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Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

  1. Farmageddon 2011 An eye-popping wake-up call revealing how the USDA and FDA have increasingly waged war on America's small farmers even when they can prove they are contributing healthful products to our food supply. full review
  2. Forks Over Knives 2011 Explains in unflinching detail how we damage ourselves through our eating habits yet insists that it is within our grasp to change course. full review
  3. An Invisible Sign 2011 Agrelo clumsily attempts to play jaunty larkiness against somber situations. full review
  4. Leap Year 2011 "Leap Year" might be too much for some audiences, but it is a potent and surprising work. full review
  5. The Ledge 2011 A film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay. full review
  6. Forget Me Not 2010 A surprisingly affecting experience. full review
  7. Kaboom 2010 Araki lets his absurdist imagination run wild, and "Kaboom" takes the time-honored gambit of gradually revealing that nothing is as it seems to delightfully cockamamie extremes. full review
  8. A Marine Story 2010 Sustained by Weber's strong presence, "A Marine Story" overcomes some flaws in continuity and superficial characterizations to drive home its underlying message about the injustice of "don't ask, don't tell"... full review
  9. Today's Special 2010 An irresistible delight. full review
  10. Waste Land 2010 That a beautiful film could be set in the world's largest garbage dump sounds like an oxymoron, but acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker has pulled off precisely that feat in her profoundly moving "Waste Land."
  11. Beeswax 2009 Bujalski is very much interested in how people -- in his instance, quite intelligent, civilized and articulate twentysomething individuals -- cope with life's everyday challenges, finding naturalistic drama in what may initially seem pedestrian. full review
  12. Drool 2009 It's a movie of amusing parts rather than a satisfying whole. full review
  13. Mary and Max 2009 Remarkable and poignant... full review
  14. Newcastle 2008 A beautiful film, charged with energy and sensitivity. full review
  15. Tony Manero 2008 Larrain evokes the bleakness and oppressiveness of life in a police state with much subtlety even as he poses a much larger question about cultural imperialism. full review
  16. Were the World Mine 2008 Were the World Mine is seriously uneven. If it displays considerable imagination and creativity, it also lapses too often into smug, campy silliness. full review
  17. Ben X 2007 A provocative, exultant stunner. full review
  18. The Pool 2007 For his keenly observant narrative feature debut, documentary filmmaker Chris Smith and writer Randy Russell have deftly transposed Russell's short story The Pool from Iowa to the Indian state of Goa, in the small city of Panjim. full review
  19. Sangre De Mi Sangre 2007 Shot mainly in New York's meanest, murkiest streets, Sangre de Mi Sangre, is intricately and imaginatively structured, building to a powerful climax of complex irony. full review
  20. Save Me 2007 This is a modest, thoughtful, independent production of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power. full review
  21. Taxidermia 2005 Taxidermia is a brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present, a surrealist fantasy exploring the limits of the body and its desires and altogether a darkly funny comedy. full review
  22. Forgiving Dr. Mengele 2005 ... compelling and provocative ... full review
  23. Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss) 2004 Although Loach takes pains to present all sides of the issues he raises, he courageously faces up to the truth about people's lives, which is his abiding strength. full review
  24. The Goebbels Experiment 2004 full review
  25. Secuestro Express 2004 Jakubowicz is a whiz at setting up an exceedingly tense predicament and then building upon it a nearly unbearable suspense with ingenuity and insight. full review
  26. White Chicks 2004 Even if it lingers a bit too long, White Chicks represents a solid accomplishment for the crowd-pleasing Wayans brothers. full review
  27. DysFunKtional Family 2003 Griffin takes the stage like the Midwestern tornado he is and keeps his audience laughing until the very last second. full review
  28. Blackwoods 2002 Director Uwe Boll and writer Robert Dean Klein fail to generate any interest in an unsympathetic hero caught up in an intricate plot that while cleverly worked out, cannot overcome blah characters. full review
  29. Bukowski: Born into This 2002 Accomplishes beautifully what it sets out to do, which is to reveal the man behind the crusty, hard-drinking, tough-talking persona Charles Bukowski so artfully crafted. full review
  30. Fidel 2002 Purely propaganda, a work of unabashed hero worship, it is nonetheless -- and likely inadvertently -- a timely and invaluable implicit reminder of the role that U.S. foreign policy has played in the rise of Castro. full review
  31. Girls Will Be Girls 2002 Day and his cast have a lot of fun with their 80 minutes of screen time because they have the courage of their silliness and an uninhibited sense of humor. full review
  32. Ram Dass: Fierce Grace 2002 An ingratiating and comprehensive portrait of the widely admired spiritual leader. full review
  33. Suspended Animation 2002 It has pace and variety and, best of all, it consistently has the courage of its imaginative and daring screenplay. full review
