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Long Island Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 43%

Nowhere Man (2005)

"Less a nod to the Beatles song than to avenging spouse trimmer Lorena Bobbitt, the film pits the two most off putting male fantasies toe to toe - eunuch and porn stud - and just kinda lays back to watch the fur fly."

Posted Mar 26, 2007

Prairie Miller

2 76%

A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado) (2004)

"Though Oliveira's stylistic approach may be more relaxed and laid back in tune with seasoned years, his keen and cutting insights point to a mind on fire, as if on mental Viagra."

Posted Mar 26, 2007

Prairie Miller

3 36%

Asylum (2005)

"A little like Jack the Ripper in outer space."

Posted Mar 26, 2007

Prairie Miller

4 71%

King of the Corner (2005)

"A punishing but also compassionate spotlight on a New York City corporate marketeer, and the result is really the movie screen as two way mirror, warts and all."

Posted Mar 26, 2007

Prairie Miller

5 61%

Swimming Upstream (2004)

"The glimpses we get of this profoundly dysfunctional and violence ridden family are just that, as if viewed vaguely from a nosy neighbor's window."

Posted Mar 26, 2007

Prairie Miller

6 76%

Assisted Living (2005)

"Sensitively considers the potential for liberation of the mind from the shackles of the aging body, no matter how deteriorated that physical human essence might be."

Posted Mar 26, 2007

Prairie Miller

7 65%

Coach Carter (2005)

"There's a kick butt performance from Samuel Jackson, the master of the take-no-prisoners motormouth school of acting, even if it is only a high school gym."

Posted Mar 24, 2007

Prairie Miller

8 97%

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

"While the Carpenter 1976 cult classic feasted off the blaxploitation and horror thriller mania of the movie moment back then, French director Richet gets more into character depth, and greater moral ambiguity fueling the social contradictions now."

Posted Mar 24, 2007

Prairie Miller

9 56%

She's One of Us (2003)

"The story finally succumbs to its own oppressive weight,rather than adequately comprehending it."

Posted Mar 24, 2007

Prairie Miller

10 11%

Are We There Yet? (2005)

"This somewhat schizophrenic comedy may be expressing Cube's own ambivalence about parting ways with his NWA inner bad boy and embracing fatherhood and all of its virtuous authority figure dimensions."

Posted Mar 24, 2007

Prairie Miller

11 35%

Hostage (2005)

"Mostly a nerve jangling thriller, but you know there's something not quite right about a movie when you're wondering more about why such a plush mansion on fire doesn't have a better sprinkler system."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

12 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 Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

13 58%

Fear X (2003)

"A Middle American psychological crime thriller agreat portion of which plays out none too rationally inside its protagonist's head."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

14 84%

Aliens of the Deep (2005)

"Even if these plants and animals did not exist, we may have already invented them, courtesy of those sci fi special effects magicians working overtime for the past decades."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

15 49%

Alfie (2004)

"Law, though lacking the more rugged masculinity and raw sensuality of Caine's alluring Alfie, gets by here on sheer sexual enthusiasm and that unmistakable ready-for-duty party animal mentality."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

16 56%

The Polar Express (2013)

"Nearly as much a movie advocating a belief in Santa Claus as a belief in the real existence of CGI animated characters, the film is at once mystifying and uninvolving."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

17 90%

Kinsey (2004)

"Notable for encompassing a man committed in the extreme to the uninhibited, matter of fact scrutiny of sexuality, even if open and exposed like a wound."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

18 18%

After the Sunset (2004)

"The mix of thievery intrigue, humor, exotic slacking and animal attraction are a classy recipe for stealing audience affections."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

19 95%

Offside (2006)

"The biggest challenge in Offside is not who wins the game, but which daring enough girls manage to sneak into the stadium."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

20 64%

Reign Over Me (2007)

"This sometimes rough ride of a story surprises with Sandler's often striking intensity, when not straying too far into dramatic overkill."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Prairie Miller

21 88%

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007)

"Bid for a genuine sense of history unraveling as strict realism, with currents of immense human heroism and courageous suffering in wartime."

Posted Mar 21, 2007

Prairie Miller

22 88%

Maxed Out (2006)

"What Spurlock discovers in his scathing investigative inquiry, is a shocking national situation of debt slavery, with all the earmarks of science fiction."

Posted Mar 13, 2007

Prairie Miller

23 35%

Reno 911!: Miami (2007)

" The change of scenery hasn't worked any wonders for this goofy, grossout Nevada law enforcement gang, to say the least."

