Thursday, July 18 2002
Its attention to intricate sociopolitical tensions, Sunshine State, recalls Sayles' previous work.
With all the incessant action, 'SL2' feels like it's trying to be bigger than it is.
Even as the girls in Holofcener's world have their own problems, they provide acutely recognizable reflections.
For all its efforts to offer other views, 'K-19' is an all too average U.S. war movie.
Busta out-acts and out-spectacularizes Tyra Banks.
The we-love-'50s-giant bug-movies homage by Independence Day and Godzilla makers.
Undertakes yet another examination of the restraints of orthodox Western religion.
It's near-endlessly entertaining to watch him handle the crocodiles.
Friday, July 12 2002
There's probably something to be said here about guys and competition and pointy weapons.
The perfectly grim surface evokes eons of pain, as well as a highly stylized contemporary sensibility, not so much cynical as skeptical and self-aware.
Gangster No. 1's style and plot are stale.
Monday, July 8 2002
Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are smart, self-assured, and admirable.
What the sequel does make abundantly clear is that the apparently accidental harmonies of the first can -- indeed must -- be turned into calculation.
It's easy to see why Bow Wow -- ambitious, clever, self-confident -- appealed to the folks who put this film-cd-gear- package together.
Thursday, June 27 2002
It's all a saggy, inept mess. And it really makes you long for Michael Keaton and 'The Banana Boat Song'.
This is The City, so often viewed as anonymous and unfriendly, especially in children's programming, at its best.
Friday, June 21 2002
It's no longer critiquing mainstream expectations, but instead, absorbing and reflecting stereotypes, drained of context.
Thursday, June 20 2002
Based on a story published by Philip K. Dick in 1956, 'Minority Report' is science-fiction of the sort that Dick preferred to write -- set in the future, but all wrapped up in concerns that are immediately relevant to the present moment (that the same concerns were relevant back in 1956 is not a little unnerving, as will become clear).
Lovably unconventional, Lilo & Stitch have some trouble fitting in with their peer groups -- regular kids in Lilo's case, multi-limbed aliens in Stitch's.