Reviews

Film Comment: Scoop

By Darrell A. Holmes on Sep 3, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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“Scoop” begins with a funeral.

  "Strangers with Candy" Loses its Bite.

By Will Morgan on Jul 30, 2006 - 1:42:00 PM
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Almost 5 years after Comedy Central cancelled "Strangers with Candy" Amy Sedaris and friends return with an earlier chapter in the saga of Jerri Blank in a big screen version of their cult TV show. 85 mins. Rated R.

Film Comment: A Scanner Darkly

By Darrell A. Holmes on Jul 23, 2006 - 1:10:00 PM
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“A Scanner Darkly” was chosen to fit the style, rather than the style fitted to the material.

  "Pirates" Goes Overboard

By Will Morgan on Jul 16, 2006 - 1:27:00 PM
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Director Gore Verbinski returns with cast in tow for the second installment of Disney's film adaptation of their popular theme-park ride. PG-13. 150 mins.

Lit. Comment: Possibility of an Island

By Darrell A. Holmes on Jul 9, 2006 - 1:57:00 PM
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Possibility of an Island is a new approach for Houellebecq and his most ambitious effort yet.

  Happy Days at the Falcon Theater

By Ruta Lee on Jul 2, 2006 - 9:42:00 PM
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BURBANK - The Fonz is soooooooooooo cool... he's HOT in "Happy Days" at the Falcon Theater. Joey McIntyre heads a fabulous young cast that makes "Happy Days" a happy theater experience to be enjoyed by young and old.

Lost in Transmission

By Will Morgan on Jul 2, 2006 - 1:15:00 PM
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Not that anyone asked for it, but Universal Pictures has decided that what the summer of aught-six really needs is an offering from their “Fast and the Furious” franchise. And because the “talent” from the previous films has graduated to “bigger and better projects” the ever optimistic studio positions the third installment as a relaunch the series.  PG-13. 104 mins.



  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

By Ruta Lee on Jun 25, 2006 - 11:17:00 PM
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PANTAGES - A celebrity filled first night audience who have "seen it all" gave the company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (JATD) a rousing standing ovation. It was well deserved as this show at the Pantages is one of the greatest treats to blow into the city of the Angels.

Film Comment: The Road to Guantanamo

By Darrell A. Holmes on Jun 25, 2006 - 2:13:00 PM
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Are you familiar with the Tipton Three?

  "X-men: The Last Stand" is Worth Sitting Down For.

By Will Morgan on Jun 11, 2006 - 4:02:00 PM
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A cure for Mutants precipitates the action of the forboddingly titled "X-men: The Last Stand." Dr. Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Storm (Halle Berry) and many, many others return and are joined by some new faces. But, who will be lost in the Last Stand? PG-13. 104 mins.

Film Comment: The Proposition

By Darrell A. Holmes on Jun 4, 2006 - 2:15:00 PM
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“The Proposition” is a movie of grit, yellow teeth, sun-dried skin, mountainous sweat, misanthropy, slimy hair, ubiquitous flies and above all… violence. 

  Film Comment: Down in the Valley

By Darrell A. Holmes on May 15, 2006 - 2:24:00 PM
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On the surface “Down in the Valley” plays like a myth-busting critique of Hollywood’s dream machine, but what it’s really getting at is something much more sincere, difficult, smart and true. 

Choose to Accept this Mission!

By Will Morgan on May 14, 2006 - 12:53:00 PM
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Ubiquitous pop culture figure Tom Cruise returns to what he does best in director J.J. Abrams’ “Mission: Impossible III.” This time out Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is trying to retire and start a life with his fiancée Julia (Michelle Monaghan) but ruthless arms dealer Owen Davian (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) has plans that put Hunt’s retirement and happiness in grave danger. 126 mins. PG-13.



  Film Comment: Somersault

By Darrell A. Holmes on May 7, 2006 - 11:17:00 AM
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“Somersault” is the kind of film that’s told in hints and whispers...

Is This What "American Dreamz" Are Made Of?

By Will Morgan on Apr 30, 2006 - 1:00:00 PM
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Writer/director Paul Weitz ("In Good Company," "About A Boy," and "American Pie") takes aim at American Idol, the president and terrorism in his new film "American Dreamz." Starring: Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore. Rated PG-13. 107 minutes.

  Film Comment: Brick

By Darrell A. Holmes on Apr 23, 2006 - 2:16:00 PM
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The kids of “Brick” are too bright for the world they inhabit so they create puzzles and games to amuse themselves. They’ve created their own noir film in order to stay awake in class.

"Lucky Number Slevin:" Don't Bet on It

By Will Morgan on Apr 16, 2006 - 1:53:00 PM
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Director Paul McGuigan brings screenwriter Jason Smilovic's off beat thriller to the big screen. Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Bruce Will, Morgan Freeman, and Ben Kingsley star. 109 minutes. Rated R.



  Film Comment: Lonesome Jim

By Darrell A. Holmes on Apr 9, 2006 - 2:24:00 PM
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"Lonesome Jim" is now the best of the “quirky homecoming” films.

"Inside Man" Worth Checking Out

By Will Morgan on Apr 2, 2006 - 2:46:00 PM
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Director Spike Lee assembles and all star cast to tackle the tale of a New York bank robbery with more going on than meets the eye. 129 mins. Rated R.

  Film Comment: V for Vendetta

By Darrell A. Holmes on Mar 26, 2006 - 1:12:00 PM
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"V for Vendetta" is an entertaining film of real resonance.


Around the Block in "16 Blocks"

By Will Morgan on Mar 19, 2006 - 12:59:00 PM
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"The Lethal Weapon" director Richard Donner teams up with "Die Hard" veteran Bruce Willis as the two try and distant themselves from their previous work in the cop film genre in "16 Blocks." Rather than defeating a heavily armed cadre of terrorists all Willis has to do is escort a witness the sixteen blocks from his precinct's holding cell to the courthouse. PG-13. 105 mins.

  Film Comment: Winter Passing

By Darrell A. Holmes on Mar 12, 2006 - 1:01:00 PM
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An open letter to Zooey Deschanel

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