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Paul Tatara
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Jerry Maguire (1996) Cruise is very good in small moments with Dorothy's son, played charmingly by Jonathan Lipnicki, but in some of the bigger scenes his performance is so wrong-headed you can't imagine what he was thinking. ‐
Posted Aug 24, 2016
36% Spice World (1998) "What's the plot?" you may be asking. Well so am I. ‐
Posted Jun 21, 2016
66% The Pillow Book (1997) The Pillow Book is obsessed with obsessive erotic obsessiveness. If you've ever trembled at the thought of having Japanese characters painted on your nude body, this is the film for you. Bring a lunch; it feels like it'll never end. ‐
Posted May 2, 2016
92% Face/Off (1997) I won't pretend that I completely enjoyed it, but it certainly has a few elements that I've never seen before. Action aficionados will undoubtedly slobber all over themselves. ‐
Posted Jul 28, 2015
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) At least Fellini pulled out the stops from the first minute when he wanted to get surreal. Here, realism fades into surrealism, then into outright foolishness. Morbidly paced foolishness. ‐
Posted Dec 14, 2014
86% The Blair Witch Project (1999) Whenever night falls, the movie takes off, but in a slow creep, with all your childhood fears of the dark suddenly revealing themselves as absolutely reasonable. ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2014
94% The Truman Show (1998) The Truman Show will probably be the most thought-provoking "big" movie to come out this summer, and that says a whole lot more about other movies than it does about this one. You should, however, see it for Carrey's newly unveiled charms. ‐
Posted Aug 18, 2014
92% Men in Black (1997) Men in Black is the wryest, sharpest, most entertaining special effects film in recent memory, a simultaneous participant and mocking parody of the more-bang-for-your-buck behemoth genre. ‐
Posted Aug 12, 2014
10% Woo (1998) The whole thing is rude and pathetic, more like a lengthy episode of a bad sitcom than a movie, chock full of the kind of sexual innuendoes that are guaranteed to please horny eighth-graders or people who laugh at those Playboy party jokes. ‐
Posted Jul 26, 2014
6% A Smile like Yours (1997) After a while, I could smell the jokes coming like Grandma's two-day-old stuffed cabbage. ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2014
8% Almost Heroes (1998) All of the guys on the expedition are dumb, and they say and do dumb things in dumb ways, dumbly. ‐
Posted Jul 15, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) The multi-layered plot keeps you riveted for the best possible reason -- you can't start to imagine where the story is leading you, and the fiercely intense payoffs are repeatedly worth the extra concentration. ‐
Posted Jun 4, 2014
88% Titanic (1997) Cameron has devised a tender love story between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio that serves as the main focus of Titanic's storyline, and it works beautifully. ‐
Posted Feb 25, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) I just wish that the script wasn't so insistent on showing off. Shakespeare, even when he kowtowed to the peasants, knew when to quit. ‐
Posted Feb 11, 2014
88% Chasing Amy (1997) There is a lot of frank conversation about the technical aspects of sex between women, but Holden and Banky are written more like sniggering eighth graders than inquisitive adults. ‐
Posted Feb 7, 2014
96% The Iron Giant (1999) The Iron Giant is not only the best animated feature to be released this summer, it's the single best film to hit our screens so far this year. ‐
Posted Aug 4, 2013
93% Out of Sight (1998) Easily the best film I've seen in 1998. ‐
Posted Aug 4, 2013
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) Spielberg accomplishes these goals with a technical virtuosity that no other director, arguably in the history of the cinema, can even approach. ‐
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4% Gone Fishin' (1997) I don't even know where to start. ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2013
23% A Thousand Acres (1997) Cry, cry, cry. Hug, hug, hug. Yadda, yadda, yadda. ‐
Posted Jul 3, 2008
74% Dark City (1998) This is one of those movies that's more concerned with set design motivation than anything that's going on inside the characters' heads. ‐
Posted Apr 28, 2008
33% Gummo (1997) C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here? ‐
Posted Apr 28, 2008
72% Cop Land (1997) It's pretty funny, actually, that Stallone gained 40 pounds to play this role, and what the movie needs more than anything else is to eat a salad and do some sit-ups. ‐
Posted Apr 9, 2008
80% Soul Food (1997) An overt desire to please often leaves Tillman relying on force-feeding techniques. ‐
