Arts + Life

It's Movie Time
3:48 pm
Fri August 19, 2005

"It's Movie Time" August 19, 2005

Broken Flowers

Films reviewed: Broken Flowers, Grizzly Man


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


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Movie Reviews
10:43 am
Wed August 17, 2005

Red-Eye

The biggest scream of them all.

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Movie Reviews
2:12 pm
Tue August 16, 2005

Broken Flowers

Flowers for my lady.

A low-key picaresque

Barely dramatic, thematic but enigmatic, that's Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers. His Stranger than Paradise was exactly that, a Cleveland road trip to existential uncertainty. In Flowers, Bill Murray as Don Johnston is also on a trip, but more certain of his goal than anyone in Stranger, for he seeks out his alleged son by visiting former lovers, one of whom anonymously wrote that she had borne him a child 19 years ago.

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It's Movie Time
2:03 pm
Fri August 12, 2005

"It's Movie Time" August 12, 2005

Four Brothers

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


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It's Movie Time
4:34 pm
Fri August 5, 2005

It's Movie Time, August 5, 2005

Murderball

Films reviewed: Murderball and Dukes of Hazzard

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


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Movie Reviews
10:51 am
Fri August 5, 2005

Last Days

Lost days as well.

A life not worth living.

I doubt if on the day in 1994 when Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain, ended his life with a shotgun to the head, anyone saw his soul rise toward heaven, as Gus Van Sant depicts in Last Days, his recent foray into the interpretation of cultural phenomena that he also featured in Elephant.

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Movie Reviews
3:23 pm
Wed August 3, 2005

The Dukes of Hazzard

A witless romp.

The Dukes of Hazzard is a witless romp in a Dodge Charger, General Lee, with two adolescent men outwitting an inept but good ol? boy sheriff and his boss, Boss Hogg, played by a miscast Burt Reynolds.

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10:09 am
Wed August 3, 2005

Grizzly Man

Another complicated hero for Herzog.

(To view the trailer for this film, please click here.)

Timothy Treadwell was not a well man when he spent 13 years among the brown Grizzlies in Alaska until his time ran out one day as dinner for one of them. For me "not well" means he didn't quite understand that no matter how much he "loved" the bears, they couldn't always return the favor.

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9:48 am
Wed August 3, 2005

Murderball

Everyone should see it.

I doubt anyone seeing the documentary Murderball will ever again offer assistance to a paraplegic, much less these quadraplegic Rugby players. They compete in Paralympics like special forces itching for a fight, want no sympathy, need no help, and are better human beings than they might have been without their disabilities. As one player puts it, "We're not going for a hug - we're going for a fucking gold medal."

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Movie Reviews
1:59 pm
Wed July 27, 2005

Must Love Dogs

Doggone it: This might be love!

Cool and Airy

What does a filmmaker do to enrich a clich?d story about a beautiful middle-aged woman who has to turn to internet dating to find a man? Well, in Must Love Dogs, Gary David Goldberg simply writes some witty lines about contemporary sexual politics and directs an able cast headed by John Cusack and Diane Lane as the aging sweetheart wannabees.

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It's Movie Time
12:32 pm
Fri July 22, 2005

"It's Movie Time" July 22, 2005

Films reviewed: Hustle & Flow, Bad News Bears

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


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It's Movie Time
12:46 pm
Fri July 15, 2005

"It's Movie Time" July 15, 2005

March of the Penguins

Films reviewed: March of the Penguins and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


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


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Movie Reviews
10:58 am
Fri July 15, 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Depp dances deliciously.

A dark and ambivalent version.

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Movie Reviews
3:26 pm
Fri July 8, 2005

March of the Penguins

"All you need is love."

Luc Jacquet has done the impossible.

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It's Movie Time
1:37 pm
Fri July 8, 2005

"It's Movie Time" July 8, 2005

Fantastic Four

Films reviewed: Fantastic Four, Dark Water, Brothers


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


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1:44 pm
Wed July 6, 2005

Dark Water

Yes, Sir, that is a leak."

The awful reality of a vulnerable mother.

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Movie Reviews
10:59 am
Wed July 6, 2005

Fantastic Four

This boy is hot!

A Fantastic Letdown

After solid appearances this year of Sin City and Batman, seeing comic book adaptation Fantastic Four is a fantastic letdown: The general idea about four colleagues in the space business undergoing radical physical changes is interesting but the execution is loud and repetitive, and the actors are disconnected from their mission.

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11:56 am
Mon June 27, 2005

War of the Worlds

Director Spielberg after Painter Turner.

A rip-roaringly terrifying invasion tale.

"When adverse foreigners affright my towns

With dreadful pomp of stout invasion!" Shakespeare's King John

Stephen Spielberg phoned home from The Terminal, connected with his inner genius once more, and gives us an excellent remake of War of the Worlds touched with his signature obsession about family and graced with special effects that simulate the terror of invasion, as only the Iraquis and Afghans could understand.

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2:52 pm
Fri June 24, 2005

Land of the Dead

Zombie Zamboni

An enjoyably scary rehash.

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Movie Reviews
3:54 pm
Thu June 23, 2005

My Summer of Love

"You are on my mind!"

The repression still hangs about.

The Yorkshire moors gave us the Bronte sisters with all their creativity and their repression; today the closest two teen girls, plain Mona and hot Tamsin, come to creativity is making out with each other, but the repression still hangs about.

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