August 2004

Martial arts films have experienced somewhat of a rebirth lately, with films like Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” series leading the way. For this formerly cult-status genre to reach a mainstream audience, however, a compelling story must match with dazzling visuals. It’s time to add another film to that [...]

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Somewhere deep down in the dark heart of director E. Elias Merighe’s newest offering, “Suspect Zero,” there is a film that teases its audience with a bit of misdirection and then offers a glimpse into an inner resource that each one of us may have the potential to tap into. If only those ideas could [...]

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In the ads for the new ultra-realistic low budget thriller “Open Water,” two quotes are being used more often than any others. “The best shark movie since ‘Jaws’!” -Brian Raftery, GQ “Prepare to jump out of your skin.” -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone After reading these excited endorsements (and after seeing the non-scary “Exorcist” prequel just [...]

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Any movie bold enough to have a title like “Exorcist: The Beginning,” has a whole lot of hype to live up to. As far as terrifying movies go, the bar has been raised pretty high. Then again, maybe we’ve come to expect crappy sequels from classic scary films. Just look at “Jaws 3-D.” “Exorcist:The Beginning,” [...]

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Sometimes the Hollywood studios make life a whole lot easier for us movie reviewers. When your silly little road-trip-down-the-river comedy, directed by the man who helmed “Little Nicky” and “Mr. Deeds” no less, is called “Without a Paddle,” it just makes things way too easy. But this trifle of a film is so mild and [...]

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