December 2003

Directed by Oscar winner Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”) and starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and multiple-Oscar nominee Renee Zellweger, the Oscar-grubbing studio Miramax presents its front-runner for the 2003 Academy Awards. Ladies and gentlemen… “Cold Mountain”! For such a hugely pedigreed film, “Cold Mountain” is largely a disappointing game of [...]

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I’ve got a couple things to say about this older-generation romantic comedy. First, it’s good to see Diane Keaton in a peppy, quirky role again. She and Jack Nicholson are having a hell of a good time in “Something’s Gotta Give,” and it shows. Director/writer Nancy Meyers has fashioned a populist script from the idea [...]

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At last, after three years, the ten and a half-hour sweeping and majestic triumph that is Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy has come to a close. The visionary achievement that has been brought to fruition here cannot be underestimated. The three “LOTR” movies are classics for the ages, like J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. I [...]

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Peter and Bobby Farrelly made their reputation with two movies. “Dumb and Dumber” was so dumb that critics everywhere blasted it for bringing gross-out humor to a new low. “There’s Something About Mary” was a near perfect meld of that same brand of zaniness and a new sort of sweetness. “Stuck on You” is their [...]

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One of the reasons I enjoy going to the movies is to have new worlds opened up to me. I like my imagination to be stirred, and nothing can do that as quickly and deeply as a movie. Sure, I can read a book about the last of Japan’s magnificent samurai warriors struggling to uphold [...]

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