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XXX: State of the Union (2005)
So full of self-aware speechifying, howlingly bad verbal pissing contests, and audacious bulls**t plotting that it almost flies as a parody of itself. Almost.
A worthy cinematic adaptation, with interesting and provocative mythic ideas of its own, and suprisingly lyrical images to match.
Top Gun (1986)
A movie for adolescents, and adults who willfully decide not to know better for a couple of hours.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Explores the rapture and torture of desire, and the tension between harsh reality and escapist fantasy.
Starship Troopers (1997)
Insanely subversive...functions as a visually dazzling science-fiction action picture, a philosophical challenge, and a hilarious, incisive comedy.
Patriot Games (1992)
Ford gives one of his most commanding performances outside of a Lucas production, establishing an action formula Ford would repeat...
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
As for the film's suspense credentials, you know it's time to get tense when James Earl Jones intones, '
Mother of God
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Though this political adventure requires substantial suspension of disbelief, the witty script and mature approach keep the film on track.
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)
A latter-day Abbott and Costello flick, where the monster they encounter isn't Frankenstein, but the Bush Administration.
Nim's Island (2008)
Overplayed: there are entirely too many beaming smiles and emotional flip-outs...the only reason to see this movie is Foster, whose overplaying somehow succeeds at charming where her costars fail.
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
'This night is about the American dream,' Kumar promises. And you know what? It sort of is.
Lonesome Dove (TV) (1989)
Remains the gold standard for the TV miniseries format...stands among the best Western films ever made.
Dark City (Director's Cut) (1998)
Proyas assembles his inspirations into a unique amalgam with the power of myth to tap the fears and desires of our collective unconscious.
The Scorpion King (2002)
A ridiculous though not entirely unpleasant way to while away ninety-two minutes.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The film's bloated ambition seems of a piece with its panting, happy-dog charm.
The Mummy (1999)
An unpretentious pulp adventure...
The Lost Boys (1987)
With its cool cast and classic kiss-off ending,
The Lost Boys
will forever be a cultural touchstone of '80s cinema.
Shine a Light (2008)
Whatever your taste, you'll have to agree:
Shine a Light
is music and cinema writ large.
The Deal (TV) (2003)
A bold and convincing effort to dramatize contemporary political history.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
An exploitation picture given the 'A' treatment... Putting aside the nagging liberties taken with Anneliese Michel's experiences...[it's] a good scary movie.
Take it from this loss prevention specialist: don't play
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
A reasonably well-made low-end pic that serves as a cautionary tale for callow teens.
Urban Legend (1998)
Watchable...[but] a time-waster, with an insulting ending that unfortunately takes it down a few pegs.
The Ruins (2008)
Competent but somewhat slack, modest (and modestly budgeted) shocker that doesn't work quite hard enough to justify its plot mechanics.
Step Up 2 The Streets (2008)
Despite the bogus conflict...
Step Up 2 The Streets
is amiable enough...
Monk—The Complete Sixth Season (2008)
The show remains on solid footing, with a writing staff still spinning crafty mysteries and inventing scenarios to get under the skin of Tony Shalhoub's obsessive-compulsive police consultant Adrian Monk.
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
Wilson proves again that he's a quick-witted comedic treasure—he's the sort of actor who gets hired to make mediocre movies almost good by his sheer force of comic will.
Point Break (1991)
Consistently stylish, dumb, and entertaining.
In the Line of Fire (1993)
You have a rendezvous with Dirty Harry's 62-year-old ass! And if you don't know what that means, you'd better figure it out!
Gangs of New York (2002)
The impact is all in the broad strokes of Scorsese's design: the corresponding coming-of-age stories of three confused and violent adolescents: Amsterdam Vallon, New York City, and America.
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
After the wayward kids' stuff of [Kids' WB's]
Batman: Gotham Knight
's adult tone and visual wonderment are like (Bat-)manna from heaven.
Vantage Point (2008)
Asks us to believe the terrorists would, after slaughtering countless people, risk their entire plan—and their very lives—on...well, I won't say. But from my vantage point, it was ridiculous.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Profane, hallucinogenic, and wickedly satirical, Oliver Stone's
Natural Born Killers
mainlined a message from hell (a.k.a. modern America, as seen by Stone) into mall theatres and multiplexes.
is so satisfying because it works on a few complimentary levels: as a coming-of-age story tracking innocence to experience, as an accounting of revolutionary and feminist struggles, and as an artful visual experience in cartoon form.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
For a movie about magical beasts,
The Spiderwick Chronicles
does an awfully good job of pegging childhood emotional realities, particularly in a context of divorce.
The Boondocks—The Complete Second Season (2008)
Like his wee alter ego, ten-year-old Huey Freeman, McGruder sees himself as hopefully out of step with society—radical, in fact—self-confident, and determined to effect change by any means necessary.
Men In Black (1997)
Among the best of the summer movie blockbusters,
Men in Black
comes on like gangbusters and never lets up.
Fool's Gold (2008)
Harmless but seriously wit-deficient.
The delirious idiosyncracies of the '60s
are all on display...a pleasant-enough romp that's just a little too-distracted with its new toys.
too often feels like a special-effects demo reel in search of a story, at least the eye candy is pretty darn sweet.
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