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  1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013 There's not a surprise or moment of tension to be found here, but the film is all energy and color that makes the discomfort of 3-D glasses seem worth it. full review
  2. Broken Flowers 2005 Flowers is smartly observational -- but a little screen heat would be worth a bouquet. full review
  3. Jersey Girl 2004 Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy. full review
  4. The Manchurian Candidate 2004 A case of smart and talented people trying to jam a Cold War square into a Gulf War circle. full review
  5. Mean Girls 2004 Girls, which gets funnier as it goes, is [Lorne Michaels'] best since 1992's Wayne's World. full review
  6. White Chicks 2004 As with every other genre, there's a right way and a wrong way to handle dude-lawman comedies. Chicks does it right a lot of the time. full review
  7. Anger Management 2003 Flimsy follow-through or not, the teaming still works, and so, at times, does the premise. full review
  8. Bulletproof Monk 2003 This is not a movie that sparks questions about the meaning of life. Well, maybe one: Dude, where's my Zen? full review
  9. Cold Mountain 2003 Watching this movie, it seems to be the next level down from great -- maybe too episodic. But it burns in the memory weeks after you see it. full review
  10. The Haunted Mansion 2003 The movie's horror angle also reminds us of Vampire in Brooklyn, the last in a string of Murphy flops before The Nutty Professor saved his screen career in 1996. With this listless foray, Eddie is twice bitten. full review
  11. Hollywood Homicide 2003 Both leads in Hollywood Homicide work multiple jobs, and wear themselves out in the process. So does a movie with such a generic title that it's a marvel no one has used it before. full review
  12. Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003 Whatever Bill's limitations, style isn't one of them. full review
  13. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen 2003 Its 98 minutes are as easy to enjoy as picking up a spare, and we don't mean a tire around the waist. full review
  14. The Missing 2003 An admirably solid effort. full review
  15. People I Know 2003 Sometimes incisive but finally overbaked drama. full review
  16. Scary Movie 3 2003 A sequel funnier than its predecessors. full review
  17. Ararat 2002 Has its moments -- and almost as many subplots. full review
  18. Maid in Manhattan 2002 Maid in Manhattan proves that it's easier to change the sheets than to change hackneyed concepts when it comes to dreaming up romantic comedies. full review
  19. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center. full review
  20. Star Trek - Nemesis 2002 As spent screen series go, Star Trek: Nemesis is even more suggestive of a 65th class reunion mixer where only eight surviving members show up -- and there's nothing to drink. full review
  21. We Were Soldiers 2002 ... the first film in recent memory that a major studio has chosen to release early in the year with palpable filmmaking passion and production heft. full review
  22. XXX 2002 The director piles on one expensive but impersonal action scene after another. full review
  23. Apocalypse Now Redux 2001 The film now seems both mellowed and -- thanks in part to the most vibrant-looking prints in its 22-year history -- revitalized. full review
  24. Baran 2001 Majidi tells his simple story with dazzling vision. full review
  25. Hannibal 2001 Hannibal won't even be a footnote when the year's best movies are grabbing the ink in December. full review
  26. Scary Movie 2 2001 If you took out all the jokes about bodily fluids, the movie could run five minutes instead of 83, and we could all go home. full review
  27. Vanilla Sky 2001 What works in a quirky foreign film can look silly with expansive Hollywood treatment. full review
  28. The Wash 2001 No one will claim it steals that famous old MGM motto: 'More Stars Than There Are in Heaven.' full review
  29. Love's Labour's Lost 2000 Little makes much of an impression.
  30. Vatel 2000 Surprisingly tepid.
  31. Double Jeopardy 1999 The result has a drawback common to such movies: too much screen time devoted to the conceit when anyone who has seen the coming-attractions trailer knows it already.
  32. In Too Deep 1999 It's the kind of summer movie you see only if a power failure has knocked out your air conditioning.
  33. The Virgin Suicides 1999 The movie ultimately succeeds because of its convincing emotion. In contrast to big-screen bummers we see every week, this movie conveys genuine sorrow.
  34. Breakdown 1997 Many will note echoes of 'The Vanishing,' 'Deliverance' and most of all, Steven Spielberg's 'Duel,' with Mostow displaying much of the craft that Spielberg ambushed us with in the 1971 TV movie that put him on the map.
  35. The Frighteners 1997 A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.
  36. Inventing the Abbotts 1997 Would be a lot more fun were it a trashy Troy Donahue-Diane McBain vehicle ground out by Warner Bros. in 1960.
  37. Jackie Brown 1997 Between Jackson's opining and De Niro's hopeless alibis when he messes up, Jackie is good for a bundle of bloody ho-ho-hos.
