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Rat Race (2001)

A balls-out stupid summer comedy where no one cares about special effects or plots making sense or even about characters winning or losing is not a bad thing. It is, rather, a representative thing.


Ready to Rumble (2000)

Ready to Rumble is ostensibly a simple comedy of bumbling bumpkins - in this case lovers of professional wrestling - along the lines of Farrelly brothers' films like Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin.


The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

It is The Royal Tenenbaums's hyperbole that both makes the fantasy so lively and reveals the self-delusions at its foundation.


Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)

Down in Orlando, the Mouse King must sit uneasily in his Magic Kingdom, casting a baleful black eye at the upstart in garish mufti just


Recess: School’s Out (2001)

Perhaps Recess' most culturally savvy element is its skewering of the '60s, in a flashback showing how the ideals of the teachers (particularly Principal Prickly and Dr. Benedict) have fallen by the wayside as they were sucked into The System and traded their ideals for hard-nosed discipline.


The Road Home (2001)

It is Di's (Zang Ziyi) own absolute faith in herself, her determination to endure despite all political or social edicts, that grants 'The Road Home' unusual, and unusually moving, weight.


Rat Race (2001)

It's full of pratfalls, sight gags, and irreverence toward 'I Love Lucy', Nazis, body piercing, a very unlucky cow, and a dog. Fortunately, Zucker executes them all like a ringmaster.


Runaway Bride (1999)

I worry about Julia Roberts. I know I don't need to but still, I feel like I can't help it. It's not because she's a particularly convincing performer on or off screen, though she does look distressed or vulnerable much of the time. It's not because the promoters for her latest movie, Runaway Bride, have been running ads with the creepiest stalker song ever made, the Police's Every Breath You Take.


The Road to El Dorado (2000)

In 1519, Hernan Cortes sailed from Cuba, landed in Mexico and made his way to the Aztec capital.


Ride with the Devil (1999)

Ride With the Devil dares to bring yet another version. Directed by Ang Lee and written by Lee and his usual collaborator James Schamus (who adapted Daniel Woodrell's novel Woe to Live On, a novel inspired, says the author, by today's warfare in the Balkans), the film is rather surprising, and not only because it stars Jewel as a Southern widow. Telling stories that don't usually get told, Ride With the Devil focuses on some of the War's more disgraceful and outrageous aspects, both personal and public.


Remember the Titans (2000)

Denzel Washington is a good and noble figure. Being one requires dedication and integrity, not to mention opportunity (not every aspiring role model can afford


Rats (1999) - PopMatters Film Review )

In his book In Search of Melancholy Baby, Russian emigre novelist Vassily Aksyonov discusses his move to America and his various reactions to the country.


Reindeer Games (2000)

The spirit of world class schlock-horror promoter William Castle was in the theater recently, during a preview screening of Pitch Black, as flashlights were given to a number of audience members.


Red Planet (2000)

WARNING: The following review contains plot spoilers. Dud Planet Red Planet is freshman director Antony Hoffman’s entry into the most recent spate of films


Running Free (2000)

Poor Lucky. The cute little colt is born en route to South Africa, on a ship bearing his mother and many other horses destined for


The Replacements (2000)

The Replacements' particular spin on the relationship between unions and management is simplistic and, more often than not, spurious.


Russian Doll (2001)

'Russian Doll' is above all an enjoyably quirky romantic comedy, and a pleasant way to spend a little vicarious time in a foreign milieu.


The Replacements (2000)

The Replacements' particular spin on the relationship between unions and management is simplistic and, more often than not, spurious.


Rules of Engagement (2000)

Two years ago, many critics praised Saving Private Ryan as a new kind of war film that brought the horrors of war home with an unprecedented, visceral intensity..


Rock Star (2001)

It's disappointing that 'Rock Star'... ends up with such a boring reassertion of straightness, not only with regard to sexual orientation, but also with regard to lifestyles and values more generally.


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