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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
Though Agrelo blunts the competitive drama by visually excluding the opposition, the kids' talent and infectious spirit carries the day for
Mad Hot Ballroom
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Wright's ability to evoke sympathy for even the marginal characters--partly by exercising ingeniously economical staging to catch them in private moments--distinguishes this
Pride & Prejudice
Ballets Russes (2005)
The utterly charming dance-history doc Ballets Russes traces the legendary ballet company from its 1909 inception to its 1962 dissolution. Clearly, the Ballets Russes, in its various incarnations, re...
Chicken Little (2005)
Far more manic than funny,
tries to spin the kiddie standard about a little chick convinced the sky is falling into a depressingly "hip," Shreky-green comedy act.
Bee Season (2005)
Myla Goldberg's novel Bee Season becomes one of the fall's funkiest pictures, as directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. A husband, wife, teenage son, and 11-year-old daughter comprise the appare...
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
On the evidence of Jumanji and its sideways sequel Zathura, children's author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg has a thing for exorcising childhood trauma by elaborately laying waste to family home...
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
Writer-director Shane Black's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Black wrote the influential buddy-cop movie Lethal Weapon and the underlooked The Long Kiss Goodnight, but also overkilled with the profane The Las...
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Triumphant coming-of-age drama (complete with horses!) [aimed] at little girls and their captive-audience fathers.
North Country (2005)
Feature films about sexual harassment are hardly a dime a dozen, so Niki Caro's
—gawky though it may be at times—comes as welcome.
Quality of Life (2005)
Benjamin Morgan's provocative debut Quality of Life is a true San Francisco movie. Shot and edited in the Mission District, this fly-on-the-wall drama about graffiti writers makes brilliant use of lo...
Mysterious daddy issues, a color scheme that washes everything in fluorescent urine and lime-green Jello, and....editing so jittery it'll send you into rapid eye movement.
In Her Shoes (2005)
[Jerks] every tear in the "chick-lit" book...but the fertile combination of Hanson, Grant, and the stars allows blossoms of truth and humor to spring up out of the mulch.
Bad Timing (1980)
Exemplifies the rich, acquired taste of the Roeg film.
Lady in White (1988)
Far from perfect, but what it lacks in finesse, it makes up in shaggy-dog charm....the fun is in the journey.
Few filmmakers could be consciously redolent of Moliere, Dylan Thomas, and James Joyce and pull it off, but apparently writer-director Sally Potter is first in that class.
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Tinkers around with an intriguing premise but with little creative facility for dialogue or structure...[splits] the difference between fans and neophytes, impressing neither.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
A theatrical movie infused with the energy of live TV....
Good Night, and Good Luck.
reminds us that, when played right, journalism is a dangerous game.
A movie for young people, and they're welcome to it. Anyone older than teenage already will have seen every joke in
in more finely crafted, funnier movies.
Into the Blue (2005)
Into the Blue
displays plenty of priceless booty (and the treasure is impressive, too...).
Kirn's sharp-tongued novel would suggest an Alexander Payne film rife with arch satire, but Mills ultimately goes for a more deeply affecting emotional study.
Roll Bounce (2005)
Affectionate retro fun that coasts on soul sounds of the '70s and Cosby Kids-styled camaraderie.
Touch the Sound (2005)
Glennie and Reidelsheimer prove equally adept at tapping into found sound and transforming it into art.
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
[Burton paints] death as a (literally) more colorful plane of existence than life, the ultimate subversive joke in a movie full of them.
is just about as good as the next serial, which spells plenty of two-fisted fun.
Just Like Heaven (2005)
Painfully predictable romanticized crap, but dealing as it does with mortal tragedy—death, brain-death, and loss—it's also unscrupulous and exploitative.
Winter Solstice (2005)
Something that's increasingly rare: a stringently subtextual drama....when they finally arrive, the epiphanies are small ones.
Schultze gets the blues (2005)
Schultze gets the blues
embraces a neglected subject: the wanderlust of the retiree.
Batman and Robin (1949)
Though rudimentary by ordinary film standards...diverting entertainment for innocent youngsters.
Zan Ziadi (Unwanted Woman) (2005)
A veil of censorship frustrates Milani, but also inspires her to clever means of skull-penetrating overstatement and subliminal understatement.
Reel Paradise (2005)
Can be voyeuristically interesting...[but] James fails to justify this for-hire, backfired vanity project in an age glutted with reality TV.
An Unfinished Life (2005)
Provides a useful contrast to good dramas....Redford and Freeman should have invested their chops elsewhere.
Crustacés et Coquillages (a.k.a. Côte d'Azur) (2005)
If the memory of the film flits away soon after viewing, the comic beats are amusing.
Margaret Cho: Assassin (2005)
Soft in the middle, and none of Cho's stories here take on an epic scope....[Yet] the comedienne remains endearingly naughty.
Transporter 2 (2005)
has the narrative skills and libido of a newly pubescent boy.
A Sound of Thunder (2005)
Sing, muse! Sing of a century-hence future when we shall all/Drive impractically bulky cars and pay through the teeth/To hunt dinosaurs on a TimeSafari to the past!
Crimen Ferpecto (Ferpect Crime) (2005)
Iglesia's comic cautionary tale observes the monsters created by "every man for himself" attitudes.
Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise (Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress) (2005)
Here's a rare one: a novel adapted to film by the author himself. Sijie Dai wrote Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress in 2000, and shortly thereafter directed his own screenplay. Though the film...
As Hollywood actioners go these days, this one's quite tolerable in its guilty-pleasure way. Feel free to saddle up.
A terrible script, pedestrian direction, and acting that's mediocre at best signify that
...[is] ready-made, moderately sexy fodder for late-night Skin-emax.
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