Mr. Showbiz

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 K-PAX (2001) Cody Clark Shows signs of intelligent life. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2001
Thirteen Ghosts (2001) Michael Atkinson A nicely nasty Halloween treat. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2001
Donnie Darko (2001) Michael Atkinson A captivating dark vision. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2001
On the Line (2001) Kevin Maynard A romantic comedy that's thinner than a copy of Bop magazine and proves, once again -- see Carey, Mariah -- that the transition from pop star to thespian is no easy leap to make. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2001
Life as a House (2001) Kevin Maynard By-the-numbers, ailment-of-the-week fodder dressed up with a classy cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2001
High Heels and Low Lifes (2001) Kevin Maynard A mostly smart attempt to resurrect Ealing Studios-style hijinks. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2001
Dinner Rush (2000) Kevin Maynard A funny, frenetic, and often quite touching microcosm of the Big Apple life itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2001
Bones (2001) Kevin Maynard Stylish and ingratiatingly goofy. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2001
4/5 Aberdeen (2000) Kevin Maynard [A] frank father-daughter drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2001
2/5 Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000) Michael Atkinson A predictable exercise in fake tawdriness and half-nude psychodrama. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2001
3/5 From Hell (2001) Cody Clark Great atmosphere, thin mystery. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2001
Riding in Cars With Boys (2001) Kevin Maynard A funny, poignant adaptation of Beverly D'Onofrio's autobiography, and a chick flick that's refreshingly sap-free. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2001
Intimacy (2001) Kevin Maynard Intimacy feeds on its achingly honest lead performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2001
Waking Life (2001) Michael Atkinson Somewhat hit-and-miss, but just when you think Linklater's philosophizing and his digital foofaraw are about to try your patience, both begin to cohere and resonate. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2001
Focus (2001) Kevin Maynard Arty lighting and shadows can't compensate for a plodding script and shallow characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2001
The Last Castle (2001) Cody Clark Polished prison-flick popcorn. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2001
2/5 Fat Girl (2001) Kevin Maynard Disturbing and disjointed. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2001
1/5 Megiddo (2001) Cody Clark Once the action starts to kick in, Megiddo morphs, minute by minute and scene by scene, into a Mystery Science Theater smorgasbord. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2001
Bandits (2001) Kevin Maynard Lock these desperadoes up and throw away the key. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2001
Corky Romano (2001) Kevin Maynard Frankly, there wouldn't have been enough shtick here to warrant an SNL skit. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2001
Better Than Sex (2000) Kevin Maynard A pretty minor affair, an outdated Aussie About Last Night. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2001
Who Knows? (2001) Kevin Maynard Turns into an overextended intellectual conceit when it ought to be simply sophisticated fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2001
Mulholland Dr. (2001) Michael Atkinson The results haunt the back of your skull. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2001
3/5 Burning Money (2000) Kevin Maynard This bed-swapping crime story is ultimately too protracted, but Piñeyro's direction is richly atmospheric, full of noir shadows and strong period detail. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2001
3/5 Extreme Days (2001) Cody Clark Silly but worth the ride. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2001
Max Keeble's Big Move (2001) Cody Clark If there's no way to avoid seeing Keeble's Big Move, take along a book, ideally a hefty one. With the proper arm speed and angle of release, you can probably nail the projectionist. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2001
Training Day (2001) Kevin Maynard Training Day is mesmerizing entertainment, but it's also a cop-out. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2001
2/5 Grateful Dawg (2000) Kevin Maynard The movie's too mellow cool for its own good. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2001
4/5 Serendipity (2001) Kevin Maynard While this romantic confection is about as substantial as the frozen hot cocoa they serve at the titular Upper East Side restaurant, it's appealing cast and snowbound, fairy-tale NYC locations make it go down easy. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2001
() Michael Atkinson Feels like a long drive in circles, with no destination worth getting to. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2001
Don't Say a Word (2001) Kevin Maynard Nothing more than one more run-of- the-mill, surprise-free, suspense programmer. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2001
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) Cody Clark Too formulaic and discursive to engage our emotions. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2001
Zoolander (2001) Kevin Maynard More than goofy enough to finish with style. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2001
Born Romantic (2000) Kevin Maynard The actors are good enough to make it all work. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2001
4/5 Go Tigers! (2001) Kevin Maynard A complex, revealing look at a year in the life of a small town and the tangled politics of the citizens' blind love of the game. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2001
Glitter (2001) Kevin Maynard Only diehard Mariah fans, 11-year-old girls, or anyone truly desperate to escape last week's terror might find some reason to sit through this bland, bloated, self-addressed valentine. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2001
Liam (2000) Kevin Maynard An emotionally devastating chronicle of the disintegration of a family. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2001
2/5 Kill Me Later (2001) Kevin Maynard Badly employing all kinds of tricks ... [Lustig] ultimately overpowers her actors and does in her own film. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2001
2/5 Vengo (2000) Kevin Maynard Both an ode to the passion of Spanish flamenco dancing and a polemic about the transitory state of the gypsy people it sprang from, Vengo doesn't succeed as either. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2001
1/5 Soul Survivors (2001) Michael Atkinson Soulless, spookless sludge. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2001
The Glass House (2001) Kevin Maynard A stinky wedge of domestic thriller cheese. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2001
Famous (2000) Michael Atkinson As amusing and sharply performed as it is, Lisa Picard quickly grows thin and dull. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2001
Haiku Tunnel (2001) Kevin Maynard This is satire on the giddy level of The Simpsons. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2001
Hardball (2001) Cody Clark Strikes out looking. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2001
2/5 Two Can Play That Game (2001) Cody Clark A feature-length movie demands a story, and this one barely has the substance of an anecdote. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2001
L.I.E. (2001) Kevin Maynard Cuesta's film never succumbs to Larry Clark-esque seediness. The film's take on Oliver Twist is utterly dispassionate and all the more creepy and compelling for offering us no clues as to what will happen between Big John and Howie. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2001
Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope (2000) Kevin Maynard A compelling examination of masculinity and machismo. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2001
The Musketeer (2001) Cody Clark In its fast-food way, this is an acceptable addition to the all-for-one canon. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2001
Our Lady of the Assassins (2000) Michael Atkinson Strives for political points while it's whiffing on simplicities like character, motivation, and believability. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2001
Rock Star (2001) Kevin Maynard There's more drama in one episode of VH1's Behind the Music, more irony in This Is Spinal Tap, and more reality in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2001