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Monday, December 24 2001

Kate & Leopold (2001)

Never mind that Leopold is clueless when it comes to actual labor or the concept of class; as long as he's upper, he has no need to know anything more.


Ali (2001)

Ali embodies a kind of car-wreck charisma -- arrogant and self-conscious, beautiful and fierce, even on twenty-year-old tape, he can take your breath away. This ability to mesmerize makes Ali who he is, or more accurately, who everyone wants him to be. He's a cipher and a screen onto which viewers might project themselves.


Thursday, December 20 2001

The Majestic (2001)

PULL.


Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

Full-length computer-animated features have, thus far, fallen into the realm of children's fantasy.


Joe Somebody (2001)

It gets points for knowing what it is, a formulaic PG picture without pretensions to grandeur (and for not being 'The Majestic').


How High (2001)

Meth is, as always, an exceedingly charismatic presence, and his partner an able comic foil.


Tuesday, December 18 2001

Little Otik (2000)

Jan Svankmajer taps into the appeal of the maternal horror story.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

What is potentially most urgent about 'The Fellowship of the Ring' is how it reflects the tenor of our time.


Thursday, December 13 2001

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Moreover, the film asserts, if you're not careful in your dealings with people, you'll end up with no self and no life, in that big empty Times Square in your head.


Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

What is perhaps most successful about 'Not Another Teen Movie' is its commentary on the obsessive and incessant whiteness of the genre.


Kandahar (2001)

There is also no end, at least as a Western viewer might imagine it, to the desert culture represented here, the traditions and meanings of Afghanistan, before, during, and perhaps after, the Taliban.


Thursday, December 6 2001

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

The background surf, unbuttoned shirt, and look away from the camera -- all this demonstrates just how movie-starness is done. The plot, like I say, is beside the point.


Life and Debt (2001)

Makes the connections for you, refusing to let you off the hook.


Tuesday, November 20 2001

Spy Game (2001)

The film's assumptions about the Agency, are, in a word, Before September 11, before top secret government agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) were revealed as not doing what they've been pretending to be doing all thi


Thursday, November 15 2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

The makers of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' are banking on the fact that so very many people 'have' read the books, so that the confusion of those Luddites who haven't read them matters very little.


Tuesday, November 13 2001

The Wash (2001)

Snoop makes an excellent Mean Face, snarling as he guns his fantastically acrobatic low-rider's engine.


Thursday, November 8 2001

Shallow Hal (2001)

Jack Black is always a pleasure. Irony, weirdness, perversion -- he has it all. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood came a-knocking.


Shallow Hal (2001)

What is unfortunate about 'Hal' is that while the Farrellys' previous offerings were, for all their sophomoric dick and fart humor, somewhat good-spirited, their new film is just plain old mean.


Heist (2001)

[David Mamet's] language, severe and spare, actually sounds quite human comin


Thursday, November 1 2001

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968/2001)

In this light, '2001' and the revolutionary epoch of its making seem a mere Technicolor blip in an otherwise olive drab post-World War II empire.


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