Posted Mar 13, 2007

Prairie Miller

24 8%

Gray Matters (2007)

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

Posted Mar 13, 2007

Prairie Miller

25 70%

Amazing Grace (2007)

"Illuminates how key transformative historical moments play out in the business of everyday life."

Posted Mar 13, 2007

Prairie Miller

26 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 Mar 13, 2007

Prairie Miller

27 96%

Festival Express (2003)

"Both drive-thru snapshot travelogue of nomad alternative culture, and one-of-a-kind caught moments of intimate jam sessions. "

Posted Nov 4, 2004

Prairie Miller

28 81%

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

"With a rash of movies about resentful operatives or foot soldiers who can't tell whom to fear more, the enemy or their own leaders, they may be telling us something"

Posted Nov 4, 2004

Prairie Miller

29 67%

The Door in the Floor (2004)

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

Posted Nov 4, 2004

Prairie Miller

30 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 Nov 4, 2004

Prairie Miller

31 81%

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

"There isn't a dull moment in this hallucinatory thriller, where the self-serving spin of TV news permeates the story throughout like a malevolent Greek chorus. "

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

32 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 Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

33 86%

Collateral (2004)

"The dapper hitman who proceeds with icy precision on his deadly rounds, is symbolic devil's advocate to this country's challenged collective social conscience now"

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

34 66%

Bright Young Things (2003)

"Fry seems to believe there's nothing that would fulfill audiences more than to vicariously tag along on screen after fictionalized celebrity types from another time."

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

35 95%

Hero (2004)

" A fanciful martial arts extravaganza with too winking a nod to Hollywood westerns, Hong Kong actioners, music videos and the market economy invasion."

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

36 18%

Suspect Zero (2004)

"The self-consciously arty thriller is a sort of one-size-fits-all audience horror orgy, with an intriguing mix of fixations"

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

37 26%

Anacondas - The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

"Picks up pretty terrifying momentum once the jungle snakes get an urge to chow down on these humans, even if everyone on the menu is on the lean side"

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

38 62%

Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

"An inevitable cinematic showdown, now that war against the media and Hollywood has pretty much been declared by documentaries."

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

39 15%

Head in the Clouds (2004)

" If this film is any indication of how Hollywood is looking at history, then the turbulent events of WWII are mostly about whom you were dating."

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

40 84%

The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) (2004)

"During this profoundly radicalizing pilgrimage in 1952, Che discovers his need to heal the world, not as a doctor but as a freedom fighter."

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

41 31%

The Forgotten (2004)

"Lurking beneath is an equally creepy sense of latent antagonism now, between Mom and the State when it comes to possession rights over human offspring."

Posted Nov 2, 2004

Prairie Miller

42 33%

Malevolence (2004)

"There's much more left to the imagination than spelled out with digital artifice."

Posted Nov 1, 2004

Prairie Miller

43 33%

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

"Some chill-inducing special effects, but the movie never evolves into the tightly wound thriller it delights in threatening to be."

Posted Jan 23, 2004

Prairie Miller

44 25%

Mindhunters (2005)

"Brandishes some scary plot maneuvers and builds suspenseful momentum, with a masterful mix of psychological stress and perverse imagination."

Posted Jan 23, 2004

Prairie Miller

45 71%

Empathy (2004)

"More about schematically posing questions in the form of a film, as opposed to creating something that feels like an actual film."

Posted Jan 23, 2004

Prairie Miller

46 75%

House of Sand and Fog (2003)

"Simplistic speculation that bases inner character on wrongheaded, at times offensive notions, of how a culture instead of the individual, gets revealed on screen."

Posted Jan 16, 2004

Prairie Miller

47 68%

Japanese Story (2003)

"Yet another addition to the renaissance in women-focused movies, that engages the viewer with fresh perspectives on emotion and desire."

Posted Jan 16, 2004

Prairie Miller

48 80%

Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol) (2003)

"Bottom feeder, out of work adventurers busying themselves with basically anything that will keep the terror of an abyss called the future at bay."

Posted Dec 31, 2003

Prairie Miller

49 35%

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

"A keen sense of how women have swam through a whole lot of repression and pain back then, to pave the way for females to breeze along through in the here and now."

Posted Dec 31, 2003

Prairie Miller

50 71%

Cold Mountain (2003)

"A searing and haunting period saga with a mournful, universal anti-war lament."

Posted Dec 31, 2003

Prairie Miller

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