Movie Reviews

‘Charlie’ angles, but misses

The Truth About Charlie is a remake of Charade and, as it happens, also directed by Demme. It does beg the question, why remake a Hitchcock homage when you’ve already done your own?

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Packing emotional ‘Punch’

Punch-Drunk Love is one of those movies that when you try to describe it to friends, you politely smile, then hem and haw, grasping for just the right words.

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Star quality

So maybe one day you were scarfing down your weekly Pat’s steak and noticed klieg lights and a police barricade. Was that … ? Isn’t that … ?

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Suit of charmer

So why did I have absolutely no difficulty believing his character in The Tuxedo would get tongue-tied when faced with the task of asking a woman out on a date? I have a relatively simple answer: The man can act.

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Just his type

Secretary is at once a disturbingly honest manifesto on the role sex plays in our society and a wicked satire on the same subject. Of course, these days what passes for satire is generally wimpy. But Secretary manages to make its point while making you smile at the same time. Of course, some audience members will be smiling for their own reasons, but more on that a little later.

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These Sisters’ can act

Watching Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon go at it in The Banger Sisters is a little like seeing two future hall-of-fame baseball players face other while backed by inferior teams. You’re happy you got tickets but you would have liked to have seen a better game.

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Flunking out

I’ve never been much of a sports fan, but when the NCAA tournament was at the Spectrum in the early ‘90s, I decided to go. I’m glad I went because I saw Duke play Kentucky in what many say was one of the greatest college hoops games of all time. I must lead some sort of charmed life because I recently was witness to history once again. I just saw Stealing Harvard and I can say without hesitation that it is one of the worst movies of all time.

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Love and ‘Wars’

In Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones, George Lucas redeems himself in a big way. The special effects are mind-boggling, there is actually a decent story and the movie makes you look forward to the next one. It also proves that even long ago and far away, women dug bad boys.

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Short-sited thriller

The Internet is an easy place to lose yourself. It’s nothing at all to adopt another persona and say things with impunity that you otherwise would never say. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day an enterprising filmmaker comes along and makes a really brilliant horror film on the subject. I saw FearDotCom the other night and I’m here to tell you we’re gonna have to wait a little longer for that one.

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Negative developments

I’ve never been a fan of Robin Williams the comedian. He was always a little too much for me. Whenever he’s on a talk show, he seems just a tad too eager to please.

Much has been made of Williams’ recent streak of dark film roles. He played a murderer in Insomnia and a deranged kiddie-show host in Death to Smoochy. This amuses me. He might make most people laugh but he has always scared me a little bit — like being around someone who has been through a terrible tragedy yet feels compelled to crack a joke every two seconds.

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