  34. Get Over It 2001 A blithe-spirited comedy. full review
  35. Gossip 2000 Loose lips will surely sink this silly, shallow melodrama that turns upon the havoc wreaked by rumor.
  36. About Adam 2000 A sly romantic comedy made with wit and style.
  37. Amores Perros 2000 Ablaze with a raft of vital portrayals and rich in meaning and implication. full review
  38. Presque rien (Come Undone) 2000 Brings maximum subtlety, nuance and insight into the timeless story of first love. full review
  39. Hamlet 2000 Almereyda has pulled off a formidable coup: He's made Shakespeare come alive for contemporary audiences of all ages, especially young people. full review
  40. Highlander - Endgame 2000 Highlander: Endgame looks sensational, moves like lightning. But its script (by Joel Soisson) makes no pretense about being logical or even comprehensible. full review
  41. Live Nude Girls Unite! 2000 full review
  42. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 In his 48th film of his 44-year career, New Wave pioneer Chabrol remains at the height of his powers. full review
  43. The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 Ranks right up there with Pryor's Live on Sunset Strip, Eddie Murphy's Raw and Martin Lawrence's You So Crazy. full review
  44. Scream 3 2000 Genuinely scary and also highly amusing. full review
  45. Vatel 2000 A landmark in world cinema not merely for sheer grandeur but also attention to dense authenticity. full review
  46. With A Friend Like Harry 2000 A terrific thriller. full review
  47. The Yards 2000 Production designer Kevin Thompson's crucial contribution to the film's authenticity is as accurate as it is subtle. full review
  48. Better Than Chocolate 1999 full review
  49. The Blair Witch Project 1999 In short, the film is a clever, entertaining stunt, no more, no less, and a terrific calling card for its fledgling filmmakers, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. full review
  50. Brokedown Palace 1999 full review
  51. eXistenZ 1999 Jennifer Jason Leigh is an ideal Cronenberg heroine, projecting a personality that is smart, wary and capable of obsessiveness. full review
  52. An Ideal Husband 1999 Wilde was always about lots more than witty repartee, and as sparkling as his play is as drawing-room comedy, it reveals his concern with the timeless values of unselfish love and forgiveness. full review
  53. Kadosh 1999 full review
  54. My Life so Far 1999 full review
  55. Ravenous 1999 full review
  56. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle reveals Williamson not only to be as accomplished a director as he is a writer but also his willingness to move beyond horror to psychological suspense. full review
