Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

  1. Year of the Dog 2007 It's enjoyable in a dry but fervent way that most American comedies aren't. full review
  2. Golden Door 2006 An often lyrical and moving movie. full review
  3. The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 [Loach is] the master of the docu-drama or the realist social film, and Wind is one of his masterpieces. full review
  4. 49 Up 2005 I can think of no single movie, fictional or factual, that more strongly awakens our common humanity or that establishes such a marvelous, tight bond with its characters. full review
  5. Factotum 2005 Hamer illuminates Bukowski's dark, sleazy little corner. He makes us feel with Hank and, surprisingly, at times, feel for him. full review
  6. Forgiving Dr. Mengele 2005 Its subject enobles the work. full review
  7. Old Joy 2005 Fresh as spring water and warm as sunlight, it steeps us in the beauties we will always miss, if we keep dividing the world into winners and losers. full review
  8. Psychopathia Sexualis 2005 full review
  9. Stoned 2005 In the end, a Stones (or a Jones) movie with no Stones songs is itself a bit like death by misadventure. full review
  10. The World's Fastest Indian 2005 These days, when movies often fatuously exploit youth and condescend to age, it's refreshing to see something like Roger Donaldson's picaresque action movie The World's Fastest Indian. full review
  11. Agnes and His Brothers 2004 It's a slick, ambitious movie that doesn't always nail all the many moods and themes it's after. But the actors give it force and depth. full review
  12. My Boss's Daughter 2003 This is a movie that boggles the mind: a bad-taste comedy that makes the average effort by the Farrelly Brothers (mysteriously thanked in the credits) look like a Merchant-Ivory film. full review
  13. Ararat 2002 In the end, Ararat has enough artistry and intelligence -- and enough commitment from Egoyan, producer Robert Lantos and company -- to justify more than a higher-than-mixed rating. full review
  14. The Believer 2002 One of the year's most thought-provoking, hard-hitting films, gutsily opening up a subject rarely done with this kind of all-out chutzpah. full review
  15. Changing Lanes 2002 A thrilling ride but also a thoughtful one, it's a movie that does manage to do more good than bad by the end of the day. full review
  16. The New Guy 2002 Bad beyond belief and ridiculous beyond description. full review
  17. Paid in Full 2002 It's good, hard-edged stuff, violent and a bit exploitative but also nicely done, morally alert and street-smart. full review
  18. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 You don't have to be a child to enjoy Spy Kids 2, but it certainly helps. full review
  19. The Sum of All Fears 2002 An implausible apocalypse without depth or resonance, a cartoon of international politics presented with no James Bond-like playfulness and with all the superficial realism money can buy. full review
  20. We Were Soldiers 2002 Probably the best thing you can say about We Were Soldiers is that it does justice to an awful conflict. full review
  21. Black Hawk Down 2001 A first-rate war movie that presents its subject so horrifyingly well that it doesn't need to probe or preach. full review
  22. America's Sweethearts 2001 All these good actors and all Crystal's sass and witty candor can't bring back the heyday of Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges. Or even, most of the time, their off-days. full review
  23. Baran 2001 A mix of gritty realism, crisp storytelling and radiant compassion that effortlessly draws you in. full review
  24. Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001 Few sports films catch their time, place and sport so well. full review
  25. Shaolin Soccer 2001 While Shaolin Soccer may not wow Western audiences the way it did Asian ones, you should get more than a few kicks out of it. full review
  26. Merci Pour le Chocolat 2000 An impeccable study in perversity. full review
  27. Reindeer Games (Deception) 2000 It's a heist without a plan, a crime without a brain, a thriller without a decent script.
  28. Shaft 2000 This new Shaft has the stuff to grab its audience in a big way, maybe even opening up a new franchise.
  29. The Yards 2000 A rare and often quite good try at making a thriller with real people and believable contemporary backgrounds.
  30. Mansfield Park 1999 Spins the most interesting modern re-interpretation of the Austen canon.
  31. Music of the Heart 1999 One of the year's most heartfelt movies. full review
  32. Tarzan 1999 Entertaining and spectacular!
  33. The Prince of Egypt 1998 For a cartoon, the movie is overpowering!
  34. Shakespeare in Love 1998 Prepare to be ravished!
  35. While You Were Sleeping 1995 It plays like a movie dreamed up by people in a studio marketing department who'd decided to bare their souls. full review
  36. Forrest Gump 1994 This tall tale may reach monumental proportions, but Forrest Gump always keeps its magical airiness and grace. full review
  37. Days of Heaven 1978 Perhaps the most typical example of a '70s American art film -- daring, romantic, rebellious but also filled with longing for the beauty of the past. full review
  38. Patton 1970 Scott strikes an unforgettable figure. full review
  39. The Graduate 1967 Few movies have communicated with such dark hilarity all the anxiety and flamboyant misery of youthful sexual initiation
  40. Becket 1964 Ripe with homoerotic undercurrents -- which O'Toole mines with relish in his great hysterical performance, full of cunning, eloquence and mad outbursts. full review
  41. /titles/198215 At its best, it's a valentine of venom, sent with mirth and malice aforethought. full review
  42. /titles/197186 A film that effortlessly makes you laugh with delight, cringe with pain and weep for life's inevitable end. full review
  43. /titles/199764 The movie has its entertaining flashes, but there's too much bat-jive and bat-hokum. full review
  44. /titles/199840 It's a bouncy, funny picture that I enjoyed -- one that mostly eludes the perils of sequelitis and spinoff-itis, a lusty comedy about the importance of looking good and getting the right scissors in the right hands. full review
  45. /titles/198256 A masterpiece of wry violence and stylized mayhem. full review
  46. /titles/197818 An intelligent and informed look at the preposterous ways our leaders are often picked and sabotaged. full review
  47. /titles/197208 One hell of a movie. full review
  48. /titles/199798 Despite a story that starts off convincingly, this movie turns into melodramatic, revenge-crazy Hollywood mush. full review
  49. /titles/197164 In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly. full review
  50. /titles/199938 A labor of love. full review
  51. /titles/197180 A likable but flimsy retread that's barely worth the effort. full review
  52. /titles/197460 Will please many. It's a shame it's no knockout. full review
  53. /titles/198228 In The Haunting, the moviemakers succeed in something very difficult: creating a haunted house with real personality and terror. full review
  54. /titles/197205 Quite enjoyable, effortlessly well-done on every level, even moving at times, but relatively light weight. full review
  55. /titles/199851 Dog and movie lovers, take note: Lassie has come home. full review
  56. /titles/197705 This movie remains full of high Hollywood cliches. full review
  57. /titles/199381 A neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily! full review
  58. /titles/199808 It's not a bad idea, but it's not a good movie, either. full review
  59. /titles/199768 This movie is fun to watch in ways that most recent cartoons aren't. full review
  60. /titles/198364 Unfortunately, most of the scenes in Seven are unlikely, which means that by the end of the movie the duo is battling not just an insane killer but an off-the-wall screenwriter. full review
  61. /titles/199766 Wacky and heartless. full review