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Aping an Icon Planet of the Apes
Tim Burton monkeys around with the original Planet of the Apes, but is it evolution?
, July 26, 2001
There are scenes in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes redo that are so hysterical they drown out minutes' worth of dialogue that follow, which is... More>>
Vanity Affair Everybody's Famous!
Everybody's Famous! effectively zings our shallow fascination with fame
, July 26, 2001
If there's any justice in moviedom, this summer's feel-good hit will be an unassuming Dutch comedy, Everybody's Famous! Defying long odds,... More>>
Disorganized Crime Made
A pair of Swingers gets whacked in the witless mob comedy Made
, July 26, 2001
When last we spotted indie icons Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau on screen together, they were knocking back fruit-flavored martinis and chasing... More>>
Dyno Lite Jurassic Park III
Jurassic Park III has plenty of action, but it is saurly in need of a script
, July 19, 2001
A third Jurassic Park movie was of course inevitable, given that the second shattered box office records (it also shattered the conventional... More>>
Deep Thoughts Lost and Delirious
Lost and Delirious makes Jack Handey sound like Kant
, July 19, 2001
Festering somewhere between an after-school special and kiddie porn lies this frank but heinously melodramatic open wound from veteran Canadian... More>>
Fully Realized Fantasy Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
At last, a summer movie with brains, aliens, action and...spirituality?
, July 19, 2001
Just so we don't get too far off track here, it should be stated up front what Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is not, since what it is is a... More>>
Bland Ambition Legally Blonde
Motion to dismiss: Legally Blonde doesn't even have a case
, July 12, 2001
Back in her early teens in 1991, Reese Witherspoon proved herself a terrific actress in her big-screen debut, Man in the Moon. Since then, she's... More>>
Declawed Cats & Dogs
Cats & Dogs is all bark and no bite
, July 12, 2001
Now that A.I.'s out of the way and it's safe again to read movie reviews without dictionary and No-Doz in hand, onward and downward to the Summer... More>>
Ground Jet Kiss of the Dragon
Hong Kong action star Li deserves a better vehicle than this absurd Dragon
, July 05, 2001
Kiss of the Dragon -- the latest vehicle for martial arts star Jet Li, a mainland talent who became a superstar in Hong Kong and has since... More>>
Gallic Phallic Humor The Closet
French director Francis Veber serves a little straight white whine with his wacky gay farce
, July 05, 2001
There's plenty of French star power in The Closet (Le Placard), a comedy written and directed by prolific director Francis Veber. The movie stars... More>>
Love Among  the Ruins The Princess and the Warrior
A pair of misfits find their rightful place in Tykwer's thrilling Princess
, July 05, 2001
German filmmaker Tom Tykwer has a gift for fusing psychological complexity and crackling plot without forsaking the excitements of either. The... More>>
E.T. the  Extra-Tutorial A.I.
Kubrick seems to guide Spielberg's hand in the ponderous A.I.
, June 28, 2001
For almost two decades, Stanley Kubrick wanted to make a film based on Brian Aldiss's 1969 short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long," about a... More>>
Good Hood Baby Boy
Baby Boy showcases Singleton's smart strides toward sensitive films
, June 28, 2001
Like countless European American filmmakers before him, African-American filmmaker John Singleton tends to operate under the faulty logic that... More>>
New Jewish Questions Divided We Fall
Divided dramatizes the good and the evil inside Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia
, June 28, 2001
Who would have imagined that at this late date -- more than half a century after the end of World War II, after The Diary of Anne Frank,... More>>
Do Little Indeed Dr. Dolittle 2
Who needs a plot when you have Eddie Murphy talking to the animals?
, June 21, 2001
Having recently stolen Shrek as a talking donkey, Eddie Murphy is back in the multiplexes again, this time as a man who can, presumably, talk to... More>>
In Fast Company The Fast and the Furious
Mindless racing flick still manages to burn rubber
, June 21, 2001
If internal combustion ever becomes obsolete -- that is, if the auto industry ever allows internal combustion to become obsolete -- whatever will... More>>
The Anniversary Party
A lack of perspective crashes this Anniversary Party in the Hollywood Hills
, June 21, 2001
Now here's a tricky one. Start with a busload of familiar and appealing stars, shacked up together for a couple of weeks in a house in the... More>>
Untouchable Sexy Beast
England's Sexy Beast gives the American gangster genre a lesson it won't forget
, June 21, 2001
Sexy Beast, the debut feature from British director Jonathan Glazer, is a riveting, scary and often funny foray into a traditional American... More>>
See-Worthy Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Disney's old-school Atlantis strikes gold under the ocean
, June 14, 2001
In a year inundated with massive movies, it's a pleasant surprise to note that a truly spectacular adventure has arrived in the form of a Disney... More>>
A Question  of Truth Chopper
Chopper blurs the line between fact and fancy in this portrait of a madman
, June 14, 2001
Chopper, the first feature from Australian video director Andrew Dominik, is a strong, effective but often stomach-churning portrait of notorious... More>>
Peak Performance Himalaya
Himalaya scales dangerous mountain passes while uplifting the spirit
, June 14, 2001
Those expecting Himalaya to focus upon the beloved traveling carnival ride known for its liberal use of Def Leppard ("Do you wanna go faster?")... More>>
De-Evolution Evolution
Ivan Reitman travels back in time for this Ghostbusters in alien's clothing
, June 07, 2001
When he was in his thirties, Ivan Reitman made comedies like a young man. His early movies, among them Stripes and Meatballs and Ghostbusters,... More>>
The Straight Shooter "The Chicago Matador: The Westerns of Budd Boetticher"
The no-bullshit Budd Boetticher took an unsentimental approach with his Ranown Cycle westerns
, June 07, 2001
Oscar "Budd" Boetticher Jr. was raised in patrician comfort as the adopted son of a wealthy Chicago businessman, and educated at Culver Military... More>>
Norma Rosa Bread and Roses
L.A.'s working class looks to serve itself in the pro-union Bread and Roses
, June 07, 2001
"Now wait a minute," you may ask yourself during the setup of Ken Loach's new film, Bread and Roses. "Is that Tom Green? Because it sure looks... More>>
Yes, It  Can-Can Moulin Rouge
The delightfully eccentric Moulin Rouge giddily juggles eras
, May 31, 2001
Remember glee? Perhaps not, given our penchant in recent times to chuck giddy hearts aside in favor of being stupid, obnoxious and mean. But hey,... More>>
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