Hail, Caesar! (2016)
"As an absurdist romp through Hollywood history and a provocative, deeply ironic riff on politics and religion and the things that give us meaning, Hail, Caesar! is a delight. As Mannix himself might say, the picture has worth. "
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
"To be fair, if trivial, the special effects are very good, but the film as a whole is bleak and depressing, except when it's just laughable, as when one character's death scene goes on for what seems like forever. "
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Minority Report (2002)
"Memento proved director Christopher Nolan could work wonders with an original idea and a decent gimmick. Now Insomnia shows he can be just as compelling when he's reworking more conventional material. "
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
"The resulting film may be Crowe's most adventurous yet; the punchlines don't cheapen the drama, the way they did in Almost Famous, and the music, much of which sounds like it is played backwards, augments the film's time-tripping, mind-bending narrative. "
Kate & Leopold (2001)
The Simpsons: Season 1 (TV, 1989-1990)
Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
"A film so posh, so exquisite in look and sound, that it would hardly seem like a sequel at all if it weren't for the return of Hopkins to the role that made him famous. Goodbye, subterranean rock and roll; hello, opera. "
The Exorcist (1973)
"The film became famous for its gross-out effects, but what makes it work is the foreboding atmosphere, rooted in the characters, which director William Friedkin creates right from the film's opening frames. "
The Patriot (2000)
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
"While the gimmick brought a satisfying sense of closure to The Sixth Sense, here it just feels muddled. It's as though Shyamalan had a sequel or two in mind but, sensing something was amiss, abruptly called them off. "
Almost Famous (2000)
"Nearly every time an intimate moment presents itself, someone cracks a sitcom-worthy punchline, or a pop song comes up on the soundtrack and distracts us from the task of getting to know just who these people are. "
Chuck & Buck (2000)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
"It's not a particularly faithful adaptation of C.S. Lewis' original novel, true; but it retains enough of the key themes, and it has a storybook quality that sets it apart from the first two films. "
Dark City (1998)
The Truman Show (1998)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
A Bug's Life (1998)
Noah's Ark (1999)
"Morris provides plenty of evidence to refute Leuchter's conclusions, but he is more interested in the character of Leuchter himself, and in the workings of Leuchter's mind - which, when all is said and done, remain as mysterious as they ever were. "
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
"Much has been made of the film's creepiness-enhancing subtlety, but I found it a hollow and unconvincing exercise in post-modern gimmickry. It neither showed nor told because there was nothing to show or tell. "
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Matrix (1999)