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  1. Somewhere 2010 Casting the less-than-charismatic Dorff may bolster Coppola's thesis, but it's dramatically self-defeating. How can we feel for Johnny, when there's no there there? full review
  2. Antichrist 2009 Though it's hard to deny the fierce purity of Gainsbourg's performance, Antichrist plays like an incoherent mix of Gothic horror claptrap and Bergmanesque power struggle. I was more bored and puzzled than shattered and provoked. full review
  3. Into the Wild 2007 Hirsch, who carries the film on his increasingly emaciated shoulders, performs heroically, but there's an edge missing. full review
  4. No End in Sight 2007 full review
  5. United 93 2006 full review
  6. The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 The Wind that Shakes the Barley is dense, brutal, with moments of shattering emotional power, and the cast performs with fierce conviction. full review
  7. My Summer of Love 2005 full review
  8. Downfall (Der Untergang) 2004 full review
  9. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2004 full review
  10. Spanglish 2004 There are signs that a lot has been cut, and in trimming his film Brooks may have squeezed too tight: his movie needs breathing space. full review
  11. Anger Management 2003 Unless you're 15 at heart, you may need anger management yourself after sitting through this aggressively crass comedy, which alternates between mean-spirited slapstick and arbitrary uplift. full review
  12. Hollywood Homicide 2003 full review
  13. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Here -- in a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced high-seas adventure that incorporates roaring cannons, oddball comedy, a love story and more than a touch of the supernatural -- Depp unleashes his theatrical bravado. He's hilarious. full review
  14. The Station Agent 2003 full review
  15. Touching the Void 2003 Touching the Void leaves you emotionally and physically spent, and grateful it was only a movie, not a mountain, you had to endure.
  16. The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 This may be a less than ideal "Earnest," but it still has delights... full review
  17. The Pianist 2002 In going home to tell Szpilman's story Polanski seems reborn: once again he's become a filmmaker who matters.
  18. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 It's a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown. full review
  19. The Sweetest Thing 2002 full review
  20. Black Hawk Down 2001 full review
  21. Ali 2001 full review
  22. Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001 You want to know more about their private lives than you get. But most viewers may be too stoked by the sheer adrenaline rush of the subject to care. full review
  23. The Mothman Prophecies 2001 Pellington knows, as did the 1940s master of horror Val Lewton, that what you don't see can raise far more goose bumps than what you do. full review
  24. Not Another Teen Movie 2001 full review
  25. Vanilla Sky 2001 full review
  26. 28 Days 2000 This is a movie afraid of its own shadows. full review
  27. American Psycho 2000 Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go. full review
  28. The Emperor's New Groove 2000 The unfussy, tossed-off quality actually helps give this original story zippy irreverence some of Disney's plusher cartoons lack. full review
  29. Girl, Interrupted 1999 They've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches. full review
  30. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut 1999 South Park has a gag-to-laugh ratio even higher than the new Austin Powers. full review
  31. Chasing Amy 1997 Instead of cool twenty-something irony, Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty. full review
  32. Jackie Brown 1997 The tale is filled with funny, gritty Tarantino lowlife gab and a respectable body count, but what is most striking is the film's gallantry and sweetness. full review
  33. Big Night 1996 full review
  34. Citizen Ruth 1996 full review
  35. The English Patient 1996 Out of each of these uprooted characters are spun stories of love, loyalty and betrayal. full review
  36. Flirting With Disaster 1996 full review
  37. Trainspotting 1996 full review
  38. Dead Man 1995 full review
  39. Clerks 1994 full review
  40. The Crow 1994 It succeeds in bringing O'Barr's comic-book vision to life, but there's little else going on behind the graphic razzle-dazzle and the moody, ominous soundtrack. full review
  41. Hoop Dreams 1994 Hoop Dreams has shown us that the rules of the game are stacked against kids like Gates and Agee. Even better, it shows us how they fight back, with the inside moves of hope. full review
  42. The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 This cautionary fable (Be True to Your Ghoulish Self) may be a little too twisted for little kids but anyone 8 or older will spot the friendly glint behind jack's empty eye sockets. full review
  43. The Piano 1993 full review
  44. Ethan Frome 1992 full review
  45. Far and Away 1992 full review
  46. Incident at Oglala 1992 full review
  47. Reservoir Dogs 1992 full review
  48. Barton Fink 1991 Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie. full review
  49. The Fisher King 1991 Working within the constraints of a big studio film has brought out Gilliam's best: he's become a true storyteller and a wonderful director of actors. This time he delights not only the eye but the soul. full review
  50. The Silence of the Lambs 1991 This is the grandest guignol Hollywood has produced in years. full review
  51. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 For all its state-of-the-art pyrotechnics and breathtaking thrills, this bruisingly exciting movie never loses sight of its humanity. That's its point, and its pride. full review
  52. Ghost 1990 A comedy, romance and supernatural thriller rolled into one, Ghost is a zippy pastiche that somehow manages to seem fresh even though it's built entirely out of borrowed parts. full review

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