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Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

Amy's just come up with her final project concept: a serial killer whose murders are based on urban legends. (Um, didn't someone already make this movie?)"


Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)

It’s hard not to expect the worst of Universal Soldier: The Return. It’s clear in his late-night talk show interviews that the big


Up at the Villa (2000)

What were they thinking? In Up at the Villa, Sean Penn plays a wealthy American rapscallion tearing around 1938’s Europe, arching his eyebrow by way


Urbania (2000)

'Urbania' is all about stories, how they're told and how they are received, who shares and who withholds, or what anyone might mean by telling a story.


U-571 (2000)

A Nazi U-boat commander, peering through a periscope, locks a merchant ship in his sights. After giving the order to fire, he studies the ship's flaming wreckage and proclaims that the crew has succeeded in breaking her back.


Tape (2001)

What it gets you thinking about, while you watch it and for some time afterwards, is whether anyone can ever know what has 'happened,' and more disturbingly, how the tendency to want such knowledge can be violent.


True Crime (1999)

Steve Everett is an old-school newspaper reporter, the kind who has improbable hunches that turn out to be right, who gives investigative reporters a good name, who's relegated to fiction these days. He's also more complicated than that, a self-styled macho boozer and womanizer, but recently slipped into another state, feeling confused and a little pathetic.


A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

Instead of making bold political statements, 'Drunken Horses' shows how its characters -- and the people they represent -- suffer, yet endure.


Thirteen Days (2000)

There are lots of men in Thirteen Days. Upstanding, committed men, wearing somber suits, short haircuts, and serious looks on their faces. And serious they


Trippin’ (1999)

Trippin’ opens with an impressively choreographed song and dance number, carefully emulating a Hype Williams rap video. Player’s in his big white house, laying


Tomcats (2001)

'Tomcats' is a morally reprehensible film about bad people behaving badly.


Tomb Raider (2001)

This spectacular image of androgynous, self-stimulating sexual excess speaks directly to the wonder and threat of Lara Croft, so adept at masculine and feminine wiles, and every wile in between.


Titan A.E. (2000)

At the end of Don Bluth and Gary Goldman’s animated Titan A.E., after the ragtag group of humans have saved themselves and found


The Tigger Movie (2000)

The camera moves gracefully through what is clearly a young boy’s room. It’s not just any young boy’s room, but that of


Three to Tango (1999)

Movies are such a vital part of our culture. We go to the cinema, we rent videos, and even basic cable provides one or two movies at any given point in every day. So it's getting downright crowded out there in movie land, and therefore harder and harder to come up with something original.


3 Strikes (2000)

For an unabashedly hyperbolic black gangsta comedy, 3 Strikes includes far too many moments that ring true.


Training Day (2001)

Plausibility is plainly not Training Day's concern. It's more interested in images and ideas than practicalities.


Topsy Turvy (1999)

British director Mike Leigh has turned out a string of critically lauded short and feature length films, as well as a number of television films


Trade Off (2000)

One year ago, 50,000 citizens took to the streets of Seattle to protest the first meeting of the World Trade Organization to be held in the


The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

midst all the hoopla shouting of the probable Oscar proliferation showering upon The Talented Mr. Ripley; the ongoing comparisons (of the original series of novels by Patricia, the French film Purple Noon, and Anthony Minghella's creation); and glowing appreciation for Minghella's assembly of the most fashionable young and beautiful, there lie hidden a few very nasty notions regarding homosexuality.


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