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March 2005
Week of March 21st through March 25th

FILM

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Hostage Review (in Film )
Negotiate your way to this film in the perfect non-hostage venue: your house.

The Pacifier Review (in Film )
It does have some entertaining moments, but essentially is a half-hour sitcom beaten into two hours.

The Exorcist DVD Review (in Film )


Diary of a Mad Black Woman Review (in Film )
The balance of comedy and drama is wildly uneven in this film, but fans of the play will come out in droves to see Madea on the big screen.

Downfall Review (in Film )
It is a bold film that captures the sociopathic and delusional Hitler without portraying him as an unfeeling monster.

Hitch Review (in Film )

Will Smith brings back his comedic chops that made him a hit on TV and brings in Kevin James, who basically steals the films in his first try at the big screen.

Constantine Review (in Film )
It's a bewildering mess of special effects and truly horrid performances.

Imaginary Heroes Review (in Film )
The only saving grace is the performance of Sigourney Weaver, who props up the entire cast with her formidable screen presence.

The Wedding Date Review (in Film )
There's nothing entertaining at all to this; there's no redeeming qualities, so suck it up and prepare to be bored.

Are We There Yet? Review (in Film )
Unfortunately, while there are a few laughs, "Are We There Yet?" has one too many gags that should have been edited from jump start.

Ray DVD Review (in Film )
This passionate DVD is loaded with Behind the Scenes footage, Celebrity interviews, tour performance clips & a 2 page photo scrapbook/scene selector.

Alone in the Dark Review (in Film )
Avoid this one at all costs, even if it’s on TV and you have one channel. 



The Donnie McClurkin Story DVD Review (in Film )
This passionate DVD is loaded with Behind the Scenes footage, Celebrity interviews, tour performance clips & a 2 page photo scrapbook/scene selector.

Mary J. Blige LA Concert DVD review (in Film )
In this DVD you can find tons of extra’s including a performance done in 70s style with bright colors and black images multiplying to many as Mary sings “Free” in video form.
 
Coach Carter (in Film )
The performances by the cast are appealing enough that it overshadows the clichéd story.
 
Elektra (in Film )
It’s so poorly written and executed; I could spend an hour pointing out the gaping holes in the plot.
 
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (in Film )
It’s fascinating to see the subtle change from disaffected man to dangerous individual and
Sean Penn makes the transition look effortless.
 
In Good Company (in Film )
Well written and entertaining, Quaid and Grace provide the perfect balance between drama and comedy.
 
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (in Film )
Carrey is having a wonderful time playing all sorts of characters, but his ubiquitous presence takes away from the heart of the story, which is about the kids and their adventures.
 
The Woodsman (in Film )
Thanks to good screenplay and a tight direction and superb performances from the cast, The Woodsman is a bold and nerve racking film that will leave you haunted at the end.
 
Catwoman (DVD Review) (in Film )
While nothing has change on the DVD like a Director's Cut or something,  the DVD DOES OFFER SOMETHING WORTH NOTING.
 
Mary J. Blige (DVD Review) (in Film )
This DVD is a must for any Mary J. Blige aficionado.
 
The Phantom of the Opera (in Film )
Helmed by veteran director Joel Schumacher, the screen version is a lavish spectacle that's sure to thrill some and disappoint others, but it's good enough to be well worth the price of admission.
 
The Aviator (in Film )
With DiCaprio as Hughes, Scorsese may finally walk on the podium and collect the golden statue. Not only is "The Aviator" is stunning and entertaining, but everyone in the cast from Leonardo on down is outstanding.
 
Million Dollar Baby (in Film )
Believe me folks; this is no female version of “Rocky”. It’s much more than that, for Eastwood, Swank, and Morgan Freeman each give out a dose of great acting in this powerful and moving film.
 
Hotel Rwanda (in Film )
"Hotel Rwanda" is one of the most powerful films to come out this year. Don Cheadle has always been a good actor but with this film, he has raised his own bar to excellence.
 
