Flak Magazine

Flak 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): Martin Scribbs, Stephen Himes
Rating Title/Year Author
8MM (1999) Sean Weitner There's great potency to stories cut from this cloth, and 8mm manages to avoid it entirely. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The 6th Day (2000) Sean Weitner Just because the movie disappoints doesn't mean it's not a pleasant romp - it makes fun use of its great cast... and it certainly hurries speedily along with as few painful bon mots as possible. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) Rasheed Newson 40 Days and 40 Nights exceeds expectations by being a funny film that endorses free choice for guys and gals alike. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) Andy Stilp [Kevin] Costner's performance gives every indication he would have ruined this movie like he has so many others if every part of it wasn't already permeated with an unmistakably rotten smell. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
300 (2006) James Norton Echoing the finest visual cliches of martial chopfests such as Zulu Dawn, The Seven Samurai and Starship Troopers, 300 is an incredibly engaging romp. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
15 Minutes (2001) Sean Weitner What a frenzied mess 15 Minutes is. It bears a lot of the imprimaturs of good intentions, not the least of which is the ruins to which it leads. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
11-09-01: September 11 (2002) Jessica Chapel By letting international filmmakers translate Sept. 11 through their own cultural background, Brigand has succeeded in producing a moving and meaningful addition to the massive collection of Sept. 11 media. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
You Can Count on Me (2000) Eric Wittmershaus You Can Count on Me is that rare film that comes along and reminds its audience of the beauty and drama inherent in the lives of everyday folks. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
A One and a Two... (2000) Stephanie Kuenn With his impeccable writing and subtle direction, Yang has created a remarkable, realistic slice of life that almost needs to be seen two or three times to fully comprehend everything that happens. In some ways, it's as absorbing as living. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
X-Men (2000) Eric Wittmershaus X-Men certainly won't go down as the movie of the year, but it just may end up the smartest action film in quite some time. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Woman Chaser (1999) Eric Wittmershaus Consistently funny and frequently hilarious, The Woman Chaser stands out because it mines its humor by deftly weaving early '60s cool with the pathos and neuroses of the late '90s. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Wimbledon (2004) Andy Stilp Dunst's acting style of sleepy-eyed, halting recitation may have reached its point of diminishing returns. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Wild Wild West (1999) Sean Weitner Wild Wild West is far from perfect; it only barely enters the sphere of good. But it is good, just not nearly as good as it should have been. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Weather Underground (2003) Sean Weitner Its gimmick is not only gracefully sustained and made believable, it's integrally tied into the character relationships. In other words, it's a delight to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Way of the Gun (2000) Sean Weitner A pretty mean pleasure. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Andy Stilp Without knowledge of those previous shorts, Were-Rabbit is still a great ride, but the adroit and assured nature of that quiet dog might be totally lost. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Volver (2006) Sara J. Brenneis A brilliant passage through Almodóvar's own personal and professional past, marking the movie as something of a homecoming for a director who never actually left. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Virgin Suicides (1999) Eric Wittmershaus Sofia Coppola was blessed with the perfect ingredients... But somewhere, it all went wrong, and The Virgin Suicides ended up as an empty, beautifully scored, stunningly shot flick. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Veronica Guerin (2003) Seamus Sweeney Veronica Guerin trots out all of the "Oirish" tropes and confirms their legitimacy, but also shows how, in the midst of them, real - even heroic - lives are led. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Vanilla Sky (2001) Christopher Hickman Vanilla Sky is not a noble failure... It's safe, it's too long, it's badly written, mostly badly acted, and, worst of all, its message is either incomprehensible or commonplace - it's a boring failure. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
