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Margaret A. McGurk

Margaret A. McGurk
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 93% Being John Malkovich (1999) What it leaves behind is a dizzying sense of exhilaration, like being bathed in champagne. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 76% Moulin Rouge! (2001) Moulin Rouge fills the screen with wit and joy and sorrow untempered by the dry, self-conscious cool of most modern films. Its bravery alone earns rewards far beyond the price of its imperfections. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3.5/4 82% Mulholland Drive (2001) Nobody, but nobody, makes movies as glossy, hypnotic, repellant, exciting, annoying, memorable, incoherent and entertaining as writer-director David Lynch. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 83% The Mask of Zorro (1998) It's as if Jackie Chan were channeling the spirit of Errol Flynn. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 59% The Rugrats Movie (1998) The result is a happy blend of smart-aleck humor and wacky adventure. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 38% She's All That (1999) She's All That showcases a pair of bright young stars whose charms partially camouflage a predictable plot. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) Ms. Basinger clearly relished the chance to throw herself into a character who endures many emotional extremities, though the joy and happiness she professes to find in Africa is not much in evidence. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 69% Analyze This (1999) Flaws aside, in the end Analyze This comes across with the goods -- crooked guys and straight-up laughs. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 56% Focus (2001) Its fine cast, particularly Mr. Macy, lift it above its limitations and lend grace to its once-again timely message. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
63% Chocolat (2000) Any movie built on the premise that chocolate can cure mental illness, restore marital passion, unite feuding relatives, assuage anger, defeat oppression, inspire art and get you a date with Johnny Depp is all right in my book. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 42% Miss Congeniality (2000) Sandra Bullock gives her regular-gal aura a serious workout in Miss Congeniality as an ugly-duckling FBI agent transformed into a beauty-pageant swan. And, by gum, she pulls it off. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
4/4 76% Kundun (1997) Kundun is original, moving, inspiring -- and one of the best movies of the year. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3.5/4 60% A Civil Action (1998) More complex, subtle, perplexing and memorable than the usual courtroom theatrics. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 25% Mission to Mars (2000) The too-many-cooks rule applies to this script, which borrows wantonly from sci-fi classics of the past. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3.5/4 78% Requiem for a Dream (2000) As he did in his stunning debut, director Darren Aronofsky shows himself to be keenly tuned into the imagery of the living hell. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
4/4 96% Ran (1985) Qualifies as required viewing for for any devoted lover of film. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) What ends up on screen is sumptuous, portentous, slow-moving and pointless. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 42% Vanilla Sky (2001) For all its shortcomings, Vanilla Sky exerts a hypnotic, otherwordly attraction. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2/4 22% The General's Daughter (1999) You know that thin line between disturbing and morbid? The General's Daughter tramples it into dust. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 69% Keeping the Faith (2000) The movie's biggest surprise is the fine balance it strikes in navigating the tricky passage between offensive and funny. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
4/4 93% Beauty and the Beast (1991) The artistry of the animators, who combined traditional painting with computer-generated images, stands up to the best that the Disney empire ever produced. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3.5/4 92% Face/Off (1997) All in all, Mr. Woo has made Face/Off into an eye-popping magic show. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 54% Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Austin Powers in Goldmember may be a hash (and a rehash), but it was cooked with laughing gas. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 65% Rounders (1998) Rounders has its strengths, to be sure, but for all its polish it never manages to strike the heart. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
4/4 76% Black Hawk Down (2001) The tools for making high-end action movies have never been put to better use than in Black Hawk Down. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
90% A Simple Plan (1998) A smart, scary, suspenseful and heartbreaking morality tale about ordinary people destroyed not by demons but their own desires. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 71% Enemy of the State (1998) You've got to hand it to director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer: They know how to please a crowd. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3.5/4 88% Tarzan (1999) An exhilarating adventure with an aching emotional tale at its heart. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3.5/4 49% Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001) Visually, it represents a striking step forward for the Disney studios (as does the absence of singing animals, for that matter). ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2/4 20% Monkeybone (2001) Nice bid all around, kids. Too bad it doesn't quite work. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
1/4 12% Dear God (1996) The movie is as well-intentioned as a Christmas card, but as a work of narrative art, it's a train wreck. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2/4 11% Batman & Robin (1997) For all its star power and stylish toys, it never really rises above the level of a Saturday morning cartoon. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 47% The Banger Sisters (2002) Shot through with belly laughs and bawdy energy, it boasts Goldie Hawn's best performance in years. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 41% The Big Hit (1998) Aside from everything else it does, The Big Hit proves that any subject matter can be funny, in the right hands. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 74% Ultimate X: The Movie (2002) A love letter for fans of the sport, and for the uninitiated earth-bound, a peek into a strange new sports world spinning with adrenaline. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 52% Rock Star (2001) It offers witty entertainment and an easy, tourist-level jaunt through the more absurd precincts of big-time rock 'n' roll. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3.5/4 63% Moonlight Mile (2002) What drives the movie is its abundance of fine acting. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 42% BASEketball (1998) I have a terrible confession to make: I laughed myself silly at BASEketball. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3.5/4 60% K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) An adventure that respects its audience, and does a fine old genre proud. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 65% Possession (2002) Certainly qualifies as an old-fashioned romance, but it offers enough laughs and twists to qualify as a shiny new treat. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 74% Finding Forrester (2000) Earns its keep with the bracing interplay between Mr. Connery's old lion and Mr. Brown's savvy young prodigy. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 69% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) The screenplay by John Fusco is steeped in simple-minded stereotypes as well as the usual anthropomorphic silliness. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
1/4 20% Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001) Loud, tedious, boring and self-important, this movie offers nothing fresh, original or surprising. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 73% Remember the Titans (2000) A sprawling, muscular gridiron movie that, surprisingly enough, doesn't have all that much to do with football. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/5 76% Mansfield Park (1999) Despite such occasional flaws...Mansfield Park is a welcome treat for Austen addicts. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 45% Committed (2000) Krueger deserves credit for pulling off what amounts to a madcap date movie. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
.5/4 19% National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002) Writers Brent Goldberg and David Wagner apparently saw no reason to bother with anything so sophisticated as, say, story or characters. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 16% Godzilla (1998) The new, improved 1998 Godzilla is big, loud, fast and expensive. But at heart it's just a silly monster movie for kids. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 74% Songcatcher (2001) The music, lovingly performed by such paragons as Alison Kraus, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Iris Dement, takes on the importance of a character in the movie. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002
3/4 40% Fallen (1997) A solid, smart, gripping tale of terror with the wit to scare us silly. ‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted Oct 15, 2002