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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>>
Crocodile Tears The Man Who Cried
It's hard to feel any sympathy for the aesthetes in The Man Who Cried
, May 31, 2001
Ever since Quentin Tarantino came along, it's been hard to predict what you'll find playing at the art-house theater. Why, many of these... More>>
Bora! Bora! Bora! Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor's sound and fury signify nothing
, May 24, 2001
Pearl Harbor isn't a movie at all, but a highlight reel prepared for a Jerry Bruckheimer career retrospective. It's as impressive and as empty as... More>>
Bi-Curious? Bi-Curious?
Gay and lesbian films seek a mainstream audience on their own terms
, May 24, 2001
After your indie movie wins both the Audience Award and the Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival, what can you do for an encore?... More>>
Mouse Bait Shrek
Shrek plunders the Magic Kingdom for empty laughs
, May 17, 2001
Kids might well be amused by the frenetic pace of Shrek, the latest computer-animated film from DreamWorks, which moves so quickly it's nearly a... More>>
Golden Room with No View The Golden Bowl
Merchant Ivory's lush take on Henry James needs a few more turns of the screw
, May 17, 2001
Like nearly all Merchant Ivory productions, The Golden Bowl, their latest book-to-film adaptation, is a feast for the eyes, with choice real... More>>
Clipped Wings Angel Eyes
Downbeat Angel never soars into the rarefied air that it so desperately desires
, May 17, 2001
Chances are you don't know a whole lot about Angel Eyes other than it's the brand-new Jennifer Lopez movie. Maybe you also know that it co-stars... More>>
Saturday Knight Fever A Knight's Tale
Anachronistic music and grand pageantry combine for a rollicking good Tale
, May 10, 2001
Let us first in olden verse this critic's cynical curse disperse: The greet unwashede consummethe crappe, Fro Jerrye Springgere to ganggsta... More>>
The Silent Treatment The Day I Became a Woman
Woman needs only a few words to condemn an entire culture
, May 10, 2001
On the day she turns nine years old, an Iranian girl must bid childhood farewell. Male playmates are banished; girlish dresses are exchanged for... More>>
Silk Stalkings Attraction
Attraction delves into the dark obsessions of jilted lovers
, May 10, 2001
Making a fleeting appearance in theaters before its scheduled June 12 video release, Attraction is an oddly compelling indie drama that may... More>>
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>>
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