Movie Reviews

Narc

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Cop Drama Narc’s unforgettable opening sequence explodes at a no-holds-barred pace that then doesn’t abate for the next 100 minutes of this mean, mesmerizing, adrenaline-charged, repulsive, violent and tragic bad-cop movie. Undercover narc Nick Tellis (Jason Patric, Incognito) chases a drug dealer through the vice-infested back streets of urban Detroit — where bullets fly, a […]

My Wife Is An Actress

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I couldn’t help but spend a great deal of the seemingly interminable running time of My Wife Is an Actress thinking of the moment in Stardust Memories when Woody Allen is asked if he finds it hard directing himself and answers, “No, I just find it hard to resist the temptation to give myself too […]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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A friend of mine came up to me part way through My Big Fat Greek Wedding and asked how I liked it. “It reminds me a lot of a TV sitcom,” I remarked. That’s not terribly surprising when you scan the credits of director Joel Zwick — Family Matters, Full House, Joanie Loves Chachi, Happy […]

Murder By Numbers

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When people see the name Barbet Schroeder, there’s an immediate tendency to think, “Oh, Reversal of Fortune.” In fact, they might do better to more warily think, “Oh, Single White Female.” And while Murder by Numbers isn’t quite in that latter league of silly suspenser, it’s closer to that than to Reversal of Fortune. Murder […]

Mulholland Drive

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View him as you like — preposterous self-indulgent fake, cinematic visionary, or deeply disturbed individual — there’s no denying that David Lynch is unique. Nobody makes movies quite like his. Perhaps nobody wants to. At his best (The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet), his work is challenging, thought-provoking, and shot through with keen, albeit often peculiar, […]

Mr. Deeds

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There’s a scene early on in Frank Capra’s 1936 classic, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, where Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) is packed off on a train by the townsfolk of Mandrake Falls, Vt. on his trip to New York to collect his $20 million (interestingly, the amount of Sandler’s guaranteed salary for the new version) […]

Moulin Rouge!

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If you hate musicals, stay away. If you hate opera, run for your life. If you want to see the most intoxicating, mind-bending, dazzling, nonstop display of sheer cinematic invention in ages, then waste no time in getting to Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!. This is The Goods. This is what filmmaking ought to be about […]

Mostly Martha

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As I walked up to the Fine Arts Theater, I couldn’t entirely suppress a slight chuckle at the marquee’s bold proclamation of Mostly Martha’s star, Martina Gedeck. Indeed, when I went inside, I just had to ask, “So is Mostly Martha pulling in the Martina Gedeck crowd?” The irony is that while there isn’t, of […]

Moonlight Mile

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Some critics are using last year’s In the Bedroom as a cudgel against Brad Silberling’s Moonlight Mile. The “raw honesty” of Bedroom’s much-acclaimed angst-fest is being trotted out as a measure of the “falseness” of Moonlight Mile. Now, why is Moonlight Mile being called “false?” Simply because it allows its characters to both grieve and […]

Monty Python And The Holy Grail

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The 26-year-old comedy classic is back on the big screen in a stunningly restored print that not only captures the inspired lunacy of the British comedy troupe in their prime and at their most controlled, but reminds us what an exceptionally accomplished piece of filmmaking Monty Python and the Holy Grail actually is. While the […]

Monsters, Inc.

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Sweet but not saccharine, cute but not sick-making, Monsters, Inc. isn’t in the same league as Shrek, but then it really isn’t meant to be. Shrek was an animated film for adults that had sufficient whimsy to also appeal to children. Monsters, Inc. is an animated film for children that has enough savvy humor to […]

Monster’s Ball

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Intense in a way that In the Bedroom only wishes it was, Marc Forster’s Monster’s Ball (the title taken from an old English term for a condemned man’s last night) is far and away the most powerful movie in town right now — and very likely the best. The simplistic assessment of the movie as […]

Monsoon Wedding

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Filled with color, lively characters, clever situations and music, Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding is a joyous little film that’s actually considerably deeper and more substantial than it appears on the surface. It’s been compared to the old Spencer Tracy-Elizabeth Taylor vehicle, Father of the Bride, but in reality it has far more in common with […]

Monkeybone

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The trailer for Monkeybone does the film a grave disservice by making it look like an utterly tasteless, one-joke, leering, “hubba-hubba” comedy of the most vulgar kind. (The trailer also suggests much post-production tampering, since one pivotal scene in the film is entirely different from what we see in the trailer.) And, yes, Monkeybone is […]

Minority Report

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Having made the nor’ by nor’west “collaboration” with Stanley Kubrick of A.I., Steven Spielberg seems to have decided that he is Kubrick. (A character named Burgess and eye-clamps applied to Tom Cruise are obvious references to A Clockwork Orange.) The simple fact is that he’s not Kubrick — a truth he evidences again and again […]

Men In Black II

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It’s the old Law of Diminishing Returns with a vengeance — sequelitis in its most extreme form. It’s not so much that Barry Sonnenfeld’s extension of his 1997 hit (delayed these many years whilst Messrs. Jones and Smith hammered out the most lucrative possible deals for themselves) is bad. It’s something worse than bad: It’s […]

Memento

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Memento is either one of the most intensely brilliant, densely textured films ever made, or it’s a supremely clever con-job by a filmmaker high on the mere concept of screwing around with the viewer’s mind to no real purpose — except that he can. At the moment, I lean more toward the former view, even […]

Meet The Deedles

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From what I can gather, teen movie reviewer Maggie West wasn’t exactly intellectually challenged by her assignment to get out there and Meet the Deedles. Furthermore, I guess that “vurping” would not be a positive response to a film geared toward amusing the young and the restless. So what we have here is a young […]

Max Keeble’s Big Move

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Despite a terrible title that may doom it at the box office, Max Keeble’s Big Move is a boisterous, charming and intelligent new Disney flick. They could have called it “Revenge of the Nerd Trio” or “Animal House: Seventh Grade” or “Show-Down at O.K. Junior High.” Anything other than a title that first makes you […]

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

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I have to admit up front that I walked out of Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat. I did go back and check out the last 10 minutes, but these were, if anything, more repulsive than the first 30 or 40 minutes. And I have to admit that I have never found Lawrence funny or talented or […]

Malibu’s Most Wanted

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I went through nearly my entire list of victims … er, friends … in an attempt to find anyone who would slog through Malibu’s Most Wanted with me before finding a sufficiently sympathetic (or masochistic) soul. I am only surprised that he’s still speaking to me. After all, one person who accompanied me to 8 […]