Poor White Trash (2000)
"You rarely see a movie these days with the conviction to lock 'breezy' and 'zany' squarely in its comic crosshairs and keep it there for the entire film, or the singularity of vision to sustain such a tone. But this deliciously campy film does just that."
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
"If this wearying exercise in camp, rib-nudging double entendres, rhyming gollyspeak and groovy-daddio! set design wrapped around a wan murder mystery sounds like an Annette Funicello movie gone to hell, it at least succeeds on one level."
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)
Interview with the Assassin (2002)
"A fantastic premise anchors this movie, but what it needs is either a more rigid, Blair Witch-style commitment to its mockumentary format, or a more straightforward, dramatic treatment, with all the grandiosity that that implies."
On Guard (1997)
Far From Heaven (2003)
8 Mile (2002)
"A powerful film that shows us the frustration and desperation of an entire emotionally neglected sub-class, its bravura 'rap battles' offering up the strongest prima facie connection between hip-hop's chest-thumping and adolescence's shoe-gazing."
Liberty Stands Still (2002)
Roger Dodger (2002)
"Tully is in many ways the perfect festival film: a calm, self-assured portrait of small town regret, love, duty and friendship that appeals to the storytelling instincts of a slightly more literate filmgoing audience."
Paid in Full (2002)
"A fascinating, bombshell documentary that should shame Americans, regardless of whether or not ultimate blame finally lies with Kissinger. Should be required viewing for civics classes and would-be public servants alike."
The Business of Fancydancing (2002)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
The Grey Zone (2002)
"No wonder lesser minds hate this movie: it's radically different from Silence -- a bloody, suspense-driven, darkly comedic love story between good and evil, a florid, grandiose thriller manifesto on why polar extremes need each other to survive."
Haiku Tunnel (2001)
"Shallow Grave by way of Cruel Intentions, a breezy, entertaining mind-twister in which things spiral out of control for lots of good-looking kids and various alliances and narrative trap doors keep the audience enjoyably guessing as to who's"
The Golden Bowl (2000)
"Decent screenplay, superb acting, fantastic set design and photography: so why doesn't this movie feel great? Mainly it's just that the metaphors deployed are fairly obvious and the slow, played-out peacocks' dance of romantic discovery and recrimination"
Knockaround Guys (2002)
White Oleander (2002)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Ash Wednesday (2002)
Family Fundamentals (2002)
"It's not thirsty, consuming passion which drives this movie. No, it's the repetition of said behavior, and so Children of the Century is more mindless love than mad, more grating and boring than anything else."
"A love story that's also about the slow, incremental meting out of right, Heaven has some absolutely gorgeous imagery but there's also a frustrating reluctance to externalize some of the story's main issues."
Red Dragon (2002)
"An exercise in inevitability that in a few passages exudes an enthralling but nonetheless largely familial creepiness, Red Dragon is a serviceable thriller, the lesser of the three Hannibal Lecter movies."
Biggie and Tupac (2002)
"A brave and incendiary if sometimes haphazardly constructed documentary... by no means a perfect film, but, bristling with contradiction and confrontation, it certainly is alive and -- like its subjects' too-early demise -- worthy of investigation."
The Tuxedo (2002)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Scarlet Diva (2000)
"A clutchy, indulgent and pretentious travelogue and diatribe against... well, just stuff. Watching Scarlet Diva, one is poised for titillation, raw insight or both. Instead, we just get messy anger, a movie as personal therapy."
Just a Kiss (2002)
The Banger Sisters (2002)