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Lou Lumenick, New York Post

  1. The Art of the Steal 2014 Sobol encourages his excellent cast, which includes the iconic Terence Stamp as a federal informant and Jay Baruchel as the gang's weakest link, to steal scenes left and right. full review
  2. Back in the Day 2014 [A] stale, schmaltzy and testosterone-drenched comedy. full review
  3. G.B.F. 2014 Offers an admirable message of tolerance for teen audiences - too bad it's been absurdly saddled with an R rating, even though there's far less innuendo than in "Easy A.'' full review
  4. Journey To The West 2014 The final product is very much Chow - with elaborately staged stunts, slapstick inspired by silent Hollywood, and a silliness that will appeal to kids (as well as some black humor that may take some explaining for younger audiences). full review
  5. And Now A Word From Our Sponsor 2013 A mild, toothless satire - a "Being There'' where there's barely any there there. full review
  6. And While We Were Here 2013 [A] familiarly snoozy romantic drama. full review
  7. Birders: The Central Park Effect 2013 An engrossing tour of this little-known subculture and unlikely habitat in the center of densely populated Manhattan. full review
  8. Broken 2013 "Broken'' embraces the sort of unappealing British miserabilism perfected by "Ratcatcher" director Lynne Ramsay. full review
  9. Drift 2013 I'm a sucker for films with great surfing footage, let alone wacky '70s hairstyles. But this overlong, cliche-infested Aussie period drama tested my patience. full review
  10. Emperor 2013 Director Webber and the screenwriters, David Klass and Vera Blasi ... largely [waste] Jones and some very nice period details. full review
  11. The English Teacher 2013 Like so many small films carrying the Tribeca Films label, this seriocomic farce has its moments, but fails to live up to the promise of a starry cast headed by Julianne Moore. full review
  12. Escape From Tomorrow 2013 Basically, the whole thing can be summed up as an epic midlife crisis. full review
  13. The Frozen Ground 2013 A taut procedural with atmospheric location work that traces Cage's clock-racing efforts to find evidence against Cusack ... full review
  14. Hating Breitbart 2013 This is less a documentary than a wholly uncritical celebration ... full review
  15. The Host 2013 Long, tedious and often unintentionally hilarious. full review
  16. If I Were You 2013 "If I Were You'' has more than its share of laughs, but director Joan Carr-Wiggin needed to cut half an hour to make this fly without interest flagging. full review
  17. InAPPropriate Comedy 2013 An inept, brutally unfunny collection of sketches ... full review
  18. Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 It largely consists of Franco musing about depictions of homosexual activity on film. full review
  19. It's a Disaster 2013 [A] practically laugh-free vanity comedy with C-listers facing the apocalypse in the form of a nerve-gas attack on Los Angeles. full review
  20. Jobs 2013 [Kutcher's] performance, like the movie, is all surface. full review
  21. Killing Season 2013 If you've always wanted to see Robert De Niro forced to thread a steel rod through an open wound and then strung upside down by John Travolta, this is the movie for you. full review
  22. Lovelace 2013 The superficial script doesn't go nearly deep enough to begin explaining Lovelace. full review
  23. Movie 43 2013 If you mashed-up the worst parts of the infamous Howard the Duck, Gigli, Ishtar and every other awful movie I've seen since I started reviewing professionally in 1981, it wouldn't begin to approach the sheer soul-sucking badness of [Movie 43]. full review
  24. Mud 2013 A wonderful, piquant modern-day variation on "Huckleberry Finn.'' full review
  25. The Numbers Station 2013 With Cusack's help, Barfoed holds your interest without resorting to car chases, a rarity in a contemporary thriller. full review
  26. Our Nixon 2013 Mundane movies of events like the president's daughter's wedding and his groundbreaking trip to China are juxtaposed with Nixon's rants about his enemies and the "homosexuals" he believed were leading the US into decline. full review
  27. Parker 2013 "Parker'' is watchable chiefly for Statham, who exudes effortless cool and excels in hand-to-hand combat, as well as demonstrating his skill at wielding some very unlikely weapons. full review
  28. Passion 2013 Mostly it's another opportunity for this most self-referential of directors to dip once again into his well-worn bag of tricks. full review
  29. Phantom 2013 It's not something you want to plunk down $12 for, but just diverting enough to check out when it arrives on Netflix Instant. full review
  30. Rapture-Palooza 2013 [An] almost endearingly silly amuse bouche of a comedy depicting how the End of Days might play out in Seattle ... full review
  31. Stuck in Love 2013 Worthwhile for its fine performances, including the best work that Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly have done in quite a while. full review
  32. Supporting Characters 2013 Offers a few laughs, all served up on eyeball-gougingly ugly digital video. full review
  33. Touchy Feely 2013 "Touchy Feely'' works better in its funnier moments, but Shelton - who pads things out with way too many scenic shots of Seattle - never pulls all these threads together into a satisfying whole. full review