The Sea Inside (in Film )
Amenabar does a phenomenal job as writer and director.  He puts himself alongside the great Spanish directors with his work on The Sea Inside.
 
Beyond the Sea (in Film )
Kevin Spacey’s turn as star and director of Beyond the Sea yields mixed results.
 
Ocean's 12 (in Film )
Sitting through Ocean's Twelve is like spending two hours watching advertisements for a trendy fashion magazine, beautiful people dressed in stylish clothes smiling and doing nothing. 
Pray they have the decency to not subjugate us to an Ocean's Thirteen.
 
The House of Flying Daggers (in Film )
Flying Daggers is an enormously entertaining film.  It moves at a quick pace and throttles you with slickly choreographed fights.

After the Sunset (in Film )
What you get with this film is an unoriginal concept using the backdrop of a resort to lure us to see a heist film where our time is only thing that was stolen. Together, Salma and Pierce present a good chemistry, but separately Pierce has no funny bones when trying to make a comedic scene with Woody Harrelson work.

A Very Long Engagement (in Film )
The film is a sweeping cinematic odyssey of young lovers separated by the savagery of war. It is a stunning achievement, brilliantly shot, designed, and executed on a grand scale.

Alexander (in Film )
Stone made an epic that rivals the best in Hollywood history and a damned entertaining movie that is sure to sweep multiplex audiences along in its beguiling thrall.

Finding Neverland (in Film )
"Finding Neverland" is full of wit, emotion, adventure, and mystery that will inspire all ages to come see why and how Peter Pan was born. Inspired by true events, "Finding Neverland" is one the year's best films.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD (in Film )
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is the best of three Harry Potter films presented on the big screen thus far. Fans will embrace the maturity of the characters, ponder the mystery that is set for them and enjoy the adventure that will bring them back for more.

 
Bad Education (in Film )
La Mala Educacion (The Bad Education) is an unfortunate step back from the excellence of Almodovar's recen t work.  He goes sexually overboard and loses sight of the narrative.  The result is an incredibly poor third act that will leave you unsatisfied and disappointed.

 
Ray (in Film )
This film and Foxx's performance has been talked about for most of the year and after seeing it, I concur, that Foxx has definitely reached the peak where Denzel, Will Smith, and Morgan Freeman are now as  "Ray" is truly one of the best films this year.
 
Vera Drake (in Film )
Vera Drake, the latest film from British auteur Mike Leigh, is quite possibly the best abortion drama ever made.  It is an emotional powerhouse, deeply moving and complex with an astonishing, bravura performance from lead actress Imelda Staunton.
 
Shall We Dance? (in Film )
The new version which stars Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Jennifer Lopez, brings in the same format, but it doesn't really transcend well with an American audience, and Lopez's role is so wooden that it leaves the film with mixed results.

Hair Show (in Film )
Another low budget, low expectational; classified "Black Exploitation" film filled with brand name actors that make the film go nowhere...again.
Friday Night Lights (in Film )
It is far from perfect and not in the league of the great sports films, but is an accomplished effort and well worth seeing
 
