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Rating Title/Year Author
Practical Magic (1998) Bill Gallo As witch movies go -- even lighthearted, supposedly comic witch movies -- Practical Magic is conspicuously lacking in supernatural phenomena. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
200 Cigarettes (1999) M.V. Moorhead [Director Risa Bramon Garcia] gets sharp, funny work from her hot young cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
8MM (1999) Andy Klein By the end, the overwrought dialogue provokes unintended laughs, and even Cage -- aided by memorable work from Phoenix, Peter Stormare and James Gandolfini -- can't save it. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Analyze This (1999) Bill Gallo Suffice to say that the real pleasures of Analyze This lie in the easy confidence with which De Niro savages himself. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Mars Attacks! (1996) Peter Rainer It's a destructo orgy without any phony-baloney sanctimony about the fellowship of man -- or spaceman. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Studio 54: The Documentary (2018) Alan Scherstuhl This all makes for a shallow but vivid history. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
Deep Impact (1998) Peter Rainer The film is set up to be a ringing endorsement of the human species under pressure, but what comes across is something far less ennobling. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2015) Craig D. Lindsey Bilal achieves a vibrantly noble tone even when it stumbles plot-wise. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Second Skin (1999) David Ehrenstein Though very well-acted, it's not the film it could have been. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Ivans Xtc (2002) David Ehrenstein Shot on High Definition video, this exceptionally well-made but exceedingly bleak peek at tinseltown would be unbearable were it not for the sympathetic performance of Danny Huston... EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Km. 0 (2000) David Ehrenstein It's this same disinclination to judge that allows Km. 0 to move from raucous comedy to bittersweet romance... EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Nico and Dani (2000) David Ehrenstein ... the film goes a long way toward dispelling myths of innocence and purity, while showing that teen-agers can sometimes be wise enough to figure out some of life's most important lessons for themselves. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Light It Up (1999) David Ehrenstein ... it's this sense of the "real" that not only keeps Light It Up lively but that marks it -- for all its visual flair -- as happily out of step with a zeitgeist enamored of naught but money and notoriety as the wildly overhyped millennium turns. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) David Ehrenstein The timing couldn't be better for How Stella Got Her Groove Back. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Head On (1998) David Ehrenstein ... the movie demonstrates just how hard coming out can be, especially for those more at war with themselves than with the culture around them. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Urbania (2000) David Ehrenstein Shear never shirks from the horrors of gay city life--but he doesn't ignore the tenderness either. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Edge of Seventeen (1998) David Ehrenstein ... it's a calm, clear-eyed portrait of a particular kid trying to figure out -- like teenagers of all kinds the world over -- who he is and where he fits in. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Better Than Chocolate (1999) David Ehrenstein ... for those looking for more, they'll have to tell the filmmaking chefs to put something other than Chocolate on the menu. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Gods and Monsters (1998) David Ehrenstein In short, it's a moment, and a film, about compassion. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Party Monster (2003) David Ehrenstein ... shows that there's a lot more to this sordid story than first meets the jaundiced eye. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) David Ehrenstein Director Jamie Babbit and screenwriter Brian Wayne Peterson haven't attacked their target as effectively as they might, but as mild as it may be, Cheerleader underscores the fact that gender roles are ideological in nature. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
The Broken Hearts Club (2000) David Ehrenstein In short, audiences may be buying a ticket to see Dean Cain kiss another guy, but there's a lot more to The Broken Hearts Club than that lovely sight. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
The Mod Squad (1999) M.V. Moorhead It's a terrible movie, really, but I'm not hard-hearted enough to condemn it, because it brings back some of the scrappy feel of '70s TV action series. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2017
Antonia's Line (1995) Todd Anthony Antonia's Line perfectly fits the Oscar mold: set in the past, studiously PC, sentimental, multigenerational, and loaded with hollow ruminations on the nature of life, death, and the passage of time. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2016
Jerry Maguire (1996) Michael Sragow Some amusing stuff about sports agentry drowns in the emotional shallows of Jerry Maguire. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2016
The World Is Not Enough (1999) Andy Klein Whatever its flaws -- and it has some lulus -- it's a textbook model for how to structure action of this kind. The writers and directors of every Bond film should be forced to watch it before their first story conference. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2015
