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Fractured

Unbreakable tests moviegoers’ limits with its unbelievable pretense and unimaginative plot.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - After M. Night Shyamalan dazzled filmgoers with his surprise suspense thriller The Sixth Sense, it would seem hard for him to outdo himself with his next film—and he doesn’t. In fact, his latest film, Unbreakable, tries desperately to duplicate...

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Jim Carrey’s Grinch steals the show in Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Making a feature-length film of a 50-page children’s classic could have been a risky business, but Ron Howard’s Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a whopping success. Credit Jim Carrey, who had to endure heavy makeup and prosthetics,...

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Falling, Apart

Solas brings comfort to loneliness through its quiet portrayal of an estranged mother and daughter.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Benito Zambrano crafts a masterful portrait of quiet desperation in this melancholy film that won awards at the Berlin and Brussels film festivals and garnered him Spain’s Goya Award for Best New Director. The film’s title, which is Spanish...

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It’s in the Bag

Will Smith shines in Legend of Bagger Vance, though the story falls short of a hole-in-one.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Maybe you have to love golf to truly appreciate Robert Redford’s new film, The Legend of Bagger Vance. Redford’s reverent reverie of the sport is bathed in soft golden light, signaling that this film is about more than a game; it’s something...

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Honor Role

Cuba Gooding Jr. shines as the real-life Navy hero Carl Bashear in Men of Honor.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Carl Brashear is a role model for people of any race. The son of a Kentucky sharecropper, he overcame every obstacle and triumphed with honor through sheer determination. Director George Tillman Jr. brings the story of the Navy’s first black master...

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Escape to Video

If the typical summertime movie mayhem is driving you mad, make a beeline to the video store instead.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Tired of chest-thumping men waging war, driving too fast, taking stupid risks and pretending to be heroes? Tired off crass comedies that reach new lows, or of films geared to teenage boys? Forget the cineplex; make a trip to the video store. Better Than...

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B Bad, Very Bad

The Bicknell International Film Festival beckons all who dare sit through intentionally bad movies.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - We never, ever went out to make a bad film. I don’t think anybody goes out to make a bad film.—Al Adamson Bad films or B films? You can be the judge when the Bicknell International Film Festival presents “King B, The Fine Films of Al...

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Teen Spirit Redux

Show Me Love lifts the smarmy teen-film genre out of the gutter and into the 21st century.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Leave it to Sweden to produce the best teen film of the summer. Lukas Moodysson’s tender film about young love is so realistically and deftly handled that the dismal spate of recent Hollywood teen flicks pale miserably by comparison. This one’s...

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The Living Dead

The spirit of Hitchcock returns in the ghostly thriller, What Lies Beneath.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s nothing like a taut Hitchcockian thriller to spice up a hot summer night. While Robert Zemeckis definitely knows how to ratchet up the tension in his suspense-filled thriller What Lies Beneath, the script ultimately fails him. Zemeckis...

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Hell Is for Children

Plates spin and even Lucifer looks ludicrous in Chuck Russell’s homage to the absurd, Bless the Child.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Chuck Russell’s Bless the Child is yet another forces-of-Satan-vs.-forces-of-God flick that tries to push itself off as some sort of biblical allegory. The result is expectedly tiresome. Russell proves to be none too imaginative as he falls back...
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