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Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeffrey Westhoff
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Gladiator (2000)
It is 1964's "The Fall of the Roman Empire" on both ends, with "Spartacus" in the middle.
Posted Jun 18, 2002
2
2/4
For its first half this plays like a character-driven, antiestablishment caper of the 1960s and '70s. As the story progresses, the characters turn rotten. When the establishment is more appealing than the maverick heroes, something has gone wrong.
Posted Jun 15, 2002
3
2/4
Tucci's slow-paced storytelling in "Big Night" was brave and worked beautifully, but the same technique in "Joe Gould's Secret" becomes annoying.
Posted Jun 15, 2002
4
3/4
Despite its terrible title "Drive Me Crazy" proves more substantial than bubble gum. The story is less comedy than drama, populated by teenage characters who are - you had better sit down for this - believable.
Posted Jun 15, 2002
5
1/4
When not bludgeoning a business rival with an ax, well-heeled killer Patrick Bateman bludgeons the audience with the film's messages.
Posted Jun 15, 2002
6
2.5/4
28 Days (2000)
An underrated actress, Bullock capably fulfills the demands of her role as a pill-popping drunk. But the story never allows Bullock to escape the comfort zone of a romantic comedy.
Posted Jun 15, 2002
7
1/4
A worst-case scenario of what happens when an actor turns director. Norton loves his fellow actors so much he cannot bear to reduce their scenes. So stuff that shouldn't make the cut of even the special edition DVD stays in the film.
Posted Jun 15, 2002
8
3/4
This sounds like a disaster along the lines of "Dudley Do-Right," but writer-directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont pull off a surprisingly spry spoof of the very way pop culture - especially music - is marketed to teenagers.
Posted Jun 15, 2002
9
2/4
Scooby-Doo (2002)
10
2/4
Saving Grace (2000)
A Cheech and Chong movie for the art-house crowd.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
11
2/4
One advantage "Space Cowboys" has over "Armageddon" is that Eastwood is a more laconic director than Michael Bay. Then again, who isn't?
Posted Jun 13, 2002
12
1/4
Hollow Man (2000)
There are two ways to not see this invisible man. The best option is skipping the movie.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
13
2/4
Pollock (2000)
Harden deserves recognition more than her co-stars, if only because she creates the sole sympathetic character.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
14
3/4
Sexy Beast (2000)
A perfectly acted, sardonic thriller aimed at the intelligent adult audience Hollywood studies have abandoned.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
15
2/4
The Fast and the Furious" is the perfect movie to watch on DVD. You can hit a few buttons and check out the three action scenes worth seeing, surrendering only 10 minutes of your life.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
16
2.5/4
As directed by Chris Columbus and written by Steve Kloves, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a film with no personality of its own, despite being filled with many unforgettable personalities.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
17
1.5/4
Down to Earth" follows the plot of "Heaven Can Wait" the way a robot follows its programming.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
18
3/4
No film scholar would pick the populist Spielberg as the esoteric Kubrick's successor. It's as unlikely as Orson Welles collaborating with Walt Disney.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
19
2/4
The Believer (2002)
Despite its attacks on fascism, "The Believer" itself carries the taint of anti-Semitism, implying that self-hatred is a Jewish trait and that Danny's case is unusual only in its extremity.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
20
2/4
The sisterly writing team of Karen and Jill Sprecher create that deadly form of cinema, the play mistaken for a movie.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
21
3.5/4
Damon does not look like a guy who could break your arm like a matchstick, and that's why "The Bourne Identity" works. Watching this second coming of Richie Cunningham suddenly unleash his fists and feet and elbows (and Bic pen) of fury is chilling.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
22
2/4
Windtalkers (2002)
Woo has as much right to make a huge action sequence as any director, but how long will filmmakers copy the "Saving Private Ryan" battle scenes before realizing Steven Spielberg got it right the first time?
Posted Jun 13, 2002
23
2/4
Unfaithful (2002)
Several uninteresting, unlikeable people do bad things to and with each other in "Unfaithful." Why anyone who is not a character in this movie should care is beyond me.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
24
2/4
For every articulate player, such as skateboarder Tony Hawk or BMX rider Mat Hoffman, are about a half dozen young Turks angling to see how many times they can work the words "radical" or "suck" into a sentence.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
25
3/4
Nine Queens" is street smart without being grim, nimble without being lightweight. And it delivers a payoff worth the wait.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
26
3.5/4
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" proves traditional animation still can feel its oats when filmmakers have a worthwhile story to draw on.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
27
2/4
The battling Yoda looks ludicrous, like Kermit the Frog in a Matrix fight scene.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
28
3.5/4
Insomnia (2002)
Takes the killer's mind games with the detective to a disturbing level. Not since Seven has the bad guy so successfully undermined his pursuer's moral center.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
29
4/4
Spider-Man (2002)
Someday rational thought will return and I will realize "Spider-Man" does not rank among the milestones of cinema. But someday is not today. Today "Spider-Man" may as well be "Lawrence of Arabia," so delirious has it made this longtime fan.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
30
3/4
Though "Earnest" is Wilde's most famous work, this film is not as rich as Parker's version of "An Ideal Husband." However, it remains light and entertaining as the bright cast has a wonderful time saying marvelously funny things.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
31
3/4
Aside from a few striking similarities, "The Salton Sea" maintains its own identity. Its structure may not be as tricky as "Memento's," but "Salton Sea" reveals its own surprises with fewer attention-grabbing devices.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
32
3.5/4
About a Boy (2002)
The Weitz brothers succeed mostly because they are smart enough to let Grant be Grant and Hornby be Hornby. As in "High Fidelity," the script brims with pungent, quotable dialogue.
Posted Jun 13, 2002
33
3/4
Undercover Brother" is much, much funnier than even the first Austin Powers movie. Its trailer is funnier than the second Austin Powers movie.
Posted Jun 12, 2002
34
2/4
Bad Company (2002)
35
3/4
Sum" is Jack Ryan's "do-over." Give credit to everyone from Robinson down to the key grip that this bold move works. Especially give credit to Affleck.
Posted Jun 12, 2002
36
3/4
The ensemble's performances are to be savored.
Posted Jun 11, 2002