  34. Turbo 2013 A fresh, fast and funny little fable about a freakishly fast garden snail who tries to enter the Indy 500. full review
  35. Unfinished Song 2013 Stamp could not be better as a man set emotionally adrift when he loses the love of his life. full review
  36. Winnie Mandela 2013 "Winnie Mandela'' really stumbles when it comes to depicting the couple's painful separation, which the film suggests resulted more from politics than Winnie's infidelity. full review
  37. Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story 2012 "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story" doesn't flinch from asking tough questions... full review
  38. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 There's little sense of the Carol Channing beneath the overdone makeup - if there is one - except maybe to celebrate her fourth marriage to a high school classmate who died recently. full review
  39. Deadfall 2012 There's nothing you haven't seen before - and better - in "Deadfall," which would seem to appeal mostly to fans of snowmobile chases. full review
  40. The Dictator 2012 It ends up being a lot less hilarious than "Borat,'' and not quite as funny as "Bruno.'' full review
  41. End of Watch 2012 Gyllenhaal and Pena have great chemistry together ... in their best performances to date. full review
  42. The Expendables 2 2012 It's hard not to like a movie in which Bruce Willis' toupee-less CIA agent accuses Stallone's ragtag band of mercenaries of engaging in "male pattern badness.'' full review
  43. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story 2012 Doesn't give much more than a cursory sense of what Yonathan Netanyahu was like as a person. full review
  44. Freelancers 2012 "Freelancers" is De Niro's second-worst film of 2012 after "Red Lights." God help us; he's got two more to go. full review
  45. General Education 2012 Wavers between extreme silliness and unbearable earnestness. full review
  46. Girl In Progress 2012 The direction ... doesn't do justice to the fairly novel concept of a young woman consciously constructing her own coming-of-age scenario. full review
  47. Hick 2012 A smarmy little road movie about a Southern teenage girl losing her innocence the hard way during the Reagan era. full review
  48. Holy Motors 2012 The sort of enigmatic movie that many critics embrace because it's open to endless interpretation ... full review
  49. In Our Nature 2012 Plays distressingly like a photographed off-Broadway drama. full review
  50. Jesus Henry Christ 2012 Even for a surreal black comedy, "Jesus Henry Christ" requires massive suspension of disbelief. full review
  51. A Late Quartet 2012 Yaron Zilberman, a documentarian making his feature debut, treads a fine line between farce and drama ... full review
  52. A Little Bit Of Heaven 2012 Who knew dying could be such a laugh riot? Certainly not any of us who have actually watched a loved one in the awful final stages of cancer. full review
  53. The Magic of Belle Isle 2012 "The Magic of Belle Isle'' smothers two of this year's best performances - by Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen - in enough family-friendly sweetness to induce diabetic shock. full review
  54. Not Fade Away 2012 The acting is OK, but none of the leads has the kind of sizzle that might have turned this into something as special as another film set roughly in the same era, "Diner.'' full review
  55. ParaNorman 2012 Employs stop-motion animation to provide hand-crafted appeal to the clever and surprisingly scary story of a Massachusetts town whose witch-hunting past catches up with it on its 300th anniversary. full review
  56. Perfect Sense 2012 People around the world progressively lose their senses of smell, taste, hearing and, finally, sight. Too bad the filmmakers never seem to have had a sense of humor in the first place. full review
  57. The Possession 2012 The script, credited to Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, adheres so closely to formula that it's possible to predict not only which characters will end up dead, but in what order ... full review
  58. The Queen of Versailles 2012 The Siegels make the Kardashians and Donald Trump look like tasteful pikers when it comes to egregiously conspicuous consumption, sheer hubris and utter refusal to take responsibility for their actions. full review
  59. The Raven 2012 It's good pulpy fun, with eye catching period trimmings, and Hungarian locations standing in ably for 19th century Maryland. full review
  60. Red Lights 2012 One of the most preposterous and incoherent films of 2012... full review
  61. Seeking Justice 2012 [Cage] shouldn't do any more movies in which his character signals his acceptance of a Faustian bargain by buying two candy bars. full review
  62. Side by Side 2012 A surprisingly accessible documentary about an often very technical subject - the revolution surrounding Hollywood's rapid conversion from 35mm film to digital technologies. full review
  63. The Snowtown Murders 2012 Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable... full review
  64. Solomon Kane 2012 Been there, done that. full review
  65. Walk Away Renee 2012 Produced on a far more elaborate scale than "Tarnation,'' which Caouette assembled at a cost of $213.32 on his boyfriend's laptop computer. And that's mostly not a good thing. full review
