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Shadow Magic (2001)

To this end, Raymond brings/represents advances not only in technology, but also in romance. He and Liu start making money and inadvertently siphoning off Lord Tan's audience, but this is potential disaster Liu frets because he's actually trying to become financially worthy of marriage to Ling.


Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

Snow falling on cedars. The image is a beautiful one and director Scott Hicks and director of photography Robert Richardson certainly work it in their


Spy Kids (2001)

In the Disney universe, it's normal to be special, and that's exactly the case with the Cortez family, kids and parents alike.


Sugar & Spice (2001)

The latest entry in the hopefully waning trend of cheerleader movies, Sugar & Spice actually has a dark, possibly clever premise, one that might have


Sweet November (2001)

It's clear in that Hollywood way that Sara's charms are primarily based on the fact that she is glamour girl Charlize Theron in thrift-store drag... stunningly beautiful meets endearingly peculiar.


See Spot Run (2001)

See Spot Run begins just like Lethal Weapon or any one of its 1001 clones. The camera speeds over a cityscape and an intensive drumbeat fills


Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Truth be told, it's hard to call out 'Scary Movie 2' for being excessively disgusting and stupid, since that's precisely how the sequel to the most profitable R-rated movie in history is selling itself.


The Shield Around the K (1999) - PopMatters Film Review )

Late 20th-century pop music was arguably irrevocably changed by the late 1980’s-early 1990’s emergence of the Seattle, Washington grunge/punk explosion. But the town of


Someone Like You (2001)

Instead, 'Someone Like You' follows formula, which means that Jane will realize her folly and realize that Eddie is really the guy for her (this is telegraphed when the pretty couple shares their feelings and eats Chinese food while seated on the kitchen counter and dressed in their fashionable underwear).


Serendipity (2001)

'Serendipity' offers absolutely no surprises -- and therefore, no unpleasant ones.


Stir of Echoes (1999)

“You’re not supposed to mesmerize someone who’s been drinking.” So warns Lisa (Illeana Douglas), when her not quite sober brother-in-law Tom Witzky (Kevin


Snow Day (2000)

It’s been a long time since I saw a first-run movie with no one else in the theater. As a matter of fact, I


The Son’s Room (2001)

The rest of 'The Son's Room' concerns the survivors' efforts to live with their guilt, rage, sorrow, and, perhaps especially, with each other.


Shiri (1999)

Conveys a recognizable, even sympathetic face upon the communist North, and speaks to the various divisions that have long troubled Korea.


Saving Silverman (2001)

I’d say it’s official: Amanda Peet is the reigning go-to-girl for neo-romantic comedies involving nasty jokes about death, sex, and what might be


Sidewalks of New York (2001)

PULL.


Summer of Sam (1999)

It was a hot time in the city. The days sweltered and the nights vibrated with the latest craze, disco. In the Bronx in 1977, the Yankees were headed for a pennant, a Con Ed blackout inspired looting, assaulting, and arresting, and the .44 killer was shooting young dark-haired women and their dates as they necked in their parked cars.


Shower (1999)

I have never considered the relevance of a theatre’s architecture to a film’s plot until I experienced Shower, Chinese director Zhang Yang’s


The Shipping News (2001)

Quoyle is yet another of Kevin Spacey's damaged souls, but a nice one.


Sexy Beast (2001)

Granted, psycho villains per se are not news. But that's sort of the point with Don -- perversely, he's hyper-aware of his ordinariness, his conformity to expectations of the people around him who submit and look away when he's in the room, like you're told to do when a mad dog approaches.


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