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Thursday, April 4 2002

High Crimes (2002)

'High Crimes' is a movie starring Ashley Judd whom someone has determined is the ideal Flinty Woman in Danger.


E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982/2002)

The rerelease of 'E.T.' raises questions that underscore the difference between the Reagan-Bush years and the years of Bush Jr. and Dick Cheney.


Death to Smoochy (2002)

PULL.


Crush (2001)

'Crush' is surely 'quaint,' but . . . it's also sad in ways it probably doesn't mean to be.


Thursday, March 28 2002

The Rookie (2002)

The conflicts are familiar, but 'The Rookie' presents them admirably and resolves them without sap overload.


Panic Room (2002)

In lieu of plot or character, 'Panic Room' offers the house.


Clockstoppers (2002)

For a movie about messing with time, it is quite linear and conservative.


Journeys With George (2002)

Bush is many things to many people: a tyrant, a savior, a great guy, a shyster, a man of the people, and a moneyed elitist.


Thursday, March 21 2002

Sorority Boys (2002)

If there is a movie that might make me agree with conservative pundits assailing the 'vulgarity' and gross-out humor of contemporary U.S. culture and much recent Hollywood teen fare, 'Sorority Boys' would be it.


Blade II (2002)

The Daywalker has his own agenda, still fever-dreaming and raging, but changed too.


Thursday, March 14 2002

Showtime (2002)

The trouble with 'Showtime' is that it never lets up on its self-congratulatory wink-winking.


Resident Evil (2002)

Alice's amnesia is Resident Evil's best trick.


Harrison’s Flowers (2002)

Goes at both war and romance from a decidedly oblique angle.


Thursday, March 7 2002

The Time Machine (2002)

[In 'The Time Machine',] Alexander decides to go look for an answer, but going into the future (why, we'll never know).


All About the Benjamins (2002)

'All About the Benjamins'... relies heavily on the considerable chemistry between Epps and Cube: sometimes it's just fun to watch them entertain one another, which they clearly do.


Thursday, February 28 2002

We Were Soldiers (2002)

'We Were Soldiers' is, above all, an earnest film, working overtime not to be a standard U.S. war movie where the good (white) boys fight against diabolical 'others'.


Trouble Every Day (2001)

PULL.


40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

'40 Days and 40 Nights' is a love story, yes, about a boy and his penis.


Thursday, February 21 2002

Queen of the Damned (2002)

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Queen of the Damned (2002)

In 'Queen of the Damned', there's something more than a little obvious about the vampire Lestat as goth rock superstar.


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