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Long Island Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

"Reflected back through adolescent eyes, Jodie Foster's dreaded nun transforms through the devilish comic imagination of Francis' pen into a kind of motorcycle gang leader of a band of brutish cleric Heaven's Angels terrorizing earth's youth."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Prairie Miller

2 36%

Rules of Engagement (2000)

"Feels more like the classroom component of boot camp. Hey, dazzle us with a movie, don't shove it down our throats."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Prairie Miller

3 22%

Coyote Ugly (2000)

"The strangely appealing silliness of Coyote Ugly ain't over till the fat guy dirty dances."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Prairie Miller

4 21%

Basic (2003)

"Best described as military noir, Basic reunites John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in a kind of Pulp Fiction with rain and fatigues, plus a chaser of Rashomon on the side."

Posted Aug 1, 2007

Prairie Miller

5 48%

Bruce Almighty (2003)

"Move over Meg Ryan: When Harry Met Sally's climactic luncheonette scene will never be the same after Aniston's eye-popping rendezvous with her maker."

Posted Aug 1, 2007

Prairie Miller

6 68%

Disturbia (2007)

"Disturbia is meant to infuse the suburban veneer of tranquility with an undercurrent of lurking menace and dormant depravity, and well it does."

Posted Jul 31, 2007

Prairie Miller

7 97%

Maria Full of Grace (2004)

"The shadowy underworld of drug smuggling is brought into the light and given a radiant and vulnerable human face."

Posted Jul 30, 2007

Prairie Miller

8 60%

Arctic Tale (2007)

"The striking visuals that sweep across both the landscape and awesome natural world beneath, compete for center stage with the film's critical ecological cautionary warning pertaining to the careless harming of the planet."

Posted Jul 27, 2007

Prairie Miller

9 90%

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

"A delectable antidote to family values dictum ad nauseam imposed on contemporary audiences, the brash attitude movietoon slugs viewers with its devilishly rude mantra of family dysfunction twisted mystique."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Prairie Miller

10 60%

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

"Bigelow, the only female action thriller director around is one tough chick with a camera, proving she can run a tight ship even if she is the only woman on board."

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Prairie Miller

11 8%

Premonition (2007)

"If the director seems to show Sandra no mercy as she's instructed to run around breathlessly for two hours in circles through the past, present and future in no particular order, imagine the even greater toll this movie takes on the exasperated audience."

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Prairie Miller

12 67%

The Door in the Floor (2004)

"The audience may feel like taking a shower, just to wash this creepy movie away."

Posted Jul 16, 2007

Prairie Miller

13 57%

A Decent Factory (2005)

"Spotlights what definitely does not come with your Nokia cell phone: who assembled all those microscopic parts, in what country, and whether or not they were paid minimum wage."

Posted Jul 16, 2007

Prairie Miller

14 44%

The Jacket (2005)

"There's nothing wrong with a little vicarious experience when you go to the movies, but the director seems to think that his supernatural psycho thriller has to drive you crazy, just to get what it's like to be really insane."

Posted Jul 15, 2007

Prairie Miller

15 57%

Interview (2007)

"This toxic hate at first sight sly entrapment is a deliciously wicked concoction of mutual suspicion, contempt and above all fame game obsessive co-dependency that exists between the worlds of entertainment and the corporate media."

Posted Jul 9, 2007

Prairie Miller

16 35%

Reno 911!: Miami (2007)

"The biggest suspense in the movie, such as it is, involves an exploding beached whale amid nudie tourists, and mystery mammary tattoos conceived during a night of drunken abandon."

Posted Jul 8, 2007

Prairie Miller

17 78%

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006)

"A finely honed plot that effectively traps the audience in its convoluted suspense-laden web, but strains for credibility when it comes to basic logic."

Posted Jul 7, 2007

Prairie Miller

18 16%

Monster-in-Law (2005)

"Jane Fonda, playing the title character, immerses herself in the aging dragon-lady stereotype."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

19 ——

Unleashed (2002)

"The movie suffers from a serious split personality, with an overly honey coated tale of a family that embraces and frets over this warped stranger, interspersed with exceedingly sordid close encounters teeming with blood and gore."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

20 87%

The Quiet American (2003)

"What is best about great movies: the multiplicity of social and political forces that symbolically layer and exquisitely complicate unforgettable characters."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

21 53%

The Last Mimzy (2007)

"The Last Mimzy teases with its intent to spook adults rather than the little ones with these found kid playthings."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

22 53%

The Last Mimzy (2007)

"Incidentally, forget the toys, which seem to be upstaged by Wilson's underwear, reportedly the most expensive drawers ever in a movie."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

23 7%

License to Wed (2007)

"Williams doing his bad boy standup comic cleric routine with relish, can be counted as performing an act of salvation on a movie desperately in need of such not quite divine intervention."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

24 10%

The Watcher (2000)

"The scenario involving a seductive predator obsessed with female loners is not coherent enough to seduce an audience."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

25 52%

What's Cooking? (2000)

"A feast for the eyes along with the appetite, What's Cooking is a tragi-comic culinary surprise."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

26 80%

Stolen Life (Sheng Si Jie) (2007)

"The filmmaker takes stock with brutal candor of the traumatic turn of events in new market economy China, as the national social support system in place is increasingly dismantled for the sake of foreign greed and profit."

