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Film & TV

Fallon has Fallen

Taxi Director: Tim Story Starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon Rated: PG-13 Sometimes it's nice to turn your brain off and watch a shallow comedy with a brainless plotline.

by ALEXANDRA CHALAT

Rage Against the Machine

In this era of reality-obsessed film and television, it came as quite a shock that The Motorcycle Diaries has nothing to do with either leather chaps, burly biker-boys or roaming the Midwest in search of a brawl.

by ALEXIS ORENSTEIN

Fish comes out of closet

Don't bother seeing Shark Tale. Instead, watch half of Finding Nemo and chase that with a half-hour of listening to R&B.

by GERARD LEONE

Death row and sexual abuse

Any movie that is based on a self-help novel for women should be approached with caution, but Woman Thou Art Loosed succeeds in telling a story about finding peace and acceptance.

by ANNA HARTLEY

Not Rushmore

"It's kind of like this. Listen." Plucking away on a spankin' new guitar just purchased at a 7th street pawn shop, Jason Schwartzman musically describes his new film, I Heart Huckabees. Shortly after picking a string, he retunes it and giddily shows how the note ascends.

by JIM NEWELL

Insomniac, Delusional, and Operating Heavy Machinery

A skeletal Christian Bale stars as the haunted, delusional industrial worker Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, a semi-original psychological thriller that opens nationwide Oct.

by SAM HERSHEY

No One Dropped the Soap?

National Lampoon has been marketing this slightly smarmy, dare I say clever, white guy hero for decades.

by ARD LEONE

Katie Holmes is Hot

You know this is a chick flick, right?" Within three seconds of entering the theater, some random girl sitting next to me confirmed my initial doubts about First Daughter. If that were not enough, she prompted me to peruse the theater, in which I found myself a minority because I am neither under 25-years-old nor female.

by BRADLEY ERLICH

Fim

Tim Corrigan, chair of Penn's brand new Cinema Studies major, gives the program two thumbs up. Tell us about the new film major at Penn. There's been a film program and minor at Penn for about five years now.

by MAGGIE HENNEFELD

Easy to forget

There is nothing creepier than watching a movie in which the main character discovers that she is schizophrenic and has imagined every event in her life (you know you were paranoid after A Beautiful Mind). There is nothing more enthralling than watching a cheesy alien movie (you've seen Independence Day. Don't lie). The Forgotten, contrary to what one might think, is neither.

by ALEXANDRA CHALAT

Viva la Revolucion

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was filmed entirely in front of a blue screen, with all of the backgrounds, environments and effects added in digitally.

by EUGENE NOVIKOV

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

There isn't a frame in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow that I wouldn't pay good money to hang on my wall.

by EUGENE NOVIKOV

Twist and Shout

Before this week's critics screening of The Village, Touchstone Pictures asked that critics refrain from spoiling critical plot points in the film for the reader.

by JOHN CARROLL

Manchurian On Fire

What do you get when you combine a crazed Army Major, a power-hungry Senator who touches her son a little too lovingly, and an Army Private-turned-politician who has less personality than a rock but is poised to be the next Vice President?

by COREY HULSE

His View's Askew, Too

Zach Braff, star of NBC's Scrubs, makes his directorial debut with Garden State, which he also wrote and stars in.

by JOHN CARROLL

Quick Flicks

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle Stoner or not, this is a fun movie. Granted it helps if you are, since pot humor is the foundation of the film.

by 34TH STREET

Phone Home

A Home at the End of the World is the first major motion picture directed by Michael Mayer and the second major motion picture written by Michael Cunningham.

by CARRIE GREENE

A Meow Mixed Bag

I may be dreaming the impossible dream, but I dreamt of a Catwoman review that somehow avoided not only feline puns, but dominatrix jokes at the same time.

by GERARD LEONE

Bourne to be Wild

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back again in the second engagement of the Bourne series in The Bourne Supremacy. And now he's angry and on a mission to unravel a mystery.

by COREY HULSE

$300 An Hour

Some Kind of Monster, a new documentary about iconic heavy-metal group Metallica, will undoubtedly inspire some comparisons to the seminal mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. And to some degree, that's valid.

by ALEX KOPPELMAN

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