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Andy Klein While it seems a good idea to have fresh directors on each new film, veteran Roger Spottiswoode doesn't seem to bring much to the party. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2015
GoldenEye (1995) Todd Anthony Basically, James, GoldenEye wasn't bad. A bit long and not the sexiest or most thrilling Bond movie. But a Bond movie nonetheless, and far from an embarrassment like Moonraker. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2015
Blade (1998) Andy Klein Sad then to say that Blade is, at best, second-rate pulp, hampered by excessive length, a thematically meandering screenplay, and a general lack of excitement. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2015
Alien (1979) Gregory Weinkauf Bloody brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2015
Shakespeare in Love (1998) M.V. Moorhead [A] cheeky, delightfully playful romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2015
Crash (2004) Robert Wilonsky What makes Crash so gripping -- so terrifying in spots, so moving in others, and even a little funny at times -- is how nothing happens as we think it will. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2015
American Beauty (1999) Bill Gallo This seriocomic autopsy of middle-class virtue has the capacity to startle and surprise, and a gift for finding grim humor at the heart of tragedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2015
The English Patient (1996) Michael Sragow Anthony Minghella believes in ghosts -- and, at his best, makes believers out of viewers, too. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2015
Joyeux Noël (2005) Melissa Levine Except for a few missteps, the movie is so beautifully and sensitively rendered in its particulars, in its characterizations of soldiers and officers, and in its dramatization of a nearly miraculous event, that the result is an affecting piece of cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2014
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Hal Hinson It is, as his films usually are, dense, complex, and challenging. It is also, sad to say, ponderous, often inscrutable, and ultimately not much fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2014
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Gregory Weinkauf Despite its sophomoric awkwardness, the Chamber of Secrets is a welcome delivery of childlike wonder for a planet of ever- increasing ugliness. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2014
Beauty and the Beast (1946) Jean Oppenheimer So enchanting it takes your breath away, Jean Cocteau's 1946 live-action version of the famous fairy tale remains one of the most magical films ever made. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2014
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Gregory Weinkauf Watching it, it's hard to believe that these guys were actually meandering across heaths and trudging across rope bridges, with electricians and caterers not far away. It seems more as if this souvenir of the Absurd Ages has... existed for a millennium. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2014
The Exorcist (1973) Robert Wilonsky [Friedkin] knew he wasn't making art; he was concocting gross-out pop -- a movie so "scary" it borders on being silly. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2014
The Sixth Sense (1999) Bill Gallo Beyond these startling apparitions, there's a surplus of mumbo-jumbo in here -- and some ludicrously false notes. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2014
The Blair Witch Project (1999) M.V. Moorhead Easily the scariest horror picture of the '90s, a movie that can take a place among the most potent and inexorable of modern shockers, like Night of the Living Dead or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2014
Lost in Space (1998) M.V. Moorhead The actors are good sports. The standout, inevitably, is Gary Oldman. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2014
Chicken Run (2000) Gregory Weinkauf The first feature film from England's Aardman Animation, and the first truly terrific film to be released by DreamWorks. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2014
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Peter Rainer Spielberg puts us through the hair-trigger terrors of combat in a way no other filmmaker has ever dared, and yet there's a gentleness to his enterprise. He's interested in the humaneness that comes through the horror. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2014
The Iron Giant (1999) M.V. Moorhead The film isn't as blisteringly satirical as The Simpsons; it's warmer. And while its nostalgia isn't simplistic, it is affectionate. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2014
Supercross: The Movie (2005) Bill Gallo If you love Kawasakis, Hondas, and Yamahas, and don't mind tin-eared writing, get down to the multiplex. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2014
Son of the Pink Panther (1993) Todd Anthony Stay away at all costs. Do not be lulled by nostalgic memories of Inspector Clouseau's malapropisms; do not be fooled by slick print or TV ads; do not let your kids talk you into it. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2014
SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) Jean Oppenheimer The first Baby Geniuses, released in 1999, was one of the most inane, humorless, ill-conceived, poorly acted comedies of the year. As difficult as it is to imagine, the sequel is even worse. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2014
From Justin to Kelly (2003) Robert Wilonsky From Justin to Kelly is a musical so pedestrian it trips over its feet every time someone breaks into song or dance. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2014