‘Silent Hill’ scary, but excess exposition kills pace

~.~.? Silent Hill TriStar Pictures, 2006 Starring Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Alice Krige Directed by Christophe Gans Written by Christophe Gans and Roger Avary Rated R, 127 min. Horror The...

‘Ice-Age: The Meltdown’ proves a lukewarm kids’ flick

~.~. Ice Age: The Meltdown Blue Sky Studios, 2006 Starring Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary Directed by Carlos Saldanha Written by Russel Gewirtz Rated PG, 90 min. Family/comedy Kids...

Alaskans respect live music

I had an experience in Seattle last weekend that made me realize how great Alaska is. I went to the Taste of Chaos tour,...

Wood, plastic and clay dominate student art show

Student artwork selected as the best 3-D pieces of 2006 are currently being displayed at the 3-Dimensional Student Invitational Show in the Student Union...

‘Inside Man’ bamboozles audience with empty promises

~.~. Inside Man Universal, 2006 Starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster Directed by Spike Lee Written by Russel Gewirtz Rated R, 129 min. Thriller/crime "Inside Man" looks like it should be...

‘The Hills Have Eyes’ remake scary, but not fun

~.~.~.~. The Hills Have Eyes Craven-Maddalena Films, 2006 Starring Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw Directed by Alexandre Aja Written by Wes Craven and Alexandre Aja Rated R, 107 min. Horror/drama "The...

Yet another music genre emerges

Do you ever think that there are too many music genres to remember? It used to be simpler. In the '90s, music tended to...

Actors shouldn’t make music

I'd like to ask everyone for his or her help. I want you all to go home tonight and ask whatever god it is...

Alaska’s leading ladies cameo in stage adaptation of ‘Adam’s Rib’

"Adam's Rib," a stage adaptation of the classic movie, opened to a standing ovation Feb. 17 at Cyrano's. The play, newly adapted to the...

‘Tis the season for out-of-state tunes

If you live in or near Anchorage and complain about never seeing any shows, then now is the time to do something about it....

‘Stranger’ remake takes original’s first act, stretches it too thin

With older movies being remade by Hollywood at a record rate, one might wonder: Was it really necessary to remake? What changes have been...

Alaska bands earn new respect

Alaska music is slowly making a respectable name for itself in the U.S., as well as the globe. However, our state had a rough start....

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...

’80s new wave should stay dead

Isn't this whole "new wave" fad getting a little old? There's a fantastic reason this music died in the '80s. It sucked. Dance rock is...

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...

‘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...

‘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...

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...

{Horoscopes}

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

‘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...

‘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...

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...

{CD Reviews}

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...