Posted Jul 4, 2007

Prairie Miller

27 8%

Gray Matters (2007)

"Much too eager to please rather than dealing with the messier issues around sexual identity."

Posted Jul 3, 2007

Prairie Miller

28 48%

Lonely Hearts (2006)

"Hayek's alluring temptress persona reinvents Beck's obese nag as a sexed up femme fatale, in an exceedingly odd way trumping Leto's wimpy, henpecked unconvincing womanizer."

Posted Jul 2, 2007

Prairie Miller

29 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"Though Ocean and the rest of the sexy squad have to act like they're desperately dedicated to what they do best to get the job done, the whole technically intricate production comes off as more play than work."

Posted Jul 1, 2007

Prairie Miller

30 92%

Sicko (2007)

"Moore pauses for a moment, seemingly overwhelmed by the experiences he's filming in his own movie, to ask, who are we, and what have we become."

Posted Jul 1, 2007

Prairie Miller

31 68%

Unbreakable (2000)

"The story is propelled by the idea that we live in a world so desperate for heroes, that people can go to extreme measures to either imagine or create them."

Posted Jun 30, 2007

Prairie Miller

32 74%

The Upside of Anger (2005)

"Costner shines as the persecuted suitor who tries his best not to mind when being nagged and belittled by his regally shrewish object of desire, up to a point."

Posted Jun 30, 2007

Prairie Miller

33 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"A clinical but ominous approach, weighing the hunted against the hunters in a world where unhealthy obsessions rule."

Posted Jun 30, 2007

Prairie Miller

34 27%

Evening (2007)

"The stellar inter-generational cast can't breathe sufficient life into this airless female angst mood piece to resuscitate the story."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Prairie Miller

35 65%

We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

"Summons the exposed anatomy of adultery out of its awkward secrecy, casting an intriguing light that gently and intelligently intimates why infidelity can self-destruct one marriage, and repair another."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Prairie Miller

36 14%

Without A Paddle (2004)

"Gets into the male bonding mode with a casual, instinctive flair that breathes more life into the Steven Brill comedy than it may actually merit."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Prairie Miller

37 88%

The Woodsman (2004)

"A bold and poignantly told tale, nestling into its characters to draw out raw and candidly revealing performances."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Prairie Miller

38 8%

Valentine (2001)

"...a formula stirring in upscale sex, murder, holiday mutilation and lots of junior high school revenge fantasy."

Posted Jun 27, 2007

Prairie Miller

39 59%

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

"If only the film had stayed out of the bedroom and in the bowels of the boxing world, this small gem could have been an unqualified knockout."

Posted Jun 27, 2007

Prairie Miller

40 70%

Black Sheep (2006)

"Sheep are supposed to have a particular knack for putting you to sleep, at least when counted, but Jonathan King's cannibalistic farm animal horror satire Black Sheep could keep you awake nights instead."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Prairie Miller

41 82%

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

"The delete button has never been so dangerous, and in such a delightfully daring doomsday software versus pistol packing hardware thriller."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Prairie Miller

42 60%

Old School (2003)

"Not exactly a time-travel fantasy, but definitely inhabited by spaced-out, anachronistic characters, Old School is about a trio of 30-something buds who yearn to go back to the past in order to avoid the present."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Prairie Miller

43 85%

Batman Begins (2005)

"A fragmented tale with a disconnect between sulking mood pieces and hi-tech urban warfare, whose logic always seems to be beside the point."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Prairie Miller

44 66%

Black Snake Moan (2007)

"Feels about as authentic as the radiator in that semi-tropical countryside, where the only steamy stuff one can imagine being generated, is from that temptress in heat chained up to it."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Prairie Miller

45 43%

The Village (2004)

"If you're willing to follow Shyamalan wherever he goes in his inquiry into how the US got so terrorism-fixated, he leads you into provocative, if uneven, territory."

Posted Jun 17, 2007

Prairie Miller

46 78%

1408 (2007)

"Haunted houses aside, never were buildings such immense sources of creepiness and fright before 9/11."

Posted Jun 16, 2007

Prairie Miller

47 72%

Runaway Jury (2003)

"The kind of bracing psychological thriller that makes a case for the battle of ideas being every bit as thrilling as a great fight scene."

Posted Jun 16, 2007

Prairie Miller

48 78%

You Kill Me (2007)

"Director John Dahl, whose signature gems include Red Rock West and The Last Seduction, playfully and quite irresistibly adds quirky romance and comic mayhem here to his accomplished, devilishly noir laced resume."

Posted Jun 16, 2007

Prairie Miller

49 81%

Ray (2004)

"Potent and vibrant as far as the music goes, but reticent, self-conscious and pretty much stuck on unexplored surfaces when it comes to this creative giant's complex life and times."

Posted Jun 16, 2007

Prairie Miller

50 85%

De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005)

"A gritty urban romance that touches on the various fascinating ways that music and psychological states of mind interact or clash in a dissonant and chaotic modern world."

Posted Jun 9, 2007

Prairie Miller

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