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9:18 am
Thu January 13, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda is at its best with the little acts that form the mosaic of survival.

The tsunami that devastated Asia, killing over 150,000 people, was as horrific an act of nature as could be imagined. Yet, in the 100-day bloodbath in 1994 Rwanda (on the borders of Tanzania, Uganda, and the Congo), ruling Hutus exterminated one million of their enemy, the Tutsis.

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Movie Reviews
9:39 am
Wed January 12, 2005

Coach Carter

It's fun to watch winners.

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Movie Reviews
4:36 pm
Sun January 9, 2005

In Good Company

"Achievement without love is a cold and tight-lipped murderer of human happiness everywhere."

If I were responsible for teaching MBA students about modern corporate maneuvering, I'd make sure they saw "In Good Company," a cautionary tale about the horrors of corporate merger and its twin, globalization. Director Paul Weitz has Mike Nichols' unfailing instincts about youthful ambition and mid-life crises set against a backdrop of family pressures and corporate greed.

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Movie Reviews
12:23 pm
Sat January 8, 2005

House of Flying Daggers

Bamboo Ballet

Cinema will remain the dominant visual art form this century.

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Movie Reviews
9:35 am
Thu January 6, 2005

White Noise

"If I could just get reruns of Twilight Zone."

Dead Air

A little chapel north of my home claims to contact the dead during the church service and transmits to loved ones in the congregation. This all was amusing to me until the preachers relayed information about me no one in that church could have ever known. I haven't returned.

My story is much clearer and scarier than the new film White Noise.

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Movie Reviews
10:18 am
Wed December 29, 2004

The Phantom of the Opera

Seinfeld would approve.

An enjoyable musical diversion like a Christmas dinner

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It's Movie Time
9:56 am
Thu December 23, 2004

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The entire dysfunctional family of adventurers is pure Anderson.

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Movie Reviews
4:29 pm
Sun December 19, 2004

A Very Long Engagement

A merciless view of the war carnage, both physical and mental.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Fri December 17, 2004

Beyond the Sea

Beyond the Sea is as much about Kevin Spacey as it is Bobby Darin.

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Movie Reviews
3:12 pm
Wed December 15, 2004

The Aviator

Sweet Cate/Kate

Scorsese's biopic ranks ahead of all the other considerable biographies this year.

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Movie Reviews
2:12 pm
Sun December 12, 2004

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Count on the loving count.

Children and adults should savor two of the best actors in film playfully playing off each other.

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Movie Reviews
9:37 am
Sun December 12, 2004

Kinsey

The joy of sex discovered and disclosed.

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Movie Reviews
10:08 am
Fri December 10, 2004

The Machinist

"Maybe I should start eating at McDonald's."

The payoff is not half a good as the promise the premise makes.

"The Machinist is one of those classic stories in which a man goes out on a quest to solve a troubling mystery that ultimately leads right back to himself," says director Brad Anderson. Mix Memento and Insomnia with The Tenant and The American Friend and you will have some notion of a dark brew of a film that has more calories than nutrition, whose payoff is not half a good as the promise the premise makes.

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Movie Reviews
3:24 pm
Wed December 8, 2004

Ocean's Twelve

"But, I ask you, can Julia Roberts act?"

The heist film lives on.

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Movie Reviews
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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