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Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 12:00 am

David Lynch's much-maligned excursion into sci-fi weirdness was an aberration

The extended edition of Dune (1984) arrives on DVD with little fanfare, an expected reaction to an unfairly maligned film. The source of derision is David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank H
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 12:00 am

Though he’s four-for-four, Terrence Malick surely is an acquired taste

The films of Terrence Malick are an acquired taste, and The New World is not likely to gain him any new fans. The New World is only Malick’s fourth feature in a career that s
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 12:00 am

Brokeback Mountain caused a sensation, but there are better gay films

Many films with gay characters and themes, from the sanctimonious Philadelphia to the incendiary Cruising, have played in local theaters, but few have caused the sensation of Brokeback Mount
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006 12:00 am

Her decade of mediocrity ended with the magnificent Mulholland Dr.

Fay Wray appeared in 96 feature films, but she is so closely linked to King Kong (1933) that the other 95 could be missing from her résumé. Naomi Watts may be following in Wray
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 12:00 am

Experience South Korea's film renaissance

Memoirs of a Geisha brings the Asian cinema to America. Well, not exactly — a Hollywood view could never take the place of homegrown product. Why not see an authentic Asian film i
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 12:00 am

Why do so many family movies have to be family movies?

Why do so many family movies have to be family movies? Why does the presence of children in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Yours, Mine & Ours mean the films must be dumbed down for chil
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 12:00 am

A handful of films present the story of America’s disenfranchised class

Christmas may the most eagerly awaited time of year for retailers, but generally it is hated by their employees. I spent nine years of my life in that quagmire, and I certainly don’t m
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 12:00 am

How George Clooney became a star

It was obvious that George Clooney belonged in movies as soon as he burst upon the scene as Ace, an emergency-room technician, in E/R. Have I confused anyone yet? This was back in 1984,
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 12:00 am

All of sudden, it’s great fun bashing big business

The political tide has shifted back to ’60-style disenchantment, which could open the door to a return of activism in the movies. Some stars have always spoken their minds, but mo
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 12:00 am

The premise of odd-couple criminals is an old one

Mr. & Mrs. Smith depicts the fantasy world of hired killers in what approaches comic-book silliness. John (Brad Pitt) and Jane (Angelina Jolie) Smith are the world’s deadliest


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