July 2004

M. Night Shyamalan is the spiritual P.T. Barnum of the film community. Like the famed circus entertainer, he is terrifically skilled at manipulating an audience’s feelings. Writer/director Shyamalan knows what an audience expects from his movies (“The Sixth Sense”, “Unbreakable”, “Signs”), and has the uncanny ability to deliver just that. His latest film, “The Village,” [...]

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WARNING:SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE OR DON’T CARE ABOUT SPOILED PLOT POINTS!!! Until yesterday, the only time I had seen the most-rented movie in America of 2003, the Matt Damon spy thriller “The Bourne Identity”, was during its theatrical release in the summer of 2002. Knowing that [...]

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“Grab life by the Ball.” That’s the tagline for “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” and it pretty much says it all. With eccentric comedic performers like Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Rip Torn, this low-brow affair should have contained enough offbeat moments to elevate itself from the mucky muck of dick-and-fart-joke movies. Instead, the movie [...]

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