April 2007

A raggedy B-movie tarted up with A-list actors like Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore, “Next” showcases the best of what B-movies have to offer and little else. Featuring a bare bones script that relies completely on the strength of its premise and not its characters, “Next” also has the courtesy to not overstay its welcome. [...]

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When I saw the pitch-perfect zombie movie homage “Shaun of the Dead,” I figured the reason there was so much gore was pretty obvious. It’s a zombie movie. Duh. Having just seen Edgar Wright’s second feature, the pitch-perfect action movie homage “Hot Fuzz,” I now know that the director uses decapitated heads and buckets of [...]

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With a bazillion “Law & Order” spin-offs on TV and tons of generic courtroom thrillers on the big screen every year, there’s not a lot of room left to reinvent the legal drama these days. So it is all the more impressive when a film comes along that manages to combine the genre’s tried-and-true formulas [...]

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“Perfect Stranger” is an offensively slick and soulless piece of Hollywood crap. A movie filled with scuzzy people doing scuzzy things, there is not one person to care about— least of all Halle Berry, whose plunging necklines and tight skirts project a sexy working woman’s confidence, while her cardboard character exposes her as nothing but [...]

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In 1954, the iconic Japanese monster movie “Godzilla” arose from that country’s post-World War II fear of more possible nuclear attacks. Over 50 years later, it seems that America is still inspiring new kinds of monster mayhem, as illustrated by the impressively sleek South Korean import “The Host.” Just because the film has obvious political [...]

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After a raucous screening of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s “Grindhouse” in Kansas City, Eric & J.D. explain what the hell a grindhouse movie is and why you should go see it. Now! Click on the photo for the Windows Media version of this on-camera review.

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“Grindhouse” is a minor cinematic event. More of an overall theater-going experience than merely a movie, writer/directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez pay tribute to an exploitative style of filmmaking that is long dead with a double feature that is literally exploding with the dead. All told, “Grindhouse” is three hours and fifteen minutes of [...]

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