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SteveRhodes wrote a review of Frida. 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, it sizzles with great Mexican... more

February 26th, 2010 at 8:05pm Comment

Frida

Genre: Drama

Frida is a 2002 biographical film which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of For Love of the Game. Supposedly, just before you die, your entire life flashes before your eyes. Something similar happens to aging baseball pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) in the aptly named, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME. Throwing what may well be his last game, his entire life flashes by him as he struggles with over-... more

February 26th, 2010 at 7:29pm Comment

For Love of the Game

Genre: Drama

For Love of the Game is an American film drama based on the novel of the same title by Michael Shaara.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Godsend. To paraphrase Joyce Kilmer's famous poem, boys are made by fools like me, but only Dr. Wells can make a copy. GODSEND, a science fiction horror movie with a single idea (cloning), is directed lamely by Nick Hamm, whose last film was the equally inept THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (internationally titled ... more

February 23rd, 2010 at 5:20pm Comment

Godsend

Genre: Horror

Godsend is a 2004 horror/drama movie, and is directed by Nick Hamm. The score is by Brian Tyler.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of High Crimes. HIGH CRIMES, which reunites KISS THE GIRLS's Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, is an entertaining mystery and thriller by director Carl Franklin (ONE FALSE MOVE). Set during a military trial that sometimes resembles a kangaroo court, the story is filled with devilish machinations and partially ... more

February 23rd, 2010 at 5:09pm Comment

High Crimes

Genre: Drama

High Crimes is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Carl Franklin. The screenplay by Yuri Zeltser and Grace Cary Bickley is based on a novel by Joseph Finder.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Mulan. MULAN, which we saw being developed in Disney's Florida studios, is the first Disney animated movie produced on the East Coast. The animators we talked with said that they relished the creative freedom that being so far removed from corporate headquarters afforded them. And, as in any skunkworks, ... more

February 23rd, 2010 at 4:54pm Comment

Mulan

Genre: Kids & Family

Mulan is a 1998 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Beautiful. BEAUTIFUL isn't. A lifeless, mean-spirited film, it arrives DOA at your local theater today. Advertised as a comedy, the picture, thanks to Sally's Field's inept direction and Jon Bernstein's dull script, is, instead, a depressing drama. With beauty pageants as its subject, BEAUTIFUL should have ... more

February 22nd, 2010 at 6:49pm Comment

Beautiful

Genre: Drama

Beautiful is a 2000 American film directed by Sally Field.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Bats. In Louis Morneau's BATS, these unnecessarily maligned creatures are noshing on the residents of Gallop, Texas -- not that you'll care. A direct rip-off of THE BIRDS, although without any of its suspense and with no improvements in the special effects over Hitchcock's 1963 classic, this cheap-looking... more

February 22nd, 2010 at 6:43pm Comment

Bats

Genre: Mystery & Suspense

Bats is a 1999 film directed by Louis Morneau.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Casa de los babys. John Sayles's CASA DE LOS BABYS is a preachy story about six neurotic, American women: Skipper (Daryl Hannah), Nan (Marcia Gay Harden), Gayle (Mary Steenburgen), Leslie (Lili Taylor), Jennifer (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Eileen (Susan Lynch). They are all getting cranky, having spent a couple of months ... more

February 22nd, 2010 at 6:27pm Comment

Casa de los babys

Genre: Drama

Casa de los Babys is a 2003 drama film written, directed, and edited by filmmaker John Sayles.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Carandiru. CARANDIRU, by director Hector Babenco (THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and IRONWEED), is a harrowing movie, based on a true story, set and filmed in a real Brazilian prison. Housing 8,000 prisoners, Carandiru was one of the largest in the world before it was recently demolished. Although intriguing... more

February 22nd, 2010 at 5:23pm Comment

Carandiru

Genre: Drama

Carandiru is a Brazilian and Argentine film directed by Hector Babenco.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Empire. "For everybody -- everybody! -- money is what life is all about," Vic Rosa (John Leguizamo) lectures us in voice-over in one of his many pedantic sermons. Vic compares himself to entrepreneurs past and present, including John D. Rockefeller and Bill Gates. Vic, a local heroin kingpin, is in charge ... more

February 19th, 2010 at 4:06pm Comment

Empire

Genre: Mystery & Suspense

Empire is a 2002 Gangster thriller movie starring John Leguizamo and Peter Sarsgaard.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Das Boot. 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 ... more

February 19th, 2010 at 3:52pm Comment

Das Boot

Genre: Action & Adventure

A film is the story of a single patrol of one World War II U-boat, U-96, and its crew. It depicts both the excitement of battle and the tedium of the fruitless hunt, and shows the men serving aboard U-boats as ordinary individuals with a desire to do their best for their comrades and their country. ...

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Crazy/Beautiful. 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-... more

February 19th, 2010 at 3:43pm Comment

Crazy/Beautiful

Genre: Drama

Crazy/Beautiful is a 2001 drama/romance film starring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Crash. 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... more

February 18th, 2010 at 1:53pm Comment

Crash

Genre: Drama

Crash is a 2005 American drama film, co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of Beauty Shop. 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, ... more

February 18th, 2010 at 12:06pm Comment

Beauty Shop

Genre: Comedy

Beauty Shop is a 2005 American comedy film, directed by Bille Woodruff.

SteveRhodes wrote a review of I Heart Huckabees. 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 ... more

February 17th, 2010 at 12:58pm Comment

I Heart Huckabees

Genre: Comedy

A young environmental activist joins forces with a megastore to save a marsh.

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