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Sunday, January 1 1995

Billy Elliot (2000)

Behind a triumphant tale of self-discovery is a subtext of anxiety that ultimately enhances what might have been a pretty ordinary film.


Better Than Sex (2000)

PULL.


The Beach (2000)

“Innocence never lasts forever.” This is the tagline for The Beach, the expensive and highly touted occasion for Leo’s long-awaited return to the big


But I’m a Cheerleader (2000)

Though behaving like proper girls and boys has little effect on Megan and the other patients, they still pretend that they are actually heading down the path to heterosexuality.


A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Interestingly, in one of 'A.I.''s inconsistencies, we are shown a society obsessive about controlling consumption and the conservation of resources, which nevertheless is still steadfastly consumer-driven: the answer to all our problems can be found in the perfect product, in this case a robotic child.


Autumn in New York (2000)

While watching Autumn in New York, I was struck by its parallel to the Clinton-Lewinsky business. There are superficial similarities, especially in the lead players —


All About My Mother (1999)

Just prior to All About My Mother's closing credit sequence, there is an effusive dedication - To all actresses who have played actresses, to all women who act, to men who act and become women, to all the people who want to be mothers...to my mother.


All Over the Guy (2001)

If 'All Over the Guy' is any indication of what Hollywood has in store for gay relationships, it looks like gay men and lesbians will be receiving the same shallow treatment as their heterosexual counterparts.


Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

'Apocalypse Now' -- 'Redux' or regular -- is well worth seeing for just such insights, its flashes of brilliance, failures, and virtuous intentions. In both versions, it's that rare movie that looks hard at the culture that produced it.


Almost Famous (2000)

And yet, for a rock 'n' roll film set in the '70s, Almost Famous has surprisingly little sex and drugs on screen (though both are much discussed). Even when two or three of the 'band-aids' decide to deflower William, mainly to alleviate their boredom, it comes off more like a slumber party game than an act of real sexuality.


American Psycho (2000)

WARNING: The following review contains spoilers. Confessions of a Serial Killer Much like Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel of the same name, writer-director Mary Harron’


Along Came a Spider (2001)

Morgan Freeman's sober mien and formidable presence make you wish that the rest of the movie would keep up.


Angela’s Ashes (1999)

It must be a daunting task to translate to film a book as enormously popular as Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes. Inevitably, some devotees


Affliction (1999)

Snow. Wind. Emptiness. The first images in Affliction are white and desolate. They show late October in small town New Hampshire, and Halloween is descending on frigid, early evening streets.


American Outlaws (2001)

It's grand, being so proficient at killing, and it's pretty darn All American too.


The Anniversary Party (2001)

...plays like a Hollywood version of 'The Real World', neatly edited and set in a striking but sterile home, but with few surprises.


Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

'Apocalypse Now Redux', ultimately, allows us to celebrate a film that has become indelibly ingrained into American popular consciousness while, at the same time, forcing us to question the violence and inhumanity that characterize the troubling past of this same culture.


Angel Eyes (2001)

PULL.


Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

There are no songs in the latest Disney animated feature, 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire', but there are lots of explosions.


American Pie 2 (2001)

PULL.


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