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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  1. Year of the Dog 2007 We're asked to laugh at her. Then we're asked to be ashamed of our laughter. It's a delicate balance, and White and his actors pull it off magnificently. full review
  2. Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 There's not much new here, but the engaging cast ... keeps the formula reasonably fresh. full review
  3. Venus 2006 The ruined beauty of Peter O'Toole permeates every frame of Venus, a movie that exists for almost no other reason than to allow us to worship at the altar of this incomparable actor. full review
  4. The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 The Wind That Shakes the Barley isn't interested in being a straightforward or romanticized history lesson. Rather, [director] Loach offers an examination of the very nature of rebellion, as filtered through the particulars of the Irish troubles. full review
  5. Brokeback Mountain 2005 Brokeback Mountain is a love story, but that's not all it is. In some ways, the movie is as much about the way we were as the way they are. full review
  6. Factotum 2005 At times, the picture recalls Jim Jarmusch at his very best, with all the self-indulgent parts cut out. full review
  7. Dust to Glory 2004 Contestants have 32 hours to finish the race, and unless off-road racing is your thing, Dust to Glory can sometimes feel like it lasts about that long. full review
  8. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2004 Gibney's research is impressive, as is his ability to clarify a complex bit of shady business into something (semi) comprehensible to those who don't know a day trader from a daytripper. full review
  9. Following Sean 2004 Character-driven and full of tender contradictions, the film is reminiscent of a Chekhov short story. And as such, it touches on a universality that transcends VW buses and Bush-era politics. full review
  10. Hotel Rwanda 2004 Cheadle gives one of the best performances (if not the best) of last year -- an Oscar-worthy portrait of a man who kept his head clear and his humanity intact in the midst of a man-made hell. full review
  11. Me and You and Everyone We Know 2004 July, who also wrote the script, is a keenly observant filmmaker. full review
  12. Coffee and Cigarettes 2003 A hit-or-miss movie. full review
  13. Dirty Pretty Things 2003 Half love story, half horror story, it's like an urban legend with a conscience. full review
  14. Under the Tuscan Sun 2003 Has about as much in common with Frances Mayes as it does with Willie Mays, but it does have the marvelous Diane Lane. full review
  15. Below 2002 The film has enough spooky momentum and good actors to keep it going.
  16. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 Rockwell is wonderful throughout, capturing Barris' inherent sleaziness and insecurity as well as, well, the vision of the man who could be called the godfather of reality TV. full review
  17. The Dancer Upstairs 2002 A welcome throwback to a time when political thrillers relied more on character and tone than on car chases and gun battles. full review
  18. The Hours 2002 It never fails to engage us. full review
  19. Lost in La Mancha 2002 Bitterly funny and oddly poignant. full review
  20. The New Guy 2002 Never gets on the good foot. full review
  21. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 It is quite a vision. full review
  22. Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 The movie may sound like a yawn: Three girls walk through wind and rain and scrub brush to get back where they belong. But it's not. full review
  23. Treasure Planet 2002 It just may inspire a few younger moviegoers to read Stevenson's book, which is a treasure in and of itself. full review
  24. Novocaine 2001 full review
  25. Gladiator 2000 If spectacle, not plot, is your plate of pasta, you'll find Gladiator as much fun as a Roman holiday. full review
  26. The Golden Bowl 2000 May not be the best film to come from the Ismail Merchant/James Ivory team, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful. full review
  27. Malena 2000 Makes something wistful, enduring and even optimistic out of humanity's basest instincts. full review
  28. Reindeer Games (Deception) 2000 Watchable but sometimes quite ludicrous. full review
  29. The Tigger Movie 2000 The dialogue is kid-level funny and the animation often has the manic energy of Alice in Wonderland. full review
  30. The Weight of Water 2000 It's got a good director. Good cast. Good source material. Yet it still sinks like a stone. full review
  31. The Yards 2000 After a point, The Yards crosses the line from portentously atmospheric to merely dolorous. full review
  32. Mansfield Park 1999 This Mansfield Park becomes a kind of romanticized gloss -- an imaginative grad-student thesis that melds author and character. full review
  33. Music of the Heart 1999 Streep's extraordinary performance makes this the rare inspirational movie that actually is, well, inspirational. full review
  34. The Silence of the Lambs 1991 It's a bona fide classic of its kind. full review
  35. Becket 1964 The picture is being re-released in 30 cities around the country before finally appearing on DVD after years of online foment from fans.The DVD is due in May, but try to catch it in theaters first. It's worth it. full review
  36. /titles/197808 I was ready to fly the coop long before the 82 minutes were up, but if you're in the mood for something offbeat and wacky, Chicken Run may be just your kind of amiably birdbrained entertainment. full review
  37. /titles/197818 A vivid, juicy, thoroughly entertaining movie. full review
  38. /titles/197484 Like the Ancient Mariner, Nelson grabs us by the collar and says, You must know about this. You must bear witness. And so you do. full review
  39. /titles/197843 Whether you're a frat guy from the '50s or live in a 21st-century coed dorm, L'Auberge Espagnole's celebration of a certain time, a certain place, a certain community is engagingly recognizable. full review
  40. /titles/197826 It's not all it was on stage and it's not all it could be on film. The result is a often jolly, highly-polished compromise, which can't be what anyone intended. Or wanted. full review
  41. /titles/197485 Truly like a day at the beach. full review