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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/4
Finding Nemo (2003)
2
2/4
Without the ready-made drama of coming out and identity struggle, gay romance can feel as flimsy and forced as its straight counterpart.
Posted May 29, 2003
3
3.5/4
It's an invigorating hybrid of soap opera and tragedy -- a wild Cat on a Cold Tin Roof, a fiery Cherry Orchard, a tragicomic King Lear on ice.
Posted May 29, 2003
4
It's stunning how a movie about someone who gets to be the ultimate high-and-mighty could set its sights so low.
Posted May 22, 2003
5
4/4
A classic of the clenched-fist, dark-skied, doom-laden world of noir.
Posted May 22, 2003
6
3/4
Manic (2003)
It's too painful and intimate to let you keep its subjects at a safe distance, as most mental illness films do. That, of course, is the point.
Posted May 22, 2003
7
3/4
8
The In-Laws (2003)
The In-Laws, like too many movies these days, takes a clever little idea and all but pounds it into the ground.
Posted May 22, 2003
9
2/4
10
2/4
Bugs! (2003)
11
2/4
An irritation, more fizzle than sizzle.
Posted May 15, 2003
12
2/4
13
3.5/4
Spellbound (2002)
These determined, sometimes-obsessed kids stick with you, presenting a portrait of America as a melting pot unified in determination and a hefty serving of alphabet soup.
Posted May 15, 2003
14
4/4
Love & Diane (2002)
Shatters myths and stereotypes about the welfare cycle as it delivers an unforgettable portrait of complex lives still largely ignored by popular culture.
Posted May 15, 2003
15
3/4
The movie -- simple, pure and powerful -- makes us feel the intensity of both life in transit and life lived, if only for a moment, in another's skin.
Posted May 15, 2003
16
3.5/4
A humane and fantastic work, and it touches us precisely because Konchalovsky shows the reality of both the soldiers and the madhouse inmates.
Posted May 15, 2003
17
3/4
18
3/4
Blue Car (2003)
For the most part, Blue Car succeeds in fulfilling Meg's assignment to 'touch the hidden nerve.'
Posted May 15, 2003
19
2/4
For such a rich visual movie, Reloaded tells far more than it shows.
Posted May 14, 2003
20
2.5/4
21
3.5/4
22
4/4
No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it.
Posted May 8, 2003
23
3.5/4
Lilja 4-ever (2003)
By the end of the film, our hearts will burn and break for Lilya.
Posted May 8, 2003
24
2.5/4
Must be appreciated as an idiosyncratic chronicle as well as a collection of performances, some better than others.
Posted May 8, 2003
25
3/4
Though you still sense some distance between the filmmaker and his creations, he lets you warm up to these people so you're on board as he explores the larger issues their behavior suggests.
Posted May 8, 2003
26
2.5/4
The story is typical, but it's done intelligently and with evocative backgrounds in Cambodia.
Posted May 8, 2003
27
2/4
A likable little movie without much to offer but cute tots, recycled gags and a talented cast amiably wasting their time and ours.
Posted May 8, 2003
28
3/4
29
3/4
Bank Ban (2002)
30
2.5/4
31
2.5/4
The film, for all its frustrating qualities, does bring us closer to this intriguing, seductive and admittedly devious artist.
Posted May 1, 2003
32
4/4
Many modern fantasy films, employing digital effects and camera trickery, offer us an invitation to fly. None really sweeps us up to the heights like this one.
Posted May 1, 2003
33
2.5/4
Onmyoji (2001)
34
3/4
Byler is too savvy a filmmaker to let this morph into a typical romantic triangle. Instead, he focuses on the anguish that can develop when one mulls leaving the familiar to traverse uncharted ground.
Posted May 1, 2003
35
2.5/4
A promising film rather than a fully realized one, an ambitious but cloudy tale through which the warm rays of a luminous intelligence and sympathy occasionally glint.
Posted May 1, 2003
36
3/4
It Runs in the Family never quite transcends its movie-of-the-week trappings. But either you're glad to have spent time with these three generations or you aren't.
Posted Apr 24, 2003
37
3/4
Identity (2003)
It's a relentlessly tricky and scary show, with a bit more plot and humanity than this kind of modern Grand Guignol usually gives us.
Posted Apr 24, 2003
38
3.5/4
A film whose eerie blend of deadpan wit and inner angst upset all your expectations.
Posted Apr 24, 2003
39
2/4
40
2.5/4
Levity (2003)
Beautifully cast and acted, smartly written, done with excruciating care and glowing Roger Deakins cinematography, it's a film that, in some ways, suffers from its own seriousness, the very passion and guts that make it special.
Posted Apr 24, 2003
41
3/4
Confidence (2003)
Foley keeps the action moving swiftly enough that you don't have time to enter analytical mode.
Posted Apr 24, 2003
42
3/4
XX/XY (2003)
43
0/4
Purports to be reality TV's first major incursion into the movie world, but this isn't just loathsome cinema; it would be terrible television, too.
Posted Apr 24, 2003
44
2/4
As with most movies that start as comic sketches -- much of the Saturday Night Live franchise, for example -- the funny ideas and characters are rarely fleshed out enough to justify 90 minutes.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
45
2/4
Holes (2003)
The movie is all over the place, jumping around in time, place and tone.
Posted Apr 17, 2003
46
1/4
47
3.5/4
48
3.5/4
Japon (2003)
49
2/4
Chasing Papi (2003)
50
2/4