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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 58% The Missing (2003) The Missing is a well-crafted and rewarding film. That little Ronny Howard is one to watch. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 26, 2003
1.75/4 13% The Haunted Mansion (2003) [I predict] The Haunted Mansion will put the final nail in the coffin that The Country Bears started to build. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 26, 2003
1.75/4 11% Timeline (2003) Am I supposed to show an ounce of respect for a movie that drops modern-day folks into the 14th century and can't be bothered to acknowledge the slightest language barrier? ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 26, 2003
3/4 85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) One gets a hint for what makes these men tick by eavesdropping on one of Captain Jack's comments [when] he says quietly to [a] young crewman, 'Now tell me that wasn't fun.' ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 14, 2003
2.5/4 57% Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) There is a nagging sense that the movie would have been immensely funnier had it been conceived back in the hey-day of Bugs & Daffy and the gang. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 14, 2003
3.25/4 36% The Matrix Revolutions (2003) Two entire movies were required to build the emotional momentum necessary for just this kind of crazy, HULK SMASH, rise-of-the-Phoenix, give-em-hell finale. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Nov 4, 2003
2.75/4 43% The Human Stain (2003) Plenty for the mind to untangle, but little emotional exercise is inspired. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 30, 2003
3.5/4 94% Alien Saga (2003) [Sigourney] and this movie symbiotically made each other into stars. Ripley is arguably the strongest female character ever put on film. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 30, 2003
3.5/4 97% Alien (1979) [Sigourney] and this movie symbiotically made each other into stars. Ripley is arguably the strongest female character ever put on film. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 29, 2003
2.5/4 36% Radio (2003) It's not what I think of as a memorable film. It's a schmalty tale. The movie is good for one trip through, certainly, but it falls short of hitting its target. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 24, 2003
2.5/4 36% Scary Movie 3 (2003) It's a comedy, and it's frequently funny. Sloppy and predictable at times, but still worth the look-see. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 23, 2003
2.5/4 72% Runaway Jury (2003) You may want to wait for video, but Runaway Jury is still worth a look. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 16, 2003
3/4 36% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) It does pack a punch. It's got jolts and grotesqueries galore. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 16, 2003
2.5/4 44% Good Boy! (2003) The movie isn't as good as it thinks it is, but that still leaves room for it to be okay. And the movie is just that. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 14, 2003
1/4 3% House of the Dead (2003) Where does one begin in describing a movie as relentlessly and unforgivably bad as House of the Dead? ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 11, 2003
3.25/4 85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) The story may be a simple revenge tale, and you would be right to say that it's an exercise of style over substance. But it's still a zany, amazingly realized experience. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 9, 2003
2.5/4 65% Out of Time (2003) Out of Time is a fun ride while it lasts, and a ride worth taking once, but we've seen it before, and we've seen it better. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Oct 3, 2003
2.75/4 70% The Rundown (2003) A good example of what action comedy fluff flicks are always aiming for but rarely attain. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 25, 2003
2.5/4 62% Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) [Diane Lane] always seems comfortable in the skin of this character, and I respect her acting ability more each time I see her on the big screen. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 25, 2003
2.5/4 40% Anything Else (2003) Aren't we catching whispers and signs that [the Woody Allen] well will soon dry up? It's still got tasty cool water, but we can see the bottom now, can't we? ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 18, 2003
1.5/4 12% Cold Creek Manor (2003) A subplot involving Leah's boss not only goes nowhere, it manages to get there like a car veering off the road into a pole. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 18, 2003
1.75/4 31% Underworld (2003) If you turned down the sound and didn't have to listen to what these people are saying, and how they're saying it, this could look like a halfway interesting movie. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 18, 2003
2.5/4 59% Secondhand Lions (2003) The script has some great ideas, great for tweaking the philosophical mind and massaging the emotional heart, but the uneven directing doesn't do this project justice. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 18, 2003
2.75/4 68% Once upon a Time in Mexico (2003) I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Antonio Banderas technically has more screen time, but man, Johnny Depp's performance here is the most memorable thing about the film. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 11, 2003
