Landau won an Academy...
See-worthy: Crowe commanding on bounding main
Published on Nov 13th, 2003
0 comments Six months ago, who would have thought a historical adventure involving sailing vessels would draw an audience? The makers of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World fell back to let Pirates...
Matrix 3: All good things must come to...
Published on Nov 6th, 2003
0 comments Most Matrix fans, except the perverse few who want Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) to have his way with the universe, are rooting for Neo (Keanu Reeves) to prevail over the machines on behalf of humanity...
Cut to the chase: Women in lust and jeopardy
Published on Oct 30th, 2003
0 comments Call me a perv (I'll answer), but I've never had a desire to see Meg Ryan naked. Maybe it goes back to when I was punished for playing doctor with the girl next door, but I no longer think of girls...
Runaway hit: Jury 'duty's a pleasure
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments Runaway Jury has the makings of a runaway hit. It's the kind of movie that got me hooked on movies, long before I got into foreign films and American indies. John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman...
High expectations: <I>Mystic River</I> no Boston cream puff
Published on Oct 16th, 2003
0 comments The real Mystic River flows through Boston, between Charlestown and Chelsea. The metaphorical Mystic River flows between childhood and adulthood. Mystic River is a story of what can happen when that...
Fills the <I>Bill</I>: QT kills again!
Published on Oct 9th, 2003
0 comments MOVIE REVIEW- Fills the Bill: QT kills again! With his unique blend of dark humor and ultra-violence, Quentin Tarantino was the most imitated filmmaker of the 1990s, despite the fact that he was...
Class-ic rock: Who says <I>School</I>'s no fun?
Published on Oct 2nd, 2003
0 comments If you believe in rock and roll, clap your hands... to a triplet beat. Feelgood movies should have a separate category in award competitions. Their "end justifies the means" philosophy means certain...
Feel the pain: <I>The Rundown</I> kicks ass
Published on Sep 25th, 2003
0 comments If you enjoy seeing other people get hurt– a lot– The Rundown may be your favorite movie since Raging Bull. I think I counted 17 times when The Rock– or his stunt double– must...
Mane attraction: <I>Secondhand Lions</I> warms the heart
Published on Sep 18th, 2003
0 comments Secondhand plots are Hollywood's specialty. Although we critics get tired of them sometimes and long for independent films with fresh ideas, some recyclers know what they're doing and do it well....
En garde: Matchstick Men strikes two chords
Published on Sep 11th, 2003
0 comments If you walked out of Confidence humming "Won't Get Fooled Again," you're all primed for Matchstick Men. You know all the tricks con men and movies about them can pull, and you're too smart to get...
Queer eye: New Jeepers has strange slant
Published on Sep 4th, 2003
0 comments Watching Jeepers Creepers on cable in preparation for the sequel, I decided I had underrated it somewhat the first time around. Or maybe it's just easier to take when you're not locked in a dark...
About a girl: Me, you, a pig named Moo
Published on Aug 28th, 2003
0 comments What do a child and the US Army have in common? Never mind, the possible answers are too mind-boggling. I'll just give you mine: In the movies, they're both vehicles for turning perpetual adolescents...
Smile! Can Crest cure marital decay?
Published on Aug 21st, 2003
0 comments Make sure you have you have your kitchen chores done before you watch The Secret Lives of Dentists. A drama set in a TDTD family (two dentists, three daughters), it has countless scenes involving...
Antici-pation: 10 notable coming attractions
Published on Aug 7th, 2003
0 comments Lists are stupid. Looking over the schedule for the rest of 2003 (including films being released for award consideration that you may not see until next year, if at all), it doesn't...
Chemistry 101: Not Much 'Gee!' in Gigli
Published on Jul 31st, 2003
0 comments Sometimes actors who hate each other can still create sparks on screen, and sometimes off-screen chemistry can't be captured by the camera (and sometimes even if it is it can't save a lousy movie)....
3 men, one horse: Seabiscuit looks like a winner
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments There hasn't been a successful horseracing movie since– I don't know: National Velvet? The makers of Seabiscuit must have breathed a sigh of relief when Pirates of the Caribbean became a hit,...
Extraordinary! Connery steals the whole show
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments Action stars whose biggest fight is to keep their careers going in their 40s or 50s (T3 came right in time to save Schwarzenegger from following in the direct-to-video footsteps of Stallone and Van...
Free Williemina? Whale Rider dark and deep
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments For 30 years, American movies have been empowering young women with the message they can be anything and do anything they want. Now the message has reached the rest of the world, specifically New...
Blonde bomb: All bend, no snap
Published on Jul 3rd, 2003
0 comments On paper, Legally Blonde was a recipe for disaster: There's like, this blonde sorority girl who's like, totally self-absorbed, but she turns the blonde jokes on their head when she proves to be like...
No better, no worse: Angels sequel is a ringer
Published on Jun 26th, 2003
0 comments A TV series that lasted five seasons, back when seasons were longer than they are now, should provide material for more than one movie. Hence, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, which crams about a...
Supersized: Hulk's not Hogan's hero
Published on Jun 19th, 2003
0 comments Frame for frame, Ang Lee is one of the best filmmakers around, but when it comes to combining those frames into a full-length feature, his results can be as erratic as anybody's. The Hulk isn't as...
Overkill: Hollywood Homicide has it all-- and then some
Published on Jun 12th, 2003
0 comments Just as critics are beginning to feel summer movie overload, along comes an overloaded summer movie that gives us a good evening's entertainment. Hollywood Homicide brings together two generations of...
Far from home: Nowhere in Africa defies stereotypes
Published on Jun 5th, 2003
0 comments Like any film about the Holocaust, the deserving Oscar winner Nowhere in Africa is concerned with survival, but it's even more about questions of identity. In this true story, Jettel (Juliane Kohler...
Fish story: Nemo wows the small fry
Published on May 29th, 2003
0 comments David Letterman would love to introduce two box office champions: "Neo, Nemo... Nemo, Neo." Somewhere between sentimental scenes at the beginning and end, amid enough melodramatic cliffhangers for a...
Folkin' A! Spinal Tap unplugged
Published on May 22nd, 2003
0 comments Fans of Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show don't have to be told to see A Mighty Wind. It will take a court order to keep them away. A Mighty Wind is slicker, not as laugh-out-loud funny as its...
Black is back! Machine-made, but still awesome
Published on May 15th, 2003
0 comments For the 99 percent of you who are so stoked about The Matrix Reloaded that I couldn't keep you away with nuclear weapons, a two-word review will do: awesome, dude! Rather than leave the rest of this...
Doubles: Pleasures multiply in Good Thief
Published on May 8th, 2003
0 comments For those of us who liked The Truth about Charlie– OK, both of us– here's another trip back to France in the mid-20th century, updated to a tense present. The Good Thief is a character...