Friday, August 9 2002
Xander is a bad ass with a heart of gold.
Tony Wilson lived for the explosive moment.
Juni and Carmen's perspective, part convincingly ingenuous and part movie-kid calculated, organizes the film's general view of things.
Into Justine's black hole of a routine walks Holden glowering, self-consciously poetic, urgent.
A diluted reissue of Tung Wai's Hitman.
Thursday, August 1 2002
Me Without You is a disquieting and stunningly accurate depiction of female friendship.
This self-satisfaction makes Full Frontal's gears grind.
Elling doesn't pretend to be more than it is, permitting no great epiphanies and no big-hug endings.
The idea that an individual, like Robin Hood, could stand up for the rights of the oppressed comes across as a pleasant fantasy, worthy of song and legend, but devoid of the means to stand up against state power.
Thursday, July 25 2002
In assuming Oscar's perspective, the film makes out like everyone is as smitten with him as he is.
A film that assembles layers of truth and untruth, faith and distrust, as characters struggle to make sense of the worlds they make and resist.
The so-called postmodern self-references of the previous Austin Powers films here become epidemic, though more is not exactly better. It's just more. And it is repetitive.
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.