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Spellbound
This multi-award-winning documentary captures the suspense of the spelling bee in all its drama.
"...documentarian Jeff Blitz follows through the competition reflect that idea. The first half of the film introduces us to..."

June 13, 2003 Movie Review by Sarah Hepola

Man on the Train
"...temporality. Yet the film ultimately seems more like an idea than a complete story, bereft of any narrative spine..."

May 23, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Divine Intervention
"...guilty of simplifying the Palestinian situation – the very idea that such a loaded topic might be fodder for..."

May 9, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spider
"...and the film’s gruelingly stately pacing gives you some idea of what the days must be like for a..."

May 2, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Man Apart
"...wake of his wife's murder by drug kingpins, the idea that Diesel gives good angst is like hitting up..."

April 4, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Empire
"...it all from a Hispanic perspective is a grand idea, but there's fewer bodega-candles and chicarrons here than in..."

Dec. 6, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bowling for Columbine
"...demon that sparks our gun-crazy society is a good idea worth pursuing. It's just that he needn't always do..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Time Changer
"...Changer is a Christian-made film designed to further the idea that moral behavior when isolated from the name of..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Satin Rouge
A dutiful Tunisian widow and mother of a teenage girl is awakened to self-actualization through the allure of belly-dancing.
"...terrific performance by Abbass, Satin Rouge shows that the idea of women's self-actualization knows few continental divides...."

Oct. 25, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Feardotcom
"...outing, this is rote spookiness, with nary an original idea (or role, or edit, or score, or anything, really)..."

Sept. 6, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Adventures of Pluto Nash
"...The Adventures of Pluto Nash sounds like a good idea in theory (but so did Mystery Men, which was..."

Aug. 23, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Halloween: Resurrection
"...a bombastic TV producer who hits on the less-than-original idea of placing kids strapped with wireless video cameras in..."

July 19, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Reign of Fire
"...of the ravenous, airborne Geckos From Hell.) A brilliant idea that somehow misses the mark by a North country..."

July 12, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hey Arnold!: The Movie
"...one huge pile of gentrified sprawl is a good idea. Arnold and the gang attempt various nonviolent means to..."

July 5, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Manchurian Candidate
Decades before U.S. intelligence got hip to the notion of "sleeper agents" in our midst, The Manchurian Candidate successfully tried out the idea in this post-Korean War setting. (Last year it was re-made in a post-gulf war setting.) The result is a chilling story about brainwashing, secret political agendas, power-hungry moms, and psychically ravaged veterans.
"...our midst, The Manchurian Candidate successfully tried out the idea in this post-Korean War setting. The result is a..."

June 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
"...time in America I would have scoffed at the idea of my falling in love with a nearly four-hour-long..."

May 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Beijing Bicycle
A newcomer to Beijing has his bicycle (and livelihood) stolen by a teen desperate to impress his pals in this Chinese variation on The Bicycle Thieves.
"...as a protest against repression. Beijing Bicycle isn't anyone's idea of a knee-slapper -- it's quite upfront in depicting..."

March 8, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Big Fat Liar
"...-- gets his hands on Jason's paper, claims the idea as his own, and rushes into pre-production on a..."

Feb. 8, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Va Savoir
"...emphasis on the bonding of female characters, and the idea of the search being more important and satisfying than..."

Nov. 16, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Grateful Dawg
"...might be the best way to get across the idea of Grateful Dawg -- home-movie footage cobbled together into..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Glitter
"...musical pop star Billie Frank purportedly based on an “idea” by Patient and is touted as loosely autobiographical in..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Musketeer
"...speak ill of the soon-to-be-forgotten? If this is Hyams' idea of a “reimagining,” perhaps his imagination is best left..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Baise-Moi
"...run for its money. There's nothing wrong with that idea at all, in fact I applaud it, but Baise-Moi..."

July 27, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cats & Dogs
"...Maguire, Alexander Pollock, Elizabeth Perkins and Jeff Goldblum. The idea behind Cats & Dogs is such an obvious one..."

July 6, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Moulin Rouge
This musical sucks you in with its own brand of willful illogic and breathtaking visuals. Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, a penniless poet falls madly in love with a nightclub's star performer, a chanteuse-cum-courtesan who has a heart of gold and is an incipient consumptive. The music is a combination of restructured modern pop tunes manhandled into clever new forms.
"...call serious fare, it's so enamored with the very idea of Love that only the rockiest heart could fail..."

June 1, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

3000 Miles to Graceland
"...CG image manipulation may have sounded like a good idea in pre-pro but the end result is overkill en..."

Feb. 23, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

8 1/2
Mastroianni plays a film director who's just had a huge hit but is struggling to find an idea for his next project. Between fits and starts, he goes back through his life and confronts all his demons. And what a cavalcade of demons!
"...but is now struggling to come up with an idea for his next project. Between fits and starts, ducking..."

Feb. 15, 2001 Movie Review by Nick Barbaro

All the Pretty Horses
"...abstraction, less a full-bodied love affair than someone's poetic idea of a love affair. Perhaps it's a lack between..."

Dec. 29, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dude, Where's My Car?
"...Cruel Intentions, Dude manages to take a genuinely funny idea -- stoners Jesse and Chester (Kutcher and Scott) wake..."

Dec. 22, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dancer in the Dark
Björk goes goes to the death chamber in musical interludes.
"...song, and dance, and, well, confusion. It's a novel idea, but von Trier's use of DV cameras (he reportedly..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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