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Damning with Faint Praise Sweet November
Keanu Reeves, the low-wattage movie star, somehow makes Sweet November easier to watch
, February 15, 2001
Sara is quirky and free-spirited. That at least is the premise of the hilariously wretched new weepie Sweet November, of which Sara, embodied by... More>>
Quid Pro Quo? Hannibal
More adversaries than partners, Silence and Hannibal actively work against each other
, February 08, 2001
Ridley Scott's Hannibal, with a screenplay by David Mamet and Steven Zaillian, is being released exactly ten years after Silence of the Lambs,... More>>
Dumb and Dumbest Saving Silverman
Saving Silverman takes Hollywood's juvenile craze to a new low
, February 08, 2001
The man who made Problem Child, Beverly Hills Ninja and Brain Donors -- movies that are to humor what Robert Downey Jr. is to clean living --... More>>
Skin Deep Malena
Malena attempts to wring laughter from sorrow by abusing its beautiful title character
, February 01, 2001
Watching this film is like watching a donkey being beaten for 90 minutes, so egregiously is the titular character treated and so powerless does... More>>
Keeping the Faith The Invisible Circus
The Invisible Circus remains loyal to the author's limited but earnest vision
, February 01, 2001
There is an eerie sense of familiarity wafting through The Invisible Circus, a pervasive whiff of déjà vu that intensifies with... More>>
Listless in Beijing Restless
The cross-cultural currents of Restless have all the electricity of a low-budget indie
, February 01, 2001
Restless has the unique distinction of being, apparently, the first mainland Chinese-American feature co-production. Given the potential tensions... More>>
Shotgun Wedding The Wedding Planner
With Planner, rookie filmmakers force their characters into some compromising situations
, January 25, 2001
The Wedding Planner begins with footage of a seven-year-old girl performing a matrimonial ceremony with her Barbies, a fitting opening since the... More>>
Going for the Jugular Shadow of the Vampire
Shadow of the Vampire explores the parasitic impulses common to bloodsuckers and moviemakers
, January 25, 2001
The doomed are often a remarkably energetic and productive lot, especially when it comes to creating portraits of their personal horrors. Themes... More>>
Playing Cool Snatch
With Snatch, director Guy Ritchie desperately wants to be the Tarantino of the Thames
, January 18, 2001
There's definitely something weird going on in the British pop scene. Years after tasteful Yanks allowed classic works such as Saturday Night... More>>
Foregone Conclusion Thirteen Days
Even those who don't remember the Cuban missile crisis will know how it ends, long before Days does
, January 11, 2001
Thirteen Days is a suspenseful look at the American government in the grip of a crucial, minute-to-minute, real-life crisis that threatens to... More>>
Road Outrageous O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Coens take Homer on a Southern-fried odyssey in O Brother
, January 11, 2001
If M. Night Shyamalan makes movies to be seen twice, then Joel and Ethan Coen make films to be pawed over a dozen times. O Brother, Where Art... More>>
Exiled from Main Street State and Main
David Mamet satirizes the loose morality of small-town America with his latest
, January 11, 2001
Playwright-filmmaker David Mamet has the sharpest gift imaginable for shooting down the sins of American greed, the con games people run to get... More>>
War Games Traffic
With Traffic, Steven Soderbergh takes an unblinking look at America's drug policies
, January 04, 2001
The war on drugs has become this generation's Vietnam, the unwinnable conflict that will, in the end, destroy the innocent and reward the guilty.... More>>
Better in Pairs Better in Pairs
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
, December 28, 2000
Welcome to the cinema, the great communal meditation chamber, circa 2000. Okay, now throw open all the exit doors, because some of our communal... More>>
Eager to Please Miss Congeniality
Intended as irony, the title of Miss Congeniality really says it all
, December 28, 2000
In Hollywood, all it takes is one big hit. Sandra Bullock's ticket to stardom was the 1994 sleeper Speed, a rip-roaring action/crime thriller... More>>
Special Delivery Cast Away
With Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis unearths the part of Tom Hanks we've been hoping to find: His brittle humanity
, December 21, 2000
During the summer of 1994, while most of the world was greeting Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump with dewy eyes and outstretched arms, this critic... More>>
All the Pretty Horses
Billy Bob's adaptation of Pretty Horses mixes together too many ingredients, all of them undercooked
, December 21, 2000
It's where Walter Huston found paradise at the end of The Treasure of Sierra Madre, where murdering lovers Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw rode into... More>>
A Box of Chocolat Chocolat
Lasse Hallström makes clashing ideologies as easy to swallow as gooey treats
, December 21, 2000
Here you will find the ingredients required to whip an audience into the throes of fuzzy warmheartedness -- the hope, the compassion, the joie de... More>>
Rewriting History Finding Forrester
Gus Van Sant goes Good Will Hunting one more time with Finding Forrester
, December 21, 2000
Finding Forrester is the latest film from Gus Van Sant, one of the true American originals to emerge in the '80s and '90s. When Van Sant is at... More>>
Recycled Gifts The Family Man
The ghost of Christmas Movies Past pays a visit to The Family Man
, December 21, 2000
The Family Man offers but a slight variation on the threadbare holiday theme of what life might have been like had Our Hero followed a different... More>>
Family Ties (That Bind) You Can Count on Me
At once unsentimental and amusing, You Can Count on Me delves into the darkness of dissimilar siblings
, December 21, 2000
The moods of Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me are so artfully mingled that it's difficult to get a fix on this highly personal independent... More>>
The Theater Shopping Network What Women Want
Apparently What Women Want is a feature-length commercial
, December 14, 2000
What Women Want could be the first movie to win a Clio Award for Advertisement of the Year. No fewer than two dozen products receive prominent... More>>
Jonesing for a New Groove The Emperor's New Groove
Disney's Emperor takes its cues from the Da Vinci of Warner Bros. animation
, December 14, 2000
See, there's this pre-Columbian emperor who's a spoiled brat, and he gets turned into a llama, and he meets this peasant, and the two of them... More>>
Sex for Dummies Quills
Quills director behaves as if he were still making films for a puritanical age
, December 14, 2000
Assessing the merits of Quills, the lusty new feature by director Philip Kaufman (Henry and June), it's tempting to seek correlative characters... More>>
Movie-House Hypothermia Vertical Limit
Vertical Limit buries viewers under an avalanche of mind-numbing tragedies
, December 07, 2000
About halfway through the megabudget mountain-climbing adventure Vertical Limit, even the most rugged, thrill-hungry disaster movie fans may find... More>>
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