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2005 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Beautiful Dreamer

    published December 22, 2005

    The gifted Irish novelist and filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) says that his overriding concern is "how... More >>

  • Homo on the Range

    published December 15, 2005

    It's not hard to predict how Ang Lee's controversial Brokeback Mountain will play in John Wayne country. This romantic tragedy about a pair... More >>

  • All Yours

    published November 24, 2005

    Most movies intend to entertain or inform us, or maybe take our minds momentarily off personal problems — that bullet-riddled body in the... More >>

  • Off the Tracks

    published November 10, 2005

    Moviegoers with a taste for nasty villains will get all they can handle from the heavy in Swedish director Mikael Håfstrom's Derailed.... More >>

  • Foiled Again

    published November 3, 2005

    It's been 85 years since Douglas Fairbanks slashed his way into the top tax bracket as the masked hero Zorro, and Hollywood still can find no... More >>

  • Mine Kampf

    published October 20, 2005

    When we first see the protagonist of North Country, a working-class heroine portrayed by a deglamorized Charlize Theron, she's sporting a... More >>

  • Played for Fools

    published September 29, 2005

    Anyone vaguely familiar with the rules of golf knows that you may not improve your lie, ground your club in a sand trap, or -- most grievous of... More >>

  • Love in Gloom

    published September 22, 2005

    By conservative estimate, Tim Burton stands to rake in half a billion dollars at the box office this year, thanks to a childlike chocolate maker... More >>

  • Southern Discomfort

    published August 25, 2005

    Like hundreds of creative southerners before them, Phil Morrison and Angus MacLachlan have Thomas Wolfe in their bones. The media notes for... More >>

  • November Mourn

    published August 18, 2005

    Sure you want to be inside Sophie Jacobs' head? The poor woman's cabeza is so stuffed with guilt and fear, so tormented by grief and what... More >>

  • Going for Broken

    published August 11, 2005

    Contentedly independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has brought his restless energy to a series of surreal road movies that move nicely along on the... More >>

  • Funky Bunch

    published August 11, 2005

    The old John Wayne-Dean Martin hayburner The Sons of Katie Elder wasn't a very good movie the first time around -- Dino and a cowboy hat go... More >>

  • Free at Last

    published August 4, 2005

    The questing hero of Hans Petter Moland's The Beautiful Country is a slender, big-eyed young man named Binh (California-educated Damien... More >>

  • Bombs & Bikinis

    published July 28, 2005

    If the Navy is looking for splashy recruiting tools, it could do worse than Stealth, a zillion-dollar action movie stuffed with futuristic... More >>

  • Could Be Verse

    published July 28, 2005

    The British indie filmmaker Sally Potter, a former dancer, lyricist, and performance artist, clearly has a taste for adventure. In 1992 that led... More >>

  • Send in the Clones

    published July 21, 2005

    It should come as no surprise that the hero and heroine of the new Michael Bay action extravaganza are clones. Exact copies of other people. You... More >>

  • Chocolate Kisses

    published July 14, 2005

    Roald Dahl's inner child was evidently a contrary lad -- precocious, dark-minded, contemptuous of adult supervision, and fueled by a sense of... More >>

  • 24-Hour Pouty People

    published July 7, 2005

    So little time, so much trouble. In the 24-hour period that's dissected in Heights, the first feature from Harvard/Cambridge/USC Film... More >>

  • Scoundrel Time

    published June 9, 2005

    Alex Gibney's Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a thoroughly professional, frequently spectacular piece of muckraking. But any... More >>

  • Problems at Home

    published June 9, 2005

    The consequences of marital discord in Mr. & Mrs. Smith go way beyond sleeping on the couch or maintaining icy silence at the breakfast... More >>

  • Thick and Rich

    published May 26, 2005

    Layer Cake, a new British crime drama from first-time director Matthew Vaughn, is a block of granite struggling to liberate the statue... More >>

  • Whatever Happened to Lady Jane?

    published May 12, 2005

    Jane Fonda comes from a good Hollywood family and used to be a pretty fair actress herself. Klute, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?,... More >>

  • War: What Is It Good For?

    published May 5, 2005

    Whatever you do, don't accuse Ridley Scott of turning his back on a fight. Doesn't matter if it's slimy-fanged space aliens attacking Sigourney... More >>

  • Cold Case

    published April 28, 2005

    Agent Fox Mulder, the coolly instinctual sleuth of The X-Files, got pretty good at unraveling paranormal mysteries. If only the actor who... More >>

  • Head in the Sand

    published April 21, 2005

    If nothing else, give Dana Brown credit for enthusiasm. A documentary filmmaker in name only, he is really the camera- and microphone-equipped... More >>

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