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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible III

Any blockbuster sequel with a roman numeral III at the end of its title is only as good as its featured villain. Let’s be truthful, if only to ourselves: we’ve seen the heroes before. We know they’re fighting to save our nation. We know they will be...

Movie Review: American Dreamz

Some satires, like Network, hold a mirror up to society and say, "Here is what you look like. Hate yourself." Other satires, such as American Dreamz, hold up a fun house mirror and say, "How ridiculous you look! So let’s all have a good laugh and...

Movie Review: Friends With Money

submitted by Susan Frank Friends With Money isn’t about friendship, but it is definitely about money. Of course, as I often say (usually in reference to geopolitical upheavals), it’s ALWAYS about money. Especially in Los Angeles, as depicted by writer and...

Movie Review: Inside Man

submitted by Susan Frank "Perfectly Planned Painting" is what the sign on the side of the panel truck reads, as it pulls up in front of the New York City bank about to be robbed by Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) and his band of robbers-disguised-as-painters in...

MOVIE REVIEW: LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN

submitted by Susan Frank Lucky Number Slevin, from its dyslexic title to its film noir pretensions to its flashback/switchback plot sequence, is designed to distract the audience from the disappointing realities of the film. For all its star-studded cast and arty...

MOVIE REVIEW: THANK YOU FOR SMOKING

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." These are the words of Cardinal Richelieu, master political manipulator, religious oppressor, and all-around fun guy of 17th Century...

MOVIE REVIEW: FAILURE TO LAUNCH

Susan Frank Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) is thirty five years old, gainfully employed, commitment-phobic, and happily living with his long-suffering parents who tend to his every need. He pays no rent, contributes nothing to the household, and brings his dates back to...

Movie Review – Mrs Henderson Presents

Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins put on a great show  In the darkest days of World War II, the Windmill Theater in London’s Soho district was an emblem for the indomitable British spirit, even as Hitler’s bombs threatened to destroy the city. "We Never...

Movie Review – MATCH POINT

MATCHPOINT, written and directed by Woody Allen I have never been a diligent student of Woody Allen’s movies. I have, however, watched his movies for decades, starting with his directorial debut in What’s Up Tiger Lily? in 1966. I thought the movie was...