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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 No Score Yet Pitch (1997) A non-fiction first feature that pits two homegrown obsessives against the Hollywood elite. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted May 8, 2013
4/5 86% The Exorcist (1973) A story whose archetypal pull and sheer visceral power can't be negated by even the worst audience behaviour. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3/5 67% Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1998) It's a surreal paradise where the summer sun never sets and the air is full of feathers drifting down from the Glahn family ostrich farm. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted May 7, 2002
20% Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001) A visually spectacular yet oddly cheerless experience.‐ Film.com
Posted Jun 14, 2001
69% Adventures of Felix (2001) A remarkably charming, laid-back, well-adjusted guy to find at the heart of any 21st-century comedy. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jun 6, 2001
58% A Knight's Tale (2001) Will A Knight's Tale have a long shelf-life? Hell, no. But will it do for this Friday, preferably with a date? Hell, yes.‐ Film.com
Posted May 10, 2001
7% The Forsaken (2001) Scary and sexy.‐ Film.com
Posted Apr 27, 2001
33% One Night at McCool's (2001) Hinges on a haphazard intersection between several venal, infinitely and annoyingly flawed characters.‐ Film.com
Posted Apr 26, 2001
28% Kingdom Come (2001) The comedy sequences are routinely played for the very broadest sort of slapstick, which makes its abrupt attempts to switch gears back into genuine dramatic emotion-mode all the more impossible to sustain. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 12, 2001
37% Beautiful Creatures (2001) As the movie limps on, it becomes painfully obvious that both these 'creatures' ... will always remain victims at best, stooges at worst.‐ Film.com
Posted Apr 5, 2001
54% Enemy at the Gates (2001) The new year's single most satisfying movie experience thus far.‐ Film.com
Posted Mar 15, 2001
4/5 81% Shadow of the Vampire (2000) By turns hilarious and hypnotic. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 7, 2001
3/5 63% Chocolat (2000) Feels good going down, but for such a sweet movie, the aftertaste is oddly bitter. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 7, 2001
5/5 97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) A truly stunning blend of classic Chinese martial-arts moviemaking and modern psychodrama. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 7, 2001
8% Valentine (2001) Simply mines the same tired, predictable slasher-movie vein.‐ Film.com
Posted Feb 2, 2001
28% Sugar & Spice (2001) [A] deliberately shallow, plasticized yuck-fest.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 25, 2001
53% Save the Last Dance (2001) Breaks virtually no new narrative ground, yet treads the familiar territory it does cover with grace, style, wit and fun.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 11, 2001
17% Dracula 2000 (2000) Dracula 2000 is nothing more or less than pure popcorn filmmaking, with an emphasis on the 'corn', and...apparently... proud of it.‐ Film.com
Posted Dec 22, 2000
40% Proof of Life (2000) This is half a good movie held hostage to the other, trashier half, and unfortunately for all of us, no rescue seems forthcoming.‐ Film.com
Posted Dec 7, 2000
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) A waking dream of truly operatic dimensions.‐ Film.com
Posted Dec 7, 2000
10% Dungeons & Dragons (2000) Better luck next turn. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 7, 2000
4/4 76% The Virgin Suicides (2000) Cool, odd and languorous as its main characters, The Virgin Suicides provides a fittingly postmodern debut for screenwriter/director Sofia Coppola. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
46% The Cell (2000) The consistent emphasis on visual over story logic and character considerations, along with certain weaknesses already inherent in Mark Protosevich's script, gradually undermine the whole enchilada from the bottom on up.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Good Will Hunting (1997) Executed with such maximum grace, style and heartfelt emotional realism that it's almost enough to make the concept of an 'uplifting' movie not seem like such a big fat cheat any more. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
16% The Astronaut's Wife (1999) Languorous and oddly detached.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
84% Erin Brockovich (2000) [Roberts looks] spectacularly and movingly human even at the expense of her established persona.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
70% Dick (1999) Fall-down funny laughs!‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/4 87% The Matrix (1999) And just what is the Matrix? Well, that would be telling. And it would effectively cut out what little conceptual guts power this latest exercise in pure, crazy, graphic novel-inflected cool. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
