John Hartl,

  1. Ever After: A Cinderella Story 1998 Ever After is a droll, uneven treatment of a familiar story that could become as popular with children as the 1950 Disney cartoon version.
  2. Chasing Amy 1997 The script eventually gets beyond the pop-culture jokes and starts dealing frankly and intelligently with the problems of three people who are defined by their pasts.
  3. Sense and Sensibility 1995 A triumph for Taiwan's most famous director, Ang Lee.
  4. Clerks 1994 At 24, Smith also knows something about casting. Using a mixture of stage actors and novices, he's found the right ensemble tone to make Clerks seem as spontaneous as it needs to be.
  5. Forrest Gump 1994 This is one summer movie that doesn't evaporate the minute you leave the theater.
  6. Pulp Fiction 1994 The whole is finally greater than the sum of its pulpy parts.
  7. Reservoir Dogs 1992 It's extremely well-acted, written with flair and directed by a 29-year-old first-timer, Quentin Tarantino, who always knows where to put the camera, when to cut to a flashback and how to draw the best work from his brilliant cast.
  8. Supercop (Police Story 3) (Ging chaat goo si 3: Chiu kap ging chaat) 1992 An astonishingly fluid and funny movie that makes most American action pictures seem lethargic.
  9. /titles/197461 The movie is so assured, so daring and successful on its own terms, that it can make ordinary cinematic beauty seem skin-deep. full review
  10. /titles/197818 While you're watching it, The Contender lives up to its title. full review
  11. /titles/198225 This has not been a great year for language in movies, but people are going to be memorizing and reciting some of these lines for years to come. full review
  12. /titles/197479 Gooding does his finest work since Boyz N the Hood, positively glowing with this character's mixture of engaging brassiness and (occasionally misdirected) energy. full review
  13. /titles/199704 For all its bright moments, 91 minutes turns out to be more than this joke can sustain. full review
  14. /titles/197447 [Thornton] does wonders with Yoakam, who could have played a standard villain but always manages to suggest a man trapped within his prejudices. full review
  15. /titles/197792 Kevin Spacey, who is the reason to see the picture, is hilariously ruthless as Buddy Ackerman. full review