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    • High fashion

      When skies were friendly and the seats first-class
    • Jackass: Number Two

        Although critics love to toss around the warning “this film is not for the faint of heart,” in the case of Johnny Knoxville’s newest homage to painfully funny unbridled idiocy, it’s really true: you just might find yourself puking into your popcorn bucket. After a sporadically successful foray into mainstream Hollywood, the impishly charming Knoxville has returned to his lowbrow roots, reuniting with his crew of goldfish-barfing, poop-diving, lovably moronic frat boys to produce the second feature-length Jackass film. This is a movie that boldly treads where no one even wanted to go: it leaves no testicles unkicked, no shit uneaten, and no vomit spared — there’s more barfing in this movie than at a bulimia convention. These jackasses don’t just encourage hurling — they embrace it.
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    • OH that's so wrong

      Parker Posey and Danny DeVito get it on. ’Nuff said.
        Parker Posey returns to her crazy, twitchy, indie roots with "The OH in Ohio," playing Priscilla, a successful married woman from Cleveland whose life appears picture-perfect on the surface — but in the bedroom, it’s a different story. Priscilla has never had an orgasm in her life, despite the valiant efforts of her schoolteacher husband (Paul Rudd) who’s at the end of his rope due to her frigidity. When he moves into the garage, Priscilla finally breaks down and buys a vibrator — and lo and behold, finally discovers her O-face, and promptly becomes addicted to her new little friend. With her horizons now broadened, Priscilla feels free to explore love in unexpected places — specifically, the weeble wobble-shaped swimming pool tycoon of Cleveland, Wayne the Pool Guy (Danny DeVito). That’s right, kids, Parker and Danny get it on — in a pool. Consider yourself duly warned.
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    • The Devil Wears Prada

        Lauren Weisberger’s chick-lit hit The Devil Wears Prada read like one long extended commercial — Givenchy bags, Starbucks lattes, Mercedes convertibles — there was nary a page in the book that didn’t have a brand name splashed across it. Furthermore, it featured what seems to be the quintessential chick lit "heroine" — a whiny, self-obsessed spoiled white girl who’s too wimpy to stick up for herself, and too irritatingly clueless to sympathize with. For the cinematic adaptation of Prada we’re still subjected to an endless parade of designer namedrops, but at least the main character of Andy (Anne Hathaway) has gone and got herself a spine. Well, at least a semblance of a spine.
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    • A Page from the past

        Mary Harron’s sumptuous but ultimately misguided and superficial biopic of Bettie Page is almost an insult to the pinup’s legacy, as Harron is more interested in waxing philosophical over the repressed sexuality and moral censorship of the 1950s, a subject that’s been tackled better elsewhere. Thankfully, Gretchen Mol as Page gives it her all, and pulls off an engaging performance that desperately tries to flesh out the sweet little Southern girl’s true persona. But the film, overall, falls as flat as its spirited lead actress’ derriere. Bettie deserves better.
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    • Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

        It’s surprising that Dave Chappelle would willingly relegate himself to the back seat in his latest big-screen venture, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. The comedian had a pie-in-the-sky idea to throw together a dream line-up of hip-hop entertainers (among them, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Kanye West) and throw a big-ass block party in Brooklyn. Chappelle travels to his tiny hometown in Ohio to invite a bunch of regular Joes and Janes, offering them transport and lodgings. The most delightful and touching moment comes when Chappelle runs into the Ohio Central State University marching band, and invites the lot of them to come perform at his party. As the students leap and shriek with joy at the prospect of sharing the same billing with the Fugees, it’s impossible not to grin.
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    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

        With the most recent Harry Potter novel, The Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling once and for all dispelled the notion that ...
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    • Where the Truth Lies

        The latest offering writer-director Atom Egoyan (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter) looks intoxicatingly promising at first: The film’s seductively rendered poster, with its half-naked pinup and smoky sepia tones, suggests steamy noir intrigue, à la L.A. Confidential. Then there’s the controversial rating; because of several graphic sex scenes, the film was slapped with an NC-17 rating, which director Egoyan unsuccessfully challenged. But for all the foreplay of film noir promise and controversy over the candid depictions of rampant debauchery and orgiastic revelry, the whole thing is really just an overdrawn bore. And Kevin Bacon sings. If you can call it that.
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    • Firecracker

        Film crit kingpin Roger Ebert practically busted a nut over this film, stating it had “one of the most immediately gripping opening scenes I can remember.” True enough, the first five minutes of Firecracker immediately command your attention. Unfortunately, filmmaker Steve Balderson seems to have blown his wad on the opener, as the remainder of this convoluted yet intriguing film is a haphazard mix of edgy, bold moves and just plain terrible clichés.
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    • Aliens of the Deep

