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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.


The One (2001)

PULL.


Monsters, Inc. (2001)

PULL.


Thursday, October 18 2001

Focus (2001)

William H. Macy plays Larry like a length of coaxial cable in a bowtie and a cardigan.


Monday, September 10 2001

The Lord of the Rings (1978/2001)

PULL.


Friday, August 24 2001

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

In his latest film, Woody Allen moves in slow motion. Actually, the whole of The Curse of the Jade Scorpion appears to be creaking and shuffling, like it's been made by zombies.


Friday, May 19 2000

Small Time Crooks

Allen’s best work achieved greatness by being more than funny —by revealing or capturing something more substantive about human relationships. With Small Time Crooks, the substance comes from the unexpected satire of class differences that gets at something truer than a mere fish-out-of-water story.


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