Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

  1. Center Stage 2000 The acting is wooden. full review
  2. Committed 2000 Graham ... has a certain joyfully lively screen presence that saves the film from itself. full review
  3. The Emperor's New Groove 2000 May be one of the brightest, funniest pieces of entertainment of the season. full review
  4. The Tigger Movie 2000 Anybody who first saw Tigger and learned the wonderful things about him more than 20 years ago is going to feel great, as will the very young who have been raised on Pooh and Co., one of the few cartoons that avoids hostility and violence. full review
  5. Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 Schlock, but amusing schlock. full review
  6. Girl, Interrupted 1999 A muddled production that misses the jarring tone of the autobiographical book by Susanna Kaysen on which it is based. The film is entertaining, but not very powerful. full review
  7. Mansfield Park 1999 A gorgeous, enchanting experience. full review
  8. Runaway Bride 1999 full review
  9. The Virgin Suicides 1999 The Virgin Suicides captures in stylized vignettes the intertwining strands of innocence, desire and despair in the psyches of teenage girls. full review
  10. Antz 1998 The filmmakers seem to have deliberately snubbed the traditional audience for animated features. full review
  11. Jack Frost 1998 Its heart is in the right place. full review
  12. Paulie 1998 Paulie has elements of a good weepy, but overall it never quite gels beyond being a passable novelty. full review
  13. The Prince of Egypt 1998 An inspiring translation of biblical grandeur, turning the story of one of history's greatest heroes into an entertaining, visually dazzling cartoon. full review
  14. Star Kid 1998 full review
  15. Waking Ned Devine 1998 There is some nudity in Ned Devine, but it's the funniest nudity in movies in ages. full review
  16. Wide Awake 1998 Children, too, will be bored to tears navigating through some of the talky spiritual gunk. full review
  17. Breakdown 1997 A 96- minute thrill ride that twists and turns before accelerating to a wonderfully overwrought finale. full review
  18. Event Horizon 1997 full review
  19. Hercules 1997 What fun! full review
  20. Inventing the Abbotts 1997 full review
  21. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997 full review
  22. Year of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live 1997 This is an intimate, lyrical yet incendiary film, and it will please fans of both Young and Jarmusch. full review
  23. Michael Collins 1996 Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame. full review
  24. 101 Dalmatians 1996 full review
  25. Big Night 1996 A small movie -- and that's its subtle charm. full review
  26. Brassed Off 1996 The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman. full review
  27. The Crow: City of Angels 1996 Comes across as a scattershot video with corny and contrived action scenes. full review
  28. The English Patient 1996 Torrid, witty, passionate and intelligent. full review
  29. Escape from L.A. 1996 Dark, percussive and perversely fun. full review
  30. Fargo 1996 A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic. full review
  31. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 Gorgeous but dark -- not the usual Disney experience. full review
  32. James and the Giant Peach 1996 James and the Giant Peach is frequently so alluring that viewers may feel the urge to get lost in the picture's curious shadings, intricate merriment and fantastical atmosphere. full review
  33. The Pallbearer 1996 full review
  34. Pocahontas 1996 Disney's 33rd animated feature, and its first with characters based on real people, is a stunning movie with clever twists, vivid characterizations, insightful songs and a surprising harvest of revisionist history. full review
  35. Restoration 1996 The movie takes on a somber, fitful atmosphere of straining epic proportions. But it strays into an episodic bog that leaves it gasping for dramatic life. full review
  36. Scream 1996 The film plays lively games with the macabre. full review
  37. The Big Green 1995 full review
  38. Blue in the Face 1995 full review
  39. Braveheart 1995 At times the film seems an obsessive ode to Mel Gibson machismo. full review
  40. Bushwhacked 1995 A little bit of Daniel Stern's mugging, dimwit style of comedy goes a long way. full review
  41. Clueless 1995 By the time you skip out of the theater, you've had a great time but can't remember a single reason why. full review
  42. Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 full review
  43. Jumanji 1995 full review
  44. A Month by the Lake 1995 full review
  45. Picture Bride 1995 full review
  46. While You Were Sleeping 1995 A lighthearted, charming nougat for romantics. full review
  47. Country Life 1994 full review
  48. Swimming with Sharks 1994 The film has no subtlety, so the one-dimensional story comes across as a sophomoric, pointless tirade. full review
  49. The Innocent 1993 full review

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