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State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

State Journal-Register (Springfield, 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): Nick Rogers, Paul Povse
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
In the Cut (2003)
In the Cut demonstrates that miserable taste and artistic miscalculation hardly are the exclusive domain of male filmmakers and actors.
Posted Nov 6, 2003
2
2.5/4
Brother Bear (2003)
Pixar is forcing Disney to keep up with more than ongoing distribution negotiations; Brother Bear is proof its muscles are starting to cramp.
Posted Nov 6, 2003
3
3.5/4
It closes on a satisfying note that provides the necessary answers. But the Wachowskis should close the rabbit hole and never return to The Matrix.
Posted Nov 6, 2003
4
2/4
Beyond Borders can be wrenching and vigorously committed, but it's also occasionally tasteless and calculating. Think Doctor Zhivago with landmines.
Posted Oct 30, 2003
5
3/4
When Scary Movie 3 hits, its belly laughs are loud and long, and it actually picks up steam in its second half.
Posted Oct 30, 2003
6
3/4
Radio (2003)
In his best role since Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. delivers a mannered performance performance where other actors have opted for tics and exaggerated shouting.
Posted Oct 30, 2003
7
2.5/4
It needs to be more than a surface show of what we know. Drugs are bad, but so is giving up a family and a life without a reason that's, well, galvanizing.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
8
1.5/4
Runaway Jury (2003)
Normally, I subscribe to the theory that Hoffman and Hackman - and Cusack, too - elevate any movie they grace and are worth following anywhere. In this case, I declare a mistrial.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
9
2.5/4
Not without memorable visuals, a handful of macabre, original ideas and B-movie jumps, but after awhile, the gore and the game plan (run, chase, maim, repeat) cease to be campy and grow oppressive.
Posted Oct 23, 2003
10
4/4
Mystic River (2003)
The real triumph is that while we are fascinated with the particulars of the story, we feel the shame, awkwardness, fears and cosmic fate that bounce off each character.
Posted Oct 22, 2003
11
3/4
Clooney and Zeta-Jones have a level of antagonistic banter recalling the best of the Hepburn-Tracy chemistry. Now, this is what is meant by the term movie star.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
12
4/4
Visually inventive, strangely beautiful and poetic, in a bare-bones, samurai-warrior way. A movie that, while dealing with death, is joyfully alive with surprises.
Posted Oct 16, 2003
13
3/4
Out of Time (2003)
A peppy and perspiring timewaster, but we don't mind.
Posted Oct 8, 2003
14
3/4
This movie, benign and conventional as it is, needs a gutsy performance to keep it from sheer sogginess. The biggest surprise the movie generates is why it's taken this long for Lane's career to take off.
Posted Oct 1, 2003
15
3.5/4
The commercially minded Nurse Betty aside, it's Neil LaBute's weakest work. But even on a bad day, he's better than most.
Posted Oct 1, 2003
16
3.5/4
Thirteen (2003)
Hopefully not as truthful as Nikki Reed purports it to be, Thirteen is tough enough to watch for a single guy with no sisters, let alone parents with daughters.
Posted Oct 1, 2003
17
4/4
The film crackles with the energy of Bob and Charlotte's connection, and their adventures in the hurry-and-flurry Tokyo nightlife are glittery, dreamlike, meditative and beautiful.
Posted Oct 1, 2003
18
2/4
Duplex (2003)
The ending, forgoing morbidity for Christmas Eve morality, is a left-field letdown. It's an upper where it doesn't need it, but Duplex sure could use some fixing.
Posted Oct 1, 2003
19
3/4
The Rundown (2003)
The Rundown stomps about to its own nutty rhythm. Unlike the abysmal The Scorpion King, it's a movie that leaves you slaphappy, not slapping your forehead.
Posted Oct 1, 2003
20
4/4
School of Rock is a triumph, riotously funny, moving and deftly mainstream without falling into clich├ęd pitfalls. It is a joyous film, one of the best of the year.
Posted Oct 1, 2003
21
3/4
While the film is astonishing in its scope and accomplishment, categorizing Winged Migration as a documentary may be misleading.
Posted Sep 29, 2003
22
1.5/4
In a single sentence, Allen's character invokes Camus and Henny Youngman. If an unfunny joke is told in the forest and nobody hears it, it's still an unfunny joke.
Posted Sep 25, 2003
23
2/4
Cold Creek Manor is cautious to the point of inert.
Posted Sep 25, 2003
24
0/4
Underworld (2003)
A new low for movies, with not one iota of originality in any of its 121 torturous minutes. It has no higher aspiration than to be a cheap, awful mimic.
Posted Sep 25, 2003
25
3/4
This is sophisticated, sultry noir for those who fancy this sort of thing, but then, who doesn't?
