Reviews > Film

15 Sep 2006 // 2:20 AM

Keeping Mum (2005)

The most enjoyable portions of the film mock Mary Poppins-style children's literature, whereby a goodhearted but lost family is set aright by a no-nonsense nanny.

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15 Sep 2006 // 2:09 AM

The Last Kiss (2006)

At last, a movie about men who can't commit and women who must.

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8 Sep 2006 // 3:20 AM

Hollywoodland (2006)

Simo is as self-inflating and lost as George Reeves, his heroism as flimsy and sad.

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The Protector (Tom yum goong) (2005)

Discrete in their aesthetics and tempos, the fight scenes do comprise a certain characterization, though not in usual sense.

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1 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Wicker Man (2006)

"Every time I turn my head," sputters Edward, "there's something that doesn't make any sense." Exactly.

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1 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Crossover (2006)

Two best friends since childhood must come of age and in the process, redefine their friendship and save one another's necks.

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Quiet (2005)

The Quiet makes the conventional observation that this "world" is instituted by adults, and also mirrored and prepared for in high school.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Reinas (Queens) (2005)

Manuel Gómez Pereira's Reinas (Queens) makes the current U.S. wrangling over same sex marriage look awfully provincial.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Beerfest (2006)

The troupe lacks a specific comic point of view -- not that one is required of a movie called Beerfest.

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25 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Idlewild (2006)

Percy's a mortician, aware of the ways that bodies can be disfigured and rearranged, how life and death are performances for audiences.

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Invincible (2006)

The hard-charging practice and game scenes take you onto the field and slam you into large, shoulder-padded men.

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edmond (2005)

Violence liberates Edmond from society's restraints, focuses him on fulfilling his own desires, makes him appealing to the opposite sex.

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How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

'Puke has a mind of its own.' Issued by a kid named Plug, this assessment more or less summarizes the point of How to Eat Fried Worms.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

The criminals have to come up with an outlandish plot and the relationship between law and lawlessness thence devolves into one of mutual deterrence, theorization perpetuated into extremity.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Material Girls (2006)

"What a tragedy," says Inez, when the sisters complain about riding the city bus. "Right up there with the national debt."

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18 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Trust the Man (2005)

Trust the Man is primarily focused on women trusting men, because the men find it nearly impossible to trust each other.

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18 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Illusionist (2006)

If The Illusionist's allegory isn't subtle, it is timely: those who seem authorities are illusionists, administering by entertainments.

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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

Lack of understanding will be a sort of theme for Danny Leiner's film, uneven but full of rewarding subtleties.

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14 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pulse (2006)

The ghost mirrors Mattie and threatens her: even as she thinks she imagines it, she doesn't.

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11 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Half Nelson (2006)

Dan's take on history -- as concept and series of events -- has as much to do with his personal past as any ideological leanings. He sees history in motion, as ongoing questions.

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