Mystery, Alaska

The good news about Mystery, Alaska is that you aren’t going to have to fight any crowds to see it. The bad news is that Carter Burwell’s triumphal score is played far too loudly to sleep through it. Mystery is a Frankenstein flick cobbled together from all those underdog  ...

The Mummy Returns

The title says it all: the mummy returns, bringing with him the Curse of the Summer Movie Sequel. Those who enjoyed 1999's The Mummy are unlikely to be disappointed, as this return engagement by the ancient Egyptian Imhotep plays like a louder, more crowded rerun of its predecessor (itself  ...

Mystery Men

Mystery Men takes place in a mysterious time in a mysterious city, a city with strange satellites orbiting around futuristic skyscrapers and billboards in every language. Everything suggests a world where Earthlings have become one with each other's culture, or perhaps there is only one culture left.  ...

Never Been Kissed

Drew Barrymore is very cute. She is an actor you pull for. You want her to succeed. The aisle is very crowded and there is a lot of gum on the floor. It will be difficult to get out of the theater in the middle of the film  ...

The Next Best Thing

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com A look at John Schlesinger's filmography reveals a four decade body of work that seems almost schizoid in its range of quality. Early on, there are Billy Liar, Darling,  ...

The Ninth Gate

The Ninth Gate opens with a short and simple camera movement that finds the crepe-edged comedy in the final moments of a man’s life – it’s vintage Roman Polanski. The horror genre has been degraded for so long that having Polanski (Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown) back in charge feels  ...

No One Writes to the Colonel

Elegant Handcrafted and Individually Dyed Mesh Silk Poncho No One Writes to the Colonel, Arturo Ripstein's film based on a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novella, is about hope sustained in the face of dashed expectations, about the survival of human dignity in the face of  ...

Not One Less

Suggested reading: China into Film: Frames of Reference in Contemporary Chinese Cinema (2000), Jerome Silbergeld New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics (1996),Nick Browne (Editor) Critics often say that movies are "full of life" to indicate that they're full of hubbub or have an emotional bounce  ...

Nurse Betty

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty is the first post-traumatic stress disorder comedy. It's also the film in which LaBute finally earns the accolades he won for his first two films. Renee Zellweger plays Betty Sizemore, a small town waitress  ...

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

The most beloved scene in the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor was the one where sweet-natured, obese science professor Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) sat down to a rambunctious dinner with his family. The popularity of the scene is easy to explain - Mama Klump, Papa Klump, Granny Klump  ...