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Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

  1. The Benchwarmers 2006 It's so bad, it should be viewed only through a pinhole in a shoebox, much like an eclipse. full review
  2. Charlotte's Web 2006 There's too much talent and too strong a story to mess it up. There was potential for more here, but this incarnation is nothing to be ashamed of, and some of the actors answer the bell. full review
  3. Curious George 2006 If you count yourself among the curious, spend an afternoon with George. full review
  4. Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 Comes off like a collection of TV actors doing somebody a favor. full review
  5. Venus 2006 With his intelligent and soulful performance, O'Toole reminds us exactly why he has been nominated for eight Oscars. full review
  6. Factotum 2005 While not really a complete film, Factotum functions as an atmospheric, diverting character study. full review
  7. The World's Fastest Indian 2005 There also are plenty of nuts-and-bolts references to satisfy those interested in racing, whether on two wheels or four. The movie features some funny moments, such as when Munro makes his own pistons and then brews tea from the cooling-barrel water. full review
  8. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2004 A meticulously researched and ably handled chronicle of one of the largest corporate scandals in American history. full review
  9. Little Black Book 2004 Filled with poor excuses for human beings, who are supposed to be funny in their utter disregard for their fellow man. But they mostly come off as sadistic and cruel, which isn't a great recipe for knee-slapping comedy. full review
  10. Secuestro Express 2004 A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director. full review
  11. Brother Bear 2003 The hand-drawn animation is alternately static and inconsistent, and the story may be too downbeat for younger kids, who are most assuredly the target audience.
  12. Darkness Falls 2003 When Darkness Falls, it pretty much trips over its own feet.
  13. Dirty Pretty Things 2003 Although the film delves into an interesting topic -- black marketeers trading in human flesh -- the approach is far too clinical.
  14. The Human Stain 2003 It is hard to buy what The Human Stain is peddling.
  15. The Missing 2003 There's a pretty good Western hidden somewhere amid the extraneous scenes, unnecessary characters and adoring shots of the New Mexico wilderness, but Howard didn't have the heart to cut his movie.
  16. Touching the Void 2003 A truly moving tale about that strongest of human instincts: survival.
  17. The Triplets of Belleville 2003 An animated film that takes familiar Disney archetypes and twists them into vivid, imaginative shapes.
  18. Below 2002 ...begins with promise, but runs aground after being snared in its own tangled plot.
  19. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 Although McFarlane's sequences are inventive, the rest of the film moves languidly.
  20. Equilibrium 2002 This inventive, low-budget science-fiction movie stands on its own, from its bracing, ingenious fight sequences to its literate roots in dystopian fiction.
  21. The Hours 2002 Virtually humorless and extremely talky, the movie takes place during one day in each woman's life, although it moves so slowly it often feels like a week.
  22. Irreversible 2002 A fascinating study in excess, a movie that seduces and repulses as it explores the merciless nature of fate.
  23. Lost in La Mancha 2002 A fascinating study in the cinematic arts, as we watch a talented director and a committed crew and cast thwarted by nature, human failings and just plain bad luck.
  24. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 In Punch-Drunk Love, Adam Sandler doesn't so much discard his old persona as illuminate it, breathing life into the cardboard characters that populated his earlier films.
  25. Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 Many movies claim to illuminate the human spirit, but Rabbit-Proof Fence actually delivers.
  26. Russian Ark 2002 With unmatched bravado, Sokurov shows scores of celebrants streaming from the ballroom past his camera with nary a misstep.
  27. Star Trek - Nemesis 2002 A plodding if mildly entertaining sci-fi adventure that plays more like an extended television episode than a full-length film.
  28. The Sum of All Fears 2002 I'm not saying Affleck is in way over his head, but a scuba tank and swim fins might come in handy.
  29. Treasure Planet 2002 One of the most gorgeous Disney films ever.
  30. View from the Top 2002 If this is the View From the Top, I'd hate to see the View From the Bottom.
  31. XXX 2002 Now I know what XXX stands for:Xtremely Xcruciating Xperience.
  32. /titles/198256 For those unfamiliar with such films, Zatoichi might be a little off-putting. But given a chance, the movie can be pretty entertaining. full review
  33. /titles/199803 Worth watching for the coming-out party of Agnes Bruckner, a relative newcomer who shows her mettle with an extraordinary performance in this very ordinary tear-jerker. full review
  34. /titles/197208 Every bit as puzzling as its predecessor, but it's shot in such a bold, crazy way that you have to admire its pure audacity. full review
  35. /titles/199834 Though Bale deserves all the credit that can be heaped at his feet ... there is far more to this sinister psychological thriller than just exhibiting Bale's emaciated form. full review
  36. /titles/199810 Works as a straight-up detective story, and the acting is often breathtaking. full review
  37. /titles/197826 [T]he most recent Producers is a clone of a clone, and what it adds in song and dance it loses in brevity and, as is so often the case, wit. full review
  38. /titles/199849 You'll leave the theater with a lot to think about, especially regarding the plight of women around the globe. full review
  39. /titles/199839 The filmmakers include some good behind-the-scenes footage ... and have unfettered access, but the movie sometimes feels like one long college fraternity stunt. full review