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Groucho Reviews

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Shortbus (2006)
More than a stunt...a sincere film that explores cynical sexual discord and hopefully concludes that forgiveness and sexual healing can repair the disrupted currents of modern urban life.
Posted Oct 6, 2006
2
1.5/4
Ours is not to question why; ours is but to watch 'em die.
Posted Oct 6, 2006
3
1/4
Cook's usual persona is annoying, but with his volume turned down here, he's even more of a zero.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
4
3.5/4
The Departed (2006)
Kept in balance, The Departed's verbal and visual gifts, gun-toting menace, down-and-dirty existentialism, and bristling suspense should please both sides of the movie aisle.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
5
3/4
Resembles Crumb in its depiction of damaged souls whose only refuge is art.
Posted Oct 1, 2006
6
3/4
Body Double (1984)
Emblematizes De Palma's refusal to take Hollywood seriously.
Posted Oct 1, 2006
7
2.5/4
The sum of Gondry's parts may be a hole, but the parts can be pretty darn clever and captivating.
Posted Sep 29, 2006
8
2.5/4
Serves two useful purposes: to collect some of the Beatle's wittiest social barbs, and to inform a young audience...
Posted Sep 29, 2006
9
2/4
The Guardian (2006)
Pure Hollywood hokum, the sort of picture the Duke might star in today. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Aside from lazy screenwriting.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
10
3/4
Jesus Camp (2006)
You know what they say, folks: it's a free country. If Jesus Camp scares you, better start brainwashing some little heathens of your own.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
11
2.5/4
Keeping Mum (2006)
Succeed[s] in recreating the simple pleasures of the old Ealing comedies, which let talented character actors shine.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
12
2/4
It's too bad that Phillips fumbles for comic gimmickry when he has the makings of a rich and timely satire on poison-peddling motivational personalities.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
13
2/4
Flyboys (2006)
Flyboys' spectacular predictability confirms its shallowness.
Posted Sep 22, 2006
14
2.5/4
If this is Li's epic swan song, it's a reasonably graceful exit.
Posted Sep 22, 2006
15
2.5/4
Knoxville at one point sports a T-shirt with a slogan that says it all: "F*** Art: Let's Dance."
Posted Sep 22, 2006
16
2.5/4
Zaillian sells short the faceoff of shrewd old guard and scrappy proletariat by looking away just when the twain meet.
Posted Sep 21, 2006
17
2/4
Confetti (2006)
Weak-tea...with tepid gags, lazy plotting, and scenarios that are mostly too unpleasant to be funny.
Posted Sep 15, 2006
18
2.5/4
As the character drama bogs down in Hartnett and Johansson's maudlin mumbling, De Palma starts to focus on shoehorning in a punchy setpiece or stylistic outrage.
Posted Sep 15, 2006
19
1/4
Never explains its stupid idea of a talking baseball and a talking bat...The filmmakers presume too much in assuming we'll accept the "magic" "realism"...
Posted Sep 14, 2006
20
2/4
Johnson gives the part his authoritative all, but he doesn't have the depth of ability to elevate a sappy script that regularly calls for up-choking.
Posted Sep 14, 2006
21
.5/4
The Covenant (2006)
Where do WB pilots go when they die? Perhaps they're reincarnated as lousy supernatural thrillers.
Posted Sep 8, 2006
22
2.5/4
The downtime since Ong-Bak has left us hungry enough not to care that the plot and frequent action feel a bit recycled.
Posted Sep 7, 2006
23
2/4
In what may be the single most damaging performance in any film this year, Affleck puts on extra pounds, a fake honker, and a horrifyingly bad debonair act.
Posted Sep 7, 2006
24
2.5/4
Crank (2006)
A movie for hooligans, and do we really want to encourage them?
Posted Sep 1, 2006
25
3.5/4
Clearly presents the charges against the MPAA, the "voluntary" group that has systematized Hollywood censorship.
Posted Sep 1, 2006
26
1/4
Crossover (2006)
A cheap-looking quickie feature...the wasted talent on display somehow makes it all more painful.
Posted Aug 31, 2006
27
3.5/4
Factotum (2006)
Hard liquor goes in at the mouth, but when we're lucky, it comes out in the writer's grip.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
28
3/4
[This] honest-to-God kid's movie--and a good one, no less...serves up a sweet-natured and reasonably authentic platter of kid culture.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
29
2.5/4
Idlewild (2006)
When Angel brushes off Trumpy with the line 'Can the artist get a little space around here?', you may agree that the question deserves a qualified 'yes' answer.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
30
2.5/4
The Quiet (2006)
Meanders at times, and stretches credibility...[but] The Quiet's creepy character study reaches an emotionally satisfying conclusion.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
31
2.5/4
Invincible (2006)
Loses possession early on and has trouble holding onto the ball.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
32
2.5/4
Beerfest (2006)
Knows it's a dumb movie and plugs ahead cheerily and without pretention...but the jokes quickly run thin.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
33
4/4
A buffoonish but bitter social satire that runs to classical depths, Seduced and Abandoned takes no prisoners for society's misogynistic crimes in the name of familial honor.
Posted Aug 22, 2006
34
2.5/4
A terrifying triumph of hype, but...also the movie to preserve for all of Earth's recorded history Samuel L. Jackson lowering his gaze at Julianna Margulies and asking, "Sporks?" I dare you to look away.
Posted Aug 18, 2006
35
2.5/4
By the end, I felt empty and unconvinced that I'd spent 103 minutes with genuine personalities.
Posted Aug 17, 2006
36
2/4
Accepted (2006)
Here's the pitch for Accepted: Animal House meets Ferris Bueller.
Posted Aug 17, 2006
37
3/4
Burger winningly combines relatively rare elements--a turn-of-the-century setting, an assured star turn by Edward Norton, and a deft Philip Glass score--to pull off a tricked-out romantic thriller.
Posted Aug 17, 2006
38
3.5/4
In his laughing-outlaw way, Hooper pointed a new direction for horror cinema. [2-Disc Ultimate Edition Reviewed]
Posted Aug 15, 2006
39
3.5/4
Half Nelson (2006)
A slice of life that's rich with spontaneity...a script that vehemently refuses cliché.
Posted Aug 15, 2006
40
2/4
The trick plot enabling this Electra Complex situation tragedy is somewhat novel, but surprisingly not enough to sustain even a 103-minute running time.
Posted Aug 11, 2006
41
1.5/4
Step Up (2006)
My, he's an uncouth roughneck, but perhaps, just perhaps I can mold his raw talent into the dance partner of my dreams!
Posted Aug 11, 2006
42
2.5/4
Brian DePalma's Before Sunset.
Posted Aug 11, 2006
43
3/4
Despite what you may have heard, World Trade Center isn't entirely apolitical, just understated in its commentary.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
44
.5/4
Little Man (2006)
If your taste runs to scatology and you find little people inherently funny, Little Man may be the movie for you.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
45
2/4
What About Bob this ain't.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
46
3/4
The Descent (2006)
A lean, mean genre exercise for those who prefer their horror full-blooded.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
47
3/4
The film's consistent ticklishness frequently breaks out into uproarious set pieces.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
48
2.5/4
Quinceañera (2006)
Another tale of an unlikely family dynamic showing the way for closed-minded conservatives, Quinceañera may be simplistic at heart, but its drama is reasonably effective.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
49
1.5/4
Shadowboxer (2005)
A rubbernecker's movie....There's a new Zalman King in town, and his name is Lee Daniels.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
50
3.5/4
Pulls off the trick of the feel-good movie in a way movies haven't managed in a long time. [Blu-ray]
Posted Jul 27, 2006