Les Miserables (1998)
"A beautiful testament to the strength of the human spirit. This version of Les Miserables is a triumph for everyone involved."
"Completely enthralling from first frame to last, Cobb is a fascinating, uncompromising portrait of a rage-filled, contradictory man fighting his own private war with the world."
"Thanks to Hyams' professionalism, Timecop is a slickly-made, fast-paced and mildly-diverting B movie."
Q & A (1990)
"Sidney Lumet's third film about corruption in the NYC police department is a gritty, gripping and profane thriller with a powerhouse performance by an intimidating Nick Nolte."
Narrow Margin (1990)
"This remake is a terrific suspense-thriller in its own right. Ranks with other underrated Peter Hyams films such as Capricorn One, Outland and The Star Chamber as one his best."
"A gorgeously shot, fair-minded Western that honors Geronimo and the Apaches, but doesn't demonize the U.S. Cavalry. Vastly underrated and far superior to Dances With Wolves."
Capricorn One (1978)
"A sharp, cynical and exciting post-Watergate paranoid thriller that established Peter Hyams as a top-notch action filmmaker."
Johnny Handsome (1989)
"A stylish and tough crime-thriller with that underlying mournfulness which characterizes Hill's best work."
Red Heat (1988)
"Hill's muscular, energetic direction makes what might have been just another buddy-cop thriller into an electrifying piece of escapism. One of Arnold's most underrated flicks."
The Jackal (1997)
"A fast-paced, underrated reworking of the often-sluggish Day of the Jackal. Willis is good as the villainous title character. More enjoyable than anyone wanted to admit."
The Edge (1997)
"A riveting story of survival, and the most rousing and gripping outdoor adventure since the original Jaws. One of 1997's very best films."
Pulp Fiction (1994)
"A devilishly lurid blast of great entertainment. Ultra-violent and wickedly funny."
Natural Born Killers (1994)
"An incoherent, experimental acid trip so unbearably pretentious that it gave me newfound respect for the Warren Commission. A real torture test."
Nobody's Fool (1994)
"A low-key but very affecting character-comedy with Paul Newman playing the kind of charismatic rebel that made him a star in the first place."
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
"The Shawshank Redemption works not only as an excellent prison drama, but as a metaphor for overcoming our own private prisons."
Wyatt Earp (1994)
"A great Western that was unfairly disparaged back in 1994. The authentic Wyatt Earp is actually a much-better film than the pulpier, more-popular Tombstone."
Striking Distance (1993)
"A troubled production (reshoots, release-date postponements) that turned out to be surprisingly watchable."
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
"A slick, big-budget exploitation movie that's preposterous, foul-mouthed and gratuitously violent, but also a great deal of fun."
The Rookie (1990)
"An entertaining buddy-cop movie with some exciting action sequences and some great lines. Eastwood and Sheen are an amusing odd couple."
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
"An interesting failure that's not as bad as its reputation. Speaks a lot of truth, but the tone is too broad."
Snake Eyes (1998)
"A moderately suspenseful thriller that seems somewhat conventional compared to De Palma's earlier envelope-pushing efforts. Intriguing, but the mystery villain is rather obvious from the start."
Raising Cain (1992)
"A respectable if overly campy De Palma thriller. Like the director's Body Double, this plays better the second time you watch it."
Blow Out (1981)
"A well-crafted Hitchcockian-style thriller with De Palma again in top form. It's a mystery why this fizzled at the box office in the summer of 1981."
"In spite of Vilmos Zsigmond's overrrated, overly diffuse photography, this is a surprisingly poignant mystery about love, loss and, well, obsession."
"A total knockout. Piper Laurie gives a bravura performance as Carrie's religious fanatic mother, one of the creepiest movie characters ever."
"A dreadful belated sequel to the entertaining Escape From New York. Perfectly epitomizes how Carpenter's skills have eroded since his late '70s, early '80s heyday."
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
"A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat."
Michael Collins (1996)
"A bold and rousing historical epic."
The Usual Suspects (1995)
"If ever a movie got extra points for a strong, unexpected conclusion it's The Usual Suspects."
"A tough, gripping thriller."
Stephen King's 'Thinner' (1996)
"A constantly absorbing little chiller directed by the underrated Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play)."
"Stylish, nicely written and filled with tension. An exceptional piece of filmmaking."
The Juror (1996)
"A tightly-wound thriller that succeeds to the degree it does because of Alec Baldwin's sinister performance, which somehow captures the pathos of his monstrous character."
Cutthroat Island (1995)
"A fun popcorn movie."
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
"An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story."
"Full of repugnant junkies so unpleasant that I was hoping they'd all OD just so I could escape this torture test."
The Crossing Guard (1995)
"Moving, unpredictable and psychologically complex."
The Cable Guy (1996)
"A hilarious black comedy that proved too dark and too smart for its star's fan base."
The Frighteners (1996)
"Despite being awful in almost every respect, The Frighteners does offer one small pleasure: R. Lee Ermey parodying his Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant character."
"This very guilty pleasure never produces much suspense, but I couldn't stop laughing at Dennis Miller's sardonic asides."
"The combination of Oliver Stone and Richard Nixon, two paranoids from opposite ends of the political spectrum, is a match made in cinematic heaven."
"A rambunctious Reynolds makes a potentially terrible movie watchable."
"Martin Scorsese's Casino is an absolutely brilliant film that's an enthralling equal to his masterful GoodFellas. Demands to be seen at least twice."
White Squall (1996)
"An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume."
"With De Niro and Pacino in excellent form, Mann's Heat ignites the screen."
Up Close & Personal (1996)
"A perfectly respectable effort, but with all the talent involved it could have been better."
"A terrifically off-beat underworld thriller."
"James Caan is good as the heavy, but the movie degenerates into routine comic-book mayhem."
"Special-effects highlight this Jan DeBont-directed blockbuster that's ruined by cliched plotting and irritating characters."
The Rock (1996)
"Extremely far-fetched, but undeniably exciting."