  66. The Woman in the Fifth 2012 Pawel Pawlikowski's great-looking but pretentious adaptation of a Douglas Kennedy novel. full review
  67. The Zen Of Bennett 2012 Like with any great singer, it's often the telling pauses of the man born Anthony Benedetto that say the most in "The Zen of Bennett." full review
  68. Beautiful Darling 2011 "Beautiful Darling" makes extensive use of photos, sketches and Darling's diaries belonging to Jeremiah Newton, a gay pal she lived with on and off until her death from cancer in 1974. full review
  69. The Chaperone 2011 "The Chaperone" is dreadful enough to make you wish Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was still making family movies. full review
  70. Friends With Benefits 2011 Will Gluck's bright screwball farce has witty dialogue that sparkles, at least by debased 21st-century standards. full review
  71. Inside Out 2011 A nonsensical, thickly plotted gumbo... full review
  72. An Invisible Sign 2011 What's the sign for boredom? full review
  73. Ironclad 2011 A gore-filled guilty pleasure... full review
  74. Keep the Lights On 2011 A tough, well-acted little indie ... full review
  75. Magic Trip 2011 I'm not sure I can adequately explain the '60s to someone who wasn't there. "Magic Trip" doesn't really even try. full review
  76. My Week with Marilyn 2011 Brilliantly playing doomed '50s sex bomb Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Williams gets under the skin of the troubled yet vulnerable icon in a way no one else ever has. full review
  77. The Other Woman 2011 Thanks to Portman's superb work, we feel her pain acutely. full review
  78. Page One: Inside the New York Times 2011 Basically a carefully airbrushed and authorized portrait of the Gray Lady during 14 months when there was serious speculation about the paper's impending demise. full review
  79. Peep World 2011 The heavy-handed "Peep World" has a few laughs sprinkled over its abbreviated running time as it limps to a predictable conclusion. full review
  80. Seven Days In Utopia 2011 At least watching Black fish, paint and pilot an airplane is less boring than golf. full review
  81. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness 2011 Starts off looking like a glorified DVD extra for "Fiddler on the Roof," but it eventually becomes a far more gemutlich portrait of the creator of Tevye the Milkman, who took the pen name of Sholem Aleichem. full review
  82. Sympathy for Delicious 2011 Interesting but never compelling... full review
  83. That's What I Am 2011 An entertaining, well-made plea for tolerance... full review
  84. Trishna 2011 Pinto's lack of dramatic range (she basically has two expressions) and an awkward third act do not provide a solid foundation for Hardy's tragic ending. full review
  85. The Ward 2011 A dull, by-the-numbers psych-ward horror thriller that's sadly a lot closer in quality to "Sucker Punch" than "Shutter Island." full review
  86. 3 Backyards 2010 Well-acted and acutely observed, the sort of cerebral fare you can more typically find on HBO than in theaters these days. full review
  87. All Good Things 2010 Jarecki, the wealthy co-founder of Moviefone who directed the acclaimed documentary "Capturing the Friedmans," here presents another memorable portrait of a dysfunctional family over three decades. full review
  88. A Bag of Hammers 2010 Brian Crano's very slight debut of a comedy. full review
  89. The Best and the Brightest 2010 Josh Shelov's smug and smutty farce employs an estimable cast in an only sporadically funny story... full review
  90. Bill Cunningham New York 2010 Cunningham talks freely about his passion for fashion and photography. full review
  91. Black Death 2010 Though deadly serious, Christopher Smith's European-made bubonic- plague melodrama provides good value with lots of blood and guts, as well as a solid cast. full review
  92. Casino Jack 2010 Spacey has a field day as the hyper-energetic Abramoff, the former producer of the Dolph Lundgren epic "Red Scorpion" who observes that "Washington is Hollywood with ugly people." full review
  93. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010 Working with extremely limited lighting, Herzog not only gives a sense of the caves as a sinuous, tactile environment, but focuses on the movement suggested by the paintings. full review
  94. Inhale 2010 Milks the very real problem of "organ tourism" for all the melodrama and car chases it's worth. full review
  95. Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work 2010 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work compellingly presents a strong woman with no shortage of anger, resentment and regrets -- but not an ounce of self-pity. full review
  96. The Joneses 2010 The Joneses is a black comedy about stealth marketing made by a filmmaker who's evidently much too close to the subject to bite the hand that feeds him. full review
  97. The Kids Are All Right 2010 The Kids Are All Right might not be as edgy as Cholodenko's past work, but this more mainstream effort has lots of smarts, lots of heart and an open mind. full review
  98. Legendary 2010 It may not live up to that grandiose title, but this rousingly sweet little flick is certainly nothing to go out of your way to avoid. full review
  99. Love Ranch 2010 Well-acted but clumsy... full review
  100. Monsters 2010 Both of them are so obnoxious that you're quickly rooting for the monsters to get them. Unfortunately, they're never in any real danger. full review
