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Snackass

The dark side of the fast-food nation turns into the stunt documentary Super Size Me.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If Johnny Knoxville went back to college and got his master’s degree in public health—assuming Johnny can read and write—his dissertation might have been Super Size Me. It’s a comedic documentary about a stunt: A guy named Morgan...

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Riddick Blow

Vin Diesel returns in the bloated, ponderous sequel The Chronicles of Riddick.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Riddick has a middle initial. Honest to God, Vin Diesel’s amoral killing machine with glow-in-the-dark eyes and impeccable delts is named Richard B. Riddick. Does it stand for Broderick? Billy Bob? Beatrice? Boy, I’m a Terrible Character to...

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Child’s Play

I’m Not Scaredrestores faith in thrilling tales with young heroes.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Surely I wasn’t the only one who got sick to his stomach when the fourth-grade teacher just gave up for a week and forced us to watch Candleshoe, The Goonies or pretty much any Disney monstrosity. It’s hard to think of more than a handful...

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Suicide Bland

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself-but it would be more charming if we knew why.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Without consulting any physicians or pollsters, I’m willing to guess that most people don’t find suicide very romantic or poetic. Some filmmakers do, however: Remember when Audrey Hepburn tried to kill herself at the start of Billy Wilder’s...

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The Cool and the Creasy

Denzel Washington gives his iconic all to the revengenyarn Man on Fire.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Perhaps Denzel Washington is his generation’s Steve McQueen. Stay with me here: Aside from their remarkably similar approach to stoic humanity on screen, both men acquired an iconic presence in pop culture despite their acting choices, not because...

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Commie Dearest

Good Bye, Lenin! turns Soviet Bloc East Germany into sitcom glasnostalgia.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The past is everybody’s favorite vacation destination. The days were longer and the food was better and God knows you weren’t nearly this fat. Sometimes this universal affinity can get the best of reasonable people, however. A wave of nostalgia...

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Strange Brew

There’s not much in the thick sudsy head of the Irishndrama Intermission.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Have you ever tasted Guinness?” a character in a wheelchair asks in an early scene from Intermission, an ensemble dramedy starring a big chunk of Ireland’s best actors. He thinks you haven’t; he says that the taste of the Irish answer...

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Lowlife Guerilla

Nick Broomfield explores more American weirdness innAileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s about time somebody made a documentary about Nick Broomfield. The British filmmaker is a compelling storyteller, but he’s also a meta-documentarian of sorts. All of his works are really about how he made them, not the subjects themselves....

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Something Vichy

Norman Jewison gets caught up in Holocaust- complicitynoutrage in The Statement.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Catholic guilt has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years. Turns out priests have been up to all sorts of nefarious stuff, both heartbreakingly real (the massive sexual abuse scandal) and gleefully fake (The Da Vinci Code, one of those books that...

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Dead on Arrival

The new Dawn of the Dead is as empty-headed asnits zombies.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Horror is a dead genre. It’s got too many bodies in the back yard, too many skeletons in the closet. Originality, fright and anarchy have given way to soulless corporate greed. It’s a zombified school of film, lurching around cineplexes with...
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