EBERTFEST: THUMBAPALOOZA 2003

Stone Reader ^ By Herb Kane ^ ***** ^ Directed by Mark Moskowitz So why am I proud to live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa? One reason is Mark Moskowitz’ “Stone Reader,” a documentary about one-time Cedar Rapids novelist Dow Mossman, author of “The Stones of Summer” (1972). Mark read the book when it first came […]



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EBERTFEST: THUMBAPALOOZA 2003

Ebert invited several guests up to the mic including “The Right Stuff” actors Scott Wilson, Veronica Cartwright, and Donald Moffat. Cartwright commented on the new 20th Anniversary DVD coming out, “We all went in and did stuff for the DVD and everybody needs to buy this DVD. It is a classic movie and it’s just […]



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EBERTFEST: THUMBAPALOOZA 2003

The Right Stuff ^ By Herb Kane ^ **** ^ Directed by Philip Kaufman ^ Starring Charles Frank, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward “The Right Stuff” is a movie about the courage of seven men aiming for the skies to be one of the first Americans to step foot in space. We […]



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EBERTFEST: THUMBAPALOOZA 2003

Urbana, Illinois has become my annual vacation spot thanks to “Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival.” So will the Critic Doctor agree with all of Ebert’s hand picked movies this year?



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ARE FILM CRITICS BRINGING DOWN THE WRONG HOUSE?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “Bringing Down the House.” “This movie isn’t FOR stupid white people; it’s ABOUT stupid white people! Some negative reviews I’ve read seem to twist that storyline in order to prove a different point…”



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DOES “CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE” NEED A TOMBSTONE?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “Cradle 2 the Grave.” “‘Cradle 2 the Grave’ may have a dead plot, but the movie itself is not necessarily ready for a tombstone…”



Posted on March 27, 2003 by

IS “DARK BLUE” REALLY “BLACK & BLUE?”

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “Dark Blue.” “‘Dark Blue’ is not a great movie, but it has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact…”



Posted on March 10, 2003 by

DID “10 DAYS” LOSE GUYS OR CRITICS?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” “I do agree the premise of “10 Days” is ridiculous, but Kate & Matt made it cute and fun. Wait! I used the word cute!”



Posted on March 6, 2003 by

DELUSIONS OF THE CRITICAL MIND?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” “Either Clooney was influenced by ‘Solaris,’ or his creative abilities were distorted when he thought the name Barris was
pronounced ‘Bare Ass…’



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IS “CHICAGO” WORTH VISITING?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “Chicago.” “Ok. So awards mean nothing to me, but they do to the actors who win. Thus I feel good when a movie like this, a challenging endeavor indeed, receives recognition for those who deserve it…”



Posted on January 29, 2003 by

SHOULD “THE SANTA CLAUSE” COME BACK TO TOWN?

Initially, it was hard for me to imagine Tim Allen playing Santa Claus before these two movies came out. Granted – he was great on the TV series “Home Improvement,” but “Tool Time” Tim as Santa? This “Santa Clause” movie franchise allowed Tim to prove he has a wonderful gift to entertain children…



Posted on December 25, 2002 by

ANALYZE WHAT?

You can “Analyze This” and you can “Analyze That,” but in the end – “THIS” is better than “THAT.” The filmmakers still lured me into the theaters when it should have been a video store…



Posted on December 24, 2002 by

SHOULD 18 YEAR-OLDS WATCH “XXX?”

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “XXX.” The Critic Doctor examines other movie critics and their views. “Let’s face it, even Vin’s fake tats have more charisma than Pierce Brosnan.” Which critics loved and hated “XXX”? Read on…



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WILL “SPIDER-MAN” DRAW YOU INTO HIS WEB?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “Spider-Man.” The Critic Doctor examines other movie critics and their views. “All the human stuff in the film works. But when he becomes Spider-Man and starts bouncing around, he’s bouncing in such a cartooney way that I felt completely distant.” Which critics loved and hated “Spider-Man”? Read on…



Posted on May 13, 2002 by

THUMBATHON: EBERT’S OVERLOOKED FILM FESTIVAL

EBERT FEST 2002 SPECIAL REPORT! Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert uses his powerful thumb for the cause of good at his very own film festival. The Thumbmaster screened “George Washington,” “Diamond Men,” “Metropolis,” “Kwik Stop” and more overlooked gems. Get the whole report…



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