Sunday, August 24 2003
As Mondays in the Sun begins, Santa is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain his sense of humor and optimism.
Peter Mullan's film both amplifies and flattens these stories, so they are at once sensational and too intimate.
As energetic and enthusiastic as Jackie Chan remains, things have definitely changed, for him as well as viewers.
Friday, August 22 2003
Is there a finer actor on the planet than Hope Davis?"
Thursday, August 14 2003
Molly looks great in glitter tops and short skirts. What else could she need to know?.
Eschewing the loopy romanticism of his past efforts, Alan Rudolph displays admirable restraint in representing domestic drudgery.
Kevin Costner's film assumes the usual mythology: the West 'died' when corporate thinking encroached on the boundless spirit of the cowboys.
Yet another generation of Elm Street teens arrive at the grim realization that adults are useless when it comes to serial killers, or anything else.
The soldiers rebel in trivial but telling ways, more often than not imitating the very systems they think they're bucking.
Monday, August 11 2003
It is darkly ambivalent about the veracity of our memories (both individually and collectively).
Thursday, August 7 2003
S.W.A.T. knows what it is, namely, an expensive, hyper-actionated, cd-selling, multi-raced and multi-buddied flick.
It's good to see Jamie Lee Curtis acting like a 15-year-old.
Dirty Pretty Things is a film about beaten down, exhausted, tenaciously hopeful workers.
Like previous Merchant-Ivory productions, Le Divorce concerns culture clashes, disruptive expatriates, and squabbles over stuff.
A patchwork quilt for the unloved misfits it glorifies and indulges, Todd Graff's 'Camp' has a quarter of the polish of 'Chicago', but three times the humanity.
Friday, August 1 2003
Fun as it is, demonstrates a little end-of-series fatigue.
His hair slicked back, his face set in an expression resembling impassivity, Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) tends to philosophize with his marks.
It is wonderfully indirect; it paints a complicated psychological landscape but doesn't make any of it explicit.
Stifler's insufferable self-love is his special gift, of course, and what viewers love most about him.
Thursday, July 24 2003
Engaging viewers emotionally, in a way that the rest of the summer's car chases and explosions can't even imagine doing, the racing scenes create an exhilarating rhythm for Seabiscuit's story.