Blow
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Blow

If you own a Palm Pilot, you’re probably already playing Dope Wars, the most popular game currently available for the Palm.  For those whose lives aren’t ruled by pocket circuitry (and may therefore be unaware), Dope Wars is essentially an accounting game: starting with $2000, players must make money by buying and selling a variety … Continue reading

Bully
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Bully

Bully bears the unmistakable stamp of director Larry Clark, who is known for his documentary-style cinematography and graphic depictions of teenage excess. Clark’s films luridly amplify teen sexuality, drug use and violence; true to form, Bully, an in-your-face portrait of a group of aimless youths, makes the crowd from Fast Times at Ridgemont High look … Continue reading

Chicago
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Chicago

Baz Luhrmann “reinvented” the movie musical with his deliriously over-the-top Moulin Rouge. Now, director-choreographer Rob Marshall’s Chicago takes the genre right back to its roots, proving that a savvy story, a sizzling score and a series of scorching musical numbers can send shivers down the spines of viewers even without flashy cinematic gimmickry. Just how … Continue reading

Come Undone
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Come Undone

From the start, Come Undone illustrates the differences in sexual attitudes between European and American films. In an early scene, after an afternoon of cruising on the beach, a boy retires to his room to masturbate.  Where an American film might imply the act, French director Sébastien Lifshitz instead presents close-ups of the boy’s penis … Continue reading

Corky Romano
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Corky Romano

Is it just me, or is Chris Kattan kind of cute?  Okay, it’s just me.  Okay, he’s not really cute… at all.  But, hey, he sure is funny.  Which is a good thing, because if he weren’t, there would be absolutely nothing positive to say about  his new flick, Corky Romano. Despite Kattan’s comic abilities, … Continue reading

Crossroads
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Crossroads

Say what you will about Britney, but she’s no dumb blonde.  Unlike fellow pop diva Mariah Carey, whose acting debut was a wooden performance in a melodramatic vanity project of epic proportions, Britney has chosen a cheery road-trip flick in which to launch her film career.  It’s a smart move; Crossroads is silly and exuberant … Continue reading

Daredevil
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Daredevil

With its dazzling opening credit sequence, Daredevil begins on an unquestionably promising note. Stylized drawings of a gigantic metropolis give way to a CGI cityscape suitably grim for a crime-fighting crusader. But then, a terrible thing happens. With no warning, the first voiceover narration begins, delivered in Ben Affleck’s distinctly inflection-free monotone. And just like … Continue reading