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Groucho Reviews

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3.5/4
Superman (1978)
Donner keeps his film briskly funny and exciting, with smart and spectacular action....The greatest effect of all, however, is Reeve's miraculous performance.
Posted Jul 3, 2006
2
4/4
[The] uniquely Eastern European brand of absurdity recalls the work of Vaclav Havel, playwright and former President of Czechoslovakia. At least, it would be absurd if it weren't so credible.
Posted Jun 30, 2006
3
2.5/4
The outlandish gags are usually good for at least a chuckle, and Colbert's left-field satire classes up the enterprise, but multiplying the tight sitcom half-hour by four may not be a science experiment worth repeating.
Posted Jun 30, 2006
4
3/4
Paine amasses evidence--including dissenting voices--that's consistently illuminating.
Posted Jun 30, 2006
5
2.5/4
Pleasantly fluffy but depthless...each story develops a worst-case scenario that proceeds to a too-comforting, too-swift resolution.
Posted Jun 30, 2006
6
3/4
If it rarely becomes more than a conventional Hollywood movie with conventional conflicts, at least it remembers to amuse, and has a force of nature in Streep.
Posted Jun 29, 2006
7
4/4
Melville outlines the valorous and dirty deeds of heroes in taut action sequences that reach unusually existential heights. [Blu-ray]
Posted Jun 26, 2006
8
2.5/4
A photo essay with moving pictures: anthropological snapshots of seven Salvadoran and Guatemalan skaters...[also] may be [Larry Clark's] most immature film.
Posted Jun 23, 2006
9
3/4
As a look at the injustices blithely wrought in the name of democracy, The Road to Guantanamo comes none too soon.
Posted Jun 23, 2006
10
3/4
Like his superhero, director Bryan Singer carries an Atlas-like burden [but]...with thorough, fan-friendly fetishism, Singer honors the Superman mythos.
Posted Jun 23, 2006
11
3.5/4
12
2.5/4
The Lake House is made of glass, but the view straight through it is rather pleasant all the same.
Posted Jun 16, 2006
13
1/4
You know, I don't remember the fart and pee jokes in The Wizard of Oz or the old Disney classics or the Muppet movies. Crotch-biting, of course, comes from a long tradition. Hmm.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
14
2/4
On par with the rest of the series....it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and then it's off the hook!
Posted Jun 15, 2006
15
1.5/4
A bit like staring at a beauty queen's phonily tight smile for ninety minutes.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
16
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
17
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
18
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
19
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
20
3/4
Cars (2006)
21
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
22
3.5/4
As usual, Antonioni's pace is langorous, but The Passenger is never less than compelling.
Posted Jun 5, 2006
23
3.5/4
24
3/4
[An] inspirational tale, which values team spirit even as it celebrates the will of two talented individuals.
Posted Jun 4, 2006
25
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
26
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
27
2/4
Somersault (2004)
The 'free spirited innocent' archetype doesn't convincingly share residence with this numbly sexual Lolita.
Posted May 31, 2006
28
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
29
2.5/4
While women may certainly apply, it's primarily the guys who will find District B13 irresistible.
Posted May 31, 2006
30
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
31
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
32
0/4
See No Evil (2006)
Amateur Hour-and-a-Half....It isn't fit for human consumption.
Posted May 20, 2006
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
2.5/4
There's a casual informality to Pollack's documentary technique....results are semi-revealing.
Posted May 12, 2006
42
.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
43
2/4
Poseidon (2006)
There's camp, and there's just plain lousy writing.
Posted May 11, 2006
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
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
48
3/4
A thrill ride, and a gripping one: plausibility-straining, predictable at times, but pulse-pounding all the same.
Posted May 4, 2006
49
2.5/4
Dramatically jerry-rigged in every possible way.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
50
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