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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Making art their business

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 12:00 AM

As a budding art writer in the 1980s, I went to the unveiling party for the art collection at the newly opened Riverfront Towers in downtown Detroit. Over a glass of cheap white wine and a sparse spread of munchies, I met Paul Cornwall-Jones, director of Petersburg Press, which...

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Agents, gadgets & glasses

Taking a franchise into a new dimension.

Posted By and on Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Geezer: 3 stars Weezer: 1 star   Tex-Mex director Robert Rodriguez shook up the movie world in 1992 by making his hit shoot-’em-up debut, El Mariachi, for a grand total of $7,225 — particularly since it was full of jolting action, blood, sexy ways and a wicked sense of...

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Northfolk

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Northfork is the third feature by twin brothers Mark and Michael Polish, the two acting as dual screenwriters with Michael directing. In their debut, Twin Falls, Idaho, the brothers also starred as conjoined twins, one of whom was slowly dying, and the film established their singular and oddly unsatisfying...

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Seabiscuit

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 12:00 AM

For those who feel dubious about seeing a plucky animal film, be assured that there’s plenty of human suffering here before the main character, who happens to be a horse, even shows up. Seabiscuit’s owner, Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges), rises from a humble bicycle repair shop owner in 1910...

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The season’s second sequel to a girl-power moneymaker arrives in the form of Angelina Jolie’s flawless, superhuman body. The good news is that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is actually better (not that that’s saying much) than Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the console-to-celluloid adaptation of the...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Loud and raw

Posted on Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Catch loud, raw rock from Troubleman at Punkfest 2003!...

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Opium addicts, invisible men & English Lit

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Put simply, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1 pushes the boundaries of the team-up formula into new territory. Eighteen years after his groundbreaking Watchmen first appeared, Alan Moore is looking toward the future of comics by, oddly enough, looking back. In LXG (to borrow the theatrical acronym), Moore...

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Bean spasms

Posted By and on Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Geezer: 2 stars Weezer: 2 stars   Rowan Atkinson, affectionately known to TV audiences on both sides of the Atlantic as Mr. Bean, stars in 88 minutes of PG summer silliness as a British secret agent with an exceptionally lame brain. But he’s not the only one: Director Peter Howitt...

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Amen

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

It’s hard to do anything original or even captivating with a Holocaust-themed movie. Much like the action genre, there comes a point where it starts to feel like the same thing over and over again — i.e. Nazis are bad, bad people — but unlike in an action movie,...

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Bad Boys II

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

It takes a pretty big explosion to impress in these days of $100 million action movies, and Bad Boys II makes every effort to please the in-laws. Laden with pyrotechnics worthy of the Fourth of July at the White House and featuring enough scattered, anonymous bodies to fill a...

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