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Movie Reviews
10:44 am
Sat December 3, 2005

Aeon Flux

The asymmetrical "do"--very 2415

Kept from critics for good reason.

Sometimes when critics are not given a screening before release, it's a signal that the producers believe they have a loser and would prefer to maximize their profits on the first weekend before word gets out. Such is the case with Aeon Flux, a sci-fi adaptation more interested in replicating Robocops and Storm Troopers from previous winners than exploring topics such as cloning and reincarnation, both of which are a part of the plot but not adequately developed.

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It's Movie Time
2:53 pm
Thu December 1, 2005

"It's Movie Time" December 2, 2005

Sarah Silverman

Films reviewed: First Descent, Jesus is Magic, Pride and Prejudice

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.


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Movie Reviews
11:52 am
Wed November 30, 2005

First Descent

"Descent into the Maelstrom"

"Gnarly"

From skateboard to snowboard, the evolution of the latter into Olympic contender has been inspiring. The documentary about the history of snowboarding called "First Descent" is at times as breathtaking as the long Alaskan runs five of the world's best take in the film, which cuts in historical footage of the sport with modern helicopter shots that both magnify and reduce the colossal feats these young and not so young boarders perform.

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Movie Reviews
1:13 pm
Mon November 28, 2005

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic

Beauty or Beast?

Joan Rivers without crutches.

A comedienne who looks like a cross between Marlo Thomas and Sandra Bullock pretty much can command the attention of an audience for 70 minutes even if her material is uneven. Sarah Silverman, Jewish and sassy, is neither borscht-belt loud nor SNL smooth; she's just out to gross you out with her out-there racism, sexism, and self-defecating humor in Jesus is Magic.

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It's Movie Time
12:30 pm
Fri November 25, 2005

It's Movie Time, November 25, 2005

Rent

Films reviewed: Rent, Ice Harvest

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.

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Movie Reviews
2:20 pm
Tue November 22, 2005

Rent

A different kind of love.

It awakens thoughts of love and hope.

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Movie Reviews
4:19 pm
Thu November 17, 2005

Ice Harvest

Icy Hot Femme

Having fun with the little hoods who people America

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It's Movie Time
12:21 pm
Thu November 17, 2005

"It's Movie Time" November 18, 2005

Paradise Now

Films reviewed: Harry Potter, Paradise Now, Walk the Line

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.


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Movie Reviews
11:20 am
Thu November 17, 2005

The Squid and the Whale

Squid or Whale?

A knowingness about the effects of divorce

"People can be very stupid," declares literature professor and novelist Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels) about his divorce. Squid and the Whale is a successful look at the modern warfare of love and disappointment in the context of both academic parents and the children who must live through it all. Quirky, eccentric, and sharp is Wes Anderson prot?g? Noah Baumbach, who finds even the smartest parents deficient in the skills to bring children into adulthood.

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Movie Reviews
2:43 pm
Tue November 15, 2005

Walk the Line

"Marry me . . ."

Enjoyable for the music and performances, but not for originality.

Reese Witherspoon should win an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of June Carter, the wife of country/pop legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) in Walk the Line, the biography of Cash until the two married.

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Movie Reviews
9:02 am
Mon November 14, 2005

Paradise Now

"To be or not to be . . ."

A memorable treatment of a difficult subject.

"The typology suggests four categories of suicide bombers: religious fanatic, exploited, avenger, and nationalist fanatic."

The Taylor Group's studious analysis of bombers, regardless of the typology, cannot get to the heart of their motives as insightfully as a new film about that subject. Read further.

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Movie Reviews
10:22 am
Sun November 13, 2005

Bee Season

Filled with interesting possibilities

"Sweet is every sound,

Sweeter thy voice, but every sound is sweet;

Myriads of rivulets hurrying thro' the lawn,

The moan of doves in immemorial elms,

And murmuring of innumerable bees." Tennyson

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It's Movie Time
3:12 pm
Fri November 11, 2005

"It's Movie Time" November 11, 2005

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Films reviewed: Dying Gaul, The Baxter, Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang


"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.


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Movie Reviews
10:53 am
Thu November 10, 2005

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Lethal Weapons Noir

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang could have been much more.

The satire of the private eye genre has been with us for a while, a recent one I saw being The Singing Detective (2003). Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang also stars Robert Downey, Jr., who has a much easier time lampooning the genre this time around. His Harry Lockhart in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is loose, ironic, sardonic, and sometimes as stupid as his partner says he is.

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Movie Reviews
3:24 pm
Tue November 8, 2005

The Dying Gaul

Three deadly parts.

More than three parts to be divided.

"Woe to him who seeks to please rather than to appall." Herman Melville quoted at the beginning of The Dying Gaul

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Movie Reviews
2:54 pm
Tue November 8, 2005

The Baxter

You get the idea.

Not a promising non-Baxter

A "Baxter" is a nerd who never gets the girl because he is socially inept, and there are an endless number of cool guys ready to take his girl. You don't remember that name invoked in the recent 40 Year-Old Virgin; well, it should have been because Steve Carell's Andy not only a virgin but also a Baxter until his friends teach him a thing or two about women.

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Movie Reviews
12:34 pm
Tue November 8, 2005

Zathura

A new way to fly through your cleaning chores.

A comfort to see in these highly digitized times.

If you've seen the Jumanji menagerie, then you will be prepared for another Chris Van Allsburg board game that turns real. Zathira is the name of an interstellar game that sends the Budwing children to Jupiter to witness Buck Rogers type space ships with the jet engines spewing flames, lizard monsters the size of dinosaurs, and a robot out of the Robbie genre from TV's lost in Space.

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It's Movie Time
9:49 am
Fri November 4, 2005

"It's Movie Time" November 4, 2005

Jarhead

Films reviewed:Capote; Prizewiner of Defiance, Ohio;Shopgirl; Jarhead

"It's Movie Time" has won 8 national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator national honors.

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Movie Reviews
3:53 pm
Wed November 2, 2005

Jarhead

Bubble gum and death, a serious irony.

Could any war be as boring as the one Mendes depicts?

I was disappointed President Bush never took out Sadaam Hussein in the Gulf War. I am now disappointed that director Sam Mendes in Jarhead addresses neither Bush's reasoning nor the character of the enemy our troops faced in Desert Storm. Could any war be as boring as the one Mendes depicts?

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Movie Reviews
1:30 pm
Tue November 1, 2005

Capote

Oscar nominee?

With most miraculous organ.

"For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak/

With most miraculous organ." Hamlet

Yes, Hoffman is Oscar-worthy in Capote. No, you never learn how the acclaimed author of Breakfast at Tiffany's actually wrote, but you do see how he researches. The latter is aided by a 94% retentive memory, freeing him up to look at his subject with piercing eyes.

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