July 2005

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird” will never be the same again. The iconic southern rock anthem has been given a ballsy, sadistic makeover in writer/director Rob Zombie’s second film “The Devil’s Rejects.” It is no longer enough for “this bird you cannot change” to merely fly free. In this violent and funny homage to B-movies, Zombie’s redneck [...]

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Should it really be such a surprise to see a nature documentary like “March of the Penguins” nestled in each week’s box office reports among this summer’s blockbuster fantasy/sci-fi hits? It may have more in common with them than you think. After all, Antarctica is such an unbelievably cold and unforgiving territory that it almost [...]

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I get the feeling that there are a lot of people who think that movie critics are sad little people whose only true enjoyment comes from taking the piss out of movies that are really asking for it. Michael Bay’s futuristic “The Island,” starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as two runaway clones, is one [...]

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If anyone else had tackled this remake of the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” they would certainly have screwed it up. They would have made ittoo saccharin sweet, misunderstood the point and created a vacant Joel Schumacher/Chris Columbus disaster that even the world’s most optimistic, happy go lucky, sing-a-dang-do would have gagged [...]

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“Wedding Crashers” is a high-concept, totally formulaic comedy that should not work. Any script that calls for the audience to have sympathy for two slimeballs who spend all of their free time preying on women’s emotional vulnerability at weddings is asking a lot, especially when it derails into forced sappiness. But thanks to two perfectly [...]

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When a movie advertised as a suspense/thriller is practically devoid of suspense and contains no thrills, it usually results in a complete failure to entertain. Recent entries in this genre that leap to mind are “Hide and Seek” and “The Grudge.” “Dark Water” is certainly missing those key elements, but because of an attention to [...]

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