  57. The Virgin Suicides 1999 A highly affecting film unafraid to exact an emotional toll.
  58. A Walk on the Moon 1999 full review
  59. The Wood 1999 An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity. full review
  60. Belly 1998 full review
  61. Cousin Bette 1998 full review
  62. East Is East 1998 full review
  63. Following 1998 full review
  64. Phantoms 1998 full review
  65. Wide Awake 1998 A wonderful family film that deals sensitively, and even with humor, with a fairly unusual situation for the screen: a 9-year-old's struggles with his faith in God. full review
  66. Chasing Amy 1997 Work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy. full review
  67. The Fifth Element 1997 There's no doubt about it, when it comes to saving the world, Bruce Willis is your man. He does it with smarts and style, humor and courage. full review
  68. I Love You, I Love You Not 1997 full review
  69. Adrenalin: Fear the Rush 1996 full review
  70. Citizen Ruth 1996 full review
  71. The Craft 1996 full review
  72. Happy Gilmore 1996 You don't feel that Sandler and director Dennis Dugan are trying for the kind of subversiveness that might just make Happy's brutal anarchy more effective. full review
  73. Muppet Treasure Island 1996 full review
  74. The Pallbearer 1996 full review
  75. Restoration 1996 The film is overcome by the rumbling workings of a creaky plot as the story grows more serious. full review
  76. Scream 1996 A bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity. full review
  77. Unhook the Stars 1996 full review
  78. Walking and Talking 1996 full review
  79. Blue in the Face 1995 full review
  80. Bushwhacked 1995 [A] strained, way, way over-the-top comedy-thriller in which its star, Daniel Stern, as the film's executive producer, gives himself free rein to mug and show off to increasingly numbing and tedious effect. full review
  81. Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 full review
  82. Fallen Angels 1995 An exhilarating rush of a movie, with all manner of go-for-broke visual bravura that expresses perfectly the free spirits of [Wong's] bold young people. full review
  83. Picture Bride 1995 full review
  84. Tommy Boy 1995 Tommy Boy is a good belly laugh of a movie. full review
  85. Of Love and Shadows 1994 full review
  86. The Innocent 1993 full review
  87. Switchblade Sisters 1975 A terrific example of efficient, resourceful filmmaking, and its depiction of urban ills is, if anything, all too prophetic. full review
  88. /titles/197425 3 Ninjas Kick Back is just as lively and engaging as the 1992 original full review
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  91. /titles/197415 The filmmakers clearly put considerable thought and imagination into making as a good a sequel as they could. full review
  92. /titles/198230 full review
  93. /titles/197463 A sure-fire date night movie, proves to be more than that and represents a career boost to all its young people on both sides of the camera. full review
  94. /titles/197804 For all its nonstop energy and high spirits, Can't Hardly Wait allows its characters to emerge as fully dimensional individuals; they've been written with care and perception and played with equal aplomb by a roster of talented young actors. full review
  95. /titles/197461 A mix of wild humor and genuine sentiment. full review
  96. /titles/199351 ... seems every bit the masterpiece it was when first released by Paramount. full review
  97. /titles/197468 full review
  98. /titles/197453 There has never been a film quite like Kasi Lemmons' shimmering Eve's Bayou. full review
  99. /titles/197799 Just when things start getting too grisly, Raimi rushes in with a hilarious, sendup joke to remind us that all this blood and guts is meant in spooky Grand Guignol fun. full review
  100. /titles/197807 Fast, light and funny, Galaxy Quest has a wide, generation - spanning appeal -- and you don't have to be a die-hard Trekkie to enjoy it. full review
  101. /titles/197451 full review
  102. /titles/197283 It might have been a premise for an effective romantic comedy that pointed up the plight of undocumented immigrants, but Morris and his co-writers aren't up to the task. full review
  103. /titles/198236 The relentless torrent of foul language--and not just from Jay--becomes numbing and finally makes the film seem more crass than amusing. full review
  104. /titles/197797 full review
  105. /titles/198247 As the wooden puppet who yearns to be human, Benigni ... is steadfastly insufferable, from his naughty, naive stage through a transformation to a state of virtue that is steeped in a self-congratulatory martyrdom and nobility. full review
  106. /titles/197467 Maybe they actually had fun doing this film, but if so, this feeling is likely to be contagious only to those who like their movies relentlessly mindless. full review
  107. /titles/197447 A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative. full review
  108. /titles/198195 Del Shores' local stage hit seems at times too big for the screen. full review
  109. /titles/197715 It's difficult to see how this picture -- essentially chronicling a long car trip -- could mean much to anyone but the Wagners and their friends and relatives. full review
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