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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • State of suspense

      Acclaimed ex-Royal Oak author delves into Michigan murder
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • High fashion

      When skies were friendly and the seats first-class

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