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| October 21, 2007

300 (Directed by Zack Snyder, starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham and Dominic West) Official tagline: Prepare for glory! Better tagline: Putting the ‘graphic’ in ‘graphic novel.’ 4 Stars

Movie Q&A

| March 10, 2007

Yips (or would that be orgle-orgles?) go to Robert at Llamabutchers for this one. 1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times. The entirety of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater. Each of the Star Wars trilogy. Many times […]

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| February 9, 2007

Flyboys(Directed by Tony Bill, starring James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jean Reno) Predictable but somewhat effective (though predictable) WW1 (totally predictable) drama. Did I mention “predictable”? 3½ Stars

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| January 17, 2007

Cast Away(Directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt) Lesson learned: never travel without a solar-powered satellite phone in your pocket. 4½ Stars

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| December 26, 2006

Invincible(Directed by Ericson Core, starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks and Kevin Conway) Think “Rudy turns pro.” Good football/underdog/inspirational/true-story movie, excellent family fare. 4 Stars

Quick Movie Review

| December 11, 2006

Old School(Directed by Todd Phillips, starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn) The world needed a definitive “old people acting like college students” movie. This ain’t it. Back to School, on the other hand, is. Wilson, Ferrell and Vaughn couldn’t have carried Rodney Dangerfield’s jock. 1½ Stars


| May 19, 2006

I have to leave Mycah alone in the house for about 12 hours a day on work days. Though she may only have a brain the size of a walnut, I figure she might have just enough synapses to experience boredom. It isn’t hard to tell that Mycah gets bored while I’m away; when I […]

Quick Movie Review

| May 9, 2006

Big Night (1996) (Directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci, starring Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Ian Holm, Minnie Driver and Isabella Rossellini) Timpano? Wow. I have got to find a good Italian restaurant. 5 Stars

Quick Movie Review

| March 6, 2006

Phantom of the Opera (2004) (Directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Gerard Butler as The Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine, Patrick Wilson as Raoul) I really identified with the Phantom. Almost completely. Except for being French. And all the singing and strangling, of course. 5 Stars.

One-Hit Oneders

| December 20, 2005

Suppose you’re a young but solidly established — indeed, award-winning — star in Hollywood who, as many actors are wont to do, would like to direct movies yourself. You have a few TV projects under your belt, but the silver screen is where you’d like to go next. What would you pick for your first […]

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