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creature comforts—The Complete First Season (TV) (2003)
"The Great British Public" says the darndest things....
tickles most effectively in its small doses, but its cleverness and craft are undeniable.
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (TV) (2003)
Fans of the series will be hooked, if not thoroughly delighted, and others may prove unable to resist the train-wreck spectacle...unabashedly cheesy but 100% mesmerizing.
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)
Fans will be positively enthralled at the well-preserved nuggets, and neophytes will understand the fuss over the musician and the man.
Taxi—The Complete Third Season (TV) (1980)
Sometimes resembled a weekly Neil Simon play...but James Brooks' celebrated brilliance with emotional storylines also justified experiments in the absurd and satirical.
Frasier—The Complete Sixth Season (TV) (1998)
was a series that enjoyed dabbling in farce, and the sixth season includes some relatively simple farcical gestures...as well as full-blown efforts.
Cheers—The Complete Seventh Season (TV) (1988)
A typical season of
, which is to say 'excellent.'
Enterprise: The Complete Third Season (TV) (2003)
Occasionally hit the heights of
feature-film action, and often used the plot to ask the moral questions that have been
Enterprise: The Complete Second Season (TV) (2002)
Repetition is what sent longtime
fans packing...[but the] season does muster a number of good episodes...while maintaining its high quality of production value.
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
A true-sports movie starring 67-year-old Anthony Hopkins as the athlete? That's exactly what you get from The World's Fastest Indian, Roger Donaldson's ode to Kiwi motorcyclist Burt Munro. In 1967, M...
The Warrior (2005)
Narrative elegance and rapturous imagery highlight
...[as well as] the dark charisma of leading man Khan...and lovely vistas.
Enterprise: The Complete First Season (TV) (2001)
Many Season One stories flounder through familiar-feeling alien-encounter and spatial-phenomena plots, but just as many episodes stand out for their creative energy.
The Upside of Anger (2005)
A pleasant surprise, a sprightly comedy with a dramatic aftertaste.
The Talent Given Us (2005)
What starts out seeming courageous rapidly reveals itself as a narcissistic, opportunistic stunt.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
With brisk energy, Baumbach finds equal parts humor and sadness in the foibles of his family.
The Skeleton Key (2005)
Ghosts threaten to make matters miserable for the living, sort of like
The Skeleton Key
. As Peter Sarsgaard says...too convincingly, 'All I know is the checks clear.'
The Ring Two (2005)
A sketchy horror plot slips from episode to episode with no particular momentum. As far as I can tell, Kruger made a list of scares, and Nakata ticked them off.
The Producers (2005)
Not for the resolutely politically correct or the shtick-averse. For everyone else, it's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Family-friendly films for girls...[usually] drip with phony commercialism and pettiness of character; by comparison,
is not only a class-act, but a godsend.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Thoughtful and energetic....Anderson has in Ryan's story a bittersweet exemplar for the unsung toil and love of prefeminist desperate housewives...
The Perfect Man (2005)
Who would've thought...that the certifiably awful/unaccountably popular Hilary Duff was daring enough to make a movie about having a lesbian relationship with her mother?
The Pacifier (2005)
To those who think critics are too hard on movies...I ask, can you tell the difference between a
School of Rock
? Family films don't have to suck.
The Man (2005)
I bow to the Buddha nature of Jackson and Levy....the average moviegoer in me can see the entertainment value in
. Just not $9 bucks worth.
The Man Who Copied (2005)
An unconventional romance...a complex crime movie, and a jaunty comedy...few will leave this stylish, adventurous film wanting for entertainment.
The Longest Yard (2005)
Just remember kids: as fun as it all seems, fast food, soda, candy, binge drinking, reckless driving, steroids, dirty ball and, well, yes, Adam Sandler movies are bad for you.
The Jacket (2005)
That Maybury's film avoids easy categorization (and the increasingly cheap twistiness of today's psychological horror thrillers) is one of its finest points.
The Island (2005)
Dimwitted, action-flailing mediocrity....Michael Bay...[said,] "I always say, '**** the critics'"...I'll tell you what I always say: "Michael Bay is a tool."
The Interpreter (2005)
A second-rate morality play, with red herrings and MacGuffins shoring up a tower of Babel. Do yourself a favor and rent
Death and the Maiden
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Zesty enough to make the ol' noir two-step seem worthwhile.
The Honeymooners (2005)
, though not bad, is hardly ever good, either.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Audiences can be grateful for the unique absurdist dimensions and freewheeling irreverence of Adams, which place the film in its own category of science-fiction comedy.
The Great Raid (2005)
Okay, so [it's] the hokiest war movie in the last 35 years....Bottom line: is the raid great? The answer is "yes," qualified by the film's unearned 132-minute running time.
The Edukators (a.k.a. Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei) (2005)
Weingartner proves too ready to pat his inner rebels on their backs....[but asks] provocative questions about liberal revolt...and the effect of age on ideology.
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Remember: friends don't let friends go to
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Horror-punk, outlaw entertainment, an exploitation pic with a '70s aesthetic and endless scenarios of white-trash unpleasantness....[not for] Merchant-Ivory fans.
The Deal (2005)
Why would The Deal—a hot-button, Christian Slater conspiracy thriller about Arab-American war, oil reserves, and Wall Street skullduggery—slink into town from a little-known distributor?...
The Constant Gardener (2005)
A bit staid in its thriller mechanics...[but] engaging in its drama, amusing in its fragments of bone-dry wit, and suspenseful in its dual mystery.
The Cave (2005)
Now that Hollywood has manufactured enough
clones to fill a wall at Blockbuster, who needs another?
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Easy to recommend but hard to love, distinguished by Gilliam's extravagant and funny style, but compromised by creative warfare and budgetary limitations.
The Beautiful Country (2005)
If Moland is a bit more interested in romantic melodrama than anthropology, the plight of the refugee still makes the intended emotional impact.
The Baxter (2005)
is hobbled, and all Showalter has is his concept.
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