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  • Cult Hit for Nobody

    published December 29, 2005

    Nowhere Man (Image Entertainment) There's good reason why you've never heard of this UPN show from the mid-'90s, which lasted... More >>

  • The Reel Truth

    published December 29, 2005

    If you go to Rotten Tomatoes, the website that compiles more than 100 film critics' reviews each week, you will find at the top of the "Certified... More >>

  • The Flunk-Out

    published December 29, 2005

    Buck Henry walks into a studio boss's office and pitches him a movie. Says it's gonna be a sequel to a movie he wrote called The Graduate,... More >>

  • Tragedy Re-Revisited

    published December 22, 2005

    Those who will sit around wondering whether Munich is the work of an anti-Israeli or just a self-hating Jew -- which is to say,... More >>

  • Love the Sin

    published December 15, 2005

    Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of... More >>

  • Ape Escape

    published December 15, 2005

    For whatever reason, the modernized, comic redo of King Kong released exactly 29 years ago has become less the "pop classic" that... More >>

  • Oh, Joy

    published December 15, 2005

    One cannot, in good conscience, describe the countless strands of plot and strains of characters skittering through The Family Stone... More >>

  • Sweat Along With Russell

    published December 8, 2005

    Cinderella Man (Universal) Back in the Great Depression, boxing matches only cost a nickel, and the ring was uphill both ways.... More >>

  • Blood for Oil

    published December 8, 2005

    Warner Bros. put $50 million into Syriana and allowed writer-director Stephen Gaghan as much time and travel as necessary to... More >>

  • Homewreckers on DVD

    published December 1, 2005

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Fox) The pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both in real life and on celluloid, is so obvious as... More >>

  • Common Cold

    published November 24, 2005

    A few weeks ago, Harold Ramis was sitting in a hotel conference room discussing the subtext of The Ice Harvest, his new film based... More >>

  • A Very Long Run

    published November 17, 2005

    Born to Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't the... More >>

  • Hello, He's Not Johnny Cash

    published November 17, 2005

    It seems like so much nitpicking, but why is the Johnny Cash biopic called Walk the Line when a far better name would have been... More >>

  • Blessed Are the Buttmunches

    published November 10, 2005

    Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume One (Paramount) This three-disc, 40-episode volume chronicling... More >>

  • Love at First Fight

    published November 10, 2005

    Keira Knightley, who is all of twenty but has the grace and gravitas of someone a good decade older, probably considers herself the luckiest lass... More >>

  • The Force Runs Its Course

    published November 3, 2005

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucasfilm Ltd.) The final installment of the Star Wars saga... More >>

  • Killing Time

    published November 3, 2005

    If Jarhead, director Sam Mendes and writer William Broyles Jr.'s adaptation of Anthony Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir, seems at all... More >>

  • Past Prime

    published November 3, 2005

    With a name like Prime, a movie had better be about something more than an older woman digging on a younger man, much to the... More >>

  • Cameron Crowing

    published October 27, 2005

    Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount Home Video) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Titanic... More >>

  • A Family Adrift

    published October 27, 2005

    Writer and director Noah Baumbach has made three light films, one so slight (1997's party-hopping Highball) that it didn't see release... More >>

  • Scattered Dour

    published October 27, 2005

    The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage as a disappointment of a son and a failure of a father, was screened for critics in the... More >>

  • Crowe's Feat

    published October 20, 2005

    Cameron Crowe recalls how, in 1982, he had to fight with Universal Studios execs over the soundtrack to a little movie he had written called... More >>

  • Writes and Wrongs

    published October 20, 2005

    This fall, the roll call of gigantic ghosts inhabiting cinematic biographies continues unabated, with Joaquin Phoenix as a shrunken Johnny Cash in... More >>

  • Why We Need DVDs

    published October 13, 2005

    Arrested Development: Season Two (Fox Home Entertainment) The best show on TV -- which you'd know, if you actually... More >>

  • Crowe Flies Home

    published October 13, 2005

    It happened almost with the first step off the airplane at the Toronto airport last month. Someone, a friend or merely a concerned stranger, would... More >>

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