August 2001

Adapted from a steamy potboiler of a novel (its actual title, “Waltz Into Darkness,” is also a much cooler name) from acclaimed pulp novelist Cornell Woolerich, this movie could have been lurid, trashy fun. But the direction is too languid and the pace too slow to keep things interesting. Angelina Jolie is incredibly sexy, and [...]

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If you liked “Mallrats,” but thought it could have been a bit funnier or better done, go see “JASBSB.” Director/writer Kevin Smith has drawn his five-part Jersey trilogy(?!) to a close with a hilarious, foul-mouthed, laugh-out-loud funny-ass flick. I’ve liked every single one of Smith’s movies. I think he writes some of the wittiest, side-splitting [...]

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Here’s an early Oscar prediction. Tilda Swinton will be up for Best Actress next March for this wonderfully tense and original thriller. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say this doesn’t follow the normal plot of most murder stories. “The Deep End” continues to involve you further and further as Swinton [...]

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Well, the first one kinda sucked, but everyone else I was with wanted to go, so there I was…. You know, it was a little better than the original, which I didn’t like either. Maybe it was the set-up of the “American Pie” that I disliked so much. This one doesn’t make much more sense, [...]

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This is a very well done old-fashioned ghost story, and I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Nicole Kidman is very convincing, and I thought I had the story figured out a couple of times, but it kept throwing me off the trail. Without ruining it for you, I’ll tell you this [...]

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