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The Magic Touch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The big-screen Harry Potter lives up to its considerable hype
, November 15, 2001
Lovely magic, this. An enchanting family classic. If you believe in magic, you'll love Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. And if you don't,... More>>
Dental  Damned Novocaine
David Atkins's Novocaine numbs even Steve Martin
, November 15, 2001
It takes a nimble mind to mix light and dark, to wed humor with treachery, and in Novocaine newcomer David Atkins is not always up to the task.... More>>
Botched  Job Heist
David Mamet plots and schemes, then blows his own Heist
, November 08, 2001
After venting his spleen in theater and film for a quarter-century, it seems like David Mamet would be ready to divulge something human about... More>>
Fade to  Black Shallow Hal
Jack keeps the Farrelly brothers from drowning in the Shallow end
, November 08, 2001
It doesn't take much probing beneath the thin surface to see Shallow Hal as an apologia of sorts from Bobby and Peter Farrelly. The brothers are... More>>
Do the  Wrong Thing Tape
Former friends reckon with reality in Linklater's Tape
, November 08, 2001
Tape, a film by Richard Linklater, isn't. It's high time for some cinematic clarification: If a project is shot on celluloid, with light searing... More>>
Boo Who? Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. opens the door to a world so good it's scary
, November 01, 2001
As the year winds down, breathlessly and apprehensively, the most eagerly awaited releases left on the schedule offer nothing less than whimsy... More>>
Beat the Parents Domestic Disturbance
Travolta's performance can't overcome the horror of this evil-stepfather cliché
, November 01, 2001
In Domestic Disturbance John Travolta provides a rare recent performance worthy of his fame, and it arrives bereft of the laughable facial hair,... More>>
Life As a Sappy Movie Life As a House
Irwin Winkler builds a rickety House out of saccharine
, October 25, 2001
Like the lovable baseball catcher in Bang the Drum Slowly, like John Wayne's poignant gunfighter in The Shootist, like hundreds of doomed movie... More>>
Deep Thoughts Waking Life
Richard Linklater's Waking Life is as frustrating as it is stimulating
, October 25, 2001
If you're a college freshman, don't read this. Just grab your newfound peers and go see Richard Linklater's new movie, Waking Life. Then head off... More>>
Hollywood Hells Mulholland Drive
David Lynch crashes on Mulholland Drive, but the wreckage is smashing
, October 18, 2001
Ask David Lynch, and he will tell you apple-pie America just isn't what it seems. People behave strangely, sometimes violently, and sometimes... More>>
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>>
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