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MOVIES

Valentino: The Last Emperor: Glamour guy

The world of Valentino is an airtight place. The only people there who aren't fashionistas are business moguls or movie stars. And at the center of Valentino's world is Valentino, who has a way of sweeping into workspaces and rendering devastating judgments as his underlings stand by, tensely silent. >More
 Terminator Salvation: No fun, no soul

Let's talk about names. Character names, to be specific. As much of a rabid fan of the first two Terminator films as I am, I have always been bewildered by James Cameron's inexplicable saddling of the potential savior of all mankind with the brown-envelope-bland moniker of "John Connor." >More
 Shall We Kiss?: Friends-plus

Quintessentially French in its preoccupation with the vagaries of l'amour, Shall We Kiss? is painfully dunderheaded about the proclivities of the human heart. >More
 Angels & Demons: Hell's haircut

Symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) returns in Angels & Demons, another Catholic church conspiracy piece from bestseller Dan Brown, as do many of the same calling cards of the first: oogly-boogly men in vestments, foreign-speaking lady sidekicks, and elaborate puzzles teased in dead languages. >More
 Tony Manero: Disco killer

Who hasn't wanted to harm the projectionist? Sometimes it's because of technical problems. Sometimes it's because the movie just stinks. >More
 Gigantic: Indie-quirky

This low-key romantic comedy goes out of its way to be challenging, what with the catatonic indie acting, the disjointed storytelling, the surplus of eccentric peripheral characters, the surprising strains of anti-Semitism and homophobia. >More
 Star Trek: Rescue mission

Many of you will be happy to learn that Star Trek -- the 11th movie in the science fiction TV-and-film series -- definitively breaks the notorious odd-numbered curse. That's the supposed continuing jinx in which even-numbered Star Trek sequels turn out to be good, while odd-numbered ones are crummy or disappointing. >More
 The Edge of Love: Poet who knows it

I rolled my eyes when I learned The Edge of Love is about Dylan Thomas. I have no problem with the Welsh bard, but I get nervous when it comes to films about poets. I've never forgotten something Roger Ebert wrote in his review of Gus Van Sant's 2000 film Finding Forrester: "Movies about writers are notoriously hard to do, since writing by its nature is not cinematic." >More
 Battle for Terra: Space invaders

Science fiction holds limitless possibilities, especially animated science fiction. So why, too often, do science fiction filmmakers simply recycle stuff from older, better movies? The animated eco-fable Battle for Terra features much that is lovely and thought-provoking, but it also features sleek, battling spaceships flying down a trough, in a sequence that echoes Star Wars. >More
 Sin Nombre: Agonizing journey

Sayra is a pretty teenage girl. Under most circumstances, that's a good thing. But in the world of Sin Nombre, it's a liability. >More
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