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Dead Last The Last Castle
Redford and Lurie wave the flag but fail to earn their stripes.
, October 18, 2001
Some guys have the kind of face that suggests they've been to hell and back. The narrow, steely eyes, graying hair and deep lines crisscrossing... More>>
Blood Brothers From Hell
Albert and Allen Hughes deliver a sensuous but grisly message From Hell.
, October 18, 2001
Here you'll find madness, mayhem and murder, in no short supply. The Hughes brothers, Albert and Allen, have always had a knack for horror, as... More>>
Hairy Situation Bandits
Bandits holds out for a hero and gets two: Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton
, October 11, 2001
Plot aside -- way aside, as it's almost a nonissue in a film that telegraphs its final scenes during its opening moments -- Bandits is really... More>>
The Younger Man Happy Accidents
Vincent D'Onofrio is believably back from the future in Happy Accidents
, October 11, 2001
The beautiful little conceit at the heart of Brad Anderson's Happy Accidents is that audiences will sit still once more for the crackpot notion... More>>
Herald and Mod My First Mister
My First Mister's odd couple transcends the silly stuff.
, October 11, 2001
No one has more to say about life than someone who hasn't lived it yet. While pop culture's juvenile slaves would shout down this concept to... More>>
Mean and Masterful Training Day
Denzel the narc finally takes a fine swagger into the darkness of Training Day
, October 04, 2001
This may be a strange time to release a thriller about the dangers of corrupt law enforcement, but Training Day -- with no explosions, no cheap... More>>
White Stripe Fever Joy Ride
Joy Ride parlays a CB radio prank into genuine highway horror
, October 04, 2001
A quarter-century after C.W. McCall's smash novelty single "Convoy," there's still a generous spirit out there for our 18-wheeled good buddies.... More>>
Cross Ways Liam
Terrorism invades Liam, a grim English take on early Catholic education
, October 04, 2001
It's generally considered a violation of the unwritten code of film criticism to reveal anything that happens more than halfway into a movie, let... More>>
Can't Buy a Thrill Don't Say a Word
Don't Say a Word has the budget, but not the brains, to chill us
, September 27, 2001
Lacking the good taste to postpone the release of this silly thriller until a less volatile time in American history (assuming one ever comes),... More>>
Two Hearts Beat as One Hearts in Atlantis
A boy and his mysterious surrogate father search for security in Atlantis
, September 27, 2001
The cynic may notice only how Hearts in Atlantis plays like a Stephen King best-of compilation. At times, it feels so much like Stand By Me --... More>>
She Will Survive Bread and Tulips
A dumped wife discovers herself in this Italian Home Alone
, September 20, 2001
The Italian film Bread and Tulips is a first cousin once removed of the American comedy Home Alone. A tremendous hit in its home country (it won... More>>
The Wasteland L.I.E.
First-time filmmaker breeds lilacs out of the dead suburban land in L.I.E.
, September 20, 2001
Combine teenage angst with suburban emptiness, and you've got a movie formula with an appreciable advantage over some other current movie... More>>
Hollywood Shuffle
Movie studios rearrange release schedules due to the national tragedies
, September 20, 2001
Movie studios have postponed the opening dates for several films, some out of respect for the tragedies in New York and Washington, D.C., and... More>>
Winning Ugly Hardball
Despite a few sloppy errors, Hardball still earns the victory
, September 13, 2001
Faced with yet another sports movie in which a group of lovably troubled kids triumphs over adversity, it's easier to scoff and grumble than to... More>>
Secret Gardens The Vertical Ray of the Sun
Vertical Ray suggests that life's hidden turbulence is just a part of nature
, September 13, 2001
Tran Anh Hung's beautiful meditation on family ties and family traumas, The Vertical Ray of the Sun, marks a captivating new chapter in the... More>>
Not Dead Yet Monty Python and the Holy Grail
A tarted-up Holy Grail lives to fight (rabbits) another day
, September 06, 2001
Comedy. Adventure. Musical. Epic. Shrubbery advertisement. The biggest challenge in writing about Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- a mere... More>>
Played Out Rock Star
The filmmakers have consumed all the standard clichés and yakked them up in the humorless Rock Star
, September 06, 2001
A year after Cameron Crowe climbed back aboard the tour bus for one last spin through rock's golden days of giddy hedonism and phony heroism... More>>
No Moor O
Tim Blake Nelson's ill-conceived O reimages Othello as a basketball star
, August 30, 2001
What is it that people get out of Shakespeare's plays? That's as relevant a question as it ever was, given the number of updates and reimaginings... More>>
Safe Sex All Over the Guy
Gay romantic comedy doesn't take advantage of its flashback structure
, August 30, 2001
Julie Davis's All Over the Guy is yet another entry in the ever-growing genre of gay romantic comedy. Ten years ago, one would have led off by... More>>
Fanboy Theater Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Jay and Silent Bob feeds the addictions of Kevin Smith junkies
, August 23, 2001
Beware the filmmaker who looks through the camera's lens and sees only himself on the other side, blowing kisses. He's the fool who confuses... More>>
As Good As  He Gets The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Jade Scorpion showcases Woody Allen at his satirical best
, August 23, 2001
Woody Allen's latest romp through Old New York combines (among other things) a skirt-chasing insurance investigator with the charm of a rodent, a... More>>
Greek Tragedy Captain Corelli's Mandolin
When it comes to Captain Corelli, all's fair (as in mediocre) in love and war
, August 16, 2001
The social lessons of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, all of them suitable for framing in just about any dorm room, are these: War is bad. Love is... More>>
The Mild West American Outlaws
American Outlaws' parallel dimensions diminish Jesse James into a cuddly, goofy bore
, August 16, 2001
On the lips of many moviegoers, the name of Joel Schumacher is tantamount to blasphemy. Visions of a blue-skinned Arnold Schwarzenegger and a... More>>
Tasty Slice American Pie 2
American Pie 2 is sweet trash that turns out to be surprisingly filling
, August 09, 2001
For a few moments, American Pie 2 tastes every bit as stale as junk food left out on the countertop for two years. "Just like old times," says... More>>
Cavity Search Osmosis Jones
Osmosis Jones ails from more than the virus that overtakes Bill Murray's body
, August 09, 2001
During this cinematic Summer of Dumb, it would be all too easy to celebrate half-assed cleverness as a virtue, especially when proffered by Bobby... More>>
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