  38. Kiss The Girls 1997 Even those engrossed by the build-up here are likely to kiss off the rest after suffering through Girls' groaner of a wrap-up.
  39. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997 It's a not-bad gift for those who prefer their laughs black.
  40. The Peacemaker 1997 Hops the globe like an old Bob Hope troop show in a futilely frenzied attempt to obscure script weaknesses.
  41. The Rainmaker 1997 Voight proves again what a great character actor he's become by stealing the film as a country club-type defense lawyer with a julep tongue.
  42. Smilla's Sense of Snow 1997 This tough-to-peg whodunit keeps you going for two hours, despite a few James Bond-ish (or Jane Bond-ish) turns that play less preposterously than you might assume were they to be divulged.
  43. Welcome to Sarajevo 1997 Loosely structured, it keeps its focus despite lots of dramatic wiggle room.
  44. Beautiful Girls 1996 The movie lacks the stature or consistency to be truly beautiful -- but you know, it is kind of cute.
  45. Bed of Roses 1996 Don't blame the leads, but the movie has less emotional resonance than an old FTD florist commercial with Merlin Olsen.
  46. Big Night 1996 Stanley Tucci's surprise cinematic brainchild fills you up with its audacious originality.
  47. Citizen Ruth 1996 It's probably too schematic to reward more than a single viewing, but as a provocative one-time surprise it may become a specialized sleeper.
  48. Fargo 1996 A nifty bit of nastiness from two of our most dependably provocative filmmakers.
  49. Happy Gilmore 1996 The story has all the thickness of a well-trimmed green, but it's a decent excuse for some heady sight gags.
  50. The Juror 1996 Moore needs The Juror like she needs another scarlet letter; the 'D-for-dopey' here is hanging down to everyone's knees.
  51. Pocahontas 1996 Imagine a cult Disney cartoon, for this may be it.
  52. Primal Fear 1996 As a forum for its actors and for the big-screen directorial debut of multi-Emmy winner Gregory Hoblit, the film is up to the job.
  53. Restoration 1996 What virtues the movie has are cosmetic.
  54. Ridicule 1996 Audiences will respond favorably to its overall warmth, and the motion picture academy may, too.
  55. Trainspotting 1996 ...rapid-fire youth-culture freak show: random sex, in-your-face scatology, senseless violence and rampant profanity delivered in haggis-thick brogues.
  56. Walking and Talking 1996 Comes perilously close to becoming a gab-fest treadmill.
  57. Clockers 1995 Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel, aided by the potent acting his direction virtually guarantees.
  58. The Crossing Guard 1995 though Penn doesn't always seem to know where he's going, his movie doesn't altogether miss its destination.
  59. Dead Man 1995 Coy to a fault, the movie collapses under its own weight with 90 minutes to go, despite Robby MAuller's impressive black-and-white photography, which puts the film on a higher artistic plane than other equally unbearable movies.
  60. Dead Man Walking 1995 is the finest, least compromised film about capital punishment ever advancing a gently stated 'anti' view but going the extra 100 miles to give victims their due.
  61. Desperado 1995 Desperado, which is nothing but set pieces, snoozes between its scenes of carnage.
  62. Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 A hoary Chinatown knock-off wrapped in a seductively novel black-culture veneer, with a dash of Laura added for bad measure.
  63. Four Rooms 1995 Four Rooms has been cut substantially since a disastrous September reception at the Toronto Film Festival, though it's hard to imagine it running any longer.
  64. Johnny Mnemonic 1995 You can have a better time title-scanning Johnny pics in an alphabetical video guide than you can enduring the latest Blade Runner knockoff: Johnny Mnemonic.
  65. Lord of Illusions 1995 Barker's visual side dominates its literary equivalent this time out, resulting in a time-killer that may amuse fans until illusion is shattered by the rolling of the end credits.
  66. A Month by the Lake 1995 Vanessa Redgrave has never been more likable on screen than in her buoyantly athletic turn here.
  67. Sense and Sensibility 1995 The movie is good fun, boasting a dozen vivid characters and two that moviegoers will take to heart.
  68. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 Yet another debut about urban lowlifes filmed by wanna-be Tarantinos, Denver boasts a distinctive personality and a colorful cast that any police lineup would be proud to call its own.
  69. The Usual Suspects 1995 Director Bryan Singer gives his film enough surface flash to entertain future late-night cable possibilities.
  70. Two Bits 1994 If King of the Hill couldn't draw patrons despite appearing on tons of 10-best lists, what's a comparably themed small-change remembrance gonna do?

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