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It's Movie Time
11:50 am
Wed July 19, 2006

"It's Movie Time" July 21, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: "Clerks II," "Monster House," "Lady in the Water"


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


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Movie Reviews
11:51 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Clarks II

Silence is golden.

Something is right . . . .

Now I know why You, Me and Dupree is such a loser: It tries to be honest and irreverent like Clerks II but ends up being shallow a nd witless. While Clerks II doesn't measure up to the freshness and menagerie of characters the original Clerks owned, it is an acceptable sequel that has the usual scatological, masturbatory, and bestial pieces with a theme of love and loyalty. Although Dupree had some of those pieces, it never convinced me they revealed any more about the characters except they were boy-men not yet ready for adult life.

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10:33 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Monster House

Potter-like chums.

If you're a kid, well . . . .

Monster House may be the scariest kid movie ever made. A house terrorizes neighborhood kids, not just any house but the living embodiment of a very fat circus lady loved by the house's owner.

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It's Movie Time
12:17 pm
Thu July 13, 2006

"It's Movie Time"July 14, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: You, Me and Dupree; Strangers with Candy


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


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It's Movie Time
2:21 pm
Wed July 12, 2006

You, Me and Dupree

"You" or "Me"

Disappointing

In the Russo brothers' disappointing You, Me and Dupree, Owen Wilson's Dupree expounds an existential philosophy of keeping one's own character, a "ness" tacked on to a first name, such as his best friend's (Matt Dillon) "Carlness." It's a good idea dramatically to remind us all of our uniqueness and the necessity to nurture and protect it from, say, marauding fathers-in-law (in this case Michael Douglas), who might want to efface our individuality as well as get us vasectomies.

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Movie Reviews
3:01 pm
Fri July 7, 2006

Strangers with Candy

Where's David when you need him?

A bit of a stranger to the world of film.

You may decide not to read further as I disclose I watch no television, seemingly making me unqualified to judge Strangers with Candy, a "prequel" to the Comedy Central series starring Amy Sedaris as Jerri Blank, a twisted 47-year-old junkie prostitute. Before you go away, consider that I may be the perfect critic for the task because I come innocent and pure of expectation baggage from that show.

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It's Movie Time
4:32 pm
Wed July 5, 2006

"It's Movie Time" July 7, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Wordplay, Brigadoon

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


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11:00 am
Mon July 3, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

A pirate's brew.

It still gets the girls and the audience.

"They were a rough lot indeed, as sailors mostly are: being men rooted out of all the kindly parts of life, and condemned to toss together . . . them that had sailed with the pirates and seen things it would be a shame even to speak of . . . ." R.L Stevenson

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Movie Reviews
12:27 pm
Sat July 1, 2006

Wordplay

Arcane, maybe. Interesting, always.

Like foreplay, wordplay such as crossword puzzles can be enjoyed by everyone, but few are truly great at it. In the documentary Wordplay, the gifted geeks of almost acrostics are interviewed, both the wizards who create and the wackos who play. They are under the aegis of the editor of the New York Times crossword, Will Shortz, who oversees the annual competition. (Jon Stewart, an avid puzzler, calls him the "Errol Flynn" of crosswords.)

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It's Movie Time
2:59 pm
Thu June 29, 2006

"It's Movie Time" June 30, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: "Superman Returns," "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont," "The Devil Wears Prada"


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


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Movie Reviews
11:52 am
Tue June 27, 2006

Superman Returns

Blue Steel

Superman Returns soars over all other versions.

"Any defeat, however trivial, may be fatal to a savior of the plain people. They never admire a messiah with a bloody nose." H.L. Mencken

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It's Movie Time
2:49 pm
Wed June 21, 2006

"It's Movie Time" June 23, 2006 On-Demand

Born on the Fourth of July

Films reviewed: OLIVER STONE SAMPLER:
"Platoon," "Born on the Fourth of July," "JFK," "Nixon"

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


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Movie Reviews
1:16 pm
Wed June 21, 2006

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs. Palfrey

Hoping for Ealing Studios' Magic

"The time is past, /And all its aching joys are now no more." Wordsworth

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It's Movie Time
4:41 pm
Wed June 14, 2006

"It's Movie Time" June 16, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: An Inconvenient Truth, Over the Hedge, L' Enfant


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

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It's Movie Time
11:39 am
Wed June 7, 2006

"It's Movie Time" June 9, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: A Prairie Home Companion, Cars

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


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12:51 pm
Tue June 6, 2006

Cars

Car Talk

We just love our cars.

"I don't even like old cars . . . . I'd rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God's sake." J.D. Salinger

Although America's love affair with the auto is currently threatening the country's economic and environmental stability, the creators of Toy Story take us to an imaginative world in which there are no humans to upset balances, just cars grooving to the sounds of competition, love, and family values.

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1:23 pm
Mon June 5, 2006

A Prairie Home Companion

Tne new generation

A song of love . . .

?It?s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.? Marilyn Monroe about posing nude on her famous calendar.

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It's Movie Time
1:57 pm
Fri June 2, 2006

"It's Movie Time" June 2, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: The Break-Up, Water, Keeping Up with the Steins


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


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Movie Reviews
12:40 pm
Tue May 30, 2006

Water

Caste Aways

Grade: B
Director: Deepa Mehta(Bandit Queen)
Screenplay: Mehta
Cast: Seema Biswas (Bandit Queen), Lisa Rey (Bollywood, Hollywood)

"Was never widow had so dear a loss!" Shakespeare, King Richard III

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It's Movie Time
10:31 am
Wed May 24, 2006

"It's Movie Time" May 26, 2006 On-Demand

Films reviewed: The Da Vinci Code, X-Men: The Last Stand

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


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