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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>>
Makeup Remover The Eyes of Tammy Faye
The Eyes of Tammy Faye peeks underneath the persona of the garish televangelist
, August 10, 2000
In a perfect world, any documentary about televangelists narrated by RuPaul and a couple of sock puppets would be hailed as the unquestionable... More>>
Watering Down the Drinks Coyote Ugly
Hey, wasn't Coyote Ugly supposed to serve up sex and alcohol?
, August 10, 2000
Okay, so there are these beautiful ladies in tight clothes, right? And -- get this -- they serve alcohol while dancing suggestively! Sound cool?... More>>
The (Balding) Eagle Has Landed Space Cowboys
Clint Eastwood's charming Space Cowboys tosses youth demographics out the cargo bay
, August 03, 2000
Think of it as Armageddon for moviegoers with grown-up attention spans. Space Cowboys, perhaps the most pleasant surprise of this long, hot... More>>
Invisible Id Hollow Man
Insipid Hollow Man uses science to explore the outer edges of puerile male aggression
, August 03, 2000
There are many, many productive paths a bright, ambitious young fellow can pursue in America. He can, for instance, start a mediocre rock band... More>>
Saturated Fat Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Nutty Professor II may be hazardous to your health
, August 03, 2000
For one moment -- and that's all you can stomach -- really look at Eddie Murphy's filmography. You will notice how his bad films (and most... More>>
Can't Stop Running Water Shower
Shower fondly recalls old Chinese customs, and understands their inevitable passing
, August 03, 2000
The practice of motion picture production in China is clearly in flux. While films have long emanated from government studios, political changes... More>>
Look Who's Losin' It Loser
Amy Heckerling is clueless with her latest teen flick
, July 27, 2000
Only in the movies could a kid who looks and acts like Jason Biggs be called a loser. Let's see: charming conversationalist, big smile, washboard... More>>
No Laughing Matter But I'm a Cheerleader
Cheerleader proves that gay "recovery" therapy is still too controversial a subject for comedy
, July 27, 2000
It would be the easiest thing in the world to write off But I'm a Cheerleader, the story of a teenager discovering her sexual identity through a... More>>
Giving Up the Ghost What Lies Beneath
The only thing deader than the haunted spirit in What Lies Beneath is the movie itself
, July 20, 2000
Rather than asking if this senseless and expensive new film from wunderkind entertainer Robert Zemeckis is devoid of merit (it is), or "worth... More>>
Mystery Men X-Men
Comic-book characters remain two-dimensional in the special effects-laden X-Men
, July 20, 2000
In Bryan Singer's last movie, 1998's Apt Pupil, Ian McKellen portrayed a Nazi war criminal hiding out in the suburbs, passing himself off as an... More>>
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