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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Rage and smash

The comic-book id-monster runs wild on summer screens.

Posted By and on Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Geezer: HH 1/2 / Weezer: HH 1/2

When news came of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee working on the Hulk adaptation, a lot of fans were intrigued. Well, the Hulk seems to have added Lee and Marvel Comics creator (on board as executive producer) Stan Lee’s best intentions to his smash-’em-up hit list.

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The Passage

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 12:00 AM

He’s not Orson Welles, but at 21, local filmmaker Daniel Casey-VanHout has made a pretty damn good movie. Premiering Thursday at the Main Art Theatre, it looks pro with solid acting, real-looking squibs bursting with real-looking blood, a solid musical score and a couple tight tracks from local rapper-producer Hush.

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Whale Rider

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 12:00 AM

This film, a potentially big crowd-pleaser, can be seen as an antidote to Lee Tamahori's 1994 film, Once Were Warriors, which was a grim depiction of dislocated Maoris, New Zealand's aborigines. Few things are as satisfying as seeing someone overcome nearly insurmountable odds, even if it takes a little mumbo jumbo to lift them over the hump.

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Horns and Halos

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 12:00 AM

It’s not easy to get away with badmouthing a president in public. Filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley follow J.T. Hatfield and his publisher’s struggle to get Hatfield’s unauthorized 1999 biography of George W. Bush back in print. It’s a good look at a story the mainstream media was loath to touch.

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Alex and Emma

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Rob Reiner’s latest invites comparison to his directorial breakout into romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally, but accepting that invitation mostly makes a date with disappointment. The main problem here is that Reiner and company seem to draw this comic love-in by the numbers.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Flushed clean

Philip Seymour Hoffman goes all the way down the gambling drain.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Gambling addict Mahowny is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who excels at delineating miserable characters. Here the misery on display is that of a tightly wrapped paragon of denial, and Hoffman plays it close to the vest, foolishly stoic and tragically deluded — with John Hurt and Minnie Driver.

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Enfant

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Local filmmaker Jeff Ensign has given birth to this non-narrative, speechless short film that crawls its way into the public eye this weekend at Dreamland Theater in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, forcing us to tap into the down-on-all-fours primal times that haunt our unconscious thoughts.

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Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Posted By and on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Geezer: no stars / Weezer: 1/2 H

A warning to fans of comic mindlessness: The mother turd of all prequels is upon us! Veteran director Troy Miller and rookie screenwriter Robert Brenner don’t have the faintest idea about what makes a movie funny.

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Hollywood Homicide

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

With some movies, it takes a while before you get the impression that they're going to be bad. With this one, it takes about five minutes. The problem isn't with the directing or acting, which are both serviceable, but the script, which is abysmal, both in its unimaginative plot and dialogue.

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Rugrats Go Wild

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

There’s no earthly reason why any sane adult would go to see this movie. By turns stupid, boring and painful, especially when it comes to the musical numbers, it isn’t much more than a slightly extended episode of the TV show — and while that’s no surprise, it’s no excuse either.

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