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Zodiac

Zodiac

| March 3, 2007

Zodiac delivers a chronological retelling of the real-life investigation into a series of murders in the San Francisco Bay area in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The killer named himself Zodiac in one of many letters sent as a taunt to local newspapers, and his hubris proves legitimate–he was never caught. As a result, […]

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer

| March 1, 2007

The Astronaut Farmer marks the fourth collaboration between twin brothers Michael and Mark Polish. Michael Polish directs, Mark Polish acts, two Polish children play daughters, and both brothers co-wrote this feel-good movie about pursuing dreams. This movie is made by family for families about the value of family. Main character Charlie Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) […]

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Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics

| February 20, 2007

My brother and his wife decided to see Music and Lyrics for one of their rare, cherished date nights. Good for them, but I couldn’t help but ask, with all the Oscar nominated films out in theaters right now, why choose Music and Lyrics? Sure, I understand the appeal of Hugh Grant. His famous indiscretion […]

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Because I Said So

Because I Said So

| February 2, 2007

Because I Said So boasts an impressive cast of talented women: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, and Lauren Graham (sorely underused, from this Gilmore Girls fan’s perspective). Director Michael Lehmann brings female-friendly experience from an impressive roster of television directing gigs for shows like Big Love, The Comeback, and Wonderfalls. Screenwriters Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie […]

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Alpha Dog

Alpha Dog

| January 15, 2007

Nick Cassavetes’s prior directorial venture, the lush romance The Notebook, told a simple but affecting story of young lovers divided by class difference. With that film, Cassavetes gained box office success if not critical respect. Alpha Dog is his follow-up film, and it marks a sharp break with its forebear. This break is not for […]

Happily N’Ever After

Happily N’Ever After

| January 8, 2007

Critics have been pretty rough on Happily N’Ever After. To an extent, the film’s producers ask for it by daring to invoke the legacy of Shrek in their advertising, merely because one of Happily N’Ever After‘s 10 producers also produces the three Shrek films. But despite the critical drubbing received by Happily N’Ever After, I […]

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Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web

| December 18, 2006

This is high praise, as anyone who has attended a film with a toddler knows. Director Gary Winick offers a sincere and heartfelt live-action adaptation of E.B. White’s classic children’s story about a runt piglet saved by friendship. When the farmer plans to slaughter spring pig Wilbur, a spider named Charlotte tries to save him […]

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A Good Year

A Good Year

| November 17, 2006

A Good Year, Ridley Scott’s latest collaboration with Russell Crowe, is quite a departure from their last film together, Gladiator. Instead of delivering a brutal Oscar-winner, the two have created a romantic comedy. A Good Year is unlikely to win any Oscars, but within the genre of romantic comedy, the film offers a reasonably entertaining […]

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Flushed Away

Flushed Away

| November 3, 2006

The latest DreamWorks animated movie, Flushed Away, comes from the producing team for Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit and is a co-production with stop-motion experts Aardman Animations. Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, and Bill Nighy, among others, provide voices for the characters. Directors David Bowers and Sam Fell make full […]

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Catch a Fire

Catch a Fire

| October 29, 2006

In Phillip Noyce’s latest film Catch a Fire, Derek Luke portrays South African family-man Patrick Chamusso, who is wrongly imprisoned and tortured as a suspect in the bombing of an oil refinery. Chamusso withstands the torture until he is forced into a room with his hands tied and his eyes covered by a blindfold. He […]

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