Ottawa Citizen

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 Dragonfly (2002) Jay Stone Becomes a bit of a mishmash: a tearjerker that doesn't and a thriller that won't. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2002
2/5 Queen of the Damned (2002) Bruce Deachman None of the characters is particularly likable, and the dialogue too often sounds like an endless string of overly dramatic Churchillian one-liners, most delivered in that gaudy thick accent. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2002
Black Knight (2001) Jay Stone The humour is 90 minutes of the same joke. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2001
Spy Game (2001) Jay Stone It needs twice the tradecraft and half the music. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2001
On the Line (2001) Bruce Deachman Things get more and more saccharine just about every time anyone opens their mouth. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2001
Thirteen Ghosts (2001) Jay Stone Beck ... is very good on volume but not much for tension, suspense or frightening anyone. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2001
K-PAX (2001) Jay Stone Becomes sappier and more obvious as it works towards its solutions. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2001
Shrek (2001) Jay Stone There is so much to enjoy all the way along that you'd have to be an ogre not to have a good time. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2001
Summer Catch (2001) Steven Mazey This Freddie Prinze romance is much like other Freddie Prinze romances. Prinze bats his Bambi brown eyes and removes his shirt frequently, which is probably all that his young fans need to hear. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2001
The Deep End (2001) Jay Stone An intensely focussed piece of work, told quietly and with great texture. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2001
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) Jay Stone The whole planet looks like a WWF Halloween special. It's The Night of the Living Martians! EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2001
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Jay Stone Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is what happens when a smart filmmaker decides that it's all right to get really stupid. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2001
Rat Race (2001) Steven Mazey A ragged, wildly uneven road comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2001
The Closet (2001) Jay Stone It never forgoes the human moments for the farce, and the speed of the storytelling ensures that it is believable enough to work. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) Janice Kennedy We get surfaces wrapped around a hollow core. A composite cliche. A hodgepodge. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2001
American Outlaws (2001) Paul Gessell Silly, insipid and, most tragically, dishonest and revisionist. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2001
Osmosis Jones (2001) Paul Gessell Maybe it would have worked better if it was all animated, all live-action or by turning Frank into a cartoon charter and the City of Frank into the live-action portion. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2001
American Pie 2 (2001) Jay Stone Has an ear for adolescent humiliation and clunkiness. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2001
Calle 54 (2000) Doug Fischer For much of its 105 minutes, it simply sizzles with sophisticated passion. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2001
Original Sin (2001) Steven Mazey Unless John Travolta has a sequel to Battlefield Earth up his sleeve, or Kevin Costner has a new project in the works, they might as well hand out the Golden Raspberry Awards right now. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2001
Lost and Delirious (2001) Jay Stone Bogged down in a wearying tone of longing, intense heartbreak and mad symbolic flights of Shakespeare. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2001
Planet of the Apes (2001) Steven Mazey Planet of the Apes isn't as badly miscalculated as Burton's Mars Attacks from a few years ago, but there's little here to admire beyond the design and some of the staging of the action scenes. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2001
America's Sweethearts (2001) Janice Kennedy If you like a little surprise in your movies, don't bother lining up for America's Sweethearts. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2001
Jurassic Park III (2001) Steven Mazey Anyone on a tight budget is advised to rent the first Jurassic Park and watch it again. In this one, there are no surprises left, and little of the sense of awe that the first film's special effects helped create. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2001
The Center of the World (2001) Jay Stone Parker ... enters the role with a naked abandon that fulfils the promise she showed in Kissed and Wonderland. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2001
The Anniversary Party (2001) Jay Stone Contains the undeniable fascination of the movie star world that is compelling even if you like to pretend that you couldn't care less. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2001
The Score (2001) Jay Stone The film has a very long buildup for what turns out to be rather pedestrian robbery. It is the scenes among De Niro, Brando and Norton that are the most interesting. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2001
Legally Blonde (2001) Jay Stone A perfect little summer film, and it's exactly what is wrong with Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2001
The Claim (2000) Jay Stone The emotional possibilities pretty well freeze to death in the snowbound landscapes. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2001
Kiss of the Dragon (2001) Jay Stone [Jet's] great to watch as an action hero, but Kiss of the Dragon ties him up with its silly plot and its ridiculous ultraviolence. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2001
Cats & Dogs (2001) Chris Cobb A gross insult to any human being with the intelligence of a pound mutt. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2001
Scary Movie 2 (2001) Jay Stone What exactly is being satirized when a priest has diarrhea? EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2001
Baby Boy (2001) Jay Stone For the most part, though, Baby Boy tells a provocative and original story. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2001
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) Jay Stone A mixed bag of science-fiction contemplations. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2001
The Fast and the Furious (2001) Jay Stone It's all pretty dopey, but there are some exciting races, a great sequence involving a truck hijacking gone wrong, and the opportunity to watch Vin Diesel. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2001
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) Jay Stone Messy and listless. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2001
Beautiful Creatures (2000) Jay Stone Always surprising and the performances are carefully calibrated. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2001
Baise-moi (2000) Jay Stone Not all of the killings are related to sex: the movie is more a catalogue of heartless vengeance. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2001
Signs & Wonders (2000) Steven Mazey You're beginning to understand why Unger seems to be in such a daze: she's read the script. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2001
Evolution (2001) Jay Stone If this is Evolution, put me down for creationism. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2001
Swordfish (2001) Jay Stone Computers that flash 'Access Denied' until the last possible second, then say 'Access Granted,' are not quite the hair-raising suspense vehicles that screenwriters seem to believe. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2001
The Circle (2000) Jay Stone A quiet indictment and a quiet tribute as well. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2001
What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) Jay Stone Mildly amusing, if unusually stuffy. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2001
The Animal (2001) Jay Stone Its creativity is all used up in its idea and Schneider's various animal impressions are all pretty much the same. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2001
Pearl Harbor (2001) Paul Gessell It is difficult to judge the quality of the acting. The actors' lines are so corny, the characters written in such a one-dimensional manner, it is hard to take any of the performances seriously. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2001
Ginger Snaps (2000) Steven Mazey It's promising. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2001
Angel Eyes (2001) Steven Mazey A mish-mash of a movie that can't decide whether it wants to be a thriller, love story, psychological drama or all of the above. It ends up prompting laughter when it doesn't mean to. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2001
A Knight's Tale (2001) Jay Stone Helgeland wrote L.A. Confidential and directed Payback, but this is his first stab at full auteurism, and A Knight's Tale comes with a coherent vision. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2001
The Mummy Returns (2001) Jay Stone Good mindless summer fun. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2001
Town & Country (2001) Jay Stone Under the gloss it's like the failed pilot for some overproduced TV sitcom. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2001