October 2003

In the ads currently running for director Clint Eastwood’s newest film, “Mystic River,” I’ve seen the word “masterpiece” used. I’ve also seen that this is Sean Penn’s “role of a lifetime.” I don’t agree with either of these statements. “Mystic River” is a good movie. But if you want to see a Clint Eastwood masterpiece, [...]

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Joel and Ethan Coen (“Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski”) create a very distinctive style of movie. Most often, critics complain that it is precisely too much style that gets in the way of connecting with their movies. For “Intolerable Cruelty,” there is a typical Coen mix of oddball characters and situations. But when you wed that [...]

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Reaffirming his status as a grade-A talented filmmaker after a six-year hiatus, Quentin Tarantino scores big with “Kill Bill:Volume 1,” a fun, violent, trashy masterpiece. And it doesn’t even have an ending. From the very opening, in a disturbing scene featuring a blood-spattered bride (Uma Thurman) who receives a gunshot to the head, Tarantino is [...]

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Jack Black, when let loose to do his thing, is hilarious. As the front man for hard rocking humorist legends Tenacious D, he brings foul-mouthed rock bravado to new levels. In “The School of Rock,” the PG version is on display. And while it’s not the full-on JB, it’s more than he’s given in a [...]

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