Thursday, September 4 2003
David Spade movies are pathetic by definition.
One minute, it's a bumbling adolescent romance; the next, it's a family melodrama; and at still another, it's a schoolboy caper flick.
Friday, August 29 2003
As soon as John utters the words 'last job' to his darling girl, his fate (like the film's) is sealed.
Thursday, August 28 2003
As the girls have picked up from every cultural sign around them, sex is a route to adulthood, but it's also an ordeal.
Bring on the vile humor and mindless embarrassment.
The bus breaks down and the adults are one by one grabbed up and whisked into the sky, screaming.
Monday, August 25 2003
Jean-Jacques Annaud's first, and most eloquent, movie has lost none of its bite since it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Picture 26 years ago.
Sunday, August 24 2003
Journeys to locations where less than ideal weather conditions inspire innovation.
As Mondays in the Sun begins, Santa is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain his sense of humor and optimism.
Peter Mullan's film both amplifies and flattens these stories, so they are at once sensational and too intimate.
As energetic and enthusiastic as Jackie Chan remains, things have definitely changed, for him as well as viewers.
Friday, August 22 2003
Is there a finer actor on the planet than Hope Davis?"
Thursday, August 14 2003
Molly looks great in glitter tops and short skirts. What else could she need to know?.
Eschewing the loopy romanticism of his past efforts, Alan Rudolph displays admirable restraint in representing domestic drudgery.
Kevin Costner's film assumes the usual mythology: the West 'died' when corporate thinking encroached on the boundless spirit of the cowboys.
Yet another generation of Elm Street teens arrive at the grim realization that adults are useless when it comes to serial killers, or anything else.
The soldiers rebel in trivial but telling ways, more often than not imitating the very systems they think they're bucking.
Monday, August 11 2003
It is darkly ambivalent about the veracity of our memories (both individually and collectively).
Thursday, August 7 2003
S.W.A.T. knows what it is, namely, an expensive, hyper-actionated, cd-selling, multi-raced and multi-buddied flick.
It's good to see Jamie Lee Curtis acting like a 15-year-old.