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short, pithy movie reviews by rick mcginnis . click here for dvd reviews
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>reviews< . once upon a time in the midlands
the order
thirteen
american splendor
walking on water
masked & anonymous
the cuckoo
northfork
garage days
swimming pool
owning mahowny
julie walking home
the wild dogs
finding nemo
winged migration
spellbound
down with love
man on the train
swing
the shape of things
if by chance
ten
spun
levity
house of fools
better luck tomorrow
marion bridge
seraphin: heart of stone
laurel canyon
nowhere in africa
boat trip
i am dina
lost in la mancha
irreversible
the hunted
amandla!
bend it like beckham
ayurveda: the art of being
tears of the sun
expecting
blind spot: hitler's secretary
balzac and the little chinese seamstress
gods and generals
fat girl
daredevil
the tunnel
gambling, gods and lsd
the bay of love and sorrows
the burial society
love liza
max
blackboards
monsieur batignole
divine intervention
mad love
the pianist
antwone fisher
saint monica
looking for leonard
the way home
the weight of water
quitting
the orphan of anyang
harry potter and the chamber of secrets
going back
far from heaven
naqoyqatsi
satin rouge
alice's odyssey
the grey zone
i am trying to break your heart
quebec-montreal
perfect pie
brown sugar
pokemon 4 ever
knockaround guys
read my lips
jonah: a veggie tales movie
between strangers
invincible
just a kiss
8 women
spirited away
barbershop
9/11 dvds
one hour photo
the good girl
possession
the believer
lan yu
happy times
the last kiss
spy kids 2: island of lost dreams
the lady and the duke
tadpole
stuart little 2
lovely & amazing
jan dara
devdas
crocodile hunter: collision course
thirteen conversations about one thing
like mike
the emperor's new clothes
minority report
the dangerous lives of altar boys
cherish
nine queens
platform
strass
dogtown and z-boys
time of favor
enigma
crush
beijing bicycle
the mystic masseur
the importance of being earnest
attack of the clones
one hundred steps
son of the bride
on their knees
pauline & paulette
behind the sun
shiner
time out
late marriage
passage to ottawa
lola
the triumph of love
i'm going home
all about the benjamins
new best friend
suspicious river
red green's duct tape forever
maya
the luzhin defense
what's cooking
brother
the irrefutable truth about demons
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"In contemporary movies, we don't deal with issues and we rarely deal with working people. We have moved away from this kind of sophisticated storytelling to a place where everything is stories about someone who has a gun and is coming to kill you. If we did this movie today, if we could even get it done, we would feel compelled to kick it up, to really exploit the violent aspects in the story. That's the problem. Movies are not set in the real world today. We're much more into a comic-book sensibility. We've gotten more and more divorced from films about people."

-Barry Levenson on On The Waterfront in the New York Times (04.26.02)
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>more reviews< . last orders
festival in cannes
tortilla soup
the rhino brothers
harrison's flowers
resident evil
l.i.e.
mariages
mean machine
under the sand
italian for beginners
dog days
john q.
the son's room
slackers
the endurance
brotherhood of the wolf
the fourth angel
the mothman prophecies
black hawk down
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"Movies are fading because they are not as visually urgent, alive and sexy as they were. We are not turned on by looking as we once were. And so stills that once felt like eroticized paper to some of us - a sheen like shining skin - are beginning to be relics. That is the larger tragedy, and the graver issue."

-David Thomson in Salon (01.17.02)
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>more reviews< . kate & leopold
joe somebody
jimmy neutron: boy genius
not another teen movie
la cienaga
behind enemy lines
the taste of others
the princess & the warrior
from hell
two can play that game
century hotel
mulholland drive
apocalypse now redux
ghost world

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"Perhaps they want much more from entertainment than the civilized, but limited, rational pleasures of genre pieces. More likely, and the box-office returns support this, they want something different. Audiences that enjoy the shocks and falsifications, the brutal series of titillations of a Mondo Cane, one thrill after another, don't care any longer about the conventions of the past, and are too restless and apathetic to pay attention to motivations and complications, cause and effect. They want less effort, more sensations, more knobs to turn."

- Pauline Kael, "Are Movies Going to Pieces?" Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 1964
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>more reviews< . rush hour 2
legally blonde
calle 54
the uncles
taboo
gangster no. 1
sexy beast
atlantis: the lost empire
what's the worst that could happen?
pearl harbor
the center of the world
a knight's tale
boesman & lena
blow
beautiful creatures
heartbreakers
enemy at the gates
company man
blow dry
vatel
head over heels
snatch
before night falls
in the mood for love
tigerland
in a savage land
thirteen days
charlie's angels
all the pretty horses
tomcats
antitrust
bring it on
crouching tiger, hidden dragon
duets
drunken master
meet the parents
smiling fish and goat on fire
the sixth day
one day in september
nurse betty
saint jude
lost souls
remember the titans
the terrorist
space cowboys
the wedding
beautiful
stardom
urbania
the family man
woman on top
water drops on burning rocks
x-men
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2 - you might have better things to do
3 - a decent matinee
4 - you won't hate it
5 - will change your life (maybe)


 
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