Andrew Coffin

Haunted house

Television
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 5/20/06, 12:00 am

An American Haunting features what may be the only 360-degree horse-drawn carriage aerial flip you'll ever see on film. This ludicrous stunt is the only original or surprising element in an otherwise exceedingly dull, confused mess-an upscale horror film supposedly based on the only verified account of a spirit causing a death.

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United 93

Movie | Although rated R, this film is about as good a recounting of the Sept. 11 events as one could have hoped for from Hollywood
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 5/13/06, 12:00 am

United 93, director Paul Greengrass' docudrama account of the one hijacked flight on Sept. 11, 2001, that did not reach its target, begins and ends with prayer. As the film opens, four Muslim terrorists quietly, calmly pray in Arabic in a nondescript hotel room near the Newark, N.J., airport; several hours of real time (and about 110 minutes of film) later, the hijackers' now frenzied prayers are mingled with the supplications of United 93's passengers as the plane plummets toward a Pennsylvania field.

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The Wild

Movie | This film shows why Disney put Pixar in charge of its animated division
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 4/29/06, 12:00 am

The Wild can best be understood, I think, as a direct message from Disney to its shareholders. "$7.4 billion may sound like a high price," the film seems to be saying, "but look where we'd be without Pixar."

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