Taxi (in Film )
Taxi is  film that has plenty of action, laughs, and sex appeal. While the film has the look of a cliché buddy movie, Latifah and Fallon bring in their own flair of comedic skills to make a difference and take you on a New York joyride.
Stage Beauty (in Film )
Billy Crudup, who has been so underrated an actor, shows just how good he is in playing the role of a female and male. It's his performance that takes the film from being dull and stage-like to exhilarating and entertaining.
I Heart Huckabees (in Film )
Huckabees is a tremendously clever satire of modern culture. It is a wacky, peculiar film that'll have you bored with pretentiousness or extolling its genius.
Woman Thou Art Loosed (in Film )
This true to life film is a moving, fearful, emotional ride that will have the audience's attention from the very beginning, to the very tearful and dramatic ending.
A Dirty Shame (in Film )
John Waters is in a class by himself.  His schlocky B-movies are either funny as hell or god awful.  This film unfortunately falls into the latter category.
Motorcycle Diaries (in Film )
Walter Salles, the acclaimed Brazilian director of Central Station, achieves greatness here. He tells a sublimely provocative story, but never forgets that his characters are on an epic journey.
Silver City (in Film )
Silver City is a thinking man's film. It has an involved storyline that requires attention from the viewer. Watch it for excellent filmmaking and Sayles's political ideology.
Head in the Clouds (in Film )
Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron are a real life couple, but have no chemistry whatsoever in the film. The love story is not convincingly portrayed and that theme is the arc of the film. 
The Cookout (in Film )
It's time to drop all pretenses and call out the people inundating us with an unrelenting stream of cinematic garbage. The Cookout is a good idea with a terrible script. 
Suspect Zero (in Film )
Suspect Zero is another failed attempt in the serial killer genre. The studio behind this would save themselves loads of money in marketing and distribution by sending this straight to video.  It's that bad.
Vanity Fair (in Film )
Mira Nair, the renowned Indian director behind Monsoon Wedding, really overstretches the scope of the story.The result is a disjointed film that becomes incredibly tedious to watch.
We Don't Live Here Anymore (in Film )
We Don't Live Here Anymore is an intense, personal drama about two married couples and their reactions to infidelity. The acting is absolutely superb.  Every performance is unique and right on the money.
Hero (in Film )
Alien Vs. Predator (in Film )
The Manchurian Candidate (in Film )
She Hate Me (in Film )
The Bourne Supremacy (in Film )
The Village (in Film )
Garden State (in Film )
Catwoman (in Film )
I, Robot (in Film )
The Door in the Floor (in Film )
Anchorman (in Film )
Spider-Man 2 (in Film )
The Clearing (in Film )
First Look: Brother to Brother
Before Sunset (in Film )
White Chicks (in Film )
Fahrenheit 9/11 (in Film )
The Terminal (in Film )
The Chronicles of Riddick (in Film )
Spartan DVD Review (in Film )
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (in Film )
I'll Sing For You (in Film )
The Day After Tomorrow (in Film )
Baadasssss! (in Film )
Soul Plane (in Film )
Raising Helen (in Film )
Saved (in Film )
Shrek 2 (in Film )
Troy (in Film )
Coffee & Cigarettes (in Film )
Laws of Attraction (in Film )
Mean Girls (in Film )
Man on Fire (in Film )
The Agronomist (in Film )
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (in Film )
Connie and Carla (in Film )
The Punisher (in Film )
The Girl Next Door (in Film )
The Alamo (in Film )
Johnson Family Vacation (in Film )
Hellboy (in Film )
Walking Tall (in Film )
Home on the Range (in Film )
The United States of Leland (in Film )
The Prince and Me (in Film )
Jersey Girl (in Film )
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (in Film )
The Lady Killers (in Film )
Never Die Alone (in Film )
Secret Window (in Film )
Dawn of the Dead (in Film )
Bon Voyage (in Film )
Starsky and Hutch (in Film )
Spartan (in Film )
Agent Cody Banks: Destination London (in Film )
Hidalgo (in Film )
Matchstick Men DVD Review (in Film )
Welcome to Mooseport (in Film )
Eurotrip (in Film )
50 First Dates (in Film )
Barbershop 2 (in Film )
The Dreamers (in Film )
You Got Served (in Film )
The Big Bounce (in Film )
The Perfect Score (in Film )
Only the Strong DVD Review (in Film )
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (in Film )
Torque (in Film )
Belly DVD Release (in Film )
My Baby's Daddy (in Film )
HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG (in Film )
COLD MOUNTAIN (in Film )
PAYCHECK (in Film )
Girl with a Pearl Earring (in Film )
The Last Samurai (in Film )
 
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (in Film )
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