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Film & TV

Spell me a river

In the age of spell check and Internet slang, it's shocking to find those remaining few who still avidly read, study, and worship that old friend, the dictionary.

by ABBY NATELSON

Surprisingly angelic

I felt a bit defensive tonight. At some point in every conversation I've had, I had to throw up my arms in a mock defensive posture and say, "No, really, I'm not kidding.

by ALEX KOPPELMAN

Mile high clubmile high club

It seems the French have a little longing for America in them after all. It's true--we may have taken their fries, their toast, even their kisses, but after one viewing of Jet Lag, there's no denying that they want to steal something from us: a quality Hollywood-esque romantic comedy.

by ABBY NATELSON

Stenographers are romantic

Emma (Kate Hudson) is a chic twenty-something trying to make her way as a stenographer in Boston. Alex (Luke Wilson) is a brilliant author whose computer is destroyed by the pair of Cuban criminals coming to collect the $100,000 he owes them.

by ABBY NATELSON

Four letter words

Director Scott Roberts' first movie, The Hard Word, is the movie Guy Ritchie should have made last summer when he was otherwise busy destroying his career with the Madonna bomb Swept Away. Originally filmed under the title Blood and Guts, this hyperactive Aussie crime-flick bombards the audience with a jumble of new and re-used ideas that somehow add up to a very enjoyable film.

by GREG MAUGHAN

Whatcha Gonna Do Brotha

We've been getting movies from World Wrestling Entertainment for about a year now. Apparently, Vince McMahon -- yes, we're going to assume that the WWE owner himself ships out the videotapes -- thinks that Penn students are a prime market for shoulderblocks, bodyslams and pinfalls. We didn't agree, until now.

by DANIEL MCQUADE

Thou shalt not laugh

With his dramatic career floundering at the box office, Jim Carrey needed the spotlight back. Carrey tries to revisit his Ace Ventura roots by contorting his body and coining new catchphrases in his new comedy, Bruce Almighty, but none of them hit the mark. Carrey stars as Bruce, a down-on-his-luck TV reporter who blames God for all of his troubles.

by JOHN CARROLL

Predictable, in a good way

As a heist movie The Italian Job is more predictable than a holdup at Commerce Bank, but it proves that knowing what happens next isn't a sin.

by GREG MAUGHAN

Digital Video Library: Play It Cool

The world of the 1961 film West Side Story is still not too different from that of the 21st century, as class, age and racial prejudices still divide us and sometimes revert us to animalistic states.

by ANDREW GOODMAN

Out-of-Print Culture

Mark Moscowitz's film debut Stone Reader follows the director as he searches for Dow Mossman, the one-book author of Stones of Summer, a would-be seminal novel from 1972 that has since gone out of print.

by JAMES BEAVER

Tattoo You

Aside from disappointed critics across the nation, Angelina Jolie was a hit with audiences when she brought Lara Croft, the pixelated video game star, to life on the silver screen.

by JOHN CARROLL

He's No Big Dick

Mark Wahlberg wants to know what we did over Spring Break. Actually, he wants to know why we're interviewing him instead of "on Spring Break having fun, drinking beer," before realizing that Spring Break would most likely be over and asking the operator to open up the lines of our previously listen-only conference call so that we could tell him how we spent our vacations. His new movie, The Italian Job, comes out next month.

by EUGENE NOVIKOV

Review: Russian Ark

Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark is the first feature to be shot in one single, unedited take.

by 34TH STREET

Review: Bulletproof Monk

There are two ways you can look at Bulletproof Monk: On the one hand, Chow Yun-Fat finally gets to do some comedy for the first time in an American movie.

by DAN MCQUADE

Dude, Where's Stifler?

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Sean William Scott doesn't want to be known just as Stifler. In Bulletproof Monk, he tries to do just that. The 26-year-old became a cult hero with his role as Steve Stifler in 1999's American Pie, which was a runaway hit and spawned a 2001 sequel.

by DAN MCQUADE

White Hot

He may not be the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but Jamie Kennedy has built up a following on his TV show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, on the WB.

by HANNAH WURZEL

Review: Malibu's Most Wanted

Jamie Kennedy created and plays the role of Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman alongside a talented cast in Malibu's Most Wanted. B-Rad claims he's tested positive for G.A.M.E., but the film's in need of some.

by HANNAH WURZEL

Quick Flicks

Three-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson delivers a wonderful comedic performance in Anger Management as Dr. Buddy Rydell, the volatile shrink who has counseled everyone from John McEnroe to Derek Jeter.

by 34TH STREET

Flip 'Em the Bird

One movie critic said it best when he wrote the following about Winged Migration: "Possibly the most astonishing documentary about bird migration ever made." I am certainly in agreement.

by EDDIE BYUN

First Degree Burns

At the opening night of the Philadelphia Film Festival, James Foley, director of the headliner Confidence, talked to the audience for a few minutes.

by JOHN CARROLL

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