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Outside Providence

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002448123" data-doc-type="writer">Outside Providence opens with a series of 16mm film, the type of family scrapbook that used to introduce America to The Wonder Years every week. Then comes the film’s first line: “Hey dildo!” Within those two-minutes you can see the problem that plagues this movie throughout:...

Pokemon: The First Movie

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002450113" data-doc-type="writer">“I have created a monster.”</p> <p class="zw-paragraph">-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein</p> <p class="zw-paragraph">There are only two explanations for why anyone would make Pokemon: The First Movie: alien abduction or drugs.</p> <p class="zw-paragraph"><span class="EOP"> </span></p> <p class="zw-paragraph">Children were running around, waiting to get in hours before the movie started; one parent openly contemplated “How...

Girlfight

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002449119" data-doc-type="writer">The last thing Hollywood needs is another play-it-by-the-convenient clich” boxing film with a protagonist who will rise out of obscurity, deal with an ugly paternal conflict and then show “em all in the ring. But “Girlfight,” the latest such film, has two distinct advantages: 1) the...

WADD: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes

<h2 class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002450114" data-doc-type="writer">WADD: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes</h2> <p class="zw-paragraph"><span class="EOP"> </span></p> <p class="zw-paragraph">is an extremely entertaining documentary that handles its 110 minutes without the slightest hint of boredom. The film, by Cass Paley, has been making its way around film festivals for several months now, and most...

Look kids! It’s a really bad movie!

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002449121" data-doc-type="writer">If there were some way to weigh a film’s quality against its budget, movies like “The Blair Witch Project,” “Clerks” and even “The Godfather” would score excellent ratings. On the other hand, movies like “Titanic,” “Waterworld” and “The Postman” would receive shamefully low grades. But those...

Love and Sex

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002448125" data-doc-type="writer">“I know ten times more about blowjobs than I do about relationships” insists Kate Welles (Famke Janssen) in the opening moments of “Love and Sex.” Over the course of the next 75 minutes, Kate will experience one gigantic epiphany consisting of numerous smaller realizations and will...

Almost Famous

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002449123" data-doc-type="writer">“Almost Famous” long sat on the shelf preparing for release with no studio-approved title. Prospects included “The Uncool,” “The Untitled Cameron Crowe Project” and, simply, “Untitled.” The latter title would have been most appropriate as the genuinely brilliant ensemble piece, created under the deft guidance of...

But I’m a Cheerleader

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002450117" data-doc-type="writer">“But I’m a Cheerleader” so profusely exaggerates its entire premise that the picture crosses the line from being merely satirical of an already much-satirized society to being downright stupid. The continuously hyperbolic nature of the film would be offensive enough to draw complaint from both homosexuals...

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002448127" data-doc-type="writer">Years from now, when the 1980’s are reduced to a few meager paragraphs in textbooks, only a few names will make the cut. Ronald Reagan and Oliver North will probably be two of them for the infamous Iran-Contra scandal. Ditto Mike Milken and Ivan Boesky for...

Snatch

<p class="zw-paragraph" data-doc-id="1418007000002450119" data-doc-type="writer">A rollicking exercise in perverse darkness, Guy Ritchie’s sophomore outing, Snatch, is the rare film that produces disgust-induced humor with some degree of frequency and yet never stoops to a juvenile level. The laughs in this crime-dominated movie find their origin in a hearty combination of...