Beyond the Mat

Galactic Wrestling Featuring Ultimate Muscle (PS2) "Who are these guys?" asks Barry Blaustein at the beginning of Beyond the Mat, his documentary about professional wrestlers. It’s an excellent question, coming as it does while a dozen gargantuan men, all dressed and painted like visions from a child’s  ...

Big Daddy

There seem to be two versions of Big Daddy. If you like Adam Sandler you'll probably see the first one. In this version Sonny Koufax (Sandler) is a likable, if unmotivated, 32-year-old ex-lawyer, whose heart is as big as all outdoors. He becomes surrogate father to gorgeous little Julian  ...

The Big Kahuna

The Big Kahuna covers about twelve hours in the lives of three employees of a Chicago industrial lubricant company. Two of them, Larry (Kevin Spacey) and Phil (Danny DeVito), are sales reps who have been with the company for years; the third, Bob (Peter Facinelli), is an untested kid  ...

Big Momma’s House

1999 was an unusually good year for movies; 2000 has been nowhere near as productive. The Sargasso Sea that so far is film in the new millennium unfortunately continues, with the release of Big Momma's House. This is a film that appears to have been made without benefit of  ...

The Big One

. As a member of the Online Film Critics Society, CV could not ignore the society's award to The Big One for best documentary film of 1998. To be perfectly honest about it, we hadn't even seen this film, no less voted for it. Since Miramax was kind enough to  ...

Black Cat, White Cat

Three parts surreal slapstick to one part romantic comedy, Black Cat, White Cat tells the story of two extended gypsy families living on the Danube River. The patriarchs of the families, Grga Pitic (Sabri Sulejmani) and Zarije Destanov (Zabit Mehmedovski) are cigar-smoking, hooch-swilling old coots, each with a few  ...

The Birds

The Birds is generally regarded as an Alfred Hitchcock classic despite the uninspired casting of Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor in the lead roles. Hedren, a fashion model whom Hitchcock hired after seeing her in a TV commercial, is particularly awkward and unconvincing as bratty socialite Melanie Daniels. It’s  ...

Billy Elliot

Suggested reading: A Director Calls (1997), Wendy Lesser (about director Stephen Daldry) Billy Elliot wraps a stock formula in a nicely observed script by Lee Hall that avoids the obvious cliches, then adds a charismatic young actor in the central role surrounded by skilled supporting  ...

Black and White

Whatever else you want to say about him, James Toback knows how to get your attention. The writer/director's new film opens with an interracial menage a trois performed in broad daylight in Central Park and observed by a passing trio of adolescent boys. Welcome to Part Two in a  ...

The Blair Witch Project

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com With all of the practice it’s had, and with all of the money and technology at its disposal, it would seem that Hollywood should know by now how to scare the piss out of audiences any time it  ...