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Stick It

Stick It

| May 6, 2006

Writer Jessica Bendinger (“Bring It On”) makes her directorial debut with “Stick It,” a spunky tweener story of a rebellious gymnast who reluctantly drags her sport into the 21st century. Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) abandoned the sport after walking out on world championships and costing her team the gold medal. Now something of a delinquent, […]

Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School

Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School

| April 18, 2006

Based on his short 1990 film of the same title, writer-director Randall Miller’s “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School” is an overly-sentimental interweaving of several stories that all take place in or around a small suburban dance class. The stories range from a young boy named Steve experiencing love for the first time in […]

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La Mujer de Mi Hermano

La Mujer de Mi Hermano

| April 18, 2006

Spanish-language film “La Mujer de Mi Hermano” is a study of one woman’s struggle to rejuvenate her life amidst a stale marriage. Broken-hearted over her an her husband’s inability to conceive a child, and depressed about her husband’s apparent lack of sexual interest in her, Zoe seeks solace from her wealthy but sterile lifestyle in […]

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Aquamarine

Aquamarine

| March 8, 2006 | 0 Comments

Directed by first-time feature helmer Elizabeth Allen, “Aquamarine” is a live action “Little Mermaid” presumably geared for the more sophisticated, Lindsay Lohan-worshiping pre-teen girls of today. The film is so technically slapdash and unabashedly fluffy, however, that there’s hardly anything for even this forgiving audience to sink their teeth into. As the movie opens, best […]

Firewall

Firewall

| February 16, 2006 | 0 Comments

During one of his obligatory press stops to publicize his new thriller, “Firewall,” Harrison Ford is asked by Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show,” “When will people in the movies learn not to fuck with Harrison Ford?” Mid-yawn during one of the interminable cat-and-mouse sequences in the movie, I’m asking myself the same question. We […]

Sarah Scott’s Best & Worst Films of 2005

Sarah Scott’s Best & Worst Films of 2005

| January 21, 2006 | 0 Comments

The Best Brokeback Mountain–I’ve seen it three times already. What can I say…quite possibly the best love story ever filmed. Cinderella Man–Had everything going to the movies is all about: laughing, crying, cheering. I was literally on the edge of my seat and biting my nails at times…I mean, sheesh. Plus Giamatti, as always, is […]

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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

| December 12, 2005 | 0 Comments

OK, let’s get this out of the way up front–”Brokeback Mountain” is a movie about gay cowboys in 1960s Wyoming. Though its reputation as “that gay cowboy movie” is mounting, however, the homosexuality in “Brokeback Mountain” is in fact not the focal point of the movie–it’s merely the obstacle that prevents two star-crossed lovers from […]

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Broken Flowers

Broken Flowers

| August 6, 2005 | 0 Comments

Apparently, director Jim Jarmusch came up with the idea for his latest film, Broken Flowers, by an intersecting of two agendas: one, he wanted to write something for Bill Murray; and two, he wanted to do something about the disheartening lack of great roles for women over 40. It is just such a cut-and-paste approach […]

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Dark Water

Dark Water

| July 12, 2005

Following the tread of The Others and The Ring 1 & 2, Dark Water is the latest ghostly horror flick to deal with Mommy Issues. All four of these films are rated PG-13, in an apparent attempt to woo the increasingly-vital contingent of adolescent girls to the box office. What Dark Water sacrifices to the […]