1/4 63% Cabin Fever (2002) Perhaps it's my detestation for self-indulgence in movies, but I was put off beyond words by the level of artistic masturbation inherent in every frame of this one. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 11, 2003
2/4 8% The Order (2003) The characters and their actors aren't helping to invigorate things. No one on screen happens to be very interesting. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Sep 6, 2003
2.5/4 48% S.W.A.T. (2003) The filmmakers think that the audience cares about this as an 'origin' picture, in the way Hollywood always treats comic book super-hero adaptations. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 8, 2003
3/4 88% Freaky Friday (2003) Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan not only inhabit their characters with charm and liveliness, they have excellent comedic chemistry with each other. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 6, 2003
2.5/4 54% American Wedding (2003) [Stifler] perpetually seems like he's in the process of transforming -- Hulk-style -- into Daffy Duck in full leaping-and-hooting mode. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 1, 2003
2/4 6% Gigli (2003) This is far from being the worst movie ever made. Misguided, certainly. Uneven, mm-hm. Recommended, nope. But... it has its moments. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Aug 1, 2003
2/4 28% How to Deal (2003) The best thing I can say about How to Deal is that the camera loves Mandy Moore. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 18, 2003
1.5/4 17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) Sean Connery is the only one here who gets to retain even an ounce of thespian dignity, and that's because he doesn't have to act in order to show some character. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 11, 2003
3/4 79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Cinematography and set design make this one gorgeous spectacle. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 9, 2003
2.75/4 46% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is a fun time, thanks mostly to the story's spirit of adventure, prominent throughout. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 2, 2003
3/4 87% 28 Days Later (2003) These zombies aren't just gruesome, they're terrifying. They don't wander around slowly. They come flying at you at full sprint. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 2, 2003
3/4 70% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003) The filmmakers have a solid grasp of what two nearly-unbreakable cyborgs would do to each other and their surroundings in a fight. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Jul 1, 2003
2/4 43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003) Action sequences with impossible stunts are too numerous to count, and strung together by plot points that may have been concocted during post-production editing. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 27, 2003
3.25/4 61% Hulk (2003) When the Hulk gets going, even the movie screen seems hard-pressed to contain him. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Jun 20, 2003
3/4 99% Finding Nemo (2003) The encounter with the turtles is arguably the best sequence in the film. It captures all of the best things about the movie. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 30, 2003
2/4 41% Wrong Turn (2003) There was one moment when things were so grotesque that I had a sense -- for an instant -- that I might soon vomit if there wasn't some sort of release of tension. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 30, 2003
2/4 34% The In-Laws (2003) There may be a lot of jokes and gags throughout the film, but they usually have a calculated, time-for-another-joke vibe to them. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 23, 2003
3/4 59% Down With Love (2003) It does border on parody, but the balance between homage and parody gives the film a giddy quality. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 16, 2003
3.25/4 73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) It still looks cool as all get-out, because the Brothers understand that cinematography, sound, and timing make a difference. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 14, 2003
2.5/4 88% A Mighty Wind (2003) A Mighty Wind is a little too smirky for its own good, but is also funny enough to recommend seeing at least once. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 14, 2003
2/4 27% Daddy Day Care (2003) The movie is basically a throw-away excuse for a paycheck for everyone involved. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 9, 2003
2/4 40% The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) Parents, steer clear. Drop the girls off at the theater and go elsewhere for two hours. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 2, 2003
3/4 86% X2: X-Men United (2003) Each 10- or 15-minute section of the film feels like an issue of a comic book, how it jumps head-long into each new action scenario, rolls around in it, and then dashes off... ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted May 2, 2003
2.5/4 19% House of 1000 Corpses (2003) If feeling disturbed is your thing, this one's at least worth a look. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Apr 27, 2003
2.75/4 85% Bend It like Beckham (2003) I seldom say that a movie is worth seeing because it's 'cute.' But I'm recommending this movie for that very reason. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Apr 26, 2003
2/4 28% It Runs in the Family (2003) The movie is nearly two hours of a set-up waiting for an actual point to wander in. ‐ Fantastica Daily
Posted Apr 26, 2003