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Reign of Fire
"...scrubdown after viewing, but Reign of Fire's weakest link lies with its human actors, who constantly shout and growl..."

July 12, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Believer
"...film's central character. But the film's greatest strength undeniably lies in Gosling's revelatory portrayal of Danny. Gosling (Murder by..."

July 5, 2002 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Time Out (L'emploi Du Temps)
"...overcoat, even hinting about a new position. Inevitably, the lies snowball: Vincent claims to work across the Swiss border,..."

June 28, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Margarita Happy Hour
"...mother and child. They're all reluctantly transitioning, and therein lies the dramatic tension in this first-time effort from writer/director..."

June 7, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Animated equine love story that's also a fresh take on the standard cowboys-and-Indians tropes.
"...Spirit's chief offense, if it can be called that, lies with its tame storyline, which, despite the aforementioned runaway..."

May 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones
"...against, well, pretty much everyone. Lucas' greatest strength still lies in his ability to conjure up some of the..."

May 17, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

101 Reykjavík
Icelander Kormakur shows a lot of visual flourish and confidence as a first-time director (he also co-stars), but the story's real heart lies in its dark comedy.
"...as a first-time director, but the story's real heart lies in its romantic comedy. Hilynur's amusing voiceover narration guides..."

Feb. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lantana
Lantana is an unconventional suspense film that succeeds on a smaller, more intimate scale. The avoidance of deus-ex-machina plot twists and the reliance upon tension generated by interpersonal situations drives the film. – Marrit Ingman
"...of his 1985 release, Bliss), symbolizing the secrets and lies that lurk beneath the placid surfaces of marriage and..."

Jan. 25, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Haiku Tunnel
"...spot-on. Desk jockeys are frantically attached to premium office supplies (a Uniball pen becomes a fetish object, like the..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

O: The Movie
"...so he decides to bring O down, by spreading lies about Desi's faithfulness, thus setting in motion the chain..."

Aug. 31, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

American Pie 2
"...after another. Much of the success of this franchise-in-the-making lies in the uniformly excellent cast. Like the teens in..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Company Man
"...enmeshed in the plot to kill Castro when he lies to his domineering father-in-law and wife (Weaver), telling them..."

March 30, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Heartbreakers
"...the theatre. Heartbreakers is anything but subtle and therein lies the fun. It's clear from the outset (at the..."

March 23, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bounce
"...of Sex, a meditation on multiple truths, and the lies that sometimes lie in between...."

Nov. 17, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Broken Hearts Club
"...are all gay. Big deal, right? Exactly. And therein lies the ballyhoo. The press is trumpeting The Broken Hearts..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Legend of Bagger Vance
"...gone bad. Perhaps it's correct that behind every cliché lies a deep or hidden truth, but finding them in..."

Nov. 3, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Urban Legends: Final Cut
"...It's difficult to tell how much of the fault lies with scriptwriters Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson (Hellraiser..."

Sept. 22, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

X-Men
"...to mind -- but perhaps the film's greatest strength lies in its ability to view itself as a modern..."

July 14, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sunshine
"...the times in which they live. The family's heritage lies in the secret formula for the herbal tonic “A..."

July 7, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hi-Line
"...feeling protective of her vulnerability or gullibility. And herein lies the problem with The Hi-Line: Narrative and emotional cues..."

June 9, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Big Momma's House
"...painful to watch. Frankly, Malcolm's a big weenie. Therein lies the film's downfall: It won't own up to what..."

June 9, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

West Beirut
"...to exist. Furthermore, the shop that developed their film lies across the border in East Beirut. Gradually, the boys'..."

March 24, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Tigger Movie
"...as the fluff in Pooh bear's noodle, and therein lies its charm. Unlike some animated sequels, such as those..."

Feb. 18, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Felicia's Journey
"...did. She is a true innocent, unprepared for the lies of a lover or the deceptions of a kindly..."

Dec. 17, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Acid House
"...subtitled. Of course, at least half of Welsh's charm lies in his grittily hilarious exploration of the bowels of..."

Oct. 1, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Metroland
"...Christian Bale (Velvet Goldmine) and Lee Ross (Secrets & Lies) star in the story of two London friends in..."

May 28, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Idle Hands
"...gets two of his own), while the other half lies in the completely over-the-top gore (of which there is..."

April 30, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Life Is Beautiful
Life Is Beautiful is the drama every comic probably wishes he had made. In this life-affirming Italian "concentration-camp comedy," Benigni uses the Holocaust as a backdrop for telling a heartfelt story about a father who protects his son from the gas chambers by the use of the only weapons at his command: his quick imagination, outlandish buffoonery, and scrappy determination.
"...stumbling blindly in the insane no man's land that lies beyond wit's end...."

Nov. 6, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

John Carpenter's Vampires
"...who search the Southwest turning up “nests” of the creepy-crawlies and dragging them out into the daylight (via a..."

Oct. 30, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Firelight
"...for wealthy British nobleman Sir Charles (Dillane), whose wife lies comatose in the wake of a tragic riding accident...."

Oct. 16, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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