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2005 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Smiles to Go

    published December 21, 2005

    We popcorn-chomping hitchhikers never know who will pick us up on the roadside. In Flirting With Disaster, it was a neurotic Manhattan... More >>

  • Beautiful Dreamer

    published December 21, 2005

    The gifted Irish novelist and filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) says that his overriding concern is "how... More >>

  • Backhanded Slapstick

    published December 21, 2005

    The Jerry Lewis chromosome is running amok again inside Jim Carrey, and if you don't feel like getting clubbed half to death with a slapstick,... More >>

  • The Nude Bomb

    published December 21, 2005

    The studied British theatricality and sharp wit of Mrs. Henderson Presents are likely to make it a favorite among nostalgiaphiles, theater... More >>

  • Homo on the Range

    published December 7, 2005

    It's not hard to predict how Ang Lee's controversial Brokeback Mountain will play in John Wayne country. This romantic tragedy about a pair... More >>

  • All Yours

    published November 23, 2005

    Most movies intend to entertain or inform us, or maybe take our minds momentarily off personal problems -- that bullet-riddled body in the trunk,... More >>

  • Off the Tracks

    published November 9, 2005

    Moviegoers with a taste for nasty villains will get all they can handle from the heavy in Swedish director Mikael Håfstrom's... More >>

  • Foiled Again

    published October 26, 2005

    It's been 85 years since Douglas Fairbanks slashed his way into the top tax bracket as the masked hero Zorro, and Hollywood still can find no... More >>

  • Queasy Pieces

    published October 26, 2005

    Devotees of Asian cinema -- especially those with a thirst for blood -- will probably delight in the unofficial sequel to 2002's horror sampler... More >>

  • Mine Kampf

    published October 19, 2005

    When we first see the protagonist of North Country, a working-class heroine portrayed by a deglamorized Charlize Theron, she's sporting a... More >>

  • Played for Fools

    published September 28, 2005

    Anyone vaguely familiar with the rules of golf knows that you may not improve your lie, ground your club in a sand trap, or -- most grievous of... More >>

  • Sins of the Father

    published September 28, 2005

    The protagonist of Lodge Kerrigan's deeply moving, uncomfortably intimate Keane is the kind of pariah most urban dwellers will do anything... More >>

  • Love in Gloom

    published September 21, 2005

    By conservative estimate, Tim Burton stands to rake in half a billion dollars at the box office this year, thanks to a childlike chocolate maker... More >>

  • Catching Air

    published August 17, 2005

    Surfers, skateboarders, and desert racers have all had their moment at the movies recently. Now the motocross crowd gets its turn.... More >>

  • Funky Bunch

    published August 10, 2005

    The old John Wayne-Dean Martin hay-burner The Sons of Katie Elder wasn't a very good movie the first time around -- Dino and a cowboy hat... More >>

  • Southern Discomfort

    published August 10, 2005

    Like hundreds of creative Southerners before them, Phil Morrison and Angus MacLachlan have Thomas Wolfe in their bones. The media notes for... More >>

  • Going for Broken

    published August 3, 2005

    The contentedly independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has brought his restless energy to a series of surreal road movies that move nicely along on... More >>

  • November Mourn

    published July 27, 2005

    Sure you want to be inside Sophie Jacobs' head? The poor woman's cabeza is so stuffed with guilt and fear, so tormented by grief and what... More >>

  • Bombs & Bikinis

    published July 27, 2005

    If the Navy is looking for splashy recruiting tools, it could do worse than Stealth, a zillion-dollar action movie stuffed with futuristic... More >>

  • Send in the Clones

    published July 20, 2005

    It should come as no surprise that the hero and heroine of the new Michael Bay action extravaganza are clones. Exact copies of other people. You... More >>

  • Chocolate Kisses

    published July 13, 2005

    Roald Dahl's inner child was evidently a contrary lad -- precocious, dark-minded, contemptuous of adult supervision, and fueled by a sense of... More >>

  • Free at Last

    published July 13, 2005

    The questing hero of Hans Petter Moland's The Beautiful Country is a slender, big-eyed young man named Binh (California-educated Damien... More >>

  • Could Be Verse

    published June 29, 2005

    The British indie filmmaker Sally Potter, a former dancer, lyricist, and performance artist, clearly has a taste for adventure. In 1992 that led... More >>

  • 24-Hour Pouty People

    published June 22, 2005

    So little time, so much trouble. In the 24-hour period that's dissected in Heights, the first feature from Harvard/Cambridge/USC film... More >>

  • Problems at Home

    published June 8, 2005

    The consequences of marital discord in Mr. & Mrs. Smith go way beyond sleeping on the couch or maintaining icy silence at the breakfast... More >>

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