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2003 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Forget It

    published December 25, 2003

    Seems a little early for a remake of Minority Report, but when your movie's all about seeing and forgetting the future, who's gonna... More >>

  • Lies My Father Told Me

    published December 25, 2003

    For all of its inspired side trips down Imagination Lane (let's call it that, because the "memories" of protagonist Edward Bloom are too majestic... More >>

  • Barely Passing

    published December 18, 2003

    The Mona Lisa Smile in question belongs, of course, to its star, Julia Roberts. Why? For no particular reason, actually. It's just... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published December 18, 2003

    Never met a tribute album worthy of its appellation. They're doomed, if not outright damned, endeavors that make you wonder whether the artists... More >>

  • Double Feature

    published December 18, 2003

    It was just a coincidence, but Ellen Cotter, the Manhattan-based chief operating officer of the Angelika chain of art-house... More >>

  • A Fan's Notes

    published December 11, 2003

    This being the end of the year, and since none of the people I wanted to write about this week felt it necessary to return any of my calls, from... More >>

  • Kinky Friedman

    published December 11, 2003

    Richard "Kinky" "Big Dick" Friedman's running for governor of the great state o' Texas, and what else is new? Seventeen years back he ran for... More >>

  • Rage Against the Machine

    published December 11, 2003

    Gone but not totally forgotten, though three of its former members have done their damnedest to erase all record of rage or even minor... More >>

  • Comics From the Front

    published December 4, 2003

    Maybe you know the feeling. Maybe it struck you one morning as you stared in the mirror before trundling off to the job you hate, or maybe it hit... More >>

  • Dance This Mess Around

    published December 4, 2003

    Honey is one of those movies you will see (or not, whatever), swear you've seen before in several other guises and incarnations,... More >>

  • The "S" Word

    published November 27, 2003

    Bad Santa, in which Billy Bob Thornton plays a drunken department-store Santa who repeatedly swears at children, pisses... More >>

  • Indian Giver

    published November 27, 2003

    In director Ron Howard's The Missing, Tommy Lee Jones' Samuel Jones takes his place among the oldest archetypes in the Western... More >>

  • Heavy, Man

    published November 27, 2003

    It has become a subject of much discussion and debate among film fetishists in recent weeks: For which movie will Sean Penn win the Academy Award,... More >>

  • The Wiz

    published November 20, 2003

    Not three years ago, the comic-book industry had been proclaimed as dead as Barry Allen and Hal Jordan--and if you don't know the references,... More >>

  • School's In

    published November 20, 2003

    All they ever wanted was someone who got their brand of humor--or, barring that, at least someone who could stomach it. It would not be easy to... More >>

  • Dead, Not Buried

    published November 13, 2003

    The only man who knows the answers to the story below is dead--has been for six years, though even before that, he may not have been able to... More >>

  • Free Will

    published November 6, 2003

    Even when people were watching Will Ferrell on television every Saturday night, they weren't seeing Will Ferrell. They saw no more than a... More >>

  • Tights Fit

    published November 6, 2003

    'Tis the season and all that jive; beneath the tree this first week of November you will find two films set during the final week of December,... More >>

  • Big, Wet Kiss

    published November 6, 2003

    With its soundtrack stockpiled with songs of romance and Christmas and a screenplay by the man who wrote Bridget Jones's Diary, Four... More >>

  • Coming Distractions

    published November 6, 2003

    Look at the run-down Inwood Theatre, with its peeling paint and cramped upstairs theaters and dusty-musty vibe. Now look at the brand-new Magnolia... More >>

  • Give Thanks

    published October 30, 2003

    Pieces of April, made by playwright-turned-novelist-turned-screenwriter-turned-director Peter Hedges, could be confused for a... More >>

  • Nobody's Fool

    published October 30, 2003

    You would never know Robert Benton had been here. A minute ago, he was sitting in this chair in this hotel restaurant, drinking a Shiner, nibbling... More >>

  • The Boss

    published October 23, 2003

    On October 12, BBC America aired the second-season premiere of The Office, the beloved mockumentary that follows paper-selling rats 'round... More >>

  • Five Golden Reels

    published October 23, 2003

    Everything's going to be all right. If there's a theme to this year's Deep Ellum Film Festival, perhaps it's that single, simple sentence... More >>

  • Paul Westerberg|Grandpaboy

    published October 23, 2003

    One's the "official" release, the soundtrack to a documentary in which the subject plays everything but says next to nothing; the other offers... More >>

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