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Groucho Reviews

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
A bit like staring at a beauty queen's phonily tight smile for ninety minutes.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
2
3/4
Josh Gilbert's smoothly produced documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong should leave even Nancy Reagan aghast at the unfair trials of comedian Tommy Chong.
Posted Jun 9, 2006
3
2.5/4
Cipriano and...Cuesta (L.I.E.) show realism, tender regard, and the benefit of the doubt for their young characters, but little of the same to their childish parents.
Posted Jun 9, 2006
4
2.5/4
Cavite (2006)
a fresh bid for indie-thriller cred....[but] watching Gamazon and Dela Llana charge through their limitations is a bit like watching a sprinter run in clogs.
Posted Jun 6, 2006
5
3/4
A nutty, fictional ode-elegy to a show that's still going strong, A Prairie Home Companion offers a unique hybrid of a folksy American showman and an improvisatory impresario.
Posted Jun 6, 2006
6
3/4
Cars (2006)
7
2.5/4
The Omen (2006)
If you've never seen The Omen, the technically well-made remake is an effective chiller a cut above today's standard, but if you have, there's no reason to watch this rote replay.
Posted Jun 5, 2006
8
3.5/4
As usual, Antonioni's pace is langorous, but The Passenger is never less than compelling.
Posted Jun 5, 2006
9
3.5/4
10
3/4
[An] inspirational tale, which values team spirit even as it celebrates the will of two talented individuals.
Posted Jun 4, 2006
11
3/4
Definitely propaganda on an issue that remains divisive....[but] Even if Gore is wrong, and I'm not saying he is, his proposed solutions are common-sensibly sound.
Posted Jun 3, 2006
12
2.5/4
The Break-Up (2006)
At least one draft short of brilliance....[but] more palatable than the typical romantic comedy, thanks in large part to Vaughn's engaging duets with the ensemble.
Posted Jun 3, 2006
13
2/4
Somersault (2004)
The 'free spirited innocent' archetype doesn't convincingly share residence with this numbly sexual Lolita.
Posted May 31, 2006
14
2.5/4
[Not] very amusing--its stabs at humor are low-key to a fault, and too sporadic--but it is mostly truthful about yuppie love, and that's something.
Posted May 31, 2006
15
2.5/4
While women may certainly apply, it's primarily the guys who will find District B13 irresistible.
Posted May 31, 2006
16
3/4
Cave uses the taming of Australia as the backdrop for a nasty, dirty western about the implications of violence.
Posted May 25, 2006
17
2.5/4
A full-fledged mutant jamboree, but one that blunts thematic and character development in favor of narrative expediency.
Posted May 25, 2006
18
0/4
See No Evil (2006)
Amateur Hour-and-a-Half....It isn't fit for human consumption.
Posted May 20, 2006
19
1.5/4
Fatally short on laughs. The jokes are mostly bad vaudeville, as when Piven asks, "How much for 50 Cent? Okay, how about 17 Cent?"
Posted May 19, 2006
20
2.5/4
The voice work and animation are both a cut above the average, and the film's energy is brisk.
Posted May 19, 2006
21
2/4
Too measured to be lively, too skittish to be provocative, too dramatically slack to be more than a ploddingly literal book-on-film.
Posted May 19, 2006
22
3.5/4
Tokyo-Ga (2003)
Wenders bops around Tokyo with the assurance of a skilled filmmaker, and emerges with an understated but certainly curious sociological postcard of '80s Tokyo.
Posted May 18, 2006
23
4/4
Late Spring (1949)
Late Spring exemplifies Ozu's rich, mature style, an apparent stylelessness of patient, lifelike rhythms, unobtrusive camerawork, and credibly subtle performances. [DVD]
Posted May 18, 2006
24
2/4
Obvious...All [but soccer fanatics] can pass on Goal! The Dream Begins and make plans now to avoid its two upcoming sequels.
Posted May 12, 2006
25
2.5/4
Musical...handsome...poignantly nostalgic...The Lost City is a lot of things, but what it's not is incisive.
Posted May 12, 2006
26
1/4
On more than one occasion...a girl scrapes her fingernails across a wood floor as an invisible poltergeist attacks her. The wood floor may not be a chalkboard, but it's close enough.
