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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
43% The Village (2004) M. Night Shyamalan keeps the story vague enough to work up to his plot twist, and while I won't reveal it here, I will say that I don't think the payoff is worth it. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
99% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967) It's a frank blend of exoticism, eroticism and foreshadowed horror. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) With its eclectic use of music and inventive mix of genres, Kill Bill is a striking and enigmatic revenge film visually and culturally rich and relentless in its action. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
75% Crash (2004) A hard-hitting film whose seemingly unconnected stories and characters intersect boldly, jolting us into a raw awareness of the volatility of ethnic mix in which we live. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
75% Igby Goes Down (2002) Balancing its frequently absurd humour with poignant observations of that time in life when you're not sure exactly what it is you're rebelling against, Igby Goes Down is an offbeat winner. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
63% Love Actually (2003) Loads of fun as long as your expectations aren't overly raised by the hype, the cast and the taglines. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
48% Saw (2004) The inconsistencies and incongruities mar the overall result, but it's a fierce enough premise to excite some investors to believe this team can do better and perhaps even bloodier. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
97% Kiss Me Deadly (1955) The brutality of the film's characters and its scenario are shocking enough today, but in 1955, they were gobsmacking. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) Filled with style with a capital S, Sky Captain is a joyous combo of rollicking adventure, film noir and all the gee-whizzery of high-tech innovation. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
78% Tape (2001) Tape is a perfect example of how digital filmmaking can deliver great cinematic values. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
44% Daredevil (2003) It may not have the heart of Superman, the charm of Spider-Man or the thrills of X-Men, but Daredevil is an engaging B movie in the tradition of good Saturday afternoon entertainment. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
37% Star Trek - Nemesis (2002) Even though the special effects are as well executed as ever, the story doesn't excite or even allow us to really believe the premise. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
98% Mean Streets (1973) Martin Scorsese's first great American crime story ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
84% Batman Begins (2005) Sweeping all questions aside, Batman Begins does rekindle the franchise: it will be commercially possible to remake Batman stories with this persona and this set of psychological principles underpinning a new series of films. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
47% Azumi (2003) Well, this particular fantasy surely lost its novelty value a while back, and frankly never did much for me anyhow. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
0% Killing Me Softly (2003) What a disappointing waste of good talent! ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) A tale of heroes, bonded together by friendship, it's the very special friendship between hobbits Elijah Wood's Frodo and Sean Astin's Sam that touches us most of all. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
23% Bad Boys II (2003) Sure, we can quibble about the bloodied body parts, the gluttony of bullets and gore, but who's gonna give a damn, when there's so much fun to be had? ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
82% Barbershop (2002) The problem with Barbershop is that it tries too hard to be too many things. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003) An intriguing, bizarre and challenging film that invites us into a world filled with larger-than-life characters and strange occurrences. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
43% National Lampoon's Blackball (2005) Tim Firth's script is functional on a sitcom level at best, and Mel Smith's direction differs from the usual hack job only in being a bit worse (especially in the frequent montages set to rock songs). ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
76% Gladiator (2000) Epic cinema is back. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
89% Little Fish (2006) A superb cast, mostly playing roles against type, make Little Fish a captivating and emotionally involving film, delivered with the flourish of a filmmaker who knows his craft and what to do with it to reach his audience. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
94% American Splendor (2003) American Splendor is certainly one of the most complete, satisfying and entertaining hybrid of documentary and dramatisation, as well as of live action and 2D animation/comic stills. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
95% Before Sunset (2004) Linklater, Hawke and Delpy have collaborated on the script, resulting in an enthralling snapshot of life from the point of view of two like souls who spark by just being in each other's presence. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
8% White Noise (2005) A messy cheesecake of supernatural horror without scaring the pants off its audience, nor making any real sense. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Lucas slips up on a few fronts en route, but doesn't disappoint when it counts. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
15% Garfield - The Movie (2004) Garfield is a cool cat with attitude, yet his debut on the big screen falls short by more than a whisker largely due to a script that relies on novelty value rather than fresh ideas. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
5% Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (2004) It's essentially an advertisement for a similarly titled trading card game. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
46% Shall We Dance (2004) This excellent and acclaimed cast is shoved into a film whose screenplay should have alerted them that it's not ready to go before the cameras. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
96% Sideways (2004) This wonderfully satisfying study in human nature is funny and sad and profoundly entertaining from start to finish. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
11% Timeline (2003) It's all a bit too near fetched to be a great movie, it's still fun. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
11% Alex & Emma (2003) What might have looked like a good idea on paper goes seriously awry in the screen treatment of this clunker from writer Jeremy Leven and director Rob Reiner. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
27% Paycheck (2003) For those who enjoy a ripper of a good yarn, Paycheck is good value. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
27% Fantastic Four (2005) The film is made in the internet equivalent of capital letters and its simplistic morality stands out on the big screen more so than on the small page. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
64% Starsky & Hutch (2004) A buddy cop movie filled with genuine laughs. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
94% For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più) (1965) Looser and more relaxed as well as more elaborate than Fistful, the film is best appreciated as a series of outrageous set-pieces. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
100% Kenny (2008) Kenny is the genuine article. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
71% Cold Mountain (2003) Cold Mountain is a major achievement, studded with star performances from its entire cast, offering those who are prepared to experience it... ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
52% The Notebook (2004) A potently rich story about the power of love, The Notebook is heartbreakingly beautiful and achingly real. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
62% I Heart Huckabees (2004) I have no idea what the film is really all about, but this top line cast makes it so much fun, it doesn't seem to matter. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
1% Twisted (2004) At least the performances are solid. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
39% Agent Cody Banks (2003) Muniz and Duff seem to be two perfectly normal teenagers thrown in the midst of an elaborate fantasy, and they pull it off beautifully. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
77% The Machinist (2004) Bale is superb as Trevor, able to not only convey the wasted person within, but to avoid making his physical appearance the only thing we care about or notice. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005) Relying on the enigmatic and sultry charisma of Romain Duris, The Beat My Heart Skipped is a mesmerising portrait of a man torn by two very different sides of his personality. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
23% Bulletproof Monk (2003) An enticing title that perfectly sets up our anticipation for a rollicking martial-arts comic-book fable adventure. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
6% The Perfect Man (2005) It's funny, poignant and the characters are appealing. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
74% The Upside of Anger (2005) The Upside of Anger is a sharply written, insightful and enjoyable film with many layers. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
68% Unbreakable (2000) With all these superlatives, how could Shyamalan so badly misjudge vital elements to the story? The melodramatic elements take away substantially from much of what could otherwise be hailed as a masterpiece. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008
88% Springtime in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (2002) As vibrant as a live play in its impact, with its characters almost as tangible, this film draws on not just the words and emotions of the original material, but the classic language of earlier cinema. ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2008