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2005 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Cult Hit for Nobody

    published December 29, 2005

    Nowhere Man (Image Entertainment) There's good reason why you've never heard of this UPN show from the mid-'90s, which lasted 25... More >>

  • Little Misses

    published December 29, 2005

    Amid Hollywood's zillion-dollar explosions and computer-enhanced trickery, plenty of quieter, better films sneaked into theaters virtually... More >>

  • The Impossible Bomb

    published December 22, 2005

    (Universal) Joss Whedon's film version of his TV series Firefly came and went like a lightning bug in October; the predicted... More >>

  • Tragedy Re-Revisited

    published December 22, 2005

    Those who will sit around wondering whether Munich is the work of an anti-Israeli or just a self-hating Jew — which is to say,... More >>

  • Love the Sin

    published December 15, 2005

    Sin City (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of Miller's bone-crunching comics finally... More >>

  • Monkey Business

    published December 15, 2005

    For whatever reason, the modernized, comic redo of King Kong released exactly 29 years ago has become less the "pop classic" that... More >>

  • Sweat Along with Russell

    published December 8, 2005

    Cinderella Man (Universal) Back in the Great Depression, boxing matches only cost a nickel, and the ring was uphill both ways. That's... More >>

  • Blood for Oil

    published December 8, 2005

    Warner Bros. plunked $50 million into Syriana and allowed writer-director Stephen Gaghan as much time and travel as necessary to... More >>

  • Homewreckers on DVD

    published December 1, 2005

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Fox) The pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both in real life and on celluloid, is so obvious as... More >>

  • Common Cold

    published November 24, 2005

    Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) is a big-time attorney in a small-time town looking to make a break for it on Christmas Eve, so he and porn-makin'... More >>

  • A Family Adrift

    published November 24, 2005

    Writer and director Noah Baumbach has made three light films — one so slight (1997's party-hopping Highball) it didn't see release... More >>

  • A Very Long Run

    published November 17, 2005

    Born to Run: 30th Anniversary Three-Disc Set (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't... More >>

  • Blessed Are the Buttmunches

    published November 10, 2005

    Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume One (Paramount) This three-disc, 40-episode volume chronicling... More >>

  • Pride & Prejudice

    published November 10, 2005

    If ever there were a bit of material not in need of a good dusting, it's this Jane Austen novel; no more mystery can be wrung from its... More >>

  • The Force Runs Its Course

    published November 3, 2005

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucasfilm Ltd.) The final installment of the Star Wars saga... More >>

  • Killing Time

    published November 3, 2005

    If Jarhead, director Sam Mendes and writer William Broyles, Jr.'s adaptation of Anthony Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir, seems at... More >>

  • Scattered Dour

    published November 3, 2005

    The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage as a disappointment of a son and a failure of a father, was screened for critics in the... More >>

  • Cameron Crowing

    published October 27, 2005

    Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount Home Video) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Titanic... More >>

  • Writes and Wrongs

    published October 20, 2005

    This fall, the roll call of gigantic ghosts inhabiting cinematic biographies continues unabated, with Joaquin Phoenix as a shrunken Johnny Cash in... More >>

  • Goy Gevalt

    published October 20, 2005

    Director Curtis Hanson, a journeyman only recently bestowed the title of Great Director, has already made his horror movie (1973's The... More >>

  • Past Prime

    published October 13, 2005

    With a name like Prime, a movie had better be about something more than an older woman digging on a younger man, much to the... More >>

  • Crowe Flies Home

    published October 13, 2005

    It happened almost with the first step off the airplane at the Toronto airport last month. Someone, a friend or merely a concerned stranger, would... More >>

  • Writes and Wrongs

    published October 13, 2005

    This fall, the roll call of gigantic ghosts inhabiting cinematic biographic continues unabated, with Joaquin Phoenix as a shrunken Johnny Cash in... More >>

  • Tom's Diner

    published October 6, 2005

    Any thing can be anything to anybody, particularly in the case of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. If you want to believe... More >>

  • Good Shot

    published September 15, 2005

    Andrew Niccol's first two films as writer-director, 1997's Gattaca and 2002's S1m0ne, were hollow, sterile sci-fi masquerading as... More >>

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