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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
4/4
Gangs' editing, suspense, and overall visual style all are evocative of classic Scorsese greats, but rarely has the filmmaker's thematic eye been so carefully trained.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
2
2/4
Perhaps the main problem with Friday After Next is that everything is too manic to be memorable.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
3
2.5/4
Ultimately, The Four Feathers is nothing more than a handsomely mounted escapist action flick.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
4
2.5/4
It's filled with scenes laden with irony and coincidence that the audience can anticipate and snicker at with just a bit of nervousness.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
5
1.5/4
Feardotcom (2002)
Malone does have a gift for generating nightmarish images that will be hard to burn out of your brain. But the movie's narrative hook is way too muddled to be an effectively chilling guilty pleasure.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
6
1/4
The Tuxedo (2002)
This film could have been for Chan what The Mask was for Jim Carrey. Unfortunately, it will be more like what Leonard Part 6 was for Bill Cosby.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
7
3.5/4
A film so crisp with detail that, like other great films, it whisks us away to a locale like nothing else we've ever seen to tell a story that's not quite like anything else we've ever heard.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
8
1/4
David McNally basically made a mob comedy, realized it wasn't funny and then added in computer-generated shots of the kangaroo that didn't require paying actors for reshoots.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
9
2/4
Next time, here's hoping Todd Haynes remembers the difference between a feather and a sledgehammer.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
10
2/4
Empire (2002)
The film's hodgepodge plot stumbles down the prototypical path of a gangster's fall from grace with a bit of Boiler Room thrown in for good measure.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
11
0/4
The backyard battles you staged with your green plastic army men were more exciting and almost certainly made more sense.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
12
1/4
Darkness has fallen and it can't get up.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
13
3/4
Dark Blue (2003)
Dark Blue has a seamy slow-burn energy, charged by its narrative and thematic tie-ins with the 1992 Los Angeles riots and a dynamite lead performance from Kurt Russell.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
14
3/4
Daredevil (2003)
Picking up a comic book that's pretty good but has about one-fourth of the panels incomplete is what it feels like watching Daredevil.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
15
2/4
Cradle 2 the Grave feels like about four different movies working at once, all of them stylized, none of them making much sense and maybe a couple of those being even slightly entertaining.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
16
1.5/4
It's as though for every good idea the movie has, someone from the writing committee jumped in and said, 'Yeah, but let's put a fart joke right after that.'
Posted Jun 26, 2003
17
3/4
We watch an esteemed actor discovering new nuances. In turn, it's a sublime reminder of the qualities that made Robert De Niro great, not a gimmick.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
18
3.5/4
Narc (2002)
Carnahan isn't breaking new ground, but he has administered an astoundingly visceral shot of adrenaline to the police-procedural genre.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
19
4/4
Chicago (2002)
Chicago is hyperactive, but instead of throwing everything and seeing what sticks, it intoxicates you like a glitzy, neon narcotic.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
20
2/4
Biker Boyz (2003)
Essentially, Biker Boyz is a soap opera wrapped up in the trashy-but-flashy packaging of The Fast and the Furious.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
21
1/4
Ghost Ship (2002)
It's a workmanlike production, with no surprises, no scares and no jokes - unless you count the demon that laments his job by saying he must gather enough souls to fill a quota.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
22
4/4
Auto Focus (2002)
Schrader weaves American sexual mores, advances in video technology, dangerous impulses and awareness of self into one compelling thread. The movie has a precise vision - funny, sad and profound all at once.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
23
3.5/4
For his directorial debut, Denzel Washington (has made) a haunting and resonant film covered with a potent Southern Gothic chill.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
24
3/4
With free reign to be insane, Jack's at his snaky, screwy best, and Sandler again wisely plays the straight man to his insane supporting characters.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
25
1.5/4
A Man Apart (2003)
This is a revenge thriller that for long stretches forgets about the revenge and, more importantly, the thrills.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
26
3/4
8 Mile (2002)
Take away the napalm spread of profanity, impromptu scenes of steamy sex and the myriad joints that get smoked, and 8 Mile is basically a Disney sports movie with rap as the athletics of choice.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
27
2/4
Messages that read 'I O U A BRGR. U GAME?' ... propel the plot forward. Alas, all the scenes in which Prince hijacks the cell phones have been left on the cutting room floor.
Posted Jun 26, 2003
28
2/4
Eddie Murphy has kept his swelled ego in check here, but being too naughty when it should be nice stings the movie.
Posted Jun 24, 2003
29
3.5/4
Just like its mutant characters differ from humans, the X-Men franchise differs from most other comic-book cash cows. It's sadder, saucier and significantly smarter.
Posted Jun 24, 2003
30
3.5/4
The Matrix Reloaded is the same genius material, only this time with a small handful of flaws.
Posted Jun 24, 2003
31
0/4
What kind of food is Calista Flockhart feeding - or, rather, not feeding - Harrison Ford over there?
Posted Jun 24, 2003
32
3/4
2 Fast 2 Furious does a better job of revving up its B-movie engines than its predecessor.
Posted Jun 24, 2003
33
1/4
Where The Majestic was an aggressive puppy licking your face, Bruce Almighty is the same dog urinating on your leg.
Posted Jun 24, 2003
34
2.5/4
Can adults sit through it with minimal doses of Novocaine from the concession stand? The answer: A qualified yes.
Posted Jun 24, 2003
35
1.5/4
Dumb and Dumberer's problems are many, but, first and foremost, it's a prequel.
Posted Jun 24, 2003