Posted Sep 18, 2003
26
3/4
Matchstick Men is so good when it is good that it's somewhere between exasperating and galling when it undermines our invested goodwill with a monster contrivance out of deep left field.
Posted Sep 18, 2003
27
4/4
It foregoes the sap and the lowbrow of a lesser movie in favor of engaging creativity and a message that, through some characters' tough choices, actually resonates.
Posted Sep 18, 2003
28
2.5/4
Cabin Fever (2002)
Cabin Fever is about as scary as a third-grade play, but it is mean-spirited, nihilistic, cynical and, if you enjoy all that, very funny. If not, knock off two stars and watch 28 Days Later.
Posted Sep 17, 2003
29
3/4
The first thought as the credits roll will be how you'd love to see Johnny Depp and that kid in another movie. Rodriguez may do nothing but all pulp, all the time, but he delivers it with unquestionable zest and skill here.
Posted Sep 17, 2003
30
.5/4
The Order (2003)
The Order is scuzzy and lazy, such a muddle that no one really need be offended. Actually, no one need even bother with it all. That's why I'm being paid in this space, to spare you the temptation.
Posted Sep 11, 2003
31
2.5/4
At least Dickie Roberts is a good dozen jokes apart from being a one-joke movie. And it's a good thing Spade penned the premise as fiction before Fox tried to pass it off as a reality show.
Posted Sep 11, 2003
32
2/4
Le Divorce (2003)
I have to admit I thought I'd sooner see a Wendy's bacon cheeseburger in Le Divorce before a slit, bloody wrist.
Posted Sep 4, 2003
33
1/4
The Creeper feels like a been there, done that demon. Not intentionally, he's almost a protagonist - a mythical beast you feel kind of bad for, given he's picked a busload of lunkheads to eat.
Posted Sep 4, 2003
34
1/4
Marci X (2003)
Given the songs were written by South Park songwriter Marc Shaiman, the lyrics should be more caustic. Like that show, the film is equally irreverent but nowhere near as intelligent or subversive.
Posted Aug 28, 2003
35
1/4
In My Boss's Daughter, there is no gee-whiz factor, only one Herculean whiz. A pox on this scatological scourge, I say. Let us all together put down the seat and flee for our sanities.
Posted Aug 28, 2003
36
3.5/4
Spellbound (2002)
Suspense doesn't get much better than it does in Spellbound, in the chasm of silence between the last letters uttered by a teen-age speller and their pained facial anticipation of the dinged bell signifying their error.
Posted Aug 21, 2003
37
2/4
S.W.A.T. (2003)
S.W.A.T.'s last, seemingly interminable 45 minutes make the Mini Cooper chase of The Italian Job seem practically Truffaut.
Posted Aug 21, 2003
38
3/4
Open Range (2003)
There's not enough - well, hardly anything - new here to call Open Range a great Western. But it's probably as good as we're going to get and as good as it needs to be.
Posted Aug 21, 2003
39
That the anti-climactic finish was withheld from advance reviewers to save the surprise is short for It's really, really stupid.
Posted Aug 21, 2003
40
1/4
Gigli (2003)
For all the bad things said about Gigli, curiously no one has mentioned its musical score by John Powell. It's one of the worst ever, like a sit-com laugh track pitched at the highest volume.
Posted Aug 7, 2003
41
3/4
Through solid acting, careful pacing and strong writing, Freaky Friday never condescends, simply because it's not a meticulously handled shot at one demographic.
Posted Aug 7, 2003
42
1/4
At least in the first film, Angelina Jolie had conviction in her ability to break someone's face and look good doing it. Here, it looks like she can't wait to get to the next Billy Bob tattoo removal appointment.
Posted Jul 31, 2003
43
2/4
What's disappointing is that, unlike before, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is more passionate about the film's machinery and less so about its motifs.
Posted Jul 31, 2003
44
2.5/4
How to Deal (2003)
In its non-hysterical depiction of the fog of personal relationship wars, the movie gently makes the point that, yeah, it really is a wild world out there.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
45
1/4
To use the movie's lingo, it's a cockup, not a crack-up.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
46
3.5/4
Whale Rider (2003)
An emotionally potent combination of somber reality and soaring mythology, Whale Rider pulls at you with the power of both elements in a story that is freshly identifiable.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
47
3/4
Bad Boys II (2003)
It's not always tasteful and it's nowhere near as fun as the original, but it's a slick thrill ride that thankfully has a surprisingly raw, pounding edge.
Posted Jul 24, 2003
48
1.5/4
49
3/4
Apparently Dreamworks would rather put no muscle behind its finest traditional animation outing yet, a film with beautiful animation and a robust spirit.
Posted Jul 10, 2003
50
2.5/4
A skillful but spiritless thrill machine, T3 makes a good case for why James Cameron and company perhaps didn't envision a trilogy.
Posted Jul 10, 2003