Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

May 31, 2009 by Mr. Nau Uma Thurman returns in the conclusion of a two-part saga, written by her and Quentin Tarantino. With an all-star cast, this martial arts epic has Thurman, the Bride, trying to find and kill Bill (David Carradine). Spectacular fight sequences and a wonderful script make this a superb homage. Grade: […]

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

May 30, 2009 by Mr. Nau Uma Thurman stars as the Bride in this Quentin Tarantino tribute to old martial arts features from the 70s. In this astonishing fight picture spectacular, she chases down her former team of assassins to exact revenge for her betrayal. The choreography, costumes, script, and acting here are quite simply […]

A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

May 29, 2009 by Mr. Nau John Travolta and Scarlett Johanssen star in this slow-paced drama about a girl whose estranged mother leaves her a house inhabited by a pair of jobless alcoholics. While some valuable insights are gained, some of the performances seem phoned in. Overall, though, this is an effective, poignant character piece. […]

Pizza (2005)

May 22, 2009 by Mr. Nau Cara-Ethyl, an overweight teenage girl, mopes around on her birthday until a hunky pizza delivery guy decides to take her with him on his rounds. While there are some really funny moments, there are an equal number of grating, mean-spirited scenes. This picture shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Grade: […]

The Bothersome Man (2006)

May 20, 2009 by Mr. Nau Andreas finds himself in a city with no memory of how he got there, but with an excellent job and a beautiful wife. This Norwegian independent film explores a man who is increasingly dissatisfied with his artificial utopian world and his unquenchable desire to escape back into the real […]

Juno (2007)

May 20, 2009 by Mr. Nau Ellen Page is picture perfect as Juno, a teenage girl who gets pregnant by her friend, Bleeker, and has decided to give the baby up for adoption. Diablo Cody’s screenplay is wonderfully quirky and irreverently funny. All the acting performances are wonderful and the story is hip, fun, and […]

Once (2006)

May 19, 2009 by Mr. Nau This exquisite independent drama focuses on a street musician who sings his heart out in Dublin and meets a Czech piano player, who falls in love with his music. The well-written story and the incredible chemistry between the male and female lead make this wonderful picture a must-see. Grade: […]

A Chorus Line (1985)

May 17, 2009 by Mr. Nau Michael Douglas stars in this inexplicable Pulitzer-winning Broadway musical, adapted for the big screen. A wide variety of dancers in colorful costumes are auditioning to be on the chorus line for a Broadway show. We are introduced to a large group of quirky people before the final selection is […]

Almost Famous (2000)

May 17, 2009 by Mr. Nau Young William Miller wants to be a rock journalist, so he accepts an assignment from Rolling Stone to follow an up-and-coming rock band, Stillwater, on a national tour. This coming-of-age story features amazing acting performances, a gorgeous script, and a screenplay that makes this journey unforgettable. Grade: A. IMDB: […]

Kickboxer (1989)

May 16, 2009 by Mr. Nau Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this unsurprisingly badly-acted story about a guy who seeks to avenge his brother’s defeat by training in Muay Thai kickboxing. The plot is very unsophisticated, the dialogue amazingly contrived, and the filmmaking laughable, but for fight fans, this is fun butt-kicking time. Grade: C-. […]

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