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Spamalot
If you’re a Monty Python fan, you simply cannot miss Spamalot (currently playing a month-long engagement at the Fabulous Fox). The plot follows that [...]
Kathy Griffin is Hilarious
We saw Kathy Griffin tonight at the new Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL, and she was her usual hilarious self. And to the audience’s surprise, [...]
Accepted
This movie was pleasantly surprising. It doesn’t suffer from traileritis, as I had been expecting. Although some of the jokes have been recycled from [...]
Pirates of the Carribean II
This movie lived up to the high standards set by the first one, however, it is a bit on the long side. I found myself squirming in my seat the last 20-30 [...]
The Break Up
Will Vince Vaughn ever tire of the flat, stereotypical characters that he plays? I’ll admit the man has a gift, but I’d just like to see him [...]
The DaVinci Code
There is no such thing as bad publicity. I’m surprised that the Catholic Church didn’t learn that lesson in 1988 when they turned The Last [...]
Mission Impossible III
I’ve never been a big fan of Tom Cruise — his movie career peaked with Top Gun, in my opinion — and his recent exploits and the [...]
Take The Lead
I’m not a huge fan of Antonio Banderas, and as I sit here trying to think of the last movie I saw him in, I’m coming up blank. But no matter. [...]
V for Vendetta
This is a powerful film. Sadly, too few people will see it. And of the ones who do, not enough of them will see the deeper message contained within it. [...]
King Kong
This movie was as good as any interspecial love story can be, I suppose. I didn’t feel that it lived up to the hype I had been hearing from friends [...]
The Family Stone
“Finding your path” is the message behind this movie. Well, that, and “letting your freak flag fly.” In the end, it’s a love [...]
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This movie is simply magnificent. From the fantastical creatures that inhabit the world of Narnia (C.S. Lewis borrows heavily from just about every [...]
Jarhead
I still remember being awakened by the phone the evening of January 16, 1991 and hearing my father’s voice say, “Jerry, they’re bombing [...]
Flightplan
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? This is latin for “who watches the watchers?” A question that is explored to some degree in this movie. A great [...]
Just Like Heaven
This is the perfect “chick flick.” Extremely formulaic, but yet extremely satisfying in the end. The story is fairly novel as well, which is [...]
Lord of War
This is a powerful movie, but it does get rather preachy towards the end, and despite Ian Holm’s admonishment to Nicolas Cage’s character to [...]
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
I’m a big fan of Steve Carrell. Loved him on The Daily Show. I also like Paul Rudd. But, Anchorman being the unwatchable mess that it is, I was a [...]
The Dukes of Hazzard
Let’s be honest. There are only two reasons to see this movie: Jessica Simpson. But you know how when you really like a movie or a TV show as a kid, [...]
Wedding Crashers
Thoroughly enjoyable. I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in a long time. Few movies are this laugh-out-loud hilarious. I’ll have to see it [...]
Dark Water
The scariest scenes of this already not-that-scary movie were ruined for me since I had seen half of them during Jennifer Connelly’s media blitz [...]
War of the Worlds
Not having read the original book, nor having heard the radio play from 1938, nor having seen the original film from 1953, I had no preconceived notions [...]
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Take what are widely regarded as the two most beautiful people on the planet (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), give them some guns, and a fairly contrived [...]
Star Wars: Episode III
Overall, this movie was better than Episodes I & II. I think George Lucas has redeemed himself to some extent. With all six movies now entered into [...]
The Producers
Besides being very funny, The Producers musical (now playing at the Fabulous Fox theater in St. Louis) is visually stunning thanks to some very innovative [...]