  101. Restrepo 2010 A gut-wrenching, politically neutral documentary that spends more than a year with a platoon of American GIs in a valley that's been called the most dangerous spot on Earth. full review
  102. The Switch 2010 Tries to be more than a sitcom but keeps falling back on cheap laughs. full review
  103. Today's Special 2010 Charming and mouthwatering... full review
  104. Vanishing On 7th Street 2010 Brad Anderson's creepily effective low-budget thriller may not have a punch line worthy of your typical "Twilight Zone" episode, but it otherwise gets the job done in under an hour and a half with a good cast. full review
  105. The Proposal 2009 Shamelessly derivative, contrived and predictable, The Proposal is nonetheless a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. full review
  106. The Boys Are Back 2009 The Boys Are Back is not a perfect movie -- but you can't do much better than Owen, who beautifully plays against his darkly brooding persona. full review
  107. Bruno 2009 More gut-bustingly funny than anything else out there right now. full review
  108. Cairo Time 2009 Cairo Time earns some indulgence for a pace that Westerners may find languid. full review
  109. Double Take 2009 full review
  110. Five Minutes of Heaven 2009 full review
  111. Great Directors 2009 Apprently novice filmmaker Angela Ismailos' definition of a Great Director is one who's willing to sit or walk with her while she lobs innocuous questions and gives herself lots of awed close-up reaction shots. full review
  112. I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 What it lacks in laughs -- there are none -- it tries to make up for by ladling on stale cliches, such as Vardalos' two stereotypically gay assistants and a desperate younger female friend who stalks guys. full review
  113. The Perfect Game 2009 This inspirational film, written by first-timer (and producer) W. William Winokur, is not for cynics or those resistant to cute kids (and child actors sometimes given to mugging). full review
  114. The Secret of Kells 2009 It's easy to see how the animation nominators fell in love with this charmer based on Celtic mythology, which is quite unlike anything I've ever seen before. full review
  115. Serious Moonlight 2009 full review
  116. Bottle Shock 2008 Beautifully shot by Michael J. Ozier, the dominating taste in Bottle Shock is Rickman's beautiful performance as a snob -- a snob who is secretly open to being delightfully surprised. full review
  117. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008 A four-handkerchief documentary if there ever was one. full review
  118. Gardens of the Night 2008 Writer-director Jared Harris (and actor and son of the late Richard Harris) claims to have spent 10 years researching this sordid milieu, yet, for all the detail, it ends up playing like an especially lurid '80s TV movie. full review
  119. In Bruges 2008 Disappointingly strip-mines the very fatigued comic hit-man genre to diminishing returns. full review
  120. New York, I Love You 2008 Yknow a collection of Gotham-themed shorts by international directors is in serious trouble when the most entertaining segment is directed by Hollywood uber-hack Brett Ratner. full review
  121. Were the World Mine 2008 An ambitious gay musical fantasy inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tom Gustafson's Were the World Mine is far better in concept than execution. The shoestring budget hurts. full review
  122. Adrift in Manhattan 2007 ...overall, his [Alfredo De Villa's] latest flick is dramatically tepid. full review
  123. Alone with Her 2007 Far superior to the generic thrillers churned out by the big studios. full review
  124. Flawless 2007 The plot contortions that very slowly unfold under Michael Radford's arthritic direction in Flawless are not much...entertaining. full review
  125. How About You 2007 Never underestimate the value of slight but charming flicks like Anthony Bryne's How About You. full review
  126. The Hunting Party 2007 The film comes off more like a drunken recollection by a war correspondent than something that might actually have happened. full review
  127. A Mighty Heart 2007 [Jolie is] greatly abetted by the no-nonsense, very un-Hollywood-ish approach that British director Michael Winterbottom takes to this fact-based thriller. full review
  128. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 2007 I adore Frances McDor mand, but she's seri ously miscast -- in a title role Emma Thompson could play in her sleep -- in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, an uneasy blend of screwball comedy and pathos set in 1939 London. full review
  129. Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday picks up steam when it finally arrives in Cannes just in time to wreak yet more havoc at the big film festival, but getting there is pretty tedious. A little of the wildly mugging Atkinson goes a long way. full review
  130. Reign Over Me 2007 Mike Binder's oddball film keeps retreating into fantasy -- as if to avoid precisely the kind of issues that have kept the studios from confronting the legacy of 9/11. full review
  131. The Benchwarmers 2006 Sandler's latest ode to projectile vomiting, passing gas, gay jokes and physical insults to the groin is basically a feeble cross between The Revenge of the Nerds and The Bad News Bears.
