Friday, February 29, 2008
At 16, Dee Dee Truitt (Christina Ricci) is a full-blown force of nature. When she moves in with her brother and his lover, she quickly seduces her way into a gender-bending love triangle. Lisa Kudrow plays against type as the straight-laced single woman with designs on Dee Dee's brother, but Ricci's bodacious performance steals the show, and her spunky narration keeps the film fresh and unpredictable.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Dustin Hoffman (in his first major film role) turns in a landmark performance as a naïve young man recently graduated from college who is seduced by a middle-aged neighbor (Anne Bancroft). He, in turn, falls in love with her daughter (Katharine Ross). Mike Nichols won a Best Director Oscar, and Simon and Garfunkel achieved immortality with a score that includes "Mrs. Robinson."
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
After losing their academic posts, a team of parapsychologists (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis) goes into business as "ghostbusters" -- exterminators of ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist (Sigourney Weaver) hires the squad to purge her digs of demons. Turns out the place has become an entryway for a legion of fiendish spirits bent on terrorizing the Big Apple.…
Monday, February 25, 2008
This first installment of the trilogy based on the best-selling science fiction novels by Russian writer Sergei Lukyanenko plays upon the tension between light and dark, pitting the superhuman Night Watch patrollers (known as the "Others") against the shadowed forces of the night. But the biggest fear of all stems from the lines of an ancient prophecy, which warns of a renegade Other whose betrayal could bring chaos to the land.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Suburban auteur Kevin Smith forgoes the convenience-store environs of Clerks for the mall in this hilarious look at love and loss between the escalators. Brodie (Jason Lee) and T.S. (Jeremy London) lose their girlfriends on the same day, so they take to the mall in search of solace. Cameos by Stan Lee and Jay and Silent Bob are the icing on the cake in this offbeat treat.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Prom queen Kim Hammond (Jamie Lee Curtis) is one of four teenagers terrorized by a dark secret from the past in this classic slasher film. Six years prior to the prom, four kids antagonize another child, which results in her death. Flash forward to high school, and the same four begin receiving vengeful phone calls from a witness to the "accident." Come prom night, the four friends will meet their axe-wielding stalker. Leslie Nielsen co-stars.
Raven-Symoné stars as a high school teen who causes quite a ruckus in her small town after making it her mission to integrate her prom, which had been racially divided for decades. While the entire community is up in arms, a reporter back home for a visit covers the story - and the two attempt to reverse a long-standing racist tradition and make history for at least one night! Based on a true story.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Two morgue workers get their kicks by performing unspeakable acts on corpses in the disturbing horror tale Aftermath, one of two spine-tingling films from Spanish director Nacho Cerda starring Pep Tosar. The second feature, Genesis, centers on a sculptor who's unable to deal with the tragic death of his beautiful wife. As the artist sculpts a lifelike statue of his beloved, eerie things begin happening to both the statue and its creator.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Camille Livingston (Monica Arnold) is the daughter of wealthy African-American parents in New Orleans. She is perfectly happy with her boyfriend until she unexpectedly meets a poor white gas station attendant (Christian Kane). Camille must choose between the stable future that her current upper-middle class boyfriend offers, or the man with a dead-end career who inspires her.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
The final installment of director Chan Wook Park's revenge trilogy (preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy) chronicles the efforts of Lee Geum-ja (Yeong-ae Lee) -- known to her cellmates as "the kind Ms. Geum-ja" -- to track down the man who betrayed her. Taking the rap for her accomplice and incarcerated for 13 long years, she plots an elaborate retribution with help from her fellow inmates.