57% Pitch Black (2000) Proving that low-budget genre-based entertainment can be just as easily ferociously inventive and character-driven as its big-budget competition can be lazy and boring.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/5 38% Entrapment (1999) Connery and Zeta-Jones are such fun to watch together it almost doesn't matter how little sense the movie makes -- and their relationship is far more gleefully perverse, weirdly chivalrous and surprisingly interesting than the trailer makes it look. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/4 100% The Jaundiced Eye (2000) An uninventive but harrowing report from the front lines of a society whose attitudes toward homosexuality are changing faster than some might like -- but not quite fast enough to really make it count for others. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Boys Don't Cry (1999) With its constant juxtaposition of blazing nighttime highwayscapes and the flat Nebraska skyline, Boys Don't Cry manages to perfectly evoke both a life spent in aimless forward motion and the stifling boredom Brandon was so desperate to escape.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3% Bless the Child (2000) It's all just cheap metaphor and stupid spectacle, with technology standing (rather inadequately) in for any sort of genuine inquiry into the fascinating mysteries and difficulties of actual faith.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
41% The Ninth Gate (1999) The key word here is 'whore,' not 'horror.' As in 'too bad Polanski's become one' ... and such an ineffective one, to boot. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
48% The Way of the Gun (2000) The Way Of The Gun errs once or twice on the side of needless poetry -- like most screenwriter/directors, McQuarrie is in love with the sound of his own snappy dialogue -- but never breaks its own rules or betrays its own characters.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% The Matrix (1999) The Matrix is mainly also an exercise in outrageous style over substance featuring flowing trenchcoats, sunglasses at night, and LOTS of guns.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/4 82% Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000) Ghost Dog ... is an early 21st century urban black man who's remodelled himself after the samurai warriors of Medieval Japan, adopting and embodying an alien culture through a weirdly admirable act of will. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
36% Scream 3 (2000) New-kid-on-the-block screenwriter Ethan Kruger acquits himself admirably in filling tapped-out creator Kevin Williamson's big, black boots.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
2/5 35% Where the Heart Is (2000) So sugary sweet and packed with magic-realistic miracles it plays like an Oprah Winfrey-produced miniseries on crack. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
61% Head On (1999) One of this year's most sensual tragic spectacles -- a tour-de-force on a thousand different levels, with no easy happy endings in sight.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/4 97% Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (1957) I'll go with the painfully obvious: people who already expect to love it probably will, but even those who have no expectations at all may be pleasantly surprised by its enduring resonance underneath the annoying period tics. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
25% Simpatico (1999) Suspend my disbelief? I couldn't even lift it! ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) (1994) Watching movies like this, you also understand exactly why the increasingly road-worn Chan simply can't do this kind of stuff anymore. But damn, you'll walk out glad he once could.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
41% The 6th Day (2000) Far smarter and more airtight than almost any other Ahhh-nuld project since James Cameron's Terminator series.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
70% Frequency (2000) Good casting only takes us so far, and Frequency -- fun as it remains -- really doesn't have the chops to go the rest of the distance.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/5 93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) It's all very impressive, though I think I'd probably appreciate it a little more if I hadn't literally grown up on Star Wars and its sequels. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3/4 51% Halloween H2O (1998) Yes, it's hokey stuff, and yes, the hundredth or so time they pull the "you turn around and there's someone right behind you!" scare, it does tend to wear. But what did you expect? Halloween? ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 91% Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997) Under the shackles, the film implies, is an unbroken human spirit triumphantly determined to not only stay alive, but actually enjoy himself while doing so. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000
34% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) Ungainly sentiment and unnecessary stylization.‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% The Thief (Vor) (Вор) (1997) The Thief, Russian director Pavel Chukhrai's new film, is both a simple story simply told and an uneasy political fable. ‐ eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 1, 2000