  132. Click 2006 Rarely have I wanted to fast-forward through a movie as much as Click, a treacly and not-funny-enough Adam Sandler comedy about a man who uses a magical remote control to fast-forward through life.
  133. Curious George 2006 Despite 16 years in development and drafts by many prominent Hollywood screenwriters, the finished product (credited to O'Callaghan and Mike Webb) feels undeveloped, like a 10-minute TV cartoon stretched to barely feature length.
  134. Freedomland 2006 Freedomland is the kind of dispiriting February botch that makes you wonder if mainstream Hollywood would be better off abandoning serious subjects to the world of specialized film.
  135. Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 A sitcom with enough big laughs and emotional truth to get audiences past awkward pacing and some slow spots.
  136. Lonely Hearts 2006 A rather plodding movie. full review
  137. Penelope 2006 Under Mark Palansky's uninspired direction, magic eludes Penelope in scene after scene. full review
  138. Scoop 2006 Scoop, a half-baked amalgam of Manhattan Murder Mystery and Curse of the Jade Scorpion -- sadly demonstrates that Allen has lost much of his comic timing both as a director and an actor.
  139. Freshman Orientation 2005 ...goes way over the top for the Greeks vs. Gays climax. full review
  140. The Ice Harvest 2005 The Ice Harvest is a treat for everyone who hates holidays.
  141. Mind the Gap 2005 Schaeffer's rip-off -- er, homage -- to Magnolia.
  142. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price 2005 Wal-Mart's home office in Bentonville, Ark., can rest easy: Greenwald, as usual, is hysterically preaching to the choir.
  143. xXx: State of the Union 2005 Mostly an excuse for cramming as much gratuitous violence as possible into a PG-13-rated flick running only 92 minutes.
  144. Mean Girls 2004 It's an improvement over the dire Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, but Mean Girls is nowhere near as satisfying as Freaky Friday.
  145. Bulletproof Monk 2003 A moronic knockoff of Jackie Chan's buddy/action comedies, directed without much imagination or aspiration by music-video veteran Paul Hunter.
  146. Cold Mountain 2003 An exquisitely crafted Civil War epic that combines the epic romantic sweep of Gone With the Wind with a more intimate voice that speaks eloquently to the war-weary nation of today.
  147. CSA: Confederate States of America 2003 Kevin Willmott's clever, very low-budget film rewrites history.
  148. The Haunted Mansion 2003 The advertising slogan for The Haunted Mansion warns, 'Check your pulse at the door' -- pretty cheeky for a movie that flatlines for almost all of its 98 minutes.
  149. Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003 A maddeningly uneven spaghetti Eastern that's well worth seeing for his technical mastery, even as it challenges you with the geeky auteur's boundless self-indulgence.
  150. Loser 2003 Mind-numbingly witless.
  151. My Boss's Daughter 2003 Three-year-old, brain-dead variant of Risky Business.
  152. People I Know 2003 Almost as much fun as reading Page Six.
  153. Radio 2003 It's hard to say what's more offensive about the out-of-tune Radio -- Cuba Gooding Jr. trying to ingratiate himself by mugging up a storm as a mentally challenged man, or the mawkish narrative surrounding him like so much syrup.
