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Movie Reviews
12:26 pm
Tue November 1, 2005

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

A winning family

Pangloss or Pollyanna?

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Movie Reviews
11:52 am
Tue November 1, 2005

Shopgirl

Shopping for a shopgirl.

Much better than an afternoon at the mall.

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It's Movie Time
4:40 pm
Fri October 28, 2005

"It's Movie Time," October 28, 2005

In her "Prime"

Films reviewed:Prime, Weatherman, Stay, and The Legend of Zorro


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


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Movie Reviews
11:09 am
Wed October 26, 2005

Prime

In their prime

Invigorating a genre

Prime is a prime example this year of how Hollywood can take an old genre, the romantic comedy, and update and invigorate it. Recently Shopgirl explored the ramifications of older man/ younger woman romance; Prime deals directly with younger man/older woman romance. Although Shopgirl has a Truman Capote lyricism about it, Prime rarely ignores the chance to show both sides of the eternal debate about love, "in love," and the politics of engaging either.

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Movie Reviews
12:41 pm
Tue October 25, 2005

The Weather Man

A literacy lull

Un-Hamlet

"Depression is melancholy minus its charms." Susan Sontag

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Movie Reviews
2:52 pm
Mon October 24, 2005

Stay

At least they're good actors.

The truth never stays.

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It's Movie Time
2:54 pm
Fri October 21, 2005

"It's Movie Time" October 21, 2005

Good Night and Good luck

Films reviewed: Good Night and Good Luck; North Country; Separate Lies; Domino


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


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Movie Reviews
12:31 pm
Sat October 15, 2005

Separate Lies

Let the lies begin.

Separate Lies/Secrets and Lies

"Secrets and lies...We're all in pain! Why can't we share our pain?" Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh, director)

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Movie Reviews
3:25 pm
Thu October 13, 2005

North Country

Not your father's miners.

The inspiration is the important element.

"Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering." Aeschylus

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Movie Reviews
2:46 pm
Wed October 12, 2005

Elizabethtown

Off balance.

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Movie Reviews
12:35 pm
Wed October 12, 2005

Good Night and Good Luck

Investigative journalism is not always comfortable.

Classic journalism noir

Edward. R Murrow represents the epitome of the crusading and self-sacrificing newsman, who risked his career in the 1950's to bring down the most infamous senator of the last century, Joseph McCarthy, the junior senator from Wisconsin and the Chairman of the Senate

Subcommittee on Investigations. McCarthy's witch hunt for "Reds" created cowards by the score and a few heroes, Murrow one of them.

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Movie Reviews
4:54 pm
Mon October 10, 2005

Junebug

Pre-family-visit happiness.

It's as good an evocation of a region and the complicated lives within as you will see this year.

"The South is very beautiful but its beauty makes one sad because the lives that people live here, and have lived here, are so ugly." James Baldwin

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It's Movie Time
11:58 am
Fri October 7, 2005

"It's Movie Time" October 7, 2005

Films reviewed: Serenity, Thumbsucker, Wallace and Gromit

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

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Movie Reviews
12:40 pm
Wed October 5, 2005

Two for the Money

Two going for the money.

An unusually rich and realistic film

"There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing." French proverb

All gamblers are losers; so we learn among other insights in Two for the Money.

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Movie Reviews
11:15 am
Wed October 5, 2005

In Her Shoes

"The difference is not a bad thing . . ."

A social drama of ideas punctuated with humor.

"Every large family has its angel and its demon." Joseph Roux

In Her Shoes is a not a comedy but rather a social drama of ideas punctuated with humor, an exploration of relationships such as sister to sister and grandmother to granddaughter. Along the way it also touches on the challenges of communicating with loved ones and dealing with the trauma of abandonment.

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Movie Reviews
3:24 pm
Sun October 2, 2005

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

"Where did that Were-Wabbit go?"

A reluctance to be funny . . .

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It's Movie Time
9:32 am
Fri September 30, 2005

September 30, 2005

The Greatest

Reviews: A History of Violence, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and Oliver Twist

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

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Movie Reviews
11:09 am
Thu September 29, 2005

Serenity

Serene?

A thinking person's sci-fi.

"God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed; give me courage to change things which must be changed . . . . Reinhold Niebuhr

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Movie Reviews
9:23 am
Mon September 26, 2005

A History of Violence

Maybe I should eat the frame first.

Adapted from a graphic novel but not an imitation of it.

Knowing how director David Cronenberg is turned on by violence, I was interested to see how he could treat its history. But A History of Violence is the story of only one man's history, Tom Stall, played with hunky toughness by Viggo Mortensen. Upon reflection, the film is really a history of all violence if its insanity, pervasiveness, inevitability, and sexuality are common traits.

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11:15 am
Fri September 23, 2005

"It's Movie Time" September 23, 2005

Corpse Bride

Films reviewed: Just Like Heaven and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride


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


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