Posted May 12, 2006
27
2.5/4
There's a casual informality to Pollack's documentary technique....results are semi-revealing.
Posted May 12, 2006
28
.5/4
Just My Luck (2006)
Why does the new Lindsay Lohan picture have such a poo fixation?....Could it be that director Donald Petrie is Freudian slipping on his s**tty material?
Posted May 11, 2006
29
2/4
Poseidon (2006)
There's camp, and there's just plain lousy writing.
Posted May 11, 2006
30
2.5/4
Zwigoff too often picks up his putty knife when he should be running with scissors...doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts, but some of the parts are pretty amusing all the same.
Posted May 5, 2006
31
2/4
Flimsy, fake-looking weaponry, bad wigs, grandiose scoring, overacting, simplistic dialogue, illogically elaborate staging, and a plot that goes out of its way to be predictable...
Posted May 5, 2006
32
3/4
Water (2005)
Detailed and graced with irreverent humor and fine performances, Mehta's film deals powerful blows to economic injustice and misogyny.
Posted May 5, 2006
33
2/4
Hoot (2006)
Jimmy Buffet may be known for his Hawaiian shirts, but there's something undeniably plaid about Hoot.
Posted May 5, 2006
34
3/4
A thrill ride, and a gripping one: plausibility-straining, predictable at times, but pulse-pounding all the same.
Posted May 4, 2006
35
2.5/4
Dramatically jerry-rigged in every possible way.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
36
2.5/4
Stick It (2006)
Too lazy to perfect its own routine...[but] a surprisingly appealing vacation, from sense to sensibility.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
37
2.5/4
RV (2006)
Color me surprised when Barry Sonnenfeld's family comedy turned out to be a palatable picture that doesn't rob Robin Williams of his dignity as a comic actor.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
38
3/4
United 93 (2006)
A unique film about a unique event...but what will we think of United 93 in five years or, for that matter, fifty?
Posted Apr 28, 2006
39
3/4
Corteo is classic Cirque du Soleil, a multilingual paegant of music, dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and clowning...the ingenious production design run with highly refined coordination.
Posted Apr 21, 2006
40
2/4
The Sentinel (2006)
Strictly boilerplate...fail[s] to pursue any interesting avenues, using the cardboard characters as mere shooting-range targets.
Posted Apr 21, 2006
41
3/4
Not everything works in this semi-audacious challenge to the American Dream, but Weitz consistently and amusingly hits the broad side of the barn.
Posted Apr 21, 2006
42
3/4
Hard Candy (2006)
Skews just enough toward Death and the Maiden and away from Saw III.
Posted Apr 14, 2006
43
2/4
Kinky Boots (2006)
Rigged for your pleasure...everything is played up for schmaltz value or dopey laughs.
Posted Apr 14, 2006
44
3/4
Since Lu depicts the punishing, unforgiving determination on both sides of the conflict, the film is not entirely pitiless for the pathetic criminal class.
Posted Apr 13, 2006
45
3/4
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
Offers nothing in the way of balancing the protest viewpoint...[but] still usefully revisits--during our current unpopular war--the internal conflict of America during the Vietnam War.
Posted Apr 13, 2006
46
2.5/4
More clever than insightful, [but] Harron makes the most of that humorously earnest style ripped from the pin-up pages.
Posted Apr 13, 2006
47
1.5/4
I just don't see much entertainment value--or, certainly, a shelf life--in a contrived string of mildly amusing parodies of bad movies. Here today, yawn tomorrow.
Posted Apr 13, 2006
48
2.5/4
Gives the characters relatable failings and the story some ironic bite...[but] lacks the depth of empathy Holofcener showed in Lovely and Amazing.
Posted Apr 7, 2006
49
2.5/4
Tarantinoid...the machinations are all familiar enough that your unoccupied brain may drift off to wonder how Hartnett's made a career out of bad haircuts.
Posted Apr 7, 2006
50
2/4
The dance remains the same...Take the Lead has exactly two things going for it (each worth one star): the always entertaining Antonio Banderas and a lot of ballroom dancing.
Posted Apr 7, 2006