  154. Under the Tuscan Sun 2003 Wells ... serves up a comfort-food buffet of fantasies.
  155. Uptown Girls 2003 A creepy, depressing and leering 'comedy' that's a virtual collection of 'What were they thinking?' moments.
  156. American Dreamz 2002 A cartoonish, unfocused and mostly unfunny satire that doesn't come within a hundred miles of hitting its two main targets.
  157. Barbershop 2002 Combines big laughs, a big heart and thoroughly winning characters.
  158. The Believer 2002 Any intellectual arguments being made about the nature of God are framed in a drama so clumsy, there is a real danger less sophisticated audiences will mistake it for an endorsement of the very things that Bean abhors.
  159. Below 2002 It's basically an overlong episode of Tales from the Crypt.
  160. Blackwoods 2002 Director Uwe Boll and the actors provide scant reason to care in this crude '70s throwback.
  161. Changing Lanes 2002 Finally, a thinking person's thriller.
  162. Girls Will Be Girls 2002 A badly written attempt at a John Waters-style celebration of vulgar humor starring three drag queens.
  163. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 [Spy Kids 2] is both overblown and overlong compared to the original -- but happily has enough heart and smarts to recommend it as one of the season's worthier family entertainments.
  164. Treasure Planet 2002 Better than OK, but no Spirited Away.
  165. View from the Top 2002 A dire stewardess comedy that's the movie equivalent of airline food.
  166. America's Sweethearts 2001 As undemanding summer movies go, America's Sweethearts is surprisingly funny and sweet, despite some missed comic opportunities and curious casting choices.
  167. Born Romantic 2001 Only sporadically entertaining.
  168. Children Underground 2001 A powerful piece of filmmaking.
  169. Donnie Darko 2001 An engaging, time-tripping Holden Caulfield.
  170. Get Over It 2001 Scarcely enough story for a half-hour TV sitcom.
  171. Love the Hard Way 2001 Wildly uneven romantic drama.
  172. Novocaine 2001 Martin breaks loose from a string of bland studio comedies with Novocaine, a snarkily amusing indie.
  173. Pootie Tang 2001 Akin to watching a random collection of deleted scenes from a misconceived movie that should never have darkened the inside of a theater in the first place.
  174. The Score 2001 Frank Oz keeps the suspense taut and doesn't have to resort to gratuitous violence to get our adrenaline going.
  175. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 A tedious bore that deserves early entombment.
  176. The Wash 2001 Boring and desperately unfunny.
  177. Gossip 2000 Gossip is a remarkably accurate title for a glossy, shallow thriller where not a single scene rings true.
  178. About Adam 2000 A moderately beguiling date movie.
  179. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is no Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but it has it own goofy charms.
  180. Diamond Men 2000 Cohen pours on schmaltz straight out of the similarly themed Diamonds.
  181. The Emperor's New Groove 2000 Often feels long, like a half-hour cartoon stretched to feature length.
  182. The Gift 2000 The smartest and scariest supernatural thriller since The Sixth Sense.
  183. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 Chabrol ratchets up such a level of suspense -- and Huppert gives such a mesmerizingly deadpan performance -- that Merci Pour le Chocolat turns out to be as irresistible as a piece of dark chocolate.
  184. Mission: Impossible 2 2000 Check your brains at the popcorn stand and hang on for a spectacular ride.
  185. Reindeer Games (Deception) 2000 About as appealing as leftover Christmas fruitcake.
  186. Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 It's several, uh, cuts below its predecessors, as well as the modest hit from 1998 it purports to be a sequel to.
  187. Music of the Heart 1999 Overwrought tearjerker, directed without a shred of subtlety.
  188. Superstar 1999 The funniest SNL movie since Wayne's World.
  189. The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) 1994 Chan's most impressive achievement.
  190. /titles/197415 What's intact from the original is the premise's big heart and the wonderful ensemble led by Ice Cube. full review
  191. /titles/197134 A loud, coarse and witless family comedy. full review
  192. /titles/197191 An ugly-looking mismash of a fairytale. full review
  193. /titles/197283 Leon is actually kind of charming as an actor, but he's completely wasted in this bomb. full review
  194. /titles/197206 Lassie is a dog movie even non-dog lovers will lap up. full review
  195. /titles/197328 The small-town setting of a half-century ago is beautifully animated by director Peter Lepenotis and his team, and there are some nicely staged old-school action sequences. full review
  196. /titles/197118 A crowd-pleasing comedy that isn't going to win any awards for originality. full review
  197. /titles/197192 A breathtakingly beautiful sci-fi adventure. full review