Posted Mar 17, 2008
49% Under Suspicion (2000) Too tawdry to be completely entertaining, and too static to generate much excitement. ‐
Posted May 1, 2003
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) It's not a bad film for what it is. ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2002
2/5 51% Halloween H2O (1998) I'm currently stuck watching the revival of a movie form that appalled me the first time around, then disappeared from view after a torrent of thoughtless re-workings that resembled bloody tape loops. ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2002
77% The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) For a movie that's so full of anger and confusion, there sure aren't many memorable clashes, aside from the ones that take place in the kids' imaginations. ‐
Posted Jun 21, 2002
32% Windtalkers (2002) No amount of burning, blasting, stabbing, and shooting can hide a weak script. ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2002
44% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) It practically lies down and wallows in its mega-hammy 'I Am Woman' tone. ‐
Posted Jun 7, 2002
92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) The entire undertaking is presented as if we're being taught a very complex lesson in enchantment and earthly conservation, and people who lean toward Japanimation will convince themselves they're watching something visionary. But it's just a cartoon. ‐
Posted Jun 5, 2002
77% Undercover Brother (2002) A spy movie-blaxploitation picture spoof that repeats itself so often, and hits its targets so erratically, you'd swear it was adapted from a Saturday Night Live skit. ‐
Posted May 31, 2002
92% Insomnia (2002) Nolan is a craftsman who joins the ranks of Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, Curtis Hanson, and M. Night Shyamalan as an individual voice working within the Hollywood system. ‐
Posted May 24, 2002
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) It's a mixed bag, but not as dreadfully mixed as the last one. ‐
Posted May 15, 2002
49% Unfaithful (2002) The audience when I saw this one was chuckling at all the wrong times, and that's a bad sign when they're supposed to be having a collective heart attack. ‐
Posted May 9, 2002
47% Hollywood Ending (2002) Though it draws several decent laughs, it's low-cal Woody at best. ‐
Posted May 3, 2002
62% The Salton Sea (2002) If you're determined to see this one, don't forget to bring a soapy washcloth. ‐
Posted Apr 26, 2002
31% Murder by Numbers (2002) At 118 minutes, the running time allows for too much dawdling and not enough legitimate tension. ‐
Posted Apr 19, 2002
49% Human Nature (2002) Give this one a try, if for no other reason than to convince Hollywood that 'something different' doesn't automatically mean throwing away good money. ‐
Posted Apr 12, 2002
31% High Crimes (2002) High Crimes, an often pedestrian courtroom drama reteaming Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, is like a symphony played on cell phones. ‐
Posted Apr 5, 2002
25% Showtime (2002) It's getting harder and harder to ignore the fact that Hollywood isn't laughing with us, folks. It's laughing at us. ‐
Posted Mar 14, 2002
29% The Time Machine (2002) ... surprisingly inert for a movie in which the main character travels back and forth between epochs. ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2002
38% 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) It comes dangerously close to being America's first sex comedy without comedy. ‐
Posted Mar 1, 2002
7% Dragonfly (2002) Costner's warm-milk persona is just as ill-fitting as Shadyac's perfunctory directing chops, and some of the more overtly silly dialogue would sink Laurence Olivier. ‐
Posted Feb 21, 2002
23% John Q (2002) Director Nick Cassavetes and screenwriter James Kearns make Washington look silly for the first time in his career. ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2002
42% Big Fat Liar (2002) The overall effect is less like a children's movie than a recruitment film for future Hollywood sellouts. ‐
Posted Feb 8, 2002
10% Slackers (2002) The footage seems to have been tossed into the air and randomly reassembled when it hit the ground. ‐
Posted Feb 2, 2002
85% Monster's Ball (2002) Although director Marc Forster pulls decent performances from both Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry, coincidence-filled plotting, lame dialogue, and ham-fisted symbolism repeatedly undermine his best intentions. ‐
Posted Feb 2, 2002
73% The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) An unexpectedly entertaining slice of old-fashioned swashbuckle, the kind of sweeping, periodically absurd picture that was cranked out on an assembly line in the 1940s. ‐
Posted Jan 25, 2002
46% Orange County (2002) One of the smartest idiotic teen comedies you'll ever see. ‐
Posted Jan 18, 2002