November 2003

Considering the somewhat familiar territory that Catherine Hardwicke’s first movie “Thirteen” covers, it is no small feat that she took home the Directing Award at this year’s Sundance film festival. After seeing the film, I can see why. Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed play two thirteen year-old (go figure!) girls in Los Angeles going [...]

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It would not be my first choice, if I were head of a major studio, to set my big action picture almost entirely on the H.M.S. Surprise, an English naval warship sailing the Atlantic Ocean during the Napoleonic wars in 1805. But if I had to pick any one Hollywood star to bring depth, credibility, [...]

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Will Ferrell is the kind of comedic actor I root for. He was one of the only good things about “Saturday Night Live” for years. When he was popular enough to break out into movies, it was in forgettable SNL spin-offs like “A Night at the Roxbury,” “Superstar,” and “The Ladies Man.” He had funny, [...]

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So I sit down at the screening of “The Matrix Revolutions,” the slightly less anticipated of the two “Matrix” sequels that came out this year, and the jackass sitting next to my brother says, without prompt, “Hey I hear Neo’s gonna fight a million Agent Smiths this time. My buddy saw it this morning.” We [...]

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