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Thursday, April 18 2002

Nine Queens (2000)

Nine Queens' class analysis is acute, and narrowly focused on defining the characters.


Murder by Numbers (2002)

'Murder by Numbers' isn't about solving the case; it's about solving Cassie (Sandra Bullock).


The Last Waltz (2002)

The Last Waltz still spirits a tingle up the spine.


Thursday, April 11 2002

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

The Sweetest Thing targets moviegoers who seek out the familiar and formulaic.


Pauline and Paulette (2002)

It's not every day that you see an older adult with mental disabilities as the star in an internationally distributed film.


Promises (2002)

When the children speak for themselves, 'Promises' is very powerful.


National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)

National Lampoon's Van Wilder [is] the latest version of Maxim, the Movie.


Grey Gardens / Salesman - PopMatters Film Review )

What makes the Maysles' work special lies in how they manage, by focusing so intently on their subjects, to elicit a body of information that the audience is compelled to examine for its possible meaning.


Frailty (2002)

Moody, perverse, and full to busting with metaphorical cautions.


Changing Lanes (2002)

PULL.


Thursday, April 4 2002

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Haneke's films challenge not only media violence, but also unsuccessful satires of media violence, like Oliver Stone's indulgent, bloodily hedonistic 'Natural Born Killers'.


No Such Thing (2002)

Arid and hermetic, it's the first misstep in Hartley's intriguing and varied career.


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.


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