Film Written Magazine

Film Written Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrew Howe, Shay Casey
Rating Title/Year Author
Dogville (2003) Jaime N. Christley Accusations that von Trier is "manipulative" are well-founded. He certainly is. Where we are being manipulated to is a question we might do well to consider before answering. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2003
Hamlet (1996) Jaime N. Christley If it was [Branagh's] goal to make a film of Hamlet for all time, and to say the last word, I should say he probably emerges triumphant. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2002
capsule A Walk to Remember (2002) Shay Casey Lopes along from predictable plot twist to predictable anti-climax. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2002
capsule Black Hawk Down (2001) Shay Casey Remains consistently stimulating for its entire running time. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2002
capsule The Shipping News (2001) Shay Casey Another beautifully-made and serious-minded celebration of having nothing to say. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2002
capsule In the Bedroom (2001) Shay Casey Contains some of the best starkly dramatic scenes you're likely to see on a movie screen all year. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2002
capsule Ali (2001) Shay Casey The problem is that none of these very well-directed scenes manage to fit together into any kind of collective whole. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2002
() Jaime N. Christley 2001: Pleasures, Regrets, and Grievous Omissions EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2002
3/5 A Beautiful Mind (2001) Shay Casey It's the kind of project that should have been awarded to a writer-director team of true vision, and not to Akiva Goldsman and Ron Howard. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2002
0/4 The Shipping News (2001) Jaime N. Christley The movie would probably be laughed out of the very locale in which it's set. It's the kind of movie that they've got rigged to play on an endless loop in hell. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2002
3/4 Black Hawk Down (2001) Jaime N. Christley You won't come away from the movie knowing more about the situation in Somalia, then or now, but you'll know more than President Clinton in October of 1993. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2002
1/4 Orange County (2002) Jaime N. Christley I'm not sure if Stay Home is a message I care to invest a great deal of faith in, but it ties up the story neatly and wraps things up in less than ninety minutes. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2002
4/4 Cinema, de notre temps: Une journee d'Andrei Arsenevitch (2000) Jaime N. Christley Works as an essay far better than printed film criticism ever could. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
1/4 Subway (1985) Jaime N. Christley As far as Besson's movies go, Subway has all the right ingredients, but comes out all wrong. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
2/4 Brother (2000) Jaime N. Christley Second-rate Takeshi Kitano: likely to be better than ninety-nine percent of whatever else is out there. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
0/4 Audition (1999) Jaime N. Christley Insipid "human drama" gives way to relentless brutality. Is this cinema? If it is, you can have it. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
2/4 Ali (2001) Jaime N. Christley I have yet to see a bad Michael Mann film, but Ali is probably the director's worst. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
0/4 Series 7 (2001) Jaime N. Christley Nothing more than the bad television it purports to tease. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
2/4 Made (2001) Jaime N. Christley Walks a fine line between plausibility and absurdity, safety and violence, without slipping. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
1/4 Gosford Park (2001) Jaime N. Christley Despite my complaints, this second-rate Altman has many first-rate touches. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
4/4 Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000) Jaime N. Christley A great movie, probably a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
1/4 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Jaime N. Christley A merchandising tie-in for a popular novel. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2002
The Paper Chase (1973) Shay Casey Simply an intelligent film about intelligent people. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2001
capsule Donnie Darko (2001) Shay Casey An interesting film and certainly worthy of more attention than it got. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2001
capsule The Road Home (1999) Shay Casey Well-made tripe. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2001
1/4 From Hell (2001) Jaime N. Christley Heather Graham plays Heather Graham playing a prostitute...Mike Leigh veteran Cartlidge wipes the floor with her...the ex-Rollergirl dons a British accent - bad idea, oh very bad! EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2001
0/4 Spy Game (2001) Jaime N. Christley If you ignore the xenophobia and Aryan-colonialism design of this fantasy-adventure replaying of the CIA's greatest hits, you might have a chuckle or two. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2001
1/4 The Last Castle (2001) Jaime N. Christley There is mistreatment, reluctance, acceptance, uprising, tragedy, uplift, credits. Take it or leave it. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2001
3/4 Heist (2001) Jaime N. Christley The climactic shoot-out will have you sighing "Oh, come on" but smiling and cheering for the good guys all the same. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2001
2/4 Monsters, Inc. (2001) Jaime N. Christley Doesn't play fast and loose quite as well as the two Toy Story movies or A Bug's Life, and the the joke hit-to-miss ratio is less than excellent. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2001
3/4 Two Hands (1999) Jaime N. Christley Plenty entertaining: stunner of a shoot-out at the climax, and a remarkable amount of humor. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2001
0/4 Pocahontas (1995) Jaime N. Christley Everything seems to have been surgically transplanted from prior Disney successes. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2001
capsule Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Shay Casey There is no doubt about it - Star Trek V is a bad movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2001
capsule Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Shay Casey The original cast appears to be having more fun than they ever had before. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2001
capsule Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Shay Casey The best odd-numbered Trek movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2001
capsule Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Shay Casey Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2001
The Godfather (1972) Shay Casey It engulfs us in the lives of a lot of despicable people, but it fails to repulse us. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2001
1/4 The Lady and the Duke (2001) Jaime N. Christley Stately, stagey, interminable. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2001
3/4 Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001) Jaime N. Christley If you're looking for something new and hoping for something entertaining, you're in luck. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2001
Back to the Future (1985) Shay Casey This is one of those movies that folds in on itself, and reveals perfect symmetry. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2001
4/4 Mulholland Dr. (2001) Jaime N. Christley [Lynch's] most purely entertaining film to date, featuring his most assured amalgam of bizarre comedy and haunting otherworldliness...it's also one of his best-looking movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2001
3.5/4 Bad Boy Bubby (1993) Andrew Howe A memorable, affecting and quietly exceptional tale EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2001
4/4 Nema-Ye Nazdik (1990) Jaime N. Christley One of the most extraordinary detective stories. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2001
Hamlet (1990) Shay Casey Frustratingly cold and distant ... actually starts to feel like the dusty work of a dead European guy. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2001
4/4 Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Jaime N. Christley Hellman creates a character study with faces, spaces, and noises. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2001
3/4 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Jaime N. Christley Solid filmmaking that does its genre proud. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2001
3/4 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) Jaime N. Christley A phenomenal and exhilarating piece of work...who could not love Hedwig? EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2001
1/4 Hearts in Atlantis (2001) Jaime N. Christley Rote Americana of the Spielberg/Zemeckis vein...with King's touchy-feely-creepy metaphysics, his gallery of iconic villains, and a mist of facile nostalgia... EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2001
4/4 Scorpio Rising (1964) Jaime N. Christley Self-indulgent, incoherent, heavy-handed, and a landmark of underground cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2001
3/4 Underworld (1927) Jaime N. Christley The preeminent Prohibition-era gangster film. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2001