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Cinema Signals

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 73%

Taking Sides (2003)

"A variation on the theme of Nazism and the holocaust, making sparkling verbal drama out of the clash of opposing sides."

Posted Oct 6, 2003

Jules Brenner

2 27%

Garmento (2002)

Posted Oct 6, 2003

Jules Brenner

3 73%

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Posted Oct 2, 2003

Jules Brenner

4 36%

Maid to Order (1987)

Posted Oct 2, 2003

Jules Brenner

5 90%

Seconds (1966)

Posted Oct 2, 2003

Jules Brenner

6 87%

Mystic River (2003)

"Once again, a movie withholds vital information in order to pump up its dramatic level in the last act. This device may not be illegitimate, but..."

Posted Oct 2, 2003

Jules Brenner

7 43%

The Human Stain (2003)

"The movie's nature and content brings together a team of actors that's about as good as it gets and the ravishing Nicole Kidman has a few moments of sufficient artistry to give the members of the Academy some pause when they consider this year's nomina"

Posted Sep 29, 2003

Jules Brenner

8 71%

The Rundown (Welcome to the Jungle) (2003)

"It adds up to prime stuff for us action junkies and admiration for the new guy in town, The Rock."

Posted Sep 26, 2003

Jules Brenner

9 89%

In This World (2003)

"You become absorbed in the drama of surviving the trip no matter what set it in motion or what may lie at its final destination to have justified it."

Posted Sep 25, 2003

Jules Brenner

10 31%

Underworld (2003)

"Beckinsale's as much vamp as vampire, and that she's clad in tight shiny leather doesn't at all hurt her contribution to the cachet of the action drama."

Posted Sep 18, 2003

Jules Brenner

11 50%

Jumanji (1995)

Posted Sep 16, 2003

Jules Brenner

12 75%

Secretary (2002)

"It has an integrity to the kinkiness of its theme that doesn't shake loose but you'll get more out of it if you bring your analyst along with you."

Posted Sep 16, 2003

Jules Brenner

13 82%

Matchstick Men (2003)

"The sleight of mind takes you in like any patsy, providing the pleasures that deception (of the other guy) gives us."

Posted Sep 15, 2003

Jules Brenner

14 62%

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

"A bathetic, sappy piece of drivel devoid of drama."

Posted Sep 15, 2003

Jules Brenner

15 81%

The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003)

"While this film is awash in talk, providing an outlet for the gamut of filmmaker Arcand's heavy thoughts and ideas, its essential emotional container stays miraculously afloat and reaches its destination."

Posted Sep 12, 2003

Jules Brenner

16 100%

Helter Skelter (Massacre in Hollywood) (1976)

Posted Sep 9, 2003

Jules Brenner

17 100%

La Cage Aux Folles (1979)

Posted Sep 7, 2003

Jules Brenner

18 78%

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

Posted Sep 7, 2003

Jules Brenner

19 38%

Into the Night (1985)

Posted Sep 7, 2003

Jules Brenner

20 38%

Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me) (2003)

"This doesn't intend to be a mystery but it sure makes one out of why the investors didn't require a re-write."

Posted Sep 7, 2003

Jules Brenner

21 26%

Mary Reilly (1996)

Posted Sep 5, 2003

Jules Brenner

22 32%

Bird on a Wire (1990)

Posted Sep 5, 2003

Jules Brenner

23 51%

Dopamine (2003)

"Chemicals may rule but the drama of compatibility issues prevails."

Posted Sep 5, 2003

Jules Brenner

24 34%

Wonderland (2003)

"It hits you like a ton of dope"

Posted Sep 4, 2003

Jules Brenner

25 45%

Fade to Black (1980)

Posted Sep 1, 2003

Jules Brenner

26 44%

Luther (2003)

"...likely to engender inspiration amidst the pews, as this biopic about the church reformer is so obviously designed to do."

Posted Sep 1, 2003

Jules Brenner

27 44%

Luther (2003)

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Posted Sep 1, 2003

28 51%

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2003)

Posted Sep 1, 2003

Jules Brenner

29 90%

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Posted Sep 1, 2003

Jules Brenner

30 72%

Elephant (2003)

"Van Sant stretches the lexicon of filmmaking with a stylized technique of cinematic storytelling outside the known genre norms."

Posted Aug 29, 2003

Jules Brenner

31 43%

Camera Obscura (2003)

"An edgy thriller with its own take that took me on a road I never travelled. Ahead of the general level of the low budget-festival winning competition."

Posted Aug 29, 2003

Jules Brenner

32 18%

The Medallion (2003)

"When five writers can't churn out something more creative for Jackie Chan's acrobatic skills than this hollow excuse for an action script, it should be buried in turnaround, if not concrete."

Posted Aug 25, 2003

Jules Brenner

33 81%

Thirteen (2003)

"There's some resonance here for teens and parents who could take this as a cautionary tale. Just pop a dramamine before you go."

Posted Aug 24, 2003

Jules Brenner

34 100%

Billy Budd (1962)

Posted Aug 23, 2003

Jules Brenner

35 82%

What About Bob? (1991)

Posted Aug 23, 2003

Jules Brenner

36 49%

Demonlover (2003)

"You might not like the succession of betrayals or the erotic diligence that is the backbone of the story, but there is command of the medium shown here."

Posted Aug 23, 2003

Jules Brenner

37 37%

Le Divorce (2003)

"Beyond the Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala always impressive visual sense, this baby is swaddled in nonsense."

Posted Aug 22, 2003

Jules Brenner

38 95%

Lost In Translation (2003)

"Coppola's technique of trusting the actors to find and deliver their moments scores big in telling her story and overcoming its deficiencies."

Posted Aug 18, 2003

Jules Brenner

39 75%

Dersu Uzala (1975)

Posted Aug 15, 2003

Jules Brenner

40 81%

Beetlejuice (1988)

Posted Aug 15, 2003

Jules Brenner

41 95%

The Station Agent (2003)

"In this good natured study of humanity, writer-director Tom McCarthy assembles a small group of such disparate characters and backgrounds you'd think he was trying to say something about the extreme social possibilities that thrive in America."

Posted Aug 15, 2003

Jules Brenner

42 73%

Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

"If there's a grain of accuracy in this so-called honest portrait of life and commerce on an American military base, we're in grave trouble."

Posted Aug 13, 2003

Jules Brenner

43 3%

McHale's Navy (1997)

Posted Aug 12, 2003

Jules Brenner

44 89%

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Posted Aug 12, 2003

Jules Brenner

45 38%

Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Posted Aug 12, 2003

Jules Brenner

46 75%

The Eiger Sanction (1998)

Posted Aug 12, 2003

Jules Brenner

47 79%

Open Range (2003)

"The saga length of the story might have had more impact with less bloat and mythic gravity, a tendency that seems to pursue Costner like an underfed bronco."

Posted Aug 12, 2003

Jules Brenner

48 84%

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Posted Aug 11, 2003

Jules Brenner

49 49%

And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen (2003)

"Ladies and gentlemen, Claude Lelouch gives you a love story. Or, should that be a double love story? Or, a disease of the month story? Or, the fitful adventures of a master thief? Or, the twisted dreams of a ravishing lounge singer? In that"

Posted Aug 11, 2003

Jules Brenner

50 86%

South Park - 3-Pack: Volume 1 (1999)

Posted Aug 9, 2003

Jules Brenner

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