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Visitation rights

Hidden in plain sight
“In terms of the general public, most people I know have never seen the inside of a detention center."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2008

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Nim's Island

Ubiquitous Abigail Breslin in a mildly diverting adventure
Nim is home-schooled, her covert classroom an uncharted isle she inhabits with her scientist father, Jack.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 09, 2008

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Chaos Theory

A plot centered around one man's penis
Are you ready for the Truth? Here goes: it’s the name given by over-wound human clock Frank to his penis.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 09, 2008

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Double down and Hollywood up

Playing the facts against the fiction of 21
Sometimes Hollywood gets it right; sometimes Hollywood . . . ah, elaborates .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 26, 2008

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Shutter

Not scary and a measly PG-13
How frightening is this? A vengeful spirit begins turning up in pictures taken by a pair of newlyweds, ruining many a wedding and honeymoon photo.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 25, 2008

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Run, Fat Boy, Run

Cold feet and Nikes
Not even new leather can hide the sweat and desperation of this non-starting shill.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 25, 2008



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21

A novel transformation
An Asian leading man is, it seems, too big a gamble for Hollywood’s myopic big players.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 25, 2008

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Drillbit Taylor

Leftovers from the '80s
Early on in this Owen Wilson vehicle, someone says, “I got an old saying for you: you can’t polish a turd.” Indeed.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 19, 2008

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10,000 B.C.

Far out "history"
A really small continent, since the Anglo hero, D’leh (Steven Strait), is able to traverse its (flat?) surface in a matter of days without so much as needing a shave.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 12, 2008

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Be Kind Rewind

A shambling charmer
This isn’t Gondry’s best work — it’s too unstructured, labored when it begs to soar.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2008

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Shaggy frog

Interview: Michel Gondry goes lo-fi
Michel Gondry is not a household name.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2008



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Science and fiction

Hollywood teleports to MIT
It wasn’t all hyperventilation.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 15, 2008

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Jumper

An 88-minute flop
Life and this movie are too short to have to put up with the little shit.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 13, 2008

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Strange Wilderness

Lazy, lazy, lazy
Gaulke and Wolf (the actual ones) might have greater difficulty saving their careers.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 06, 2008

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The Eye

Two directers and still unoriginal
“I see . . . ,” says formerly blind concert violinist Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba, not believable as a musician even while visionless).
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 06, 2008

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Teeth

An uncomfortable horror/comedy hybrid
Nearly 45 minutes of expectant foreplay culminates in an unsatisfying, messy anti-climax that’s, well, toothless.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 23, 2008



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El Orfanato | The Orphanage

An unoriginal technician's piece
Seek elsewhere if you’re hoping for the transporting originality of last year’s El laberinto del fauno|Pan’s Labyrinth .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 09, 2008

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Bodysong

The perfect fusion of sound and vision
From more than 400 sources, he’s created an operatic narrative of a single human life.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 31, 2007

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Alien vs. Predator: Requiem

Genre futility
What a fitting subtitle for Fox’s latest offense to fans of not one but two venerable sci-fi properties.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 31, 2007

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The Great Debaters

The deck is stacked
The deck is stacked in favor of our earnest heroes, since Robert Eisele’s formulaic script never once allows our debaters to argue a contrarian’s viewpoint.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 26, 2007

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Easy jokes? Absolutely
Stupid? Sure, but laced with a strange sense of logic.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 19, 2007


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