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Yazmin Ghonaim

Yazmin Ghonaim
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) A film that escalates its ability to astonish viewers with its technological achievements. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted May 16, 2003
5/10 68% Laurel Canyon (2003) While the plot successfully sets up the subsequent confrontation between the fragmented Sam and Alexis, both actors fail to elevate their performances to the dramatic level the climactic scene requires. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 31, 2003
6/10 85% About Schmidt (2002) Delivers bittersweet comedy and a heartening message about the ever present possibility of finding significance in the world. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 31, 2003
7/10 41% The Four Feathers (2002) Director of photography Robert Richardson ... captures the images vividly and draws viewers further into the film's dramatic desert battle scenes. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Dec 10, 2002
9/10 80% Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) (1997) A dramatic rendition of the fortitude required to reclaim the violated spirit and the imaginary optimism needed to save a dying innocence. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Dec 4, 2002
8/10 89% Baran (2002) Offers viewers an honest portrayal of the realistic dilemmas confronting its characters and of the inspiring ways by which they learn to overcome them. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Aug 5, 2002
6/10 81% Road to Perdition (2002) The film presents its main characters in an overall simplified manner, where a character's personal dilemmas and inner conflicts are represented by plot much more so than by character. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jul 22, 2002
4/10 38% Full Frontal (2002) A sometimes realistically and other times unrealistically portrayed group of mostly unlikeable men and women undergoing an identity or 'middle-age' crisis. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jul 22, 2002
4/10 83% The Bourne Identity (2002) The film fails to explore more intriguing narrative possibilities regarding the psychological effects of its character's identity crisis. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jun 24, 2002
7/10 71% The Lady and the Duke (2001) Aside from Rohmer's bold choices regarding point of view, The Lady and the Duke represents the filmmaker's lifelong concern with formalist experimentation in cinematic art. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jun 3, 2002
7/10 65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Exalts the character of former Queen, now Senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), whose impressive array of attractive costumes appropriate the young actress' natural beauty. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted May 13, 2002
7/10 89% Spider-Man (2002) Effectively brings to the screen an unforgettable superhero that swings back into contemporary times. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted May 13, 2002
5/10 31% High Crimes (2002) Conforms itself with creating a game of 'who's who' ... where the characters' moves are often more predictable than their consequences. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Apr 29, 2002
6/10 76% Panic Room (2002) Although Panic Room manages to deliver a visual story about a horrific home intrusion, the film lacks overall creative narrative options that would sustain and effectively develop the film's horror and suspense. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Apr 8, 2002
6/10 29% The Time Machine (2002) Neglects the author's fundamental vision. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 25, 2002
7/10 25% Showtime (2002) The film benefits from De Niro's personification of the unglamorous, grumpy Mitch, from Murphy's overstressed -- yet amusingly credible -- performance. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 19, 2002
6/10 38% 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) Creates a rapport with its young viewers by first affronting them with its crude treatment of sex and then entertaining them with a silly plot. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 4, 2002
3/10 19% Collateral Damage (2002) Reduces itself to a highly simplified story about an overly aggressive victim, who is conveniently empowered to carry out extraordinary tasks in unknown territories. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Feb 25, 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Does manage to recreate in the viewer's mind those powerful, fantastical images of the magical land of Middle-earth. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Dec 24, 2001
75% A Beautiful Mind (2001) Successfully lures the viewer into the mind of a character who is portrayed as defining everything in his world in mathematical terms. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Dec 24, 2001
42% Vanilla Sky (2001) Successfully lures the viewer to feel sympathy for the the protagonist. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Dec 17, 2001
82% Ocean's Eleven (2001) Deprives the viewer of the type of heightened suspense desirable for the heist genre, and rather, distracts him and her with its superficial treatment of character and plot. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Dec 3, 2001
7/10 80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Successfully imposes its imagery of the highly fictionalized reality of Harry Potter, and capitalizes on the charming qualities of its popularized protagonist. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Dec 3, 2001
56% Focus (2001) Successfully presents its main character's reactions toward unsolicited events. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Nov 26, 2001
89% Amélie (2001) An amusing tale about the awkwardness --and the importance-- of human relations. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Nov 12, 2001
57% From Hell (2001) Offers a fairly conscientious revision of the always sensationalist case of Jack the Ripper. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Oct 29, 2001
41% K-PAX (2001) The film conforms itself with suggesting its characters' intelligence, rather than exploring it. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Oct 29, 2001
49% Hearts in Atlantis (2001) Most successful in its construction of the concept of Time. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Oct 8, 2001
71% Bread & Tulips (2001) Charms the viewer as it communicates a noble message about the need to remove oneself from the meaninglessness of daily life in order to appreciate its full worth. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Oct 1, 2001
21% The Glass House (2001) Falls short of the suspense and drama it pretends to be built on. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Sep 24, 2001
82% The Deep End (2001) The Deep End's most notable visual tool involves the recurrent theme of water, captured by the cinematography of Giles Nuttgens. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Sep 10, 2001
32% America's Sweethearts (2001) It is ironic that while the film tries to demystify its celebrities by showing their 'true' identities, it simultaneously creates a myth for the Julia Roberts character Kiki. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jul 30, 2001
50% Jurassic Park III (2001) Does offer a few genuinely horrific images. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jul 23, 2001
76% Moulin Rouge! (2001) The new versions of these classic songs refresh the words and accentuate the harmony of their meaning. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jul 23, 2001
61% Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior) (2000) An original story with an ingenious narrative structure that gradually lures the viewer into its two main characters' introspective journeys. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jul 11, 2001
86% The Closet (Le Placard) (2001) Survives the dangers of its risky premise. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jul 11, 2001
73% A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) Mostly overburdened by the responsibility to stand as an adult fairy tale that integrates the visions of two very distinct filmmakers. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Jul 9, 2001
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) Successfully provokes feelings of patriotism and of admiration for those who volunteered to 'fight back' and/or to save lives. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted May 28, 2001
33% Angel Eyes (2001) Uses a down-to-earth approach in portraying its characters' imperfections. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted May 17, 2001
58% The Luzhin Defence (2001) Most successful in depicting its protagonist's unique -- often inadequate -- nature. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted May 14, 2001
92% Amores Perros (2001) An extraordinary cinematic feat. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted May 7, 2001
81% Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Offers a more realistic portrait of the unglamorous woman. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Apr 23, 2001
33% Just Visiting (2001) Creates a fair degree of authenticity in its representations of cultural and period differences. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Apr 23, 2001
100% Le goût des autres (The Taste of Others) (2000) The spirit of belonging is delicately captured by one of the film's concluding scenes. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Apr 3, 2001
43% Someone Like You (2001) Offers an ineffective climactic scene. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 30, 2001
92% Memento (2000) A suspenseful story which evolves as a result of its protagonist's abnormal cognitive processes. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 26, 2001
46% The Caveman's Valentine (2001) A film with intriguing concepts and unclear representations of them. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 8, 2001
6/10 56% Hamlet (2000) Hamlet offers a valuable meta-comment on the role of the visual media with regards to the representation of the self. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Mar 8, 2001
39% Hannibal (2001) A figure to be remembered more for his overpowering determination than for his 'bad eating habits,' Hannibal has carved a niche in our brain. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Feb 7, 2001
92% Traffic (2000) Traffic offers a comment that speaks of the need to find moral support within the family unit before gathering the strength to confront the enemy. ‐ Cinephiles
Posted Feb 7, 2001