        We all sort of forgot about 3-D after the ’80s passed, but it’s back again (with sturdier glasses) thanks to IMAX theaters and James Cameron, who descends into the deep and gives us an up-close-and-personal look at the strange creatures that lurk below our planet’s waters. The film’s premise: Our own sea creatures could provide a blueprint for life on other planets. This wears thin, but it’s great fun to watch freaky creatures and delicate jellyfish hovering right over your nose.
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    • Beyond the Sea

        Perhaps they should have titled this film: Kevin Spacey’s Beyond the Sea. The late ’50s and ’60s crooner Bobby Darin gets the shaft in his own biopic, as Spacey insists on being the star of the show. That said, the film does offer a lovely stroll down memory lane, with some truly glorious song-and-dance numbers. If you can forgive Spacey’s raging egoism, the swingin’ big band renditions alone make the price of admission worthwhile.
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    • Star power

      Hokey script saved by stellar cast and smart direction
        The 2001 remake of the Rat Pack’s 1960 heist flick *Ocean’s Eleven* was actually quite entertaining. But Hollywood can’t leave well enough alone, so of course a sequel was made to cash in. But surprisingly, it’s not half bad. Sure, there’s enormous plot holes and a few terribly hokey conventions, but director Steven Soderbergh and the all-star cast shine so brightly they manage to cast a lovely veneer over all that pesky plot crap.
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    • Testosterone

        Testosterone, the movie, is a painfully limp and lackluster effort, very loosely based on the gritty noir novel of the same name by controversial author James Robert Baker. The director presumably aimed to make a black comedy — only somebody forgot to make it funny. By far, the most entertaining points of the film are the sex scenes involving the smokin’ fine male cast (including former underwear model Antonio Sabato, Jr.) but even those are disappointingly PG-13.
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    • This Corrosion

        Native Detroit filmmaker Mitch McCabe has tried to create a somber, thought-provoking film about death with this tale of goth kids running around the forest. The end result is SNL’s “Goth Talk” meets Blair Witch. Though it has some interesting moments, the film takes itself way to seriously — just like a goth kid.
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    • Broadway: The Golden Age

        This documentary is a touching and thoroughly enjoyable memoir of Big Apple theater from the ’30s to the ’60s. Dozens of stars of yesteryear are interviewed — some instantly recognizable, such as Carol Channing, Shirley Maclaine, Carol Burnett and Robert Goulet. The film is a bit schmaltzy at times and really goes for the heartstrings — but so does Broadway.
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    • State of suspense

      Acclaimed ex-Royal Oak author delves into Michigan murder
    • Justice

        The somber events of 9/11 play a critical role in this touching romantic comedy, and it’s a delicate balance of humor and tragedy. A cute, dorky comic book writer who’s still struggling with crippling grief over losing a close friend to the World Trade Center attack, so he cooks up an "everyday hero" based on an average New Yorker without super powers.
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    • Nothing Really Matters (Memories of Aging Strippers)

        If I could offer one piece of advice to writer/director Fred Newman, it would be this: Stop while you’re ahead, pal. Never have I been so charmed by the beginning of a film, only to recoil in horror as it devolves into a train wreck of repetitive dialogue and a bludgeoning with the obvious. It’s a textbook case: A man should never attempt to write and direct a chick flick.
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    • Monster

        Charlize Theron submits the most riveting performance of her career in the role of Aileen "Lee" Wuornos, whose nightmarish life of abuse ends in her execution as a serial killer. As disturbing as it is riveting. Also starring Christina Ricci.
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    • Hail to the King

      Local B-movie daddy gives us campy candy.
        This little cinematic jewel will probably not make a blip on the mainstream radar, but it’s the most unique and charmingly quirky film released in recent memory, pitting Elvis and JFK against a nursing home mummy. It’s Royal Oak native Bruce Campbell, the king of B-movies, playing the King himself in what may be the king of all B-movies.
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    • jackass the movie

        The epitome of asinine — the pure, undiluted essence of lowbrow humor. It's moronic, highly disgusting and frequently shocking — and if you "get it," painfully, outrageously funny. If you like the TV show, you'll love the movie; if you hate the show, you won't make it past the first 20 minutes.
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    • Sex with Strangers

        Half psychological study, half soft-core porn, Joe and Harry Gantz’s documentary follows the sticky, complex lives of three couples who are swingers. The film offers lots of graphic sex, but also many moments of poignant, raw emotion — definitely not easy to watch, but compelling and engrossing.
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