United 93 (2006) Sean Weitner The most fair characterization of the movie, by a mile, is as an adaptation of The 9/11 Commission Report, and at this it is marvelous. It reads between the report's lines to infer drama but does so scrupulously. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Unbreakable (2000) Sean Weitner Unbreakable will enrapture you the way great movies do, or, at least, the way certain movies made by great directors do. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Andy Stilp It succeeds on the requisite criteria for a trilogy's successful middle movie and it does it in such slam-dunk fashion that audiences will return to immerse themselves in the War of the Ring. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Two Family House (2000) Eric Wittmershaus This charming, well-balanced film comes out smelling sweetly. It's cute without being trite and sentimental yet largely believable. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Troy (2004) David Essex Troy is definitely big, and it retains the general contours of The Iliad, but it's strangely flat. It seems like a lot of committees had to certify all its major elements inoffensive - or maybe they just tested and tweaked it to death. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Trouble Every Day (2001) Jeff Rigsby Denis' strengths lie elsewhere, but they shimmer through even in this poorly chosen project. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Tron (1982) John Gorenfeld Tron is more than a gladiator movie with echoes of the New Testament. It's also a movie that asked, at the dawn of the Information Age: who will control your computer? EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) David Essex One never really gets to suspend disbelief in any of Cock and Bull's subplots, but the time flies by even without the standard narrative drive. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Transporter (2002) Andy Stilp At heart, this is a Besson pic, and a poor one at that. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Training Day (2001) Rasheed Newson The film's cynical lessons are dated... Yet by keeping its themes elementary, Training Day allows the audience to indulge in its other enticing elements. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Traffic (2000) Stephanie Kuenn But with Traffic, [Steven Soderbergh] moves beyond high-quality storytelling to making a compelling film that leaves a deeper mark on its audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Tokyo Godfathers (2003) Tony Nigro Like the best intellectual anime, Tokyo Godfathers employs its plethora of references to maximum effect. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Time Regained (1999) Sean O'Neill Time Regained skillfully appeals to the viewer who has never read Proust as well as to the madeleine-tasting, die-hard Proustians. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Timecode (2000) Sara J. Brenneis Seen primarily for its digital escapades, with a plot that entertains without overly distracting, Time Code has the capacity to turn you on four times over. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998) James Norton Its easy to walk out of the theater feeling confused and slightly tired, rather than challenged and engaged. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) Sean Weitner The Thomas Crown Affair is puffery, but it's dynamite puffery blessed with a recognizable human heart. It's the kind of summer movie you wish there were more of. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Thirteenth Floor (1999) Sean Weitner A movie whose slogan is "Question reality" has to provide more to chew on than this one does. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) Nick Gorski Manages to encompass so many of our new fears in just 109 short minutes. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Tarzan (1999) Sean Weitner You'll all be dazzled, and its makers deserve your recognition for their toil and craft. Just pause to acknowledge what is being presented to you for what it is and what it isn't. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Tao of Steve (2000) Mac Slocum A hip comedy that mixes pop culture's slacker appeal with the wisdom of ancient philosophers. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Talk to Her (2002) Sara J. Brenneis Almodóvar craftily weaves the absurd with the everyday, painting a picture not so much of Spanish society but of human compassion and marginality taken to the extreme. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Sweet Land (2005) Joey Rubin Speaks about love in the most honest, and cinematically effective, way: by hardly saying anything about it at all. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Suzhou River (2000) Sean Weitner Haunting and poetic, Suzhou River does right both by its heritage and by an audience looking to have its mind a little blown. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Sunshine State (2002) Stephen Bracco The film's strength is quieter than Sayles' politics, which, despite his broad strokes, displays genuine, adult interest in the demarcation of character. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
The Sum of All Fears (2002) Sean Weitner Sum's three predecessors provided it, to different degrees, succeeding by making the political personal... Sum inverts this balance, disastrously. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Summer of Sam (1999) Will Schmenner The worst sort of film: adrift, thoughtless and over-determined but visually well-crafted enough to be disturbing. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
State and Main (2000) Eric Wittmershaus With the exception of a couple of goofy, largely uninteresting subplots, there's little here we haven't already seen. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones (2002) Niall Lynch Episode II does not remain content to regurgitate its brand identity. Rather, it embellishes that identity in several different ways, with delightful and intriguing results. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (1999) Sean Weitner The Phantom Menace is a thoroughly and sincerely enjoyable blockbuster. It's well-cast, actually pulls off some limited and necessary levity and is, particularly in its last half-hour, truly masterfully edited. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003) Sean Weitner It's the least of the series and is definitely a trip down the rabbit hole. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018