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  1. Civic Duty 2007 Asks the piercing question: does the terrorist lurk within us? In actuality, it's a question worth exploring, but not one that this bombastic and silly thriller is prepared to answer in any dramatically sustainable fashion. full review
  2. Cashback 2006 How ironic that Richard Lester had to go all the way to England to make that chef-d'oeuvre of sex comedies, The Knack... and How to Get It, while Ellis stays home and churns out the British answer to American Pie. full review
  3. Home of the Brave 2006 There is altogether too much footage of daughter Mary wallowing in her mother's martyrdom. full review
  4. One to Another 2006 The flaw is underscored by the one-bod-fits-all casting that renders everyone indistinguishable, especially when they have their clothes off (which is a good deal of the picture). full review
  5. The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 Folks who are heavily invested in stereotypes of thuggish terrorists may balk at Loach's portrait of articulate IRA ideologues. But there is no denying his ferocious grip on our emotions. Barley is one tough and beautiful film. full review
  6. 49 Up 2005 To the extent that it opens a window into the puzzling business of growing older and affirms - with touching reflectiveness and exuberant humor -- the suspicion that we are all in the same boat, 49 Up is priceless. full review
  7. Free Zone 2005 Free Zone suffers from too-much-information syndrome, stalling out now and again from its tangled narrative wiring and an overload of emotional freight. full review
  8. Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 The film moves, albeit under an oppressive cloud of deja vu. full review
  9. Old Joy 2005 Every frame of Old Joy bespeaks a yearning for a more user-friendly day, when gas was less than $2.50 a gallon and there was always a used record store to unload your scratched vinyl. full review
  10. The Producers 2005 Brooks and Stroman have taken a classic and flattened it into just the sort of glib, tired-businessman's musical adaptation that Max Bialystock once built his sagging reputation on. full review
  11. Right at Your Door 2005 If Rod Serling had had a shot at penning a post-9/11 scenario for The Twilight Zone, it might have come out something like this compact and creepy suspense thriller of apocalypse, Los Angeles-style. full review
  12. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra 2004 How can one begin to compete with the organic awfulness of Plan 9 From Outer Space, with its kitchen-cabinet spaceships and gratuitous Bela Lugosi cameos? The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra tries, and to a disconcerting extent, succeeds. full review
  13. White Chicks 2004 White Chicks feels more like an idea for a TV sketch that would have been much fresher had it been inflated into a movie in the '90s. full review
  14. Assassination Tango 2002 Assassination Tango runs aground with an accumulation of small illogicalities. full review
  15. Below 2002 Twohy knows how to inflate the mundane into the scarifying, and gets full mileage out of the rolling of a stray barrel or the unexpected blast of a phonograph record. full review
  16. Equilibrium 2002 Dour and charmless. full review
  17. Fidel 2002 Ninety minutes of Viva Castro! can be as tiresome as 9 seconds of Jesse Helms' anti- Castro rhetoric, which are included full review
  18. Girls Will Be Girls 2002 To appreciate Girls Will Be Girls to the max, it probably helps to have taken at least one semester of Screen Camp 101. full review
  19. The Master of Disguise 2002 A calamitous attempt at reviving the anarchic, little-kid spirit of Jerry Lewis. full review
  20. Poolhall Junkies 2002 90 minutes of slow-leaking, macho stomach gas, in which everyone talks like they were on brawny pills and every tawdry song on the soundtrack makes you feel as if you were trapped in a lap dance club. full review
  21. The Sum of All Fears 2002 This engrossing, characteristically complex Tom Clancy thriller is shifty in the manner in which it addresses current terrorism anxieties and sidesteps them at the same time. full review
  22. Super Troopers 2002 Anyone who has ever been stalked on the highway by a twirling red light and a siren should find satisfaction in this send-up of state trooper foibles. full review
  23. Baran 2001 Majidi's poetic love story is a ravishing consciousness-raiser, if a bit draggy at times. full review
  24. Children Underground 2001 A heartrending act of courage in the guise of a documentary film. full review
  25. Heartbreakers 2001 There are not enough Hefty bags in all The Home Depots to contain the trash generated by this vulgar burlesque. full review
  26. Lost and Delirious 2001 It's a good, slick film, if less interesting then Pool's earlier, more personal French-language efforts. full review
  27. Not Another Teen Movie 2001 This parody of teen comedies is just teen comedy by the numbers, for those who can only count to three. full review
  28. The Score 2001 It is the human spectacle of three of America's finest screen actors passing on their wisdom and gifts from one generation to the next that lends this movie a self-reflexive glow and lifts it above the cliches on which it is constructed. full review
  29. Tomcats 2001 Yet one more slice of American Pie-style outrageousness for and about guys with raging libidos and pinheads. full review
  30. Gossip 2000 This propulsive drama about the impact of gossip on a university student population flakes out in the final count.
  31. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 By the last half hour, you may feel zombied out yourself.
  32. Vatel 2000 An improbable, if sumptuous, bore. full review
  33. Solo Con Tu Pareja 1991 First released in 1991, Alfonso Cuaron's Solo Con Tu Pareja (Only With Your Partner) is a manic puff of nonsense that plays off the AIDS panic of the preceding decade. full review

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