Cliches and wine are keys to this successful road trip

February 2, 2005 Donna Green 0

Can a movie about two middle-aged men on a wine tasting tour through California’s wine country be interesting? Yes, it most certainly can. In fact, “Sideways” is not only interesting, but it is also truly superb in every aspect of filmmaking. It is one of those unique films that can successfully cross boundaries, ultimately appealing to just about everyone who sees it. […]

Masked man lures young starlet to find her angel

February 2, 2005 Audrey Levine 0

A movie is only as good as the strength of its cast and crew. And a musical is only as good as its songs. Fortunately, “Phantom of the Opera” is both.

The movie, adapted from the play by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is a masterpiece in its transition from stage to screen. […]

Superb directing unlocks door to mad millionaire’s epic life

January 26, 2005 Tom Dunford 0

He stands in the men’s room, motionless, petrified by fear. The last towel has been used and the doorknob must be turned for him to make his exit. Yet, he cannot do this. Everything in the room is filthy and covered in germs.

In this small scene from Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” we see the Howard Hughes we know from tabloid covers, the mad millionaire who locked himself in a tower above the Las Vegas strip, wearing tissue box shoes to cover his uncut toenails. […]

Sequel proves that three fockers are funnier than one

January 26, 2005 Monique Reuben 5

If you have yet to hit the theaters to see the highly anticipated and hilarious comedy “Meet the Fockers,” you’re denying yourself quality entertainment. The film is the sequel to the 2000 blockbuster “Meet the Parents.” Although it has been four years since the introduction of the laughable and lovable characters known as the Fockers and the Byrnes, this film proves the wait was definitely worthwhile. […]

A chance meeting inspires the magic of Neverland

December 8, 2004 Daniela Flores 0

People often find that it’s the smallest things that change their lives forever: it can be anything from deciding to stay in one night to bumping into a perfect stranger on the street. In “Finding Neverland,” it was sitting on a park bench one afternoon that changed the life of Sir James Mathew Barrie. […]

All-star cast leads film that seeks honesty in infidelity

December 8, 2004 Donna Green 0

I went to see “Closer” this past weekend, thinking that it would be a light movie, possibly mixed with some troubling romance. When I heard someone compare the film to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” I thought he was surely mistaken. There was no way that “Closer” could possibly be as biting and insightful as the classic Edward Albee play and respected Mike Nichols film. […]

Alternative band up to its old ‘antics’ on newest album

December 8, 2004 Matthew K. Fair 0

The task of recording a follow-up to Interpol’s debut album, 2002’s “Turn on the Bright Lights,” must have been daunting to the young band. Their premiere was very close to a masterpiece.

Coming out of New York University in 1998, the band had gained some local notoriety, appearing frequently in Brownie’s and the Mercury Lounge. […]

Reunited pop supergroup’s new album proves a disappointment

December 1, 2004 Monique Reuben 0

The lovely ladies of Destiny’s Child are back three years later with their highly-anticipated new album, “Destiny Fulfilled.” The question is – has Destiny’s Child fulfilled our musical appetites this time around?

Well, it seems as though the trio was so determined to reunite, it forgot the formula that made its three previous releases successful. […]

Rising songwriter-pianist more than Fiona Apple sound-alike

December 1, 2004 Diana Ling 0

When first introduced to Rachael Yamagata’s full-length debut “Happenstance,” most listeners and critics compare her to Fiona Apple. But although Yamagata’s smoky vocals and jazz-inflected piano playing do bear a striking resemblance to that of the waifish, angry songstress of late ’90s rock, their similarities end here. […]

Sequel has same quirky characters, less pleasing plot

December 1, 2004 Jaclyn English 0

If you are looking for a replica of “Bridget Jones’ Diary” in the movie’s sequel, it is just about certain that you will not be pleased with “The Edge of Reason.”

However, if you long to see Bridget and her antics on-screen again, then the new flick should satisfy your craving. […]

Anderson’s cult following anticipates his newest release

December 1, 2004 Donna Green 0

With just three movies behind him and a fourth – “The Life Aquatic” – that is due in theaters soon, Wes Anderson has quickly become one of the most popular contemporary directors. He is loved for his quirkiness and dark humor and admired for his uncanny visuals and creative ability behind the camera. […]

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