Archive for August, 2004

Code 46

Code 46

| August 30, 2004

“Tell me something about yourself… Anything?” William (Tim Robbins, Mystic River) asks a front desk worker at a clinic. The man says that he inherited the job from his mother and William now knows all he needs to know. William has a virus. However, this virus is not one that makes a person ill but […]

Suspect Zero

Suspect Zero

| August 29, 2004

When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart – Paycheck, The Pledge) goes “off the reservation” and violates serial killer Raymond Starkey’s civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. On his first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder […]

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11th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

11th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

| August 26, 2004

The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) offers an experimental/avant-garde style of films to an audience. They tend to venture into the b-movie realm at times or even dare I say the world of traditional narrative. That’ll make the non-conformists shudder in their mismatched socks. I unfortunately wear matching socks, thanks to my mother who taught […]

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Fish Without a Bicycle

Fish Without a Bicycle

| August 25, 2004

Aspiring actress Jules (Jenna Mattison–Third Wish, Alex in Wonder) has just auditioned for and one the lead role in a local play. She is smitten with the director (Bryan Callen–Mad TV, Old School), a self-centered, arrogant fellow whose self-confidence seems to overwhelm the lithe young redhead. This wouldn’t normally be a problem, but Jules lives […]

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Open Water

Open Water

| August 24, 2004

Open Water is the new indie thriller by Director Chris Kentis that’s making a splash in theatres claiming to be the most terrifying shark movie since Jaws. Terrifying, well not quite. Startling? No, not really more like disturbing and a bit awkward. Open Water is an independent film supposedly made on a production budget of […]

A.Li.Ce

A.Li.Ce

| August 24, 2004

Synopsis: In the year 2000, Alice Hayashi wins the lunar sweepstakes and becomes the youngest person to go out into space. As she ventures through space, her shuttle malfunctions and forces her to crash in the North Pole. Alice soon learns that she has been catapulted to the year 2030. She enlists the help of […]

Benji: Off the Leash

Benji: Off the Leash

| August 23, 2004

This latest installment in the successful and well-loved Benji series of theatrical features is sure to charm its intended audience of families with children and pet lovers everywhere. It opened in theatres nationwide on August 20, 2004 and is MPAA rated PG. The running time is about 100 minutes. For those of you who don’t […]

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The Box

The Box

| August 23, 2004

Frank Miles (James Russo–Donnie Brasco, Extremities), a professional thief, has just been released from a 3-year stretch in prison. Determined never to return, he follows the parole guidelines, checks into his fleabag hotel in downtown L.A. and settles into the drudge job as mechanic at a local wrecking yard. He meets Dora (Theresa Russell–Bad Timing, […]

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

| August 20, 2004

In We Don’t Live Here Anymore (directed by John Curran), two couples that happen to be the best of friends learn the hard way that adultery is never a good idea, and particularly not when its with your best friends spouse. The story is actually quite realistic, and the premise eternally interesting (somehow everyone always […]

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Exorcist: The Beginning

Exorcist: The Beginning

| August 20, 2004

This, the fourth in the Exorcist series, proves the old film distributor’s adage that you can only get so many dollars out of a gift horse. Exorcist: The Beginning’s production history should be infamous by now. The film’s first director, John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Ronin) died during pre-production. The film’s second director, Paul Schrader […]

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