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Masculine brooding [fuels]
, with its monolithic, steam-spewing tower, powered by balls, constantly rumbling out of control.
The director's Fincher-esque style may finally beat out intellectual substance, but it's a fair fight, grounded in the existential horror of essential emotional truths.
Beauty Shop (2005)
You may not "get krunked" with
, but you know what you're getting into. It's sitcom-ready material that delivers on its promise.
Here among the grapes is the flow of history, draining aging old-world tradition to its dregs as speed-oriented mass production tops it off.
Guess Who (2005)
A warm movie that's well cast and funny enough as it works through passive-aggressiveness to aggressive-aggressiveness and finally the acceptance of family.
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
Bullock's quippy snippiness isn't enough...If
is a consolation prize, let's hope
Miss Congenialty 2
is a parting 'gift.'
Melinda and Melinda (2005)
For all its failings...[has] enough thoughtfulness, creative energy, and comedic idiosyncracy to outpace any
modern comedies, much less two.
Der Untergang (Downfall) (2005)
A somber accounting crafted with impressive verisimilitude and anchored by Bruno Ganz's rock-solid performance as the Führer...perhaps the definitive film on its subject.
Im toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretärin (Blind Spot) (2003)
In his brilliant Crimes and Misdemeanors, Allen's documentary filmmaker takes a job shooting a documentary about an insufferable TV producer played by Alan Alda. As an antidote, he retreats to his o...
Ice Princess (2005)
Personally, I hope the press notes for
will be the only ones this year to include the phrase "hunky zamboni driver," but you just never know.
Off the Map (2005)
The Land of Enchantment lives up to its name in this unusual and surprisingly affecting comedy-drama.
Walk on Water (2005)
Interest never wanes as this story unfolds, though [screenwriter] Uchovsky starts a lot more than he can finish satisfactorily in 104 minutes.
Holding back tears, Willis actually delivers the soon to be immortal line "Yeah, Tommy, Captain Wubba's gonna save Planet Xenon." Now, that sounds like a movie.
I'm hard-pressed not to recommend
as an energetic family-movie distraction...[but] plotting is...mechanical.
Ice Age (2002)
Sizing up fox's new animated entry Ice Age, it's hard not to think about the no-brainer formula fueling the recent, abundant output of animated kiddie flicks. Though each film has its own spin, the b...
Dear Frankie (2005)
isn't a good film, but it is a nice little movie...[about] what can happen when people become the conscious artists of their own lives.
Gunner Palace (2005)
A valuable if understandably haphazard record of the American occupation of Iraq.
remade with butter knives...takes a lazily superficial tack on the old werewolf yarn.
Dare mo shiranai (Nobody Knows) (2005)
Emotional truth and delicate visual cues distinguish a story so patiently naturalistic that the viewer will feel a part of this dysfunctional family.
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
The disconcerting examples of Damiano, Reems, and Lovelace—each, in his or her way, regretful—are the hardest pills to, um, swallow.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
I'm not sure if
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
is heartfelt or cynical, but if anyone can write a movie that's both, it's probably Tyler Perry.
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Comes across as patently false...are there really any suburbs in America like this one, with its family's cute, tragicomic disintegration in the wake of a son's suicide?
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Because of Winn-Dixie
—based on the beloved novel by Kate DiCamillo—turns out to be a modest success for the family crowd.
Sky Blue (a.k.a. Wonderful Days) (2004)
From [its] tone-poem opening to an operatic finale,
is a visual marvel that deserves to be seen if not believed.
Her Majesty (2004)
has worse problems than a lack of realism, namely mediocre direction and acting that's at the level of bad community theatre.
Reasonably satisfying cinematic junk food...enough crackerjack sequences and admirably trippy rhythms for a recommendation.
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (V) (2003)
Over a decade after the premiere of
Batman: The Animated Series
, the extended
animation family hasn't quite worn out its welcome.
Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero (V) (1998)
One of the less-inspired animated
efforts [but] an enjoyable and generally kid-friendly adventure all the same.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Respects the character...and winningly combines personal drama and clever themes with intrigue and action to tell a story in keeping with Batman's classic comic adventures.
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (V) (2000)
The PG-13 rating...reflects the mortal intensity of this most chilling of animated
Gegen die Wand (Head-On) (2005)
is not for the faint of heart, with its depressive magnetism to bloody violence...[a] twisted, rough-hewn mad-love story.
The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (2004)
To see the high-pitched sponge...protest, "I am 100 percent man!" is to laugh: don't try to deny it...Kids will have a ball; parents will be forgiven a few cat-naps.
The Wedding Date (2005)
It's a blessing that
The Wedding Date
doesn't try too hard, but it's a curse that it doesn't try hard enough.
Mar adentro (The Sea Inside) (2004)
Amenábar's lyricism and Bardem's keen projection of dignified commitment enable
The Sea Inside
movingly to evoke humanity affronted...
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Roars to life in its least intimate passages...If not for his blind spot for his "angel in hell" Phantom, Schumacher would do Webber's popular entertainment justice.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The screenplay by playwright Jose Rivera skillfully translates the straightforward diaries into quietly compelling dramatic terms.
The Mother (2004)
Film too rarely dares to tread where classic modern drama lived at the turn of the century: states of complex and stormy emotional realism. Ibsen and Chekhov shone a harsh light on human foibles, and...
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Puts Sean Penn through his actorly paces, which would be enough for most movies, but also intelligently explores the development of a [desperate] man.
The Woodsman (2004)
Raises a number of interesting and disturbing questions...[but] takes artistic and intellectual missteps...deserves some credit for its performances and provocation.
The Machinist (2004)
Though Brad Anderson's new film The Machinist proves a diverting exercise, it breaks no new ground in the psychological thriller genre. In fact, many viewers will get the nagging feeling that they've...
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