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Al Griffin Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments

Do clones deserve the same rights as their human progenitors? That's the ethical dilemma that director Michael Bay grapples with in the sci-fi foray The Island (DreamWorks; Movie •••, Picture/Sound ••••½, Extras ••).

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Rad Bennett Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments
Warner
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In the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg (
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Brandon Grafius Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments

If something scared an audience the first time, it should work again, right? And the third, fourth, and fifth times, yes? Well, House of Wax (Warner; Movie •½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••) steals its title from a Vincent Price vehicle, but it's little more than an amateurish excuse to slice and dice attractive teens.

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Mel Neuhaus Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments
Universal
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A young Louisiana-based hospice attendant (K
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Sol Louis Siegel Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments
Universal
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A British diplomat in Kenya (Ralph Fiennes
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Marc Horowitz Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments
Paramount/MTV
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Originally appearing as a number of animated shorts on MTV
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Brandon Grafius Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments
Paramount
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More than a decade after they first appeared on late-
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Sol Louis Siegel Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments
The Wages of Fear The Criterion Collection
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Josef Krebs Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments

It's amazing how many ways a story can be told. Byron Haskin's 1953 version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Warner; Movie ••••, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) has a completely different focus and tone than Steven Spielberg's gloomy take on the H. G. Wells fantasy.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments

An edgy update, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Warner; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) takes several liberties with Roald Dahl's classic book, but it also manages to convey the story's dark humor.

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Ken Korman Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments
War of the Worlds DreamWorks
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Marc Horowitz Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments
Warner
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If you're in the mood to check your brains at the door and just laugh a
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Rad Bennett Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments
20th Century Fox
Series •• Picture/Sound •••½ Extras½
Fantastic Four struggles to bring to l
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Marc Horowitz Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments
TLA
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Formerly immature filmmaker Gregg Arak
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Ken Korman Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments
Universal
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The Coen Brothers' hilarious but initial

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