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The Score (2001)

...it's boy-movie-making 101, a very traditional plot point indeed.


Scary Movie (2000)

A pretty high school student, knowing the killer is close to breaking through her bedroom door, calls 911 on her PC. Her eyes wide and her


Sunshine (1999)

The theme of assimilation as survival strategy has certainly been covered in movies before, from young Jew Salomon Perel joining the Nazi youth in Europa


Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979/2001)

Ambitious, strange, and grand. Nice to have you back, Captain (or rather, Admiral) Kirk.


The Stunt Man (1980/2001)

No matter how many times one watches ['The Stunt Man', it maintains] a kind of kamikaze bravado.


Series 7: The Contenders (2001)

Of the many disturbing scenes in Series 7: The Contenders, perhaps the most disturbing concerns a perky blond 18-year-old named Lindsay (Merritt Wever). She’s been


Swordfish (2001)

What is most distressing about 'Swordfish' is John Travolta. More and more, Travolta is becoming a caricature of himself as action anti/hero.


Supernova (2000)

“Congratulations, Benjamin,” sighs Supernova‘s shipboard computer. “Your strategy was both subtle and forceful. You can play with me whenever you want.” This sure is


Stuart Little (1999)

First, a confession: I didn’t go see Stuart Little because I was asked to write a review of it. I’m not a parent,


Save the Last Dance (2001)

From the start, Save the Last Dance looks like just another teen romance film. It has all the familiar ingredients—the pretty couple, a high


Shanghai Noon (2000)

Given the ongoing fascination with the mythology of the American Cowboy, it is no surprise that Jackie Chan has made a Western, only that he


Shaft (2000)

It’s Isaac Hayes’s music, of course, that resonates. Whatever else you say about that “complicated man” named John Shaft, that whaa-whaa-whaa theme song


Songcatcher (2001)

PULL.


Saving Grace (2000)

Admittedly, my initial response to Nigel Cole’s Saving Grace was that it is not particularly intellectual. Rather, it is decidedly… cute. Filmmakers, actors, and


Sleepy Hollow (1999)

When the Burgomaster (played by still great Horror film legend Christopher Lee) sends Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) to Sleepy Hollow, you may suspect that Ichabod is being sent to the land of Hammer Horror, or perhaps the woods of Horror Movies Past.


Summer Catch (2001)

As I was watching the aseptically insipid 'Summer Catch', I confess, my mind wandered. And I got to thinking, has Freddie Prinze, Jr. ever made an unarguably good movie?"


The Story of Us (1999)

Here's a terrifying thought: each of the major turning points in your life is reducible to the hairstyle you're wearing at the time. Your graduation, your first job, your marriage, your dead goldfish, your vacation in Italy: all of it is mucked up when filtered through those misty-water-colored memory glasses. If it sounds awful in theory, it's even worse to see it acted out, on a wide screen with lots of close-ups of teary, badly-coifed movie stars backed by a treacly Eric Clapton guitar score.


Spy Kids (2001)

'Spy Kids' is all fun, sometimes obnoxious, and incessantly cheerful -- having your parents kidnapped is a minor inconvenience, leading to the chance to ride in a submarine that looks like a blowfish. How neat is that!"


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


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