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Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

THINGS FALL DOWN. PEOPLE LOOK UP. AND WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS.  After the success of Boogie Nights (1997), director Paul Thomas Anderson found himself in a very fortunate position and thought hard about how to take advantage. He started writing what was supposed to be a small and intimate movie, but it blossomed and … Continue reading Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

Sandy Wexler

In 1994, fledgling Hollywood agent Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) finally finds a talent worth promoting, singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson)… but his lack of skills is a constant roadblock. A comedy loosely based on Sandler’s own colorful agent, Sandy Wernick, that plays out over several years. That’s one explanation for the massively bloated running time, … Continue reading Sandy Wexler

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

THE EVOLUTION OF DUMB… In 1986, Lloyd and Harry (Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson) become best friends in high school and are drawn into a conspiracy involving the principal (Eugene Levy). The Farrelly brothers had nothing to do with this prequel to Dumb & Dumber (1994), and you can tell that it’s just a cheap … Continue reading Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

“Crocodile” Dundee II

THE WORLD’S FAVORITE ADVENTURER IS BACK FOR MORE! When Sue’s (Linda Kozlowski) ex-husband documents a murder committed by a drug cartel, she and Mick (Paul Hogan) are drawn into a violent conflict. The sequel became another huge hit, but is disappointing. Reversing the tables by starting out in New York City and ending in Australia, … Continue reading “Crocodile” Dundee II

Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

NO ONE GETS AWAY CLEAN.  After watching Traffik, a 1990 British miniseries portraying the illegal drugs trade from the Pakistani opium poppy grower to the British user, Steven Soderbergh knew that the story would work just as well transferred to an American and Mexican setting. He also knew that he wanted a reportage feel, which is … Continue reading Traffic: The Never-Ending Story

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

BELIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE. DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE. In an attempt to bond with his stepson (Josh Hutcherson), Hank Parsons (Dwayne Johnson) joins him in the search for a mysterious island where the boy’s grandfather (Michael Caine) may be. This Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) sequel has one returning character, Sean, and just as … Continue reading Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

The Last Stand

NOT IN HIS TOWN. NOT ON HIS WATCH. A drug lord who’s taken a hostage is speeding toward the Mexican border in a modified Chevrolet, but first he needs to cross a sleepy Arizona small town where the sheriff is a former LAPD cop… Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years (after his stint … Continue reading The Last Stand

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

When Ryder (John Travolta) and his gang hijack a New York subway train and demand a ransom for their hostage, they don’t realize that the dispatcher on duty (Denzel Washington) will prove to be a challenge. Another Tony Scott/Washington collaboration that is also a remake of a 1974 thriller. As always a solid performance from Washington … Continue reading The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

THIS HOLIDAY, CHRISTMAS CHEER TAKES A BREAK. Three children lose their parents in a fire and move in with a distant relative (Jim Carrey) who plans to kill them and steal their inheritance. This adaptation of the Lemony Snicket books is a dark and imaginative tale for kids and adults; learning a thing or two … Continue reading Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events