Woody Allen departs from his usual style in ‘Match Point’

~.~.~.~. Match Point Dreamworks Pictures/BBC Films, 2005 Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer Directed by Woody Allen Rated R, 124 min. Drama/romance "Match Point" is the least Allenesque Woody...

Will the last person to leave ‘Aeon Flux’ please turn off...

n? Aeon Flux MTV/Paramount, 2005 Starring Charlize Theron, Martin Csokas Directed by Karyn Kusama Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi Rated PG-13, 136 min. Sci-fi/Action Is Hollywood so desperate for story...

‘CSI’ forensic geek squad offers viewers absolute truth

There's a corner of television you can tuck yourself into when you want to feel safe. You'll find sliced, bruised, beaten, torn, gagged, and...

‘Zathura’ a well-rounded, feel-good family film

nnnn? Zathura Columbia Pictures, 2005 Starring Jonah Bobo, Josh Hutcherson, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart Directed by Jon Favreau Written by David Koepp and John Kamps Rated PG, 113 min. Adventure/family/ sci-fi "Zathura"...

‘Saw’ sequel succeeds where original movie failed

Last year about this time I reviewed a little movie called "Saw." I was charmed by its twisted inventiveness but felt that the ides...

‘Doom’ surprisingly clever for video game adaptation

"Doom," the latest film adaptation of a popular video game series, opens with a scene common to many movies. People are being chased down...

Acting shines, but cast needs some voice lessons

Those in the mood for a quirky play that will alarm viewers with its subject while charming them with its characters, "Landscape of the...

‘Lone Surfer’ a moving and honest effort from Rothbart

Davy Rothbart’s new compilation of short stories, “The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas,” is like being in love for the first time: full of...

‘Stealth’ movie, like jets, should remain unseen

“Stealth” is a video game, sans controller. The look, feel and pace is that of a shoot-‘em-up action game involving fast jets, big explosions...

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IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK . . . ...Refuse to face reality every day, and this year sparkles as one of the most unreal....

Young talent makes noise in hardcore and electronic world

It’s hard to believe when listening to Idiot Pilot’s “Strange We Should Meet Here” that so much noise can be made by just two...

‘Another Day’ orbits Eno’s earlier work

If you’re a music enthusiast and haven’t heard of Brian Eno, then you probably haven’t read the liner notes in your music collection. Chances...

‘Explorers’ discovers young talent, unusual story

Long before “Spy Kids,” the mid-‘80s had plenty of adventure movies starring kids. But unlike flicks such as “Cloak and Dagger,” “Goonies,” or “The...

Alaska hip-hop flourishes in summer spotlight

Despite being Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage is not well known for its hip-hop scene. Some disc jockeys have risen to local club prominence and...

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Four Tet provides ecstatic dissonance with “Everything” By Zen Naylor The Northern Light The unsettling sounds of dissonance arrived in the Western world on the erratic waves...

2brents bring comedy, madness to Anchorage

It’s not every day when you come across some truly unique theater, but the new group 2brents Mad Histrionics has struck a chord with...

Williams’ overlooked sci-fi drama makes the cut

After Robin Williams’ unsettling character in “One Hour Photo” and straight-out bizarre casting in “Death to Smoochy,” I was somewhat skeptical of what I...

‘Brazil’ takes existentialism to satirical level

It’s somewhat rare that a movie with an existential ethos is gut-laugh funny, but director Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” pulls it off. The story revolves around...

3-D student invitational brings out colorful mysticism

The Student Union was a buzz April 1 as the university settled back into the swing of things. As part of the festivities, the...

‘Sin City’ an opus of filth and beauty

In recent years, there has been a steady stream of movies adapted from comic books. Never has a comic book been adapted as faithfully...

White girl and pale limey buy drum machines, save the blues

It’s been two years since The Kills’ debut CD, “Keep On Your Mean Side,” was released and going by the cover and liner notes...

‘Robots’ short on plot, long on zany fun

“Robots,” the new computer graphics animated comedy from 20th Century Fox, utilizes the same formula that “Shark Tale” screwed up so thoroughly a couple...

Aesop Rock album takes hip-hop to new level with sporadic style

Aesop Rock’s newest EP, “Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives,” is seven songs of genius, and is just a reflection of why he is...

‘Midsummer’ in the midwinter is a must-see at Cyrano’s

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” currently running at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse, is perhaps the mst dependable entertaining play ever written. Actors and audiences can...

Uncovered

As local band Conversing with Zookeepers finished playing Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android,” lead singer and guitarist Joe Mintz looked out at the crowd of around...

‘Cursed’ unoriginal but brilliantly done

It’s a difficult thing to make a werewolf movie anymore. It’s a genre that’s been explored extensively over the last several decades, and there...

‘Hedwig’ sexy, smart but too sugarcoated for its own good

Drag comedy shows generally aren’t my cup of tea. I’m no expert on the subject, but what I’ve seen has been a disappointing mix...

‘Killer Angels’ casts North, South in equal light

“The Killer Angels,” based on the novel by Michael Shaara, is a moving play that attempts to put a human face on those who...

‘The Hollow Men’ delight lovers of classic sketch comedy

New series on Comedy Central will benefits from fast-paced British potty humor Starting in March, sketch comedy fans won’t need to pump themselves up with...

VH1 commentator humors UAA with ‘wit and tact’

Monkey fish sticks, retards and Canadians were on the minds of audience members at the Michael Ian Black comedy show Feb. 17. The show,...