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Groucho Reviews

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
4/4
As ever, Malle's sensitivity is supreme and his delicate style evocative. [Blu-ray]
Posted Mar 27, 2006
11
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
12
4/4
In all their messiness, here are love, sex, society, and family, met with cleansing laughter.
Posted Mar 27, 2006
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
1.5/4
In the film's best scene, Roth interrogates Lange about potatoes. Unfortunately such moments are rare.
Posted Mar 17, 2006
17
2.5/4
Gets by because it knows it's dorky. It's happily dorky. It's proudly dorky.
Posted Mar 17, 2006
18
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
19
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
20
3.5/4
The most fun I've had at the movies this year.
Posted Mar 16, 2006
21
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
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
.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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
2.5/4
Kramer stokes kinetic energy and hard-R intensity...may amount to no more than a punch to the gut, but...it's all in bad fun.
Posted Feb 23, 2006
36
2.5/4
Illusion (2006)
The unabashed melodrama of the flashbacks and present-day climax can't compete with the theatrical oomph provided by Douglas and Marasco...at the picture's spine.
Posted Feb 17, 2006
37
3/4
Night Watch (2006)
The slick, colorful, nicely acted Night Watch is all I ask and never get from Hollywood's monochromatic, humorless vampire pictures.
Posted Feb 17, 2006
38
3.5/4
More movie-biz spoof than postmodern adaptation of the novel, but Winterbottom's film miraculously succeeds in doing both goals a degree of justice.
Posted Feb 17, 2006
39
3/4
Gives a sturdy treatment to an inherently fascinating story.
Posted Feb 17, 2006
40
.5/4
Download the trailer. It's cheaper, quicker, and efficiently shows you everything you think you want to see from the movie.
Posted Feb 17, 2006
41
2.5/4
Eight Below (2006)
Marshall sort of gets away with murder by walking the line of pitiless Antarctic cold and family-film warmth.
Posted Feb 17, 2006
42
2.5/4
Freedomland (2006)
The uncommon flavor and unconventional rhythms of Price's writing make Freedomland compelling.
Posted Feb 17, 2006
43
2/4
Morgan and Wong's snarky iterations on their initial premise don't show much development...a fair diversion but, make no mistake, a waste of time.
Posted Feb 10, 2006
44
2/4
45
2.5/4
The skillful 2D-CGI animation hybrid starts out charmingly enough, with cute sight gags and general monkeying around, but...even kids may lose interest in the labored story.
Posted Feb 10, 2006
46
1.5/4
Firewall (2006)
Play[s] it safe...to sit through this home-invasion scenario yet again, I think we're owed a dead kid. Or at least a contusion. Maybe lightly stun the dog? Toss us a bone here!
Posted Feb 9, 2006
47
2.5/4
Coachella (2006)
Though the acts don't have the heft required for concert-film greatness, they do comprise a sort of screen capture of the decade's musical movement.
Posted Feb 7, 2006
48
2.5/4
A Good Woman (2006)
Strained of much of its Englishness...A Good Woman earns most of its good will from those Wildean epigrams.
Posted Feb 3, 2006
49
1.5/4
Is it too much to hope that the sequel will be "Nanny McPhee vs. Big Momma"? Just asking...
Posted Jan 28, 2006
50
1.5/4
Annapolis (2006)
A corny, eighties throwback, with thematic mushiness, regressive sexual politics, and cheesy montages to match.
Posted Jan 27, 2006