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February 17, 2005
  Movie Review: No rub, just the Hitch PDF files may take a moment to load

If you are part of the majority of guys out there who have found the perfect woman, but she just doesn't know you're alive, you need the services of Hitch. And we're not just talking about Will Smith's character in the movie. It's the whole cast, especially Kevin James and Will Smith, who make this routine romantic comedy work.

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February 10, 2005
  Movie Review: Don’t listen to The Chorus of hypePDF files may take a moment to load

In the past few years, the North American market has worked up quite the appetite for foreign language films. Many of these, with their critical and commercial success, received prestigious film awards. Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful won the Oscar for Best Actor, a first ever for a non-English speaking role. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, nominated for Best Picture, was a box-office smash. The film enjoyed pop-culture status as its title became the subject of tireless parody.

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June 17, 2004
  Zatoichi does not disappointPDF files may take a moment to load

There are more than a few ways to make a samurai movie. Given the range of ways a man can be dismembered alone, the diversity of executions and choreographed swordplay is boggling. And yet, in many ways, they remain largely the same movie--good finally triumphs over evil, as katana meets juicy, graphic flesh. Thankfully, it would seem room remains for both comic relief and musical numbers in the samurai world, all without abandoning the much-beloved katana.

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March 04, 2004
  Hail to the King, babyPDF files may take a moment to load

What a drag getting old is.

Mick Jagger said it almost 40 years ago, and though the fates have been kinder to him than most, there's a dread that comes with aging. Spending a life alone save for a few awkward medical treatments, never visited by the grown children who are simply too busy to find one afternoon in a five year stretch to stop by--rest homes are one of the few things that truly frighten me.

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February 26, 2004
  Sex, drugs and horrorPDF files may take a moment to load

If you had super powers, what power would you want to have? Would you want to fly, looking down the shirts of thousands of women? Would you want to be invisible to sneak into the women's locker rooms? How about being able to give an orgasm to anyone with a simple touch of your finger to their face? This is just one of the intense philosophical issues discussed in Broken Lizard's Club Dread.

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February 12, 2004
  We're with stupidPDF files may take a moment to load

We aren't the brightest sack of hammers in the bunch. In fact, we're not even clever enough to understand what stupidity is. That's the premise of Stupidity, a film that amounts to a giant "I'm With Stupid" t-shirt pointing straight at North American culture. It's a documentary that manages to be informative and thoughtful while simultaneously pandering to and mocking its audience. Not an easy line to walk.

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November 27, 2003
  Bows, arrows and Paul WalkerPDF files may take a moment to load

The 21st century is in dire need of a new action hero. The warhorses of the genre have either moved on to the greener pastures of politics or found themselves left in the glue factory that is direct-to-video. Who out there will teach these children the art of driving recklessly at questionable speeds or the proper etiquette in facing a horde of barbarians armed only with a whip? During these dark times it seem the man stepping up to the task is Paul Walker.

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November 13, 2003
  Master found dead in the waterPDF files may take a moment to load

After the staggering success of last summer's Pirates of the Caribbean, it seemed almost inevitable that we would see a glut of seafaring copycat blockbusters on the cinematic horizon. Sure enough, a scant four months after the release of Pirates of the Caribbean, Miramax has unleashed Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, an obtusely titled Napoleonic War epic that, thanks to a script completely devoid of anything but excruciatingly long naval battles, manages to make its two-hour running time feel twice as long.

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November 13, 2003
  Santa vs. the SnowmanPDF files may take a moment to load

Hot chocolate squirt guns, an army of snowmen and mistletoe missiles are probably not the first things that come to mind when one thinks of a heart-warming Christmas tale. And yet, Santa vs. the Snowman manages to transcend the traditional cute family film genre by incorporating more mature, entertaining material and radiant imagery.

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November 06, 2003
  Hugh Grant? Romance? Whaa?PDF files may take a moment to load

After writing Four Weddings and a Funeral, Black Adder, Mr. Bean and Bridget Jones' Diary, acid-penned Brit auteur Richard Curtis would seemingly have nowhere left to go. After all, yet another romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant (this would make four in a row) might wear a little thin on some members of the audience. But Curtis is undeterred in casting the American Brit for a wildly implausible part as the new British Prime Heart-throb/Minister in his new film, Love Actually.

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