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April 2003 Archives

The squeals of joy from the audience began as soon as Hilary Duff’s name appeared in the credits and quickly escalated into sounds only dogs could hear as Duff, playing Lizzie McGuire, worked her way through guaranteed girl-pleasers: Lizzie is […]

It’s bigger, badder, and better than the first one, but in essence, what I said the first time applies to this one, too: Let’s get right to the point. Extremely cool special effects? Check. Highly overqualified actors bringing Shakespearian line […]

This is not your parents’ spring break. There is no sign of Gidget at the bump-and-grind dances or the topless-but-for-whipped-cream contest. The bands on stage are singing lyrics explicit to a different order of magnitude than those of the Beach […]

You keep hoping for this movie to be better than it is. But it never is. I wanted to like it a lot. First, I am a sucker for family dramas, where people confront each other for not saying “I […]

It was a dark and stormy night. Ten strangers are stranded at a seedy motel. And then, as one of them later explains, “people started dying.” At first, it seems that they have nothing in common: a movie star (Rebecca […]

Yes, it’s dumb and yes, it’s a 15-minute skit stretched out to 80 minutes, but I have to admit it — it is very funny. MTV’s Jamie Kennedy plays Brad Gluckman, son of a wealthy man (Ryan O’Neal) who is […]

Here is how cool Hong Kong action superstar Chow Yun-Fat (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) is: while clearly capable of outshining just about anyone and anything in movies today, instead he manages to somehow shine his coolness over everything around him, […]

The “con” in “con man” comes from the word “confidence,” because a con man doesn’t use stealth or force to steal from his victims — he wins their confidence, and so they give him their money, often happily, always greedily, […]

Chiquita Banana and the Frito Bandito were subtle compared to the caricatures of Latino culture in this movie, but because it was created by Latinos, it is supposed to be all right. The story is basically a salsa-flavored but otherwise […]

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