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Paragraph 175 (2000)

There is no doubt that future generations will benefit from Epstein and Friedman's efforts to preserve on film, in one survivor's words, 'uncomfortable memories' that history has almost completely erased.


Planet of the Apes (2001)

...reminds us that we may not be the end product of some divine plan, or necessarily very important to the universe.


Passion of Mind (1999)

Sometimes it’s hard to say when a film goes wrong. It may be a brief image that looks out of place or bit of


Play it To The Bone (2000)

Two grown men, best friends and romantic rivals, beat the shit out of each other for money. It doesn’t sound like much of a


The Princess and the Warrior (2001)

Where 'Run, Lola, Run' was fast and urgent, 'The Princess and the Warrior' is deliberate, almost meditative. Still, the two movies share common, provocative ideas about fate and passion, the nature of time and the rhythms of life.


The Proposition (2005)

Nick Cave's The Proposition blends equal parts Walkabout and Sergio Leone's grim atmospherics to illustrate the brutality of imperialism.


The Perfect Storm (2000)

In a coincidence I assume is meaningless, Das Boot has bubbled up twice this summer movie season, after snoozing for close to 20 years. First evoked


Kids WB Presents Pokémon 3: The Movie (2001)

By far, the best Pokémon battle in the film is between Ash's sidekick Misty (Rachael Lillis) and the orphaned Molly: in 'Pokémon 3' girls can kick ass too.


Pokemon, The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back (1999) - PopMatters Film Review )

A movie which states that it is the first movie spells doom in my mind. I shudder at the thought of several sequels to this flick. (Why, exactly, can't everything Pokemon fit into one movie?) But, in part because the title refers to Mewtwo, a name indecipherable to anyone over ten, I realize I had better accept the fact that this may be a generational shift. Even more clearly, I see it is a fad that won't die soon and decide to brush up on my Poke-vocabulary.


The Price of Milk (2001)

Whether or not you enjoy The Price of Milk is largely dependent on your reaction to the following running gag: stricken by an unbearable case


The Perfect Storm (2000)

Here’s how the world ends: Marky Mark afloat on a dark and turbid sea, alone and Pip-like, channeling his true devotion to his loyal


Quills (2000)

If we believe all that Philip Kaufman's 'Quills' has to tell us about the man, Sade is much more than a randy aristocrat -- he is a champion of free speech and artistic integrity.


On the Line (2001)

In On the Line, Kev (Lance Bass) is bland as can be, an unfortunate condition for a romantic lead.


The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

“It’s hard enough just to be black. We don’t need to be looking for excitement.” D. L. Hughley’s explanation for why black


Our Lady of the Assassins (2001)

Initially a rather deft and timely exploration of the human consequences of the politics and business of drugs, by the end, 'Our Lady of the Assassins' is content merely to linger on the spectacle and eroticization of casual violence.


Orphans (1997/2000)

In the Glasgow, Scotland harbor, on a cloudy windy morning after a storm, a man's bleeding body floats on a frail piece of wood. For all its artsy beauty, this poster image for Orphans, the writing and directing debut of actor Peter Mullan, is misleading, for it depicts perhaps the only serene moment in the film, one that interrupts the stabbing, shooting, screaming, inclement weather, and other calamities that rage on as four grown-up siblings mourn their mother's early death.


O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

It's a Depression-era musical laid on top of a chain gang escape film, inspired at once by Homer's 'The Odyssey' and Preston Sturges' screwball comedies. But outrageous as it might seem, this ultra-high-concept project suffers from a lack of inspiration.


O (2001)

This is easily O's most cogent insight, which it hits hard and insistently -- the ways that longstanding cultural anxieties about race in the U.S. continue to affect young people's individual and community relationships, just as it affects adults.


Original Sin (2001)

... expensive, tacky melodrama.


One Night at McCool’s (2001)

Any movie that offers proud big bully Andrew Dice Clay as a walking joke, however self-knowing or smug, is starting at a disadvantage. Andrew Dice Clay already made that joke himself, you know, and more than a few years ago.


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