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2005 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Broke but Not Broken

    published June 2, 2005

    There was no reason to expect much from Cinderella Man, Ron Howard's biography of boxer James Braddock, who in the summer of 1935 became... More >>

  • Skate Bored

    published June 2, 2005

    Lords of Dogtown is an odd, disorienting commodity -- a fictional version of a documentary (Dogtown and Z-Boys) about the birth of... More >>

  • Long Bomb

    published May 26, 2005

    Adam Sandler cast as a former pro quarterback -- that laughable setup is about the only funny thing about this pointless, witless remake of The... More >>

  • Animal Crackers

    published May 26, 2005

    It's fair to say that Madagascar, directed by one man who made Antz and another who used to work on Ren & Stimpy, is... More >>

  • On the Dark Side

    published May 19, 2005

    It's a question to which the response should be more than a shrug, but it's the only thing I can offer anyone who asks, "So, how was it?" The... More >>

  • We're No Angels

    published May 5, 2005

    Much of Crash, an L.A.-stories portmanteau about the suffocating embrace of racism, is hard to watch, harder still to listen to. Its... More >>

  • Shock and Awful

    published May 5, 2005

    It is no great joy to review Palindromes, the latest film from writer-director Todd Solondz, who is loved by those who do not loathe him... More >>

  • Jokes? What Jokes?

    published April 28, 2005

    Author Douglas Adams died at age 49 on May 11, 2001, of a heart attack suffered during a workout at a Santa Barbara, California, gym. His... More >>

  • Lost in Translation

    published April 21, 2005

    Among the many mysteries surrounding The Interpreter is the one that finds Sydney Pollack heralded as a major American director, a maker of... More >>

  • Finder's Fee

    published April 7, 2005

    Damian Cunningham has the face of an angel -- calm and cool blue eyes perched above freckled cheeks and a benevolent grin -- which is appropriate... More >>

  • Fortunate Son

    published April 7, 2005

    Sahara is a stunning piece of work -- stunningly inept, stunningly incoherent, stunningly awful in every single way imaginable. How this... More >>

  • Kings of Leon

    published April 7, 2005

    Best I could tell from months of listening without a lyric sheet -- thank you, Internet -- this second disc from the kin of itinerant evangelist... More >>

  • Color Bind

    published March 31, 2005

    If nothing else, Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, co-directed with Frank Miller (and Quentin Tarantino, for a few seconds), will be remembered... More >>

  • Cut and Paste

    published March 31, 2005

    A spin-off of a sequel, Beauty Shop plays like most Hollywood comedies these days -- as tepid sitcom, benign product, and cynical... More >>

  • Who'd Guess?

    published March 24, 2005

    Better than I thought it'd be" was the refrain repeated by those exiting the preview screening of Guess Who, which doesn't mean much --... More >>

  • Ugly Duckling

    published March 24, 2005

    Before we walked out the door to see Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, a colleague sneered, "Why do you even bother with that shit?"... More >>

  • Mad About It

    published March 17, 2005

    The Upside of Anger belongs to Joan Allen, who plays Terry Wolfmeyer, a wife abandoned by her husband and left to pick up the pieces and... More >>

  • Get Lost

    published March 3, 2005

    The novel Be Cool, written by Elmore Leonard in 1999 while the ink was still wet on the publisher's advance, existed only because the... More >>

  • Lt. Nanny

    published March 3, 2005

    Based on the success of their TV work, beloved among those who swim in the deep end of bongwater, Lennon and Garant have done considerable rewrite... More >>

  • Still the One

    published February 17, 2005

    At first (and second and maybe even third) glance, it's all so familiar: Keanu Reeves shrouded in a black trench coat that flaps behind him like a... More >>

  • Just One Hitch

    published February 10, 2005

    One should expect little from the man who has directed an Olsen twins movie (It Takes Two, the one with Steve Guttenberg, no less), Matthew... More >>

  • Unlucky 13

    published February 3, 2005

    Assault on Precinct 13, the sluggish remake of John Carpenter's grungy 1976 movie of the same name, begins with a bang to which it never... More >>

  • About a Man

    published January 20, 2005

    Paul Weitz, with brother Chris, co-wrote and co-directed 2002's adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy, in which a cocky grown man... More >>

  • Cuts Like a Knife

    published January 13, 2005

    The story is simple enough: Sometime during the dying days of the Tang Dynasty in China, though it could really be any time and any place, two... More >>

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