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Sunday, January 1 1995

The Cell (2000)

Feel-good movie? Yes, this good old-fashioned serial killer/slasher flick should send everybody home feeling good about U.S. culture and about human nature. If


Company Man (2001)

Coming on the heels of Thirteen Days, Company Man is the latest look at the troubled relationship between the United States and Cuba. Whereas trailers


Citizen Kane (Special Edition) (1941/2001)

PULL.


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

One doesn't need a Kung Fu Cinema background to enjoy 'Crouching Tiger', but it helps in appreciating how the movie builds on -- and arguably surpasses -- that rich cinematic tradition.


Charlie’s Angels (2000)

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Drew Barrymore moonwalking to “Billie Jean.” This isn’t to say that you absolutely need to run


Center Stage (2000)

Near the end of Nicholas Hytner’s ballet dancers-in-love film Center Stage, up-and-coming dancer and star of her class Maureen Cummings (Susan May Pratt) finally


Chuck & Buck (2000)

If this film only accomplishes one thing, it's this: acknowledging that even straight boys explore their sexuality with their male friends and come out of the experience more aware of themselves, not necessarily fucked up.


Convergence (released as Premonition) (2001)

It's clear that we are supposed to be blown away by the cosmic wonder of it all, but I'm afraid my sense of cosmic wonder gave way to an incoherent gargle of rage: after ninety minutes of non-plot, non-character-development, and non-action, the payoff is a single piece of non-exposition.


The Caveman’s Valentine (2001)

Despite and sometimes because of its unevenness, the film conveys the delusions of daily existence with fierce poetry.


The Circle (Dayereh) (2001)

The effectiveness of 'The Circle' lies in its attention to details -- it shows what it feels like to be watched, to be afraid, to be angry and to be disappointed, all the time.


The Corruptor (1999)

'You don't change Chinatown. Chinatown changes you.' So warns Detective Nick Chen (Chow Yun Fat), upon meeting his squeaky clean newbie partner, Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg) in The Corruptor. And so persists the myth of Chinatown. Alluring, strange, and always inscrutable, in the movies it remains an uncrackable bastion of Otherness.


Chicken Run (2000)

I remember reading somewhere that in animation, the key to “humanizing” animals — above and beyond merely anthropomorphizing them — is to give them human eyes, big,


The Cell (2000)

Getting inside madmen’s heads is all the rage. This isn’t to say it’s news, exactly — criminologists, detectives, and sundry monster-chasers have been


Crazy in Alabama (1999)

Crazy in Alabama concerns two concurrent stories, which take place in small town Alabama in the mid '60s. One centers on the inhumanity and injustice of segregation, while the other tells of a woman following her dream, even though it means killing her husband and deserting her children to do so.


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)

What else could 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' be, other than the frivolous and utterly forgettable movie that it is?"


Chicken Run (2000)

“Chicken Impossible,” say the inevitably punning ads. Where I come from, this means the chickens in question are really Ritz crackers. But in case you


The Crew (2000)

What do you get when you combine Once Upon A Time in America, Goodfellas, Atlantic City, and add humor? You end up with The Crew,


Chocolat (2000)

If Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat were a Disney film, it would be Beauty and the Beast. Both are set in quaint mountainside hamlets


Chuck & Buck (2000)

Like Arteta's intelligent and lively first feature, Star Maps, Chuck and Buck takes emotional risks and poses questions - about children and adults, responsibility and sexuality -- that other films will not.


The Center of the World (2001)

These lost souls meet when he visits the conspicuously named Pandora's Box, the club where she's employed, and he's so taken by her (lap dance) that he asks her to come to Vegas with him for three days: no strings and lots of money.


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