REVIEW: “Stranger Than Fiction” (****)

Posted by · 1:20 am · September 9th, 2006

Marc Forster’s “Stranger Than Fiction” really ought to be referred to as Zach Helm’s “Stranger Than Fiction.”  While the “Finding Neverland” helmer does a sensational job conveying the brilliant and elaborate story to the screen, it is evident throughout that the writer’s intentions are being taken care of. And thank God for that, because Helm’s […]

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REVIEW: “World Trade Center” (***1/2)

Posted by · 12:39 pm · August 2nd, 2006

“World Trade Center” is a nearly flawless account of something so personal, yet so universal, that it leaves the instigating events of September 11, 2001 almost as an afterthought – lipstick on the rim of a wineglass long emptied. he triumph of commanding such humanity in the face of a story that could have easily […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (***)

Posted by · 4:44 pm · July 25th, 2006

I’m no fan of Will Ferrell’s comedic sensibilities in the slightest, but “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is probably the best film of his typical mold to hit screens yet.  I know “Anchorman” has its devoted, and “Old School” was apparently good enough in the eyes of Bravo to make it to an […]

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