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Frida

Genre: Drama

Julie Taymor's FRIDA is a solidly entertaining biopic that's as easy to admire as a Grant Wood painting.

Julie Taymor's FRIDA is a solidly entertaining biopic that's as easy to admire as a Grant Wood painting, which is surprising since the movie tells the story of controversial Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. At its worst it's like a paint-by-numbers picture, but at its best...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

In 1982 Wolfgang Petersen was nominated for an Academy Award for his depiction of life aboard a submarine.

You and several dozen of your co-workers have been confined to a narrow metal casket that lies 150 meters below the ocean's surface. Your competition is exploding bombs all around you with the firm expectation that you will soon be blown to Kingdom come. Welcome to a hard day at work aboard a German U-boat in World War II. In 1982 Wolfgang Petersen was nominated for an Academy Award for his depiction of life aboard a submarine. Called DAS BOOT, it was, at the time, the most popular foreign language film ever released in the United States. Even today, it remains a popular video rental in this country. For the fifteenth anniversary, there...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

I've seen this year, but most people will probably never see it, figuring that the movie is another forgettable teen comedy.

Sometimes acceptance isn't a good idea. Congressman Tom Oakley (Bruce Davison) has learned to "accept" (read "give up on") his messed-up, 17-year-old daughter Nicole, even though he admits that she's destructive, volatile and angry. As the almost always wasted Nicole, Kirsten Dunst turns in a gut-wrenchingly honest performance that reduced me to tears. If CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL had been made by some big name director, rather than the perceptive but relatively unknown John Stockwell ("Cheaters"), Dunst might garner serious Oscar consideration for her part. It is one of the best pieces of acting that I've seen this year, but most people will ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

Crash

Genre: Drama

CRASH, is directed and co-written by Paul Haggis, the Oscar nominated writer of MILLION DOLLAR BABY.

CRASH, a movie set ironically during the Christmas season, would have much more aptly been called RACE, as its large and talented cast chews up the scenery, packing every sentence with some racial insult. A funny and sometimes downright hilarious movie, RACE, I mean CRASH, is directed and co-written by Paul Haggis, the Oscar nominated writer of MILLION DOLLAR BABY. Populated with characters who are all stereotypes, the complicated story feels more like a fascinating writing exercise than it does a movie, in which you normally expect characters that are more genuine and coincidences that aren't around every single corner. But that is more...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

One of the greatest technological accomplishments in the history of the movies.

As a kid I remember watching a lot of cartoons. Growing up in the 1980's, I distinctly remember watching my favorite programs (The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Thundercats) and not thinking about the animation. The worlds that these characters occupied were real, not imaginary. They existed vividly in my imagination. I typically watched my favorite shows on Saturday mornings. After school everyday Nickelodeon played a show called "Looney Toons" which was basically that- classic Warner Bros cartoons from the 1940's, 50's and 60's. I remember Daffy Duck being my favorite of the lot. Something about Daffy was just a ...

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Review by: shaunhenisey

Added: 5 years ago

Lynch’s masterpiece.

David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr is one great mind game. Here is a movie that challenges the viewer to not sit passively and watch the events unfold on the screen but to be actively engaged. It is a film in which you never can quite remember what comes next. As soon as it is over you want to rewind it and watch it again, because you obviously missed something. The film truly defies genre. It is a mystery, a thriller, romance and noir, all while also being a concept film. You think you have it figured out and then all of sudden you remember a certain scene and double back on yourself. It is a movie that forces the viewer to think- what a ...

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Review by: shaunhenisey

Added: 5 years ago

No matter how many jokes about big booties BEAUTY SHOP tosses at us, it's nothing more than BARBER SHOP LITE.

No matter how many jokes about big booties BEAUTY SHOP tosses at us, it's nothing more than BARBER SHOP LITE. As the story starts, Gina Norris (Queen Latifah) is the best stylist in a very upscale cuttery run by the flamboyant Jorge Christophe. With long curly hair and a really cheesy accent, Kevin Bacon chews up the scenery as Jorge, who -- surprise -- might not really be Austrian after all. Treating his employees like slaves, he faces a revolt when Gina dumps him to form her own salon. Although she struggles to find a loan and to keep her dilapidated place in running order, Gina never wants for customers. Profits, however, seem to ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

I had to restrain my fingers while writing this review.

Painfully unfunny, I HEART HUCKABEES is a ridiculous mess of a movie by David O. Russell. After his nearly universally acclaimed success with THREE KINGS, this pathetic picture will come as a real disappointment to his fans. The story concerns one Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), an environmentalist who is troubled by some recent coincidences in his life involving a Sudanese emigrant whom Albert has recently seen three times in different places. To answer the larger picture of what this means, Albert employees Bernard and Vivian, a pair of wacky existential detectives played hamily by Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin, to probe the ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

Murder, masturbation, pedophilia, suicide and numerous forms of vicious human behavior, it has them all in abundance.

For those of you who thought Neil LaBute's latest cinematic diatribe, YOUR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS, was too upbeat, HAPPINESS is just the film for you. Writer and director Todd Solondz, who burst onto the motion picture landscape a couple of years ago with the widely acclaimed WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, is back with his second film, HAPPINESS, which is about people who are anything but. (For the record, I had Solondz's first picture at the absolute top of my best of the year list in 1996. It was the best example in years of what an indie film could be. It had unknown actors in a low budget production that had more insights and depth than ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

I'll never forget the three lead performances, and I certainly hope I never meet anyone like their characters.

Paul McGuigan's GANGSTER NO. 1 is an extremely violent British gangster movie that recalls older classics like THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY. The best part of the picture is the acting, although the warm, intimate cinematography, full of chilling close-ups, is superb, the editing, full of unusual transitions, is inviting and the rich, ironic music perfectly sets the mood. Delivering frightening, memorable performances are Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) as the old Gangster No. 1, who also narrates, Paul Bettany (the imaginary roommate in A BEAUTIFUL MIND) as Gangster No. 1 in his prime and David Thewlis (Besieged) as Freddie Mays, the "Butcher...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

Errol Morris is one of our most accomplished documentarians.

Errol Morris is one of our most accomplished documentarians. His A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME explores the meaning of life and infinity through the mind of the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking. His THE THIN BLUE LINE investigates a possibly innocent man sentenced to death for murder. And finally, what some consider his best, GATES OF HEAVEN examines people's feelings about a couple of California pet cemeteries. FAST, CHEAP, AND OUT OF CONTROL takes everything we know about the construction of a documentary and twists it around in fascinating ways. Rather than choose one subject, he picks four seemingly unrelated topics and then interlaces...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 5 years ago

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