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French Twists With a Friend Like Harry
All work and no play makes Michel a dull, repressed, homicidal boy in this Gallic thriller
, May 03, 2001
Just when we culturally deprived, mystery-starved Americans were convinced that the most delicious of movie genres, the French thriller, was dead... More>>
Lust Life The Center of the World
Director Wayne Wang searches for erotic truths at The Center of the World
, May 03, 2001
Presently sitting in a peaceful meditational facility. First time here. The location (which shall remain unnamed) was selected specifically for... More>>
Object of Desire One Night at McCool's
Liv Tyler toys with the tongue-hanging boys in One Night at McCool's
, April 26, 2001
Visualize a pretty young woman and a handsome young man heading for the bedroom. She has just suggested that she wants to show him what she... More>>
Drive a Stake in It The Forsaken
The Forsaken is a pale reflection of the vampire flicks that inspired it
, April 26, 2001
In terms of truth in advertising, the title The Forsaken is only partly accurate: Godforsaken -- as in "godforsaken piece of junk" -- might be... More>>
Toothless Croc Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
Paul Hogan aims for the family crowd with this tame installment
, April 19, 2001
So, which is correct -- "more leathery" or "leatherier"? What the heck, let's try them both: Paul Hogan, who was leathery in Crocodile Dundee,... More>>
Crazy from  the Heat The Tailor of Panama
Boorman and Le Carré lose touch with their thrill-seeking personae in Panama
, April 19, 2001
Talk about an unholy union of souls! The latest project from director John Boorman (Deliverance, The General) seeks to be many things -- spy... More>>
Too Green Freddy Got Fingered
Comedian's amateurish directorial debut offers the same sophomoric jokes as his TV show
, April 19, 2001
If you don't like Tom Green, there's no point going anywhere near Freddy Got Fingered. It's not likely to make a convert out of you. If you don't... More>>
Diary of a Madwoman Bridget Jones's Diary
Not even Renée Zellweger can make us Jones for this sarcastic romance
, April 12, 2001
"Keep a diary, and one day it'll keep you," said Mae West, and while the sentiment rings true, it does little to explain the mystery of why Helen... More>>
Brutal Beauty Amores Perros
The wretched fight their way to redemption in the awesome Amores Perros
, April 12, 2001
One doesn't watch Amores Perros ("Love's a Bitch") so much as absorb it -- like a body blow. "I wanted to make a movie that smelled of filth,"... More>>
Film Noir Film Noir
Minority moviemakers get some screen time at the multicultural answer to WorldFest
, April 05, 2001
When filmmaker/insurance agent Stephen Allen began laying out the blueprints for the Houston Multicultural Independent Film Festival late last... More>>
Coke and a Smile Blow
Ambitious Blow explores the highs and lows of the '70s cocaine trade
, April 05, 2001
Hello, what's this? Why, could it be another cautionary tale from Hollywood about recreational drugs being not particularly good for people?... More>>
A Tangled Web Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider's flimsy plot survives only because of its many cheats
, April 05, 2001
Easily the creepiest (and by far most interesting) thing about Along Came a Spider, yet another adaptation of one of James Patterson's alleged... More>>
Fool Moon The Dish
The delightfully eccentric Dish looks at the lunar landing from down under
, April 05, 2001
Somewhere, in deepest New South Wales, Australia, there exists a humble sheep paddock. The setting is rural, it's pastoral, it's quaint as all... More>>
Call of  the Mild Someone Like You
Despite its animal instincts, Someone Like You is nothing but a lap kitten
, March 29, 2001
Amid the plethora of films with Freddie Prinze Jr., Mena Suvari, Chris Klein and Jason Biggs, it's nice -- in theory, at least -- to see a... More>>
Nothing About Ado Much Memento
The backward narrative of Memento is little more than gimmicky
, March 29, 2001
Justice may be blind, but vengeance, it turns out, has a very short memory. So it goes in Memento, the much anticipated "puzzle" movie from... More>>
Wild Child Spy Kids
Action director Robert Rodriguez lets his fantastical mind out to play in Spy Kids
, March 29, 2001
As its title suggests, Spy Kids is an action fantasy aimed primarily at the preteen/early-teen audience. For all its thrills -- and it has plenty... More>>
Dirty Rotten Seducers Heartbreakers
Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt set their booby traps in Heartbreakers
, March 22, 2001
We can run, we can hide, we can even try switching films, but there's just no escaping that pesky Gene Hackman. He starred in The Conversation;... More>>
Mass (Murder) Media Series 7: The Contenders
The satirical Series 7 exposes the black heart of reality TV
, March 22, 2001
Around 20 years ago, writing under a pseudonym, Stephen King made a couple of rare forays into science fiction with the short novels The Long... More>>
Kiss of Death Enemy at the Gates
A needless love triangle deflates the tense sniper showdown in Gates
, March 15, 2001
To keep it simple, Enemy at the Gates plays like a cross between the PlayStation game Medal of Honor, a World War II Nazi shoot-'em-up viewed... More>>
Feminist Farm Fantasy Me, You, Them
A rural Brazilian woman corrals men like cattle in the witty Me, You, Them
, March 15, 2001
The heroine of Andrucha Waddington's Me, You, Them is a force of nature who holds men in her thrall and deftly reshapes them to suit her life.... More>>
Empty Visions The Caveman's Valentine
The Caveman believes in things that do not exist. The filmmakers do the same.
, March 08, 2001
Hollywood appears to be developing a healthy sense of humor about Valentine's Day, which, from this cynic's perspective, is a good thing. In the... More>>
Adjust the Contrast 15 Minutes
Director can't juggle the contradictory tones of his ultraviolent action flick 15 Minutes
, March 08, 2001
Director John Herzfeld's last feature, 1996's droll and underrated 2 Days in the Valley, was a more than adequate counterbalance to the... More>>
Los Gringos Locos The Mexican
Julia Roberts's and Brad Pitt's performances go straight south in The Mexican
, March 01, 2001
Leave it to Hollywood to sell us the insipid romance of a thoroughly irritating white couple as the solution to an archaic Latin American... More>>
Brave Hearts Aimée & Jaguar
A secret Jew and a Berlin housewife find love among the Nazis in the beautiful Aimée & Jaguar
, March 01, 2001
Aimée & Jaguar would be an unusual film under any circumstances, but that it was made in Germany proves somehow especially unexpected. Set... More>>
Planet of the Ape Monkeybone
Monkeybone drops you into a surreal world overrun by your worst simian nightmares
, February 22, 2001
It's almost impossible to know what to make of Monkeybone after one viewing; there's so much going on in this dreamland of stop-motion and... More>>
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