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The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

| January 30, 2002

In Arlington Road, director Mark Pellington’s first movie, Jeff Bridges’ character was driven to the edge by suspicions about his neighbors. He alienated his friends through his paranoia and brought himself to the brink of a nervous breakdown, only to have his supposedly irrational fears realized in the final moments of the film. In Pellington’s […]

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A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

| January 16, 2002 | 0 Comments

It’s really too bad that Russell Crowe won his Oscar for the overrated Gladiator, because he has done far better work in far better movies (L.A. Confidential, The Insider), and in A Beautiful Mind, he almost singlehandedly elevates Ron Howard’s very good film into the realm of greatness. Inhabiting Nobel Prize winning mathematician — and […]

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Final Countdown: Michael’s Best and Worst Films of 2001

Final Countdown: Michael’s Best and Worst Films of 2001

| January 10, 2002 | 0 Comments

Top Ten Movies of the Year: 1. The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson–A superb cast, led by Gene Hackman in one of his best performances, brings to life the troubled title clan, each member of which is scarred by some trauma from their past. It’s Wes Anderson, so you know it’s funny, but the depth of […]

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The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

| December 27, 2001

There were hints of it in Wes Anderson’s first feature, the spare but engaging Bottle Rocket, and Rushmore’s second act revealed a sweet, wistful heart beneath its quirky surface. But Anderson’s latest film, The Royal Tenenbaums, is his first to truly embrace the quiet, melancholy mood that his two previous films showed flashes of, and […]

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From Hell

From Hell

| October 26, 2001 | 0 Comments

The Hughes brothers do such an incredible job recreating the pungent, smoky atmosphere of 19th Century London, that by the end of the film, I was kind of wishing they had foregone the mystery entirely. From Hell is the Hughes Brothers’ first foray outside of black culture, but it still deals with issues of class, […]

Joy Ride

Joy Ride

| October 10, 2001 | 0 Comments

Antagonizing a psycho is never a good idea. Especially in the movies. John Dahl knows what he’ s doing behind the camera, having made some waves with his “everybody’s a little guilty” neo-noirs The Last Seduction and Red Rock West, but his intermittently effective direction can not overcome a bland leading man and a generic […]

Session 9

Session 9

| August 16, 2001

Insane asylums are inherently creepy. We all know this. Throw in some evidence of the supernatural and you’ve got the perfect setting for a scary-as-hell horror movie. So why does Session 9 fall so short? Brad Anderson, the Boston area director who made a splash with his indie debut Next Stop Wonderland, is back with […]

The Others

The Others

| August 13, 2001 | 0 Comments

For the first hour or so, the tense, atmospheric new thriller The Others seems to be something special. A subtle, slow-building horror movie that runs on the viewer’s imagination rather than on special effects, The Others is a welcome respite from this summer’s disappointing crop of flashy, expensive bores. Unfortunately, the film’s moody individuality is […]

Made

Made

| July 23, 2001 | 0 Comments

It’s been a few years since Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn emerged from the indie scene with the hilarious cult hit Swingers. Kind of a blue-collar, character-actor counterpart to golden boys Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the pair rode the Favreau-written, Doug Liman-directed breakthrough film to some Hollywood credibility, each scoring plenty of roles in […]

Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park III

| July 20, 2001 | 0 Comments

The first Jurassic Park was a very good movie. Sure, nothing groundbreaking…well, actually, yeah, it was groundbreaking, special effects wise…but there was nothing really original about the story or the characters. But at least there were characters. The movie was loaded with a sense of anticipation and awe, stoked all the more by the way […]

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