March 2005

In the opening scene of “Kung Fu Hustle,” smartly dressed crooks with top hats and axes cruelly murder a rival and his crew on a stylized, neon-drenched street. The slain mobster’s girl is told she will not be harmed, but as she walks away, she is shot in the back. Then, typical of the wildly [...]

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Henry Darger was a sorry saint who fought most of his life trying to protect children. It was not an easy task, because the evil John Manley and his child-enslaving Glandelinian army were always on the hunt for the seven angelic Vivian sisters. Darger himself always seemed just one step behind; never sure whether he [...]

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“A Hard Day’s Night.” “The Last Waltz.” “This is Spinal Tap.” “Almost Famous.” The combination of rock n’ roll and movies has lead to some truly great films and classic moments. But for every “Spinal Tap,” there is a “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.” Movies that revolve around the music industry are even [...]

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“Life begins with the knowledge of death,” says U.S. Marine sergeant Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) in the new psychological thriller “The Jacket.” If that’s true, then what does life end with? In Jack’s case, the answer is blunt trauma to the head. Again. “I was 27 years old the first time I died,” he says [...]

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