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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
John Q (2002)
A satisfying piece of Americana in the age of the gun.
Posted Feb 14, 2002
2
3/4
Iris (2001)
Demonstrates the catastrophe of disintegration by putting us first in the full thrall of the character's intellect.
Posted Feb 14, 2002
3
1.5/4
Rollerball (2002)
Not so much a redo of the 1975 sci-fi allegory of the same title as a denial of everything that made that film timely and interesting.
Posted Feb 8, 2002
4
Just as in real life, you don't see Collateral Damage, you suffer it.
Posted Feb 8, 2002
5
Storytelling (2002)
Brutally funny -- and not a little horrifying.
Posted Feb 7, 2002
6
An anemic little movie.
Posted Jan 31, 2002
7
Thoughtful and exhilarating.
Posted Jan 31, 2002
8
To regard The Mothman Prophecies merely as two hours of your life that you'll never get back is to miss the larger affront it poses.
Posted Jan 25, 2002
9
In [Berry's] remarkably animated performance, Thornton's deft laconic turn finds a fitting match.
Posted Jan 24, 2002
10
I Am Sam (2001)
Penn's mentally retarded Sam Dawson will melt your heart and leave you chanting, 'Oscar! Oscar! Get this guy an Oscar!!'
Posted Jan 24, 2002
11
Invokes a ferocious cinéma-vérité style to make us not only see, but also feel, the destructive power of modern warfare.
Posted Jan 17, 2002
12
An evocative, richly plotted, edge-of-the-seat war epic.
Posted Jan 10, 2002
13
When it finally stops being exasperating, Charlotte settles into a genuinely moving tale.
Posted Jan 10, 2002
14
A sporadically brilliant escape that at times stops to preen and pose, like that he-man lout Gaston.
Posted Jan 3, 2002
15
Ali (2001)
A joltin' powerhouse of a movie that deals more in fleeting impressions than pat answers.
Posted Dec 25, 2001
16
This is the kind of restrained, deeply human relationship picture that Hollywood -- in its rush to keep us from ourselves -- has forgotten how to make.
Posted Dec 25, 2001
17
You can practically feel director Ron Howard standing over your tear ducts, straining to extract every last salty drop.
Posted Dec 25, 2001
18
If I smiled at all during this colossal misfire, it was at Hackman, who knows how to do cheerfully thoughtless better than anyone around. The rest of the cast looks lost and miserable.
Posted Dec 21, 2001
19
The Majestic (2001)
At 2 1/2 hours, this movie is about an hour too long, and this makes an obvious story obnoxious in the extreme.
Posted Dec 21, 2001
20
Here, at long last, is an epic adventure that's worthy of its source.
Posted Dec 19, 2001
21
Vanilla Sky (2001)
One big mushy mess of a movie.
Posted Dec 13, 2001
22
Tuvalu (2002)
Still in the mood for something offbeat and phantasmagoric? Check out this charming German import by Veit Helmer.
Posted Dec 13, 2001
23
The kind of movie that makes you wish you were having as much fun watching it as they obviously had making it.
Posted Dec 6, 2001
24
Basically a well-played two-hander.
Posted Dec 6, 2001
25
[Jeremy's] articulate, funny and -- in a weird way -- almost endearing, like a libidinous Sancho Panza.
Posted Dec 6, 2001
26
Lakeboat (2000)
Where Mantegna succeeds is in providing a forum for some great acting.
Posted Dec 6, 2001
27
All those arguments about how desensitizing video games are certainly apply here.
Posted Nov 29, 2001
28
Yup, you guessed it -- a religious experience.
Posted Nov 21, 2001
29
Spy Game (2001)
Spy Game is an international thriller that actually thrills.
Posted Nov 20, 2001
30
Intimacy (2001)
What makes it worth seeing isn't the sin but the scintillating acting.
Posted Nov 16, 2001
31
The effects are special, but too often they're the only thing that is. They seem to drive the story, instead of the other way around.
Posted Nov 15, 2001
32
Novocaine (2001)
Proves initially intriguing in a junky sort of way, but in the end is just plain numbing.
Posted Nov 15, 2001
33
Lumumba (2001)
Ebouaney is easily the best thing about this import.
Posted Nov 9, 2001
34
Rather than a documentary, director Ted Bonnitt has fashioned a sort of 'This is Your Life, Dan and Dave!' testimonial.
Posted Nov 9, 2001
35
Heist (2001)
For fans of The Sting and other classic cons, this will sound like jackpot time. For others, who prefer their capers less tidy or self-consciously clever, this exercise may carry all the excitement of a drugged mouse in a maze.
Posted Nov 8, 2001
36
Shallow Hal (2001)
A message movie of such surpassing stupidity that the message doesn't seem to have gotten through to the people who made it.
Posted Nov 8, 2001
37
3.5/4
Amélie (2001)
Tautou provides Amélie with its beating heart.
Posted Nov 8, 2001
38
Despite its relatively brief running time, Monsters lets us get to know each of its characters well enough to miss them when they're gone.
Posted Nov 2, 2001
39
2.5/4
Just let the expressionistic, oddly charming images wash over you and enjoy the rush of a zero-budget indie that somehow fuses Buck Rogers and the theater of the absurd.
Posted Nov 1, 2001
40
You'll want to see TMWWT for Thornton's amazingly controlled performance as the tragic dope/dupe.
Posted Nov 1, 2001
41
A slick, rerouted TV movie at best.
Posted Nov 1, 2001
42
3/4
Waking Life (2001)
Like My Dinner with Andre and other appallingly smart movies, this one reminded me that I need to read more books and watch less television.
Posted Oct 25, 2001
43
Spectacularly stupid.
Posted Oct 25, 2001
44
K-PAX (2001)
K-PAX succeeds most often when it isn't blinded by the light of its own cosmic message. Its creators have apparently decided to embrace that message, seizing the moment -- and full credit -- with both hands.
Posted Oct 25, 2001
45
Innocence (2001)
Because the script has them lovey-dovey from beginning to bittersweet end, their story is fatally lacking in dramatic conflict.
Posted Oct 25, 2001
46
1.5/4
Bones (2001)
Spends so much time trying to impress us with its roaming camera and wispy, digitalized specters that it forgets to be even a teensy bit scary.
Posted Oct 23, 2001
47
A movie that is so dumbdumb it almost overshadows the beguiling performances of its stars, Robert Redford and James Gandolfini.
Posted Oct 18, 2001
48
From Hell (2001)
This is the most ambitious and subversive recounting of Ripper lore yet.
Posted Oct 18, 2001
49
Feels both forced and erratic, like an old Buick missing on all cylinders.
Posted Oct 18, 2001
50
Try to block out the heavy-handed symbolism and predictable plot, and concentrate on the wonderful Lassgärd.
Posted Oct 18, 2001