Wednesday, October 30, 2002

8 Miles, 4 Thoughts

A hometown take on Eminem’s Motor City movie.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This is your movie, about your hometown, starring your pop icon. The makers of 8 Mile are showing a preview of the film as a courtesy to the scores of Detroit-area residents who played extras and various bit roles. Excitement is not an accurate enough term to describe the...

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Some kinda wonderful

Paul Thomas Anderson uncovers a deeper, weirder Adam Sandler.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) seems more afraid not to travel into the unexplored than to sit comfortably inside the standard. What with Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, and Anderson's eye, ear and touch, every aspect of this visual song of vulnerability is saturated with emotion and momentum.

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Auto Focus

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In 1978, actor Bob Crane, amiable star of the ’60s TV sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," was found bludgeoned to death in a motel room. Director Paul Schrader offers a visual corollary to Crane's self-destructive sex addiction, one that becomes more "out of focus" as it proceeds — with Greg Kinnear.

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The Truth About Charlie

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

What we have here is director Jonathan Demme, two degrees removed from Hitchcock through Truffaut, concocting a self-indulgent cinematic dessert that only film aficionados can completely appreciate, a gorgeous visual love letter whispering sweet Technicolor nothings to the masters of ’60s cinema.

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Quitting

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Dark and experimental, this is the true story of a young Chinese actor and his struggle with drug addiction. And while there's not much new in the addiction angle, there's much of interest in the film's depiction of Western pop culture's incursion into modern China.

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Paid in Full

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

All of the things that usually happen in urban drug movies happen in this one (no surprises, no punches pulled, the requisite number of ’80s jokes), but Paid in Full remains enjoyable all the same — with Wood Harris and Mekhi Phifer.

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jackass the movie

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

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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Comedian

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In a documentary assembled from videotaped slices of the lives of current stand-up comedians and featuring Jerry Seinfeld, you might expect a lot of laughs. But this film dishes out the fears of the clowns, overwhelming the chopped-up morsels of stand-up routines.

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Below

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

What made the producers of Below think that they could combine two tired genres — submarine and horror — into a sum better than its parts? Unfortunately, Scooby and the gang fail to show up and rescue this unintentionally comic exercise from its own pathetic devices.

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Ghost Ship

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This watery scare flick’s best moments are its opening ones, which feature an excellent scene of mass murder in which dozens of people are halved by a wire cable slicing through their stunned bodies. This proves to be but a brief vacation from the dull fact of the movie’s very existence.

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