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Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle

  1. The Tigger Movie 2000 Cute. full review
  2. eXistenZ 1999 It's good art direction in search of an idea. full review
  3. An Ideal Husband 1999 Parker has made a sensible cinematic translation of Wilde's play, intercutting scenes which would have been played consecutively on the stage. full review
  4. In Too Deep 1999 Plot not deep enough. full review
  5. Music of the Heart 1999 For its first three laps, this inspirational - teacher movie moves too slowly, even with the head start I give inspirational - teacher movies. full review
  6. Tarzan 1999 Simply a smashingly well-done example of animated storytelling. full review
  7. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 The movie needs a few more ideas and a lot more thrills to excite viewers, whether young or old. full review
  8. The Prince of Egypt 1998 The handsomely animated Prince of Egypt is an amalgam of Hollywood biblical epic, Broadway supermusical and nice Sunday school lesson. full review
  9. Shakespeare in Love 1998 It's a literary burlesque, remarkably clever and quick on its feet. It is ardently romantic but is at its best when it is funny. And it's funny. full review
  10. Wide Awake 1998 The fact is, just too many of the characters and plot points are right out of the stock room: the obligatory fat kid; the obligatory bully; the obligatory kid whose parents can't really afford Catholic school tuition ...
  11. Amistad 1997 Halfway into Amistad comes the point where Steven Spielberg pulls the lever, and the stink and horror and bestialities of slavery spill around our ankles. We can't look away.
  12. Chasing Amy 1997 As funny as the observational outrage humor of Clerks, but Smith is working harder.
  13. Good Burger 1997 The vast majority of me -- which is not 11 -- wanted several times to run screaming into the lobby and plunge my head into the nacho hot-cheese cauldron.
  14. Jackie Brown 1997 Turns out that author Elmore Leonard and director Quentin Tarantino are not the odd couple after all.
  15. McHale's Navy 1997 I didn't laugh once, not even giggle.
  16. Beautiful Girls 1996 Portman was memorable as the little girl in The Professional, but her work here throws off an eeriness in its revelation of such huge talent in one so young.
  17. Big Night 1996 It will paste a big, sloppy smile on your face from its opening moment. Good luck at dislodging it.
  18. The English Patient 1996 This is the real thing, and real things don't come along very often, so you'd better snap them up when they do.
  19. Restoration 1996 While this sly and sumptuous new film offers just the single word as its title, it will make you think of all you learned about Restoration comedy -- and drama -- in that long-ago History of the Theater 101 course.
  20. /titles/197453 The direction is unobtrusive, and Lemmons' performers are up to speed. This is Lemmons' first time out as a director. I'll be interested in what she does next. full review
  21. /titles/197164 If there has been a major Hollywood release with a higher body count, I don't remember it. full review
  22. /titles/197807 The film's warm-fuzzies are formulaic and not at all genuine. The humor, though, is clever and keenly satiric without being mean-spirited. full review
  23. /titles/198225 Good Will Hunting represents the firmest step into the mainstream yet for director Gus van Sant. full review
  24. /titles/197449 What makes us laugh at this dark comedy is the insolence its creators hold for the very bones of their narrative. full review
  25. /titles/198228 The actors are basically helpless with this. full review
  26. /titles/197705 It's sort of like two baseball teams going out to the parking lot to play the ninth inning of a tied ballgame, then coming back onto the field to announce the score. full review
  27. /titles/197839 So overloud and overdirected and overproduced and so energetic that finally, you can't do anything except smile at it. full review
  28. /titles/197464 A quality, offbeat movie. full review
  29. /titles/198373 Mail may not be as romantic as Sleepless, but it's wittier. full review