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On Its Toes Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot may seem familiar, but this blue-collar ballet flick hits all the marks
, October 19, 2000
The setting of Stephen Daldry's uplifting comedy Billy Elliot, about a working-class boy who wants to be a ballet dancer, is a beleaguered... More>>
Oh, Doctor! Dr. T and the Women
Robert Altman takes a well-aimed swipe at Dallas's shallow society set
, October 12, 2000
Richard Gere, as Dallas gynecologist Sullivan Travis, has never been more likable on-screen, perhaps because he's never been more human, more... More>>
The Grandstander The Contender
The Contender is a candidate for the year's most high-minded trash
, October 12, 2000
There's no getting around it: The Contender is the most offensive movie of the year. It pretends to be high-minded even while it slings mud and... More>>
In the Company of Moles Meet the Parents
De Niro is an ex-CIA man who grills his daughter's fiancé in the cinematic sitcom Meet the Parents
, October 05, 2000
Meet the Parents has just enough class to make for Prestige Pop Culture: Robert De Niro as star, Randy Newman as composer, Blythe Danner as... More>>
Hitting Below the Belt Girlfight
Karyn Kusama's Girlfight looks to assume power by emasculating men
, October 05, 2000
It takes a special kind of mind-set to celebrate castration, and audiences confusing feminine empowerment with the crude hacking off of seemingly... More>>
Forget It Remember the Titans
Jerry Bruckheimer wants to be taken seriously with Remember the Titans. You can stop laughing now.
, September 28, 2000
Remember the Titans, based on a true story about how a football team brought together the segregated town of Alexandria, Virginia, in the early... More>>
Pointed Love Girl on the Bridge
A knife thrower and a suicidal woman try their hand at romance in Girl on the Bridge
, September 28, 2000
According to Patrice Leconte, women live to be vulnerable, men thrive when they're in command, and the two genders can find a happy fusion only... More>>
No Woman-ly Charms Woman on Top
South American filmmakers suffer from a terminal case of the cutes
, September 21, 2000
Some may find reason to embrace the romantic comedy Woman on Top as the nonsensical but sweet-tempered fantasy of two South American filmmakers... More>>
Devil Made Him Do It The Exorcist
William Friedkin restores previously axed scenes in the superfluous director's cut of The Exorcist
, September 21, 2000
In the 1998 documentary The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist, made for the BBC and available on The Exorcist 25th-anniversary DVD,... More>>
Alice in Wonderland Alice et Martin
Title character serves as our surrogate questioner in the understated Alice et Martin
, September 21, 2000
At the age of ten, young Martin (Jeremy Kreikenmayer) is forced by his single mother finally to meet the father he has put off seeing every year.... More>>
People Try to Put Us Down... Almost Famous
Almost Famous talks about its g-g-generation -- of misguided rock and roll fans
, September 14, 2000
This song explains why I'm leaving home and becoming a stewardess," says Anita Miller (Zooey Deschanel) to her well-meaning, overbearing mother,... More>>
Unusual Punishment Crime and Punishment in Suburbia
Filmmakers transform Dostoyevsky's novel into the latest suburban tragedy
, September 14, 2000
First off, a full disclosure: This reviewer considers Dostoyevsky to be terminally boring, and would sooner read just about any cereal box or,... More>>
Force of One The Genius of Guinness
The late Sir Alec Guinness was a powerhouse long before Obi-Wan Kenobi
, September 07, 2000
Sir Alec Guinness played characters older than himself for so long that when he died on August 5, the age listed in his obituaries came as a jolt... More>>
State of the Union Nurse Betty
Nurse Betty explores our national ennui and insanity through the fantasies of its lead characters
, September 07, 2000
It sounds crazy to say this of a Neil LaBute movie, considering the dubious auteur's semipathetic thumping of his own hollow chest, but Nurse... More>>
The Unusual Suspects The Way of the Gun
Filmmaker lets the audience judge who's good and bad in the compellingly vague Way of the Gun
, September 07, 2000
This is the beginning of The Way of the Gun you will not see, because it was written but never filmed: Two men, Parker and Longbaugh, urinate in... More>>
Chewing the Fat Whipped
Amanda Peet and her perfect choppers grind up the brainless suitors in Whipped
, August 31, 2000
Amanda Peet has some really large teeth. Seriously. Even given the fact that it's in vogue for hot, young would-be sex symbols to parade their... More>>
Bring It On
Bring It On lacks conflict but earns cheers nonetheless
, August 31, 2000
Only the United States could have invented the concept of cheerleading. It takes a unique combination of repressed sex drive and denial to come... More>>
God(grand)-fathers The Crew
Aging mobsters just want a warm place to sleep in The Crew
, August 31, 2000
Turns out that when goodfellas don't die -- when they don't get shot or blown up in a car or beaten to death with a baseball bat -- they move to... More>>
A Wasted Mind The Cell
The Cell delves into a dark, psychotic unconscious and discovers -- a wounded child!
, August 24, 2000
Make no mistake: The Cell is, easily, the most unforgettable film of a pedestrian, forgettable summer. You walk out of the theater grateful for... More>>
Turn of the Screwball The Tao of Steve
The Tao of Steve follows the emotional transformation of a geeky lothario
, August 24, 2000
"Be cool, get chicks." While that's paraphrased and boiled down, it's nonetheless the essential creed of Dex (Donal Logue), the corpulent... More>>
Fringe Radical Cineasts Cecil B. Demented
Rallying all film rebels, John Waters's Cecil B. Demented cries, "Fassbinder or die!"
, August 17, 2000
When John Waters is at his best, as he is with his latest, Cecil B. Demented, he can pull you in like few filmmakers can. But recognizing that... More>>
Just for Laughs The Original Kings of Comedy
Spike Lee's gloriously unpolished concert film focuses on the yuks -- to our great amusement
, August 17, 2000
As any Klump family member can tell you, this has been a hot summer for black comedians. New movies starring Martin Lawrence, the Wayans brothers... More>>
Reefer Madness Saving Grace
The dope-y Saving Grace revives the irreverence of early English comedies
, August 17, 2000
Irish charm and British eccentricity are hot properties on this side of the pond -- especially among U.S. moviegoers. Witness the phenomenal... More>>
Gettin' the Munchies Grass
Grass documentary leaves the viewer hungry for more
, August 17, 2000
Canadian documentarian Ron Mann, who previously examined aspects of pop culture in Comic Book Confidential (1988) and Twist (1992), takes on a... More>>
Picking at Scabs The Replacements
Someone please find some substitute filmmakers for The Replacements
, August 10, 2000
There's no explicable reason for the existence of The Replacements, which is to the football-film genre what Major League was to the baseball... More>>
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