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2:29 pm
Tue November 30, 2004

Closer

Movie richness worth returning to many times.

"Hello, Stranger" is the opening salvo in a modern war of the sexes pitting four adults against each other like romantic assassins. Set in chilly London, "Closer" offers irony with its title but the truth with that first line. Director Mike Nichols shoots his artistic arrows at a bull's eye once again, as he did with the trenchant social satires "Carnal Knowledge," "The Graduate," and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."

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Movie Reviews
12:25 pm
Mon November 29, 2004

Fade to Black

This talk isn't cheap.

Like the city, he dazzles and eludes.

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Movie Reviews
10:39 am
Tue November 23, 2004

Alexander

"But, Mom, he's just a friend."

A soap opera inside an epic.

If a leader has been called "great" for over 2000 years, would you dare to film his life? After all, an earlier attempt to biopic the "great" Achilles in "Troy" had a tepid run.

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It's Movie Time
11:42 am
Sun November 21, 2004

The Polar Express

"You will believe."

Cold as the Arctic.

It's cold above the Arctic Circle, even if you work for a robust, often maligned caregiver. Director Robert Zamekis ("Cast Away) and Tom Hanks ("Cast Away") join forces again to make an animation based on the illustrated Chris Van Allsburg children's book about a seven-year old boy who questions Santa's existence and travels by magical train to Toyland for the ocular proof.

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It's Movie Time
3:42 pm
Fri November 19, 2004

Finding Neverland

Amusing Muses

Another entertaining attempt to make genius accessible to us all.

In 1903 London it is hard to believe any artist besides Oscar Wilde could have energized the West End more than J.M. Barrie with his immortal "Peter Pan." "Finding Neverland" attempts to tell how Barrie (Johnny Depp) was inspired through his relationship with widower Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslet) and her four fatherless boys.

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It's Movie Time
9:30 am
Tue November 16, 2004

Being Julia

"Too bad Nicole missed this role!"

Don't miss Bening's performance.

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It's Movie Time
1:00 pm
Mon November 15, 2004

The Incredibles

"Family Values"

This film teaches lessons pleasantly, unobtrusively, but powerfully, like its titular family.

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It's Movie Time
2:37 pm
Sun November 7, 2004

Sideways

"In vino veritas."

The writing, the acting, and the wine make a satisfying film.

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It's Movie Time
4:07 pm
Mon November 1, 2004

Ray

"Ray" is a film for all the people.

"De-Lovely" earlier this year was the lovely biopic of the year for me until I saw "Ray." Much as I love the tunes of Cole Porter, the genial crossover songs of Ray Charles could not have been better integrated into a biography than Director Taylor Hackford ("Proof of Life") does along with Charles' collaboration.

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It's Movie Time
3:47 pm
Mon November 1, 2004

The Final Cut

Editing for the end.

It is the conceit of having every moment in one's life recorded that keeps interest in an otherwise unremarkable film.

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It's Movie Time
9:25 am
Mon November 1, 2004

Around the Bend

"My hair is not the reason!"

"A "Big Fish" out of water.

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12:17 pm
Thu October 21, 2004

Ante Meridiem

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Movie Reviews
12:55 pm
Wed October 20, 2004

I Heart Huckabees

Not your average PI's.

"Huck" is often funny but tries too hard at times to be hip and off-the-wall.

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It's Movie Time
10:24 am
Thu October 14, 2004

Team America: World Police

Effective satire where no one escapes.

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Movie Reviews
4:50 pm
Wed October 13, 2004

What the Bleep Do We Know!?

I don't even understand the poster!

A polemic that severely limits its artistic aspirations.

"Change your thoughts and you change your world." Norman Vincent Peale

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Movie Reviews
1:24 pm
Wed October 13, 2004

The Final Cut

Editing for the end.

It is the conceit of having every moment in one's life recorded that keeps interest in an otherwise unremarkable film.

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Movie Reviews
3:06 pm
Thu October 7, 2004

Around the Bend

"My hair is not the reason!"

"A "Big Fish" out of water.

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Movie Reviews
12:44 pm
Tue October 5, 2004

Motorcycle Diaries

Two for the road.

Become a spiritual companion on the ride of a lifetime.

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Movie Reviews
11:49 am
Tue October 5, 2004

Friday Night Lights

"It's not about the winning . . ."

The same love of a tough game . . .

For those of us who endure the suffocating zeal of Ohio State football fans or hear about the football obsession of small-town Massillon, Ohio, "Friday Night Lights" is more of the same. Odessa, Texas, has little else but high school football given the poor economic times of 1988 and the barren world of remote Texas. But it's a true story filled with a game that defines the future of its players and the town, for whom there is little else.

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Movie Reviews
4:51 pm
Sun October 3, 2004

Silver City

Not a detective's silver lining.

A contemporary curiosity

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