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2005 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Killing Time

    published November 3, 2005

    If Jarhead, director Sam Mendes and writer William Broyles Jr.'s adaptation of Anthony Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir, seems at all... More >>

  • The Force Runs Its Course

    published November 3, 2005

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucasfilm Ltd.) The final installment of the Star Wars saga actually... More >>

  • Past Prime

    published October 27, 2005

    With a name like Prime, a movie had better be about something more than an older woman digging on a younger man, much to the... More >>

  • A Family Adrift

    published October 27, 2005

    Writer and director Noah Baumbach has made three light films--one so slight (1997's party-hopping Highball), it didn't see release till... More >>

  • Cameron Crowing

    published October 27, 2005

    Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount Home Video) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Titanic nonetheless is... More >>

  • Writes and Wrongs

    published October 20, 2005

    This fall, the roll call of gigantic ghosts inhabiting cinematic biographies continues unabated, with Joaquin Phoenix as a shrunken Johnny Cash in... More >>

  • Go to HAL

    published October 13, 2005

    There are many good reasons to attend this weekend's Dallas Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo, and not one of them involves a pair of slip-on Spock... More >>

  • Crowe Flies Home

    published October 13, 2005

    It happened almost with the first step off the airplane at the Toronto airport last month. Someone, a friend or merely a concerned stranger, would... More >>

  • Crowe's Songs

    published October 13, 2005

    Crowe's Songs This week's Elizabethtown is only the latest to reveal a director's love affair with... More >>

  • Great Men

    published October 13, 2005

    Name one, just one. Name one band that truly, actually, seriously sounds like Gang of Four. Plenty have been said to be heirs to... More >>

  • Goy Gevalt

    published October 6, 2005

    Director Curtis Hanson, a journeyman only recently bestowed the title of Great Director, has already made his horror movie (1973's The... More >>

  • No DeLay

    published October 6, 2005

    No DeLay: Until last week, only one publication--this one--had written a word about Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck's... More >>

  • Sinking Feeling

    published September 29, 2005

    Into the Blue offers precisely what one would expect from the director of Blue Crush and the writer of Torque:... More >>

  • Have Gun, Will Space Travel

    published September 29, 2005

    Serenity, Joss Whedon's big-screen spinoff of the 2002 TV show Firefly, which didn't even last a dozen episodes, is already a... More >>

  • Tom's Diner

    published September 22, 2005

    Anything can be anything to anybody, particularly in the case of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. If you want to believe... More >>

  • Good Shot

    published September 15, 2005

    Andrew Niccol's first two films as writer-director, 1997's Gattaca and 2002's S1m0ne, were hollow, sterile sci-fi masquerading as... More >>

  • Go to Hell

    published September 8, 2005

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which is based on a true story the same way Harry Potter and Star Wars movies are, is the... More >>

  • Bob Dylan

    published September 8, 2005

    At this late date, Dylan still mystifies, mesmerizes and galvanizes; besides this official boot, volume seven for those counting, there's the '62... More >>

  • Black Forest

    published August 25, 2005

    Terry Gilliam's last film featured the former Monty Python troupe member as an eccentric, demanding and difficult director prone to destroying his... More >>

  • Asian Delights

    published August 18, 2005

    Among the some 30 films screening at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas this weekend, at both the Magnolia Theater and the Dallas Museum of... More >>

  • Aw Nuts

    published August 18, 2005

    Ain't nothing in this world more tedious than highbrow erotica, which works itself into a lather and then wipes off the sweat before anyone... More >>

  • Cherry on Top

    published August 18, 2005

    Some art-house programmer would be wise to schedule a double bill of The Aristocrats, Paul Provenza's talkumentary about the dirtiest joke... More >>

  • Working Blue. And Brown.

    published August 11, 2005

    Pity the daily newspaper critic who must review The Aristocrats without using such phrases as "a longshoreman's arm up a little... More >>

  • Push poll

    published August 11, 2005

    Push poll: It's no secret that developers responsible for rebuilding downtown oppose the construction of a homeless center there. On... More >>

  • Where there's a Will

    published August 11, 2005

    You know those guys you see in a Starbucks at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, nursing a cup of Iced Caffè Americano that sits by the side of... More >>

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