Archive for May, 2005

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

| May 30, 2005

Star Wars fans come in all types: The Uber-Geeks who know what the Clone Wars series are. They can tell what musical passages tie in to other parts of the series. They understand Wookie. They have a costume. Or two. The Serious Fans have seen all of the movies many times, and didn’t have to […]

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The Longest Yard

The Longest Yard

| May 30, 2005

Adam Sandler and Chris Rock head up the cast of this mind-numbing remake of the same name. Picking up the original conceit, inverting the common moral viewpoint that prisoners deserve to be in prison and those that keep them there should be valued and respected, The Longest Yard delivers a frightful reversal: the prisoners are […]

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Madagascar

Madagascar

| May 30, 2005

DreamWorks’ Madagascar is a perfectly serviceable diversion for younger kids, but has none of the sophistication of other animated fare of late, required to get parents just as excited to see the films as their tykes. The story is small in scope and straightforward, stretched wafer-thin into even the brief running time of 86 minutes. […]

Monster-in-Law

Monster-in-Law

| May 28, 2005

In reading the first reviews of Monster In Law, I got the impression that this was going to be a horrible movie that Jane Fonda, in her first movie in 15 years, made worse by drawing attention to it by her previous absence. OK, so it wasn’t that bad. And compared to some of the […]

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Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool

Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool

| May 26, 2005

Steve McQueen, one of the few actors in American cinema to perfectly embody both Very Hot and Very Cool will be celebrated on the 75th Anniversary of his birth and 25th Anniversary of his death with an exceptional new documentary, Steve McQueen: THE ESSENCE OF COOL, premiering Wednesday, June 1, at 8 p.m. (ET) on […]

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Dead Easy

Dead Easy

| May 25, 2005

A philandering high-powered advertising maverick, Simon (played by Richard Grieco, not the most famous ex-21 Jumpstreet star, but not the least famous either) has an affair with a co-worker who wants him to end it with his wife, Theresa. Living the high life in the hills of Capetown, South Africa, Simon is on the verge […]

Hell’s Bloody Devils

Hell’s Bloody Devils

| May 25, 2005

From the first shot stolen directly from The Wild One, leaping from a long take of a biker gang zipping down a dusty highway to an extended biker sporting that essential of drive-in iconography, a swastika, on his belt, Hell’s Bloody Devils tells the oddball funky tale of a government agent working undercover for the […]

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Into the West

Into the West

| May 25, 2005

The Western, like the musical, has seen better days. The heyday is over. The great western directors have all made their masterpieces. It sits on the shelf near the back of the genre closet, like the West itself, largely a myth only half-remembered. Occasionally a director will revisit with some success (Eastwood’s Unforgiven, or Jarmusch’s […]

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Air Hostess

Air Hostess

| May 25, 2005

“Air Hostess” exists squarely to push those exact buttons that make for fluffy entertainment. The right archetypes make up the landscape at International Airlines, seeking to hire air hostesses that will do well by the company standards, which include working quickly in small spaces, smiling at proper moments, never taking up too much conversation with […]

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Mindhunters

Mindhunters

| May 21, 2005

How much can you learn from just looking at a person? What habits do they have? What are their goals/aspirations? In the Federal Bureau of Investigations Professor Jake Harris (Val Kilmer, Wonderland, Spartan) teaches an advanced and very hands on class for psychological profilers – investigators who specialize in the art of observation to assist […]

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