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Music Within

A squad of sharply drawn outcast vets
Richard Pimentel has a lot put upon him: born to an interracial couple in the ’40s, he’s “the eighth miscarriage that lived."
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 24, 2007

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Things We Lost In the Fire

Haunting agony and angst
Too bad the bigger melodrama doesn’t equal its piquant parts.
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 17, 2007

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Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?

Another African-American life lesson
Janet Jackson as the staid academic “Perfect Patty” delivers a smoldering nugget that lingers on screen long after the moment has passed.
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 18, 2007

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King of California

A surreal oddity that jells
And so as dad persists in scuba-diving in shit, Miranda surrenders her childhood for her father’s delusional shenanigans.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 26, 2007

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The Bubble

A gay, Middle Eastern Romeo and Juliet
“If a gay suicide bomber goes to Heaven, does he get 72 virgin boys or 72 muscular men?”
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 26, 2007

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Dedication

What it takes to warm up to sociopathic leads
The solid performances and edgy touches by actor Justin Theroux go far, but it’s all wasted on a Grinch.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 19, 2007



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War

The dumber the better
Despite the stilted dialogue, the porn-star-quality acting, and the incoherent stitching together of action sequences, War does stir some interest.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 29, 2007

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Balls of Fury

A comic mish-mash
Credit in part Christopher Walken’s evil Feng, a screwy triad boss sponsoring a death-match ping-pong tourney in South America.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 29, 2007

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The Last Legion

A load of poppycock
The battle scenes look ho-hum in the wake of 300 , as director Doug Lefler sticks stolidly to the old school.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 22, 2007

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Resurrecting the Champ

Gritty enough
The maudlin turns near the final bell mute Champ’s resonance.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 22, 2007

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Death at a Funeral

A lively boneyard romp
But gags involving excrement and gay dwarfs from the deceased’s past don’t do justice to the cinematic funeral tradition.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 15, 2007



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Rocket Science

An authentic script on teen angst
Blitz knows his adolescent cruelty and his adult misbehavior, and he details them with barbed wit and compassion.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 15, 2007

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Stardust

A visually lush adaptation
Who knew that Matthew Vaughn had an inner Narnia?
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 07, 2007

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Underdog

Lacking the orginal bite
The My Name Is Earl star sounds scruffy enough, but it just doesn’t fit.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 07, 2007

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Who's Your Caddy?

The gamut of taste
In this big-screen vehicle for pop sensation Antwan Andre Patton, nearly every element of the plot rips off the mangy 1980 comedy Caddyshack .
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 01, 2007

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The Ten

Hallelujah the hodgepodge
Winona Ryder, for example, plays a newlywed who gets sexually liberated by a dummy (the wooden kind).
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 01, 2007



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No Reservations

The side dishes make the feast
The give-and-take among the three leads takes the cake.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 24, 2007

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I Now Pronounce You Chuck + Larry

Mainstream gay-marriage endorsement
Who knew that Adam Sandler had a political movie in him?
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 24, 2007

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Talk to Me

Giving Petey Greene his due
Not only do the two actors play off each other with perfect synergy, they also take on the eccentricities of the era and the politics of race.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 11, 2007

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Fido

Dark, potent, gory
It may sound silly, but director Andrew Currie stews together gore, social commentary, screwball camp, and dark comedy with savory potency.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 03, 2007

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The Shining gets squeezed
If you know your Stephen King, then you know haunted hotels have killer pasts.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 27, 2007


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