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2005's best movies

Our fast-Paised take on the Top 10 films of the year.
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Quick reviews of:
• Big Momma's House 2
• When a Stranger Calls
• Something New
• Imagine Me and You
• The World's Fastest Indian
• The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
• Going Shopping
• Annapolis
• Nanny McPhee
• Bubble
• The New World
• Last Holiday
• Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
• The Real Dirt on Farmer John
• Hostel
• Glory Road
• Tristan and Isolde
• Cache
• Rumor Has It...
• Match Point
• The Matador
• Casanova
• Munich
• The Ringer
• Gilles' Wife
• Fun w/Dick and Jane
• Cheaper/Dozen 2
• King Kong
• Brokeback Mountain
• Memoirs of a Geisha
• The Producers
• Syriana
• Chronicles of Narnia
• 39 Pounds of Love
• Aeon Flux
• First Descent
• The Kid & I
• Rent
• The Ice Harvest
• Just Friends
• Harry Potter
• Walk the Line
• Bee Season
• Squid and the Whale
• The Weather Man
• Shopgirl
Plus interviews:
• Sanaa Lathan tries something new
• Albert Brooks looks for comedy
• Hear from the stars of "Glory Road"
• What scares "Hostel" director Eli Roth?
• Our interview with Cameron Crowe
• Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch turns to acting
• Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman
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39 Pounds Love
A Good Woman
Ballets Russes
Bee Season
Be Here to Love Me
Breakfast on Pluto
Brokeback Mountain
Cafe Lumiere
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Chicken Little
Christmas in the Clouds
Duane Hopwood
Ellie Parker
Emmanuel's Gift
End of the Spear
Far Side of the Moon
First Descent
Fun with Dick and Jane
Gay Sex in the '70s
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Gilles' Wife
Glory Road
God's Sandbox
Going Shopping
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Imagine Me and You
In Her Shoes
Innocent Voices
Just Friends
King Kong
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Kung Fu Hustle
Last Holiday
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Match Point
Memoirs of a Geisha
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Nanny McPhee
Never Been Thawed
Nine Lives
North Country
Paradise Now
Pride & Prejudice
Protocols of Zion
Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe
Roving Mars
Rumor Has It...
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
Saw 2
Something New
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Dying Gaul
The Family Stone
The Ice Harvest
The Kid & I
The Legend of Zorro
The Matador
The New World
The Passenger
The Producers
The Real Dirt on Farmer John
The Ringer
The Squid and the Whale
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The War Within
The White Countess
The World's Fastest Indian
Tristan and Isolde
Walk the Line
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Where the Truth Lies
Wolf Creek
Yours, Mine and Ours


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Fast-Paised review: ‘Match Point'

Woody Allen cuts the stammering and writes himself into corner
rating (out of four)

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this movie has a Hitchcock vibe to it. The cast is attractive and the emotions are relatable (on a different level of course). recommended
Submitted by: my pernickity
11:46 PM CST, January 12, 2006
I am interested if the opera s are connected with the "storyline". How does one find this information. I much prefer Ms. Johanson ' in "Lost Translation" The story line and the "relationship" was more effective.
Submitted by: Tuckie
10:05 PM CST, January 8, 2006

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Big question: It's not often that Woody Allen throws comedy--and the New York nebbish routine--aside for darker material. Can he ace the British-set drama about ex-tennis player Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) infiltrating high society?

Catch it: Allen maintains an ominous sense of seduction as Chris bonds with wealthy new friend Tom (Matthew Goode), sleeps with Tom's sister (Emily Mortimer) and lusts after his pal's fiancee (Scarlett Johansson). At times feeling like the illegitimate child of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Closer," "Match Point" offers a tangled web of desire, manipulation and, most importantly, luck.

Skip it if: You're tired of sports metaphors. "Match Point" uses symbolism with the subtlety of a racket to the face.

Bottom line: A sexy, mysterious departure for Allen, "Match Point" serves up plenty of moral questions to get the peanut gallery talking. Unfortunately, the surprising but trivial twist ending makes "Match Point" double fault.

Bonus: An opportunity to make all of the tennis-related puns imaginable. You gotta 40-Love it!


`Match Point'

Written and directed by Woody Allen; photographed by Remi Adefarasin; edited by Alisa Lepselter; production designed by Jim Clay; produced by Letty Aronson, Gareth Wiley and Lucy Darwin. A DreamWorks release; opens Friday. Running time: 2:04. MPAA rating: R for some sexuality.

Chris Wilton - Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Nola Rice - Scarlett Johansson

Chloe Wilton - Emily Mortimer

Tom Hewett - Matthew Goode

Alec Hewett - Brian Cox

Eleanor Hewett - Penelope Wilton

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