December 2004

I have seen all but one of the scheduled biopics that are opening for this year’s winter Oscar rush, but I have serious doubts that there will be a more engaging and exciting biography this year than The Aviator, Martin Scorsese’s breathless take on Howard Hughes’ glory years. Like Jamie Foxx in Ray, it features [...]

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Thanks to the success of recent musicals like 2001 Best Picture nominee “Moulin Rouge” and 2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago,” more have been making their way to the big screen. However, the latest big-budget extravaganza, a new film adaptation of “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera,” won’t be winning any Oscar kudos come [...]

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Flor, a proud and attractive Mexican woman who speaks no English, moves to the United States with her daughter in search of a better life and ends up working for an upper-class Los Angeles family made up of oddball characters. The premise sounds like a bad sitcom pilot, but with writer/director James L. Brooks at [...]

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As soon as the nasal and wholly inappropriate voice of Ryan Reynolds (“National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”) as Hannibal King opened the newest installment in the “Blade” series, I sensed that this would be a different kind of movie than its two bloody fun predecessors. And, boy, was I right. “Blade: Trinity” is all the bloody, [...]

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