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Groucho Reviews

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
3/4
A thrill ride, and a gripping one: plausibility-straining, predictable at times, but pulse-pounding all the same.
Posted May 4, 2006
6
2.5/4
Dramatically jerry-rigged in every possible way.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
3/4
Hard Candy (2006)
Skews just enough toward Death and the Maiden and away from Saw III.
Posted Apr 14, 2006
14
2/4
Kinky Boots (2006)
Rigged for your pleasure...everything is played up for schmaltz value or dopey laughs.
Posted Apr 14, 2006
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
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
22
2.5/4
ATL (2006)
It's heartening to be able to report that ATL is as much like Diner as it is like Boys in the Hood....Robinson may overdose on style, but he also respects the homegrown origins of this ATLanta-bred tale.
Posted Mar 31, 2006
23
3.5/4
Brick (2006)
The actors play it with poker-faces, but the further we go into the noir territory of hard-boiled, fast-paced dialogue and dames wrapped in crimson and black, the more ticklish Brick gets.
Posted Mar 30, 2006
24
2/4
The seams show...a somewhat grudging social obligation for audiences over the age of ten to tow their younger charges.
Posted Mar 30, 2006
25
3/4
The appeal of Schultz's pop philosophy hasn't faded in forty years: this kind of sincerity can't be faked.
Posted Mar 30, 2006
26
4/4
As ever, Malle's sensitivity is supreme and his delicate style evocative. [Blu-ray]
Posted Mar 27, 2006
27
4/4
The collaborationist anti-hero finds Malle instantly broaching a cultural taboo, compounded when the traitorous young man forces himself into a sexual relationship with a not-entirely unyielding girl named France.
Posted Mar 27, 2006
28
4/4
In all their messiness, here are love, sex, society, and family, met with cleansing laughter.
Posted Mar 27, 2006
29
3.5/4
L'Enfant (2006)
Plain-good storytelling: rigorous acting, handheld urgency, and editing prowess render the whiff of manipulation moot.
Posted Mar 24, 2006
30
3/4
Inside Man (2006)
Lee is a bona fide cinematic genius, and his lively and inventive take on tired material proves that thriller corn needn't be mindless in its machinations.
Posted Mar 23, 2006
31
1.5/4
The Zodiac (2006)
The Bulk(e)ly brothers repeat The Zodiac's famous quotation "I am waiting for a good movie about me" with an ironic lack of self-reflection.
Posted Mar 17, 2006
32
1.5/4
In the film's best scene, Roth interrogates Lange about potatoes. Unfortunately such moments are rare.
Posted Mar 17, 2006
33
2.5/4
Gets by because it knows it's dorky. It's happily dorky. It's proudly dorky.
Posted Mar 17, 2006
34
3.5/4
A scathing satire....If there's a lesson, it's that spinning your fellow Americans is the real national pastime--the greater problem is when you spin yourself.
Posted Mar 17, 2006
35
2/4
Don't Tell (2005)
Just because American films frequently exploit repressed memories as a plot device in nasty genre pictures doesn't make the genteel Don't Tell a sophisticated or particularly insightful film.
Posted Mar 16, 2006
36
3.5/4
The most fun I've had at the movies this year.
Posted Mar 16, 2006
37
3/4
A divided domestic electorate will take [it] either as a kick-***, future-punk primal scream of political frustration or as an irresponsible, literally and figuratively incendiary attack on our...approval-deficient leaders.
Posted Mar 16, 2006
38
2/4
Wait for iiittt...yes, there's Allen lifting his leg to pee. I checked my watch when the sound of Baja Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out?" surrounded me: fifty minutes in.
Posted Mar 10, 2006
39
2/4
As skillfully made and genuinely horrific as it is a pointless rehash....there's more than a whiff of smug cynicism in the dry air of this conflicted satire.
Posted Mar 10, 2006
40
2.5/4
Ask the Dust (2006)
Despite its flaws, this story of love and self-discovery is still more smart, stylish, and sexy than the usual fare.
Posted Mar 10, 2006
41
1/4
Ultraviolet (2006)
The real blood war is between this movie and the slightly better Aeon Flux, which Wimmer plagiarizes as freely as Equilibrium plagiarized Fahrenheit 451 and The Matrix.
Posted Mar 10, 2006
42
.5/4
Paula's practiced fraud sounds criminal at worst and grounds for civil suits at best, but to Hollywood, it's a romantic comedy....downright repellent.
Posted Mar 10, 2006
43
3/4
Its own bird...gets dryly funnier and more emotionally rich as it goes along, making it a fine way to while away an afternoon.
Posted Mar 9, 2006
44
3/4
Rothemund's film, like last year's Downfall, benefits from its scrupulous treatment of history and generally restrained performances.
Posted Mar 3, 2006
45
2.5/4
Carion old-fashions the true story of the 1914 Christmas truce into sentimental melodrama....it's easy to imagine the story being told more effectively with less labor.
Posted Mar 2, 2006
46
3/4
May prove to be the feel-good movie of the year...the only problem is that we can't enjoy the live performances in their entirety.
Posted Mar 2, 2006
47
2.5/4
16 Blocks (2006)
The grabber premise of trying to evade a cordon of enemies to transport a man just 16 blocks runs low on ingenuity at the halfway point, bogging down in a too-familiar hostage standoff.
Posted Mar 2, 2006
48
3/4
Oliver Twist (2005)
With intelligence and style (inspired by the art of Gustave Doré and Francisco Solé), Polanski makes a rewarding contribution to Dickens' legacy on screen.
Posted Feb 26, 2006
49
3.5/4
[Renoir's] expertise behind the camera--and his driving curiosity for human constructs and human nature...elevate La bete humaine to an unforgettable filmic experience.
Posted Feb 26, 2006
50
2/4
Trudell (2006)
When Trudell expounds on his political philosophies, the film is fascinating, but Rae lets style obscure substance.
Posted Feb 23, 2006