Archive for March, 2003

Five Moons Plaza

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House of Sand and Fog

Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant, has spent most of his savings trying to enhance his daughter’s chances of a good marriage. Once she is married, he spends the remaining funds on a house at an auction, unwittingly putting himself and his family in the middle of a legal tussle with the house’s former owner. What begins as a legal struggle turns into a personal confrontation, with tragic results Read the rest of this entry »

Secret Window

From the mind of Stephen King comes “Secret Window,” a psychological thriller starring Johnny Depp as a King-sized burnt-out writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. If anyone knows about writers-on-the-brink it’s King, whose novels include “The Shining” and “Misery.” Read the rest of this entry »

Lost in Translation

Bob Harris is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a visiting photographer. Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable traveling companions Read the rest of this entry »

House of the Dead

This film is a prequel to all of the The House of the Dead video games. Set on an island off the coast, a techno rave party attracts a diverse group of college coeds and a Coast Guard officer. Soon, they discover that their X-laced escapades are to be interrupted by zombies and monsters that attack them on the ground, from the air, and in the sea, ruled by an evil entity in the House of the Dead Read the rest of this entry »

Daddy Day Care

In the hilarious comedy Daddy Day Care, two fathers (Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin) lose their jobs in product development at a large food company and are forced to take their sons out of the exclusive Chapman Academy and become stay-at-home fathers. With no job possibilities on the horizon, the two dads open their own day care facility, “Daddy Day Care”, and employ some fairly unconventional and sidesplitting methods of caring for children. As “Daddy Day Care” starts to catch on, it launches them into a highly comedic rivalry with Chapman Academy’s tough-as-nails director (Anjelica Huston) Read the rest of this entry »

The Wicker Man

Writer-director Neil LaBute has never attempted a horror film, although most of his films feature horrible people doing horrible things to each other. Often categorized as misogynist and cruel, LaBute’s films routinely feature men being the worst possible men they can be, with women written and cast as objects of vilification and humiliation. Read the rest of this entry »

The Whole Nine Yards DVD

The characters in “The Whole Nine Yards” come from opposite worlds, yet share one distinct trait. They’re despicable. They’re loathsome. They’re heartless. They’re also pretty funny. Read the rest of this entry »

In the Cut

Following the gruesome murder of a young woman in her neighborhood, a self-determined woman living in New York City—as if to test the limits of her own safety—propels herself into an impossibly risky sexual liaison. Soon she grows increasingly wary about the motives of every man with whom she has contact—and about her own. Read the rest of this entry »

Divorce, Le

French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris. Read the rest of this entry »


An Army sergeant (Samual Jackson) takes six of his special troops on a training mission into the rain-soaked Colombian jungles and only two come out alive. When the rescue mission arrives, they see one soldier (Brian Van Holt) killing another and carrying a wounded comrade (Giovanni Ribisi). As the interrogation begins, the soldier refuses to talk to anyone other than another Ranger Read the rest of this entry »

Open Range

Like a crystal ball, the first scene in Kevin Costner’s western “Open Range” predicts what is to transpire. From a distance, we see a herd of cattle kicking up a thin blanket of dust as they amble through a beautifully framed and backlit valley. Read the rest of this entry »


An act of desperation if ever there was one. Realizing that their “Superman” franchise had run out of gas, producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind turned their attention to the man of steel’s pretty cousin, “Supergirl.” Read the rest of this entry »

My Favorite Martian

Like most kids my age on my block, I found myself glued to my television set on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. for “My Favorite Martian.” It was my parent’s antidote to “The Wonderful World of Color” on NBC. I grew up watching and enjoying shows like “My Favorite Martian” and “Bewitched,” so whenever Hollywood gets the notion to turn them into big screen entertainment, I usually cringe. Read the rest of this entry »

Mission to Mars

Because of its proximity to Earth, man has always held a fascination for the planet Mars. Great works of fiction have been written about it. Hollywood has embraced Mars as its own. Astronauts dream one day of walking on its surface. Read the rest of this entry »