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White boy from Deep South sings soul music on new album

November 10, 2004 Audrey Levine 0

There is something good cooking in the Deep South and it isn’t fried chicken – it’s Marc Broussard, a singer and songwriter extraordinaire who is finally finding success in the music world.

Broussard’s second CD, “Carencro,” released on Aug. 3, is a cross between pop, rock and soul, as it mixes these styles together to create a beautiful blend of rich melodies and lyrics for spending an evening with friends or a romantic evening with that special someone. […]

Quirky existensial film raises big question for its viewers

November 4, 2004 Donna Green 0

Perhaps we’ve all wondered, at one point or another, why it is that we are here. Is our entire existence part of some interrelated work? Are there no coincidences? Or, does everything stand on its own, isolated from some larger meaning?

In David O. Russell’s latest film, the existential comedy “I Heart Huckabees,” these are the questions that poet and environmentalist Albert Markovski tries to answer. […]

Zombie flick spoofs horror genre conventions

October 13, 2004 Tom Dunford 0

“Shaun of the Dead” is a movie that doesn’t overstay its welcome – which is good, because it is doubtful that the film’s premise could sustain one more second over its 99-minute running time.

The movie stars Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote the screenplay, as Shaun, an underachieving Brit who may just be the most oblivious person ever to have lived. […]

‘Ladder 49’ showcases everyday heroism of firemen

October 13, 2004 Donna Green 0

While there are many action films that focus on the impossible quests of a perfect hero, there are very few films that focus on the heroics of everyday men. “Ladder 49” is one of these few: the film tells the story of firemen, a group that is all too often left out of the headlines. […]

Green Day makes political rock opera

October 6, 2004 Ashley Marty 0

“Dearly beloved, are you listening?” The new Green Day rock opera album, “American Idiot,” is worth more than a listen; it deserves repeated play and praise. The band’s first entirely new album since 2000’s “Warning,” “American Idiot” may very well be one of the best rock albums of the year – if not the best. […]

Cheap plot gimmicks spoil Moore’s good performance

October 6, 2004 Tom Dunford 0

A note to the reader: this review contains spoilers and should not be read by those interested in being surprised by the plot of “The Forgotten.” Just be advised that said surprises are worth neither your time nor your money.

“The Forgotten” plays like the worst episode of “The X-Files.” […]

Sports serve better game than romance in new film

October 6, 2004 Donna Green 0

Fearing that he is getting too old to compete, Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) gears up for his last stint at Wimbledon. And thus begins “Wimbledon,” a film about a quest not only for victory, but for love as well. While flawed in many respects, “Wimbledon” is an enjoyable film that captures some genuine emotion on screen. […]

Bernie Mac scores hit in spite of formulaic plotline

September 29, 2004 Tom Dunford 0

“Mr. 3000” builds a quietly affecting motion picture from one of the most contrived premises ever to hit the silver screen. This near-miraculous feat is due, in no small part, to the wise and funny performance of lead Bernie Mac.

Mac stars as Stan Ross, one of those creeps who we only come across in movies. […]

Emmy awards mix predictability with surprise

September 29, 2004 Audrey Levine 0

The 56th Annual Emmy Awards came and went, leaving a lasting memory of the same nominees, the same winners and Elaine Stritch’s brassy comment while accepting her award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Show, “Look at the company I’m in. […]

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