RED EYE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 85 minutes

IN THEATERS! Just when you thought that Wes Craven was washed-up, back up he comes like one of the killers in his films, teeth bared and meat cleaver grasped firmly in hand…


Posted on August 23, 2005 by

BROKEN FLOWERS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes

IN THEATERS, AUGUST 5TH! As a film about a journey, “Broken Flowers” breaks pretty much all the rules. Jarmusch includes nothing in the way of local color or odd characters, and there’s no geographic specificity in any of the places Don goes…


Posted on August 3, 2005 by

LAST DAYS

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97 minutes

IN THEATERS! Van Sant appears to be digging up the dead for no great purpose or effect. Here, he seems to have taken the raw material of Cobain’s sad end, fictionalized it just enough to get rid of what he didn’t like, and tried to fashion a work of chic, ugly beauty…


Posted on July 23, 2005 by

ROCK SCHOOL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 93 minutes

IN THEATERS! A lazy documentary about a fascinating subject, “Rock School” is about what happens when an arrested development rock wannabe not only has a schoolful of children paying attention to him and his antics, but a worshipful camera following him around and recording them for posterity…


Posted on June 6, 2005 by

LAYER CAKE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 104 minutes

IN THEATERS! Although ultimately no less artificial than hyperactive laddie gangster flicks like “Snatch”, for a good period of time “Layer Cake” seems to be leading towards a more substantial end than its high-polished look and glistening pop soundtrack would suggest, something closer to, say, the morbid maunderings of “Sexy Beast”…


Posted on May 15, 2005 by

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 110 minutes

IN THEATERS! Adams fans will have to content themselves with the fact that, while the film is not perfect, it is indeed the best they could realistically have hoped for…


Posted on May 1, 2005 by

THE AVIATOR

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

BEST PICTURE ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE! As big and rollicking an entertainment as it is, “The Aviator” deals smartly with its most problematic element, namely Hughes’s mental decline. Although we are spared the truly dark and reclusive final decades of his life, the film stealthily mixes into the story Hughes’s steady deterioration…


Posted on February 25, 2005 by

HEAT (DVD)

5 Stars
Year Released: 1995
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

Are there things to complain about with “Heat”? Absolutely. But this is also a film that resonates and is always worth another viewing, to appreciate the sheer mastery of craft that Mann brought to the table, and the first-rate actors that he brought with him…


Posted on February 22, 2005 by

THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

IN THEATERS! Fine performances aside, this is too hermetic and sealed-off a film to really elicit much reaction in the end besides a mute sort of sadness…


Posted on December 28, 2004 by

BEYOND THE SEA

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 121 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Spacey has guts as a director, that’s for sure, and he definitely displays more talent here than he did in his directorial debut: the lamentable 1996 wannabe noir “Albino Alligator”. But directorial chutzpah is not nearly enough to save this dull and distant vanity project…


Posted on December 20, 2004 by

ZATOICHI

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 110 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Just when it looked like Beat might have been sinking into a creative rut, he still has the ability to shock and awe…


Posted on July 23, 2004 by

KILL BILL VOL. 2

3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes

IN THEATERS! Tarantino’s attachment to his characters and their quirks can be endearing at times, but it also makes for a lot of dead screentime. “Volume Two” is just as spotty as “Volume One,” but even when it scores – such as in a hilarious flashback to The Bride’s training at the hands of the dread Shaolin master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) – it never achieves quite the same heights of lunacy that the first film did…


Posted on April 16, 2004 by

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 108 minutes

IN THEATERS! The body of “Eternal Sunshine” is, in effect, a chase, but unlike the chase scenarios that films like “Blade Runner,” “Paycheck” and “Minority Report” have constructed out of memory-obsessed Dick stories, Kaufman has here dug into a deeper, more heartfelt core and come up with one of the best films ever made about memory…


Posted on March 20, 2004 by

WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN THEATERS! Never quite worth a guffaw, but far from unwatchable, “Welcome to Mooseport” is about as middle-of-the-road as comedies get – and in this criminally unfunny movie season, that’s about as much as one can ask for, sadly enough…


Posted on February 21, 2004 by

WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 95 minutes

IN THEATERS! Straining for the aw-factor so hard that it hurts, “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!” takes a workable premise wrapped inside a mostly-talented cast and piles it all on poor Bosworth’s shoulders…


Posted on January 17, 2004 by

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