Arts + Life

Movie Reviews
11:14 am
Fri April 26, 2002

The Cat's Meow

This film depicts "the whisper heard most often," a tale of murder not quite so foul as foolish...

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Music
9:26 am
Fri April 26, 2002

Badly Drawn Boy

Nick Hornby and Badly Drawn Boy -- a match made in Restoration Hardware heaven...

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Movie Reviews
2:39 pm
Wed April 24, 2002

Crush

Andie MacDowell & Kenny Doughty in \"Crush\"

Andie MacDowell is "better than sausage"...

If I told my buddies I was having an affair with a woman seriously younger than I, I don't think they would endanger the young woman or their own friendships just to derail my temporary insanity. Welcome to the film "Crush."

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Movie Reviews
11:53 am
Tue April 23, 2002

Murder By Numbers

Bottom line. How much you enjoy this movie depends upon how you feel about Sandra Bullock...

"Murder by Numbers" is a Sandra Bullock showcase that has all the window dressings of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. A spooky abandoned house on the edge of a precipitous cliff. The Pacific Ocean boiling like a cauldron below. A law enforcement officer haunted by her past -- think Jimmy Stewart in "Vertigo," then digitize in Bullock.

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Movie Reviews
4:15 pm
Wed April 17, 2002

The Scorpion King

The plot is so thin, I’m afraid to walk over it for fear of disappearing through its icy logic.

No one makes trashy action flicks better than Hollywood. Don’t worry about challenging your brain on "The Scorpion King." First introduced in "The Mummy Returns," the King is again played by wrestling hero "The Rock." The plot is so thin, I’m afraid to walk over it for fear of disappearing through its icy logic.

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Music
10:10 am
Thu April 4, 2002

Baldwin Brothers Cook with Lasers

Move over Alec, Billy, Stephen and Daniel -- there are some new Baldwin Brothers in town...

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Movie Reviews
1:47 pm
Wed April 3, 2002

Metropolis

With a combination of old-fashioned painted-cel animation, less-than-fluid motion, and modern digital technology based on a 1949 manga (comic book) by the late Osamu Tezuka, this animation is filled with ideas of love and identity, be it human or robot.

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Movie Reviews
9:22 am
Wed April 3, 2002

The Son's Room

The film deservedly won the top prize last year at the Cannes Film Festival...

"The Son's Room" reminds me why I love character-driven European films: the pace is slow, the camera lingers on a face longer than an American shot would dare, and the theme is frighteningly simple but almost always universal. In this case, a loving family has lost a son; the grieving process and the letting go are painful and inevitable. The film makes it all as lyrical as could be possible for a grim topic.

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Movie Reviews
12:53 pm
Sat March 30, 2002

Monsoon Wedding

"Delhi is a strange 'globalized' world where tradition butts heads with modernity at every turn"...

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Movie Reviews
9:33 am
Thu March 28, 2002

Panic Room

Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart in \"Panic Room\"

"Panic Room" is a good "B" movie that makes you glad you don’t live in a mansion in the heart of NYC...

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Movie Reviews
1:15 pm
Wed March 27, 2002

Diamond Men

Donnie Wahlberg and Robert Forster

"When they say 'No,' they're looking for a way to say 'Yes.'"...

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Movie Reviews
10:12 am
Wed March 27, 2002

Frailty

Bill Paxton in \"Frailty\"

Why do fundamentalists and zealots sometimes resort to murder to carry out "the will of God"? ...

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Movie Reviews
3:35 pm
Tue March 26, 2002

Business of Strangers

Stockard Channing & Julia Stiles

These two actresses are superb at being bitchy and seductive to each other as well as their enemies...

Don't cross the characters played by Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles in "The Business of Strangers." If you do, you'll think the male revenge film "In the Company of Men" to be a modest complaint about the battle of the sexes. "Business" is a raw polemic about corporate women treated ill by men in and out of the boardroom.

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Movie Reviews
2:34 pm
Tue March 26, 2002

Scotland, PA.

Christopher Walken as \"Lt. Ernie McDuff\"

"Scotland, PA." is a Big Mac served with a side of Shakespearean noir...

"Scotland, PA." is a Big Mac served with a side of Shakespearean noir. The '70s McBeths plan the murder of their boss Norman Duncan to take over his burger restaurant. The parody of 1970's culture, especially fast food, works well from bellbottoms to drive-through windows.

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Movie Reviews
9:52 am
Fri March 22, 2002

Lantana

Rachel Blake as \"Jane\"

"Lantana" is a psychological thriller that draws together four couples whose lives become as thickly entwined as the lantana's vines...

Oh what a tangled web we weave,

When first we practise to deceive!

~Sir Walter Scott, "Marmion"

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Movie Reviews
12:02 pm
Fri March 8, 2002

And the Oscar Goes To...

WCBE's "It's Movie Time" critics butt heads over the year's Top 25 picks and their Academy Award Choices...

Most of the year's box office block busters may be missing from "It's Movie Time's" John DeSando and Clay Lowe's list of Golden Oldies, but then why would anyone expect these two old curmudgeons to be in tune with what's hip at local multiplexes?

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Movie Reviews
12:33 pm
Wed February 27, 2002

Iris

Kate Winslet in \"Iris\"

Why can't I learn about the artist's creative process in these films about artists?

"Iris" is not really about novelist/philosopher Iris Murdoch -— it is about her enduring romance with John Bayley and the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Her words from the lecture podium are often aimed at the thematic core of the film: the need for love.

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Movie Reviews
12:11 pm
Tue February 26, 2002

Storytelling

John Goodman in \"Storytelling\"

Both stories appear to represent the director’s dark feelings about writing, filmmaking, and the critics who accuse him of being superior to his characters.

Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" showed comic/absurd promise; his masturbation scene in "Happiness" overstepped the boundary of film taste but got everyone’s attention.

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Movie Reviews
11:32 am
Fri February 22, 2002

John Q.

Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise & Daniel E. Smith star in John Q.

In the most blessed country in the history of civilization, is it too much to think that all Americans could have adequate health care?

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Movie Reviews
11:44 am
Tue February 19, 2002

Italian for Beginners

On Valentine's Day I discovered the love story of the year so tender and tentative I was annoyed when one of the loving couples went at it rather than talk about it...

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