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Arthouse & Foreign Fare
[ 2006 ]
"Memories of Tomorrow"
"Pan's Labyrinth"
"Volver" (Penelope Cruz) A comedy
"The Lives of Others"
"3 Needles"
"Water" (Lisa Ray, John Abraham)
"Climates"
"Pusher: Trilogy" [DVD
"Renaissance"
"Man Push Cart"
"Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles"
"Ryna" [DVD]
"Factotum" (Matt Dillon)
"Zen Noir"
"House of Sand"
"Changing Times" (Catherine Deneuve)
"Lower City"
"The Motel"
"La Moustache"
"Heading South"
"The Whore's Son"
"Yang Ban XI"
"Mouth To Mouth"
"Dead Man's Shoes"
"Clean" (M. Cheung)
"The Lost City"
"Kinky Boots"
"La Petite Jerusalem"
"The Syrian Bride"
"Iron Island"
"Winter Passing"
"Gilles' Wife"
"Duck Season"
"Go For Zucker"
"Manderlay"
"Bubble"
[ 2005 ]
"Sophie Scholl: The Final Days"
"Tsotsi"
"A Wonderful Night in Split" [ND]
"Fateless" (Marcell Nagy)
"Tristram Shandy"
"Cache'" (Hidden)
"The President's Last Bang"
"Pulse"
"Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic" A comedy
"I Love Your Work"
"Innocent Voices"
"Before the Fall"
"Going Shopping"
"The Tunnel"
"Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"
"The Memory of a Killer"
"The Edukators" A comedy
"Last Days"
"The Beat That My Heart Skipped")
"Lila Says"
"Brothers"
"The Ninth Day"
"Cronicas"
"Beauty Remains"
"Modigliani" (Andy Garcia)
"The Great Water"
"High Tension"
"Pure" (Keira Knightly)
"Bomb the System"
"Kings and Queen"
"Kontroll"
"Happily Ever After"
"3-Iron"
"Machuca"
"Layer Cake" (Daniel Craig)
"The Game of Their Lives"
"The Best of Youth"
"Nina's Tragedies"
"Oldboy"
[ 2004 ]
"Schizo"
"Fear and Trembling"
"La Petite Lili"
"Dot the I" (G.G. Bernal)
"The Tracker"
"Schultze Gets the Blues"
"Turtles Can Fly"
"Don't Move" "Lost Embrace"
"Purple Butterfly" (Z. Ziyi)
"You I Love" A comedy
"Rory O'Shea Was Here"
"Don't Tempt Me"
"Travellers & Magicians"
"Nobody Knows"
"Dolls"
"The Chorus"
"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence"
"A Fond Kiss"
"Around the Bend"
"The Keys to the House"
"In July" Romance
"Zhou Yu's Train" (Gong Li)
"Violet Perfume"
"Saw"
"I Am David" Festival prize
"Undertow" (Dermot Mulroney)
"Primer"
"Hawaii, Oslo" [ND]
"The Welts" [ND]
"Nicotina" A comedy
"Mean Creek" Festival prize
"Anatomie 2"
"Open Water" Festival prize
"Kitchen Stories" Festival prize A comedy
"The Battle of Algiers" Festival prize
"Whale Rider"
"The Return" Unreleased in USA
"Sister My Sister" 2/4
"Dogville" (Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany)
[ Earlier ]
"All About My Mother"

Documentary Bin
[2007]

"My Country, My Country"

[2006]
"Black Gold"
"The God Who Wasn't There"
"Shut Up and Sing"
"Harrari: Geisha Modern"
"Cocaine Cowboys"
"Excellent Cadavers"
"Tales of the Rat Fink"
"So Much So Fast"
"Been Rich All My Life"
"Al Franken: God Spoke"
"By the People"
"The U.S. vs. John Lennon"
"Unknown White Male"
"Favela Rising"
"The Blood Of My Brother"
"Sisters In Law"
"Who Killed the Electric Car"
"I'm Your Man: Leonard Cohen"
"An Inconvenient Truth" (Al Gore)
"Sir, No Sir" (Jane Fonda)
"The Devil's Miner"
"Henri Cartier-Bresson"
"Music From the Inside Out"
"The Beauty Academy of Kabul"
"Darwin's Nightmare"
"Three of Hearts"
"Occupation: Dreamland"
"Protocols of Zion"
"This Divided State" (Michael Moore)
"Touch the Sound" (Evelyn Glennie)
"State of Mind"
"My Date With Drew"
"Grizzly Man"
"The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror"
"Gunners Palace"
"RIZE"
"Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
"Mondovino"
"The Take"
"Game Over: Gary Kasparov and the Machine"
"Born Into Brothels"
"The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill"
"Inside Deep Throat"
"Fahrenheit, 9/11"
"Capturing the Friedmans"
"Overnight" (Troy Duffy)
"Going Upriver-The Long War of John Kerry"
"Uncovered: The War on Iraq"
"My Architect: A Son's Journey"
"Touching the Void"
"The Agronomist"

Mockumentary Mischief
"The Last Broadcast" [9/28 SE]
"Sex Sells" A comedy
"Incident at Loch Ness" A comedy
"Made Up" A comedy
"September Tapes" 2/4
"Greendale" (Neil Young)


Short Films
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    Oscar sweeps:
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    1987: The Last Emperor (9/9)
    1958: Gigi (9/9)


    Where Art Thou?
    A list of Most Underexposed Talents:
    (we've seen 'em; we love 'em; why aren't they doing more mainstream films?)

  • Julia Ormond
    ("Smilla's Sense of Snow")
  • Hermione Norris
    ("Wire in the Blood" - BBC TV series)
  • Marie-Josee Croze
    ("Barbarian Invasions" "Munich")
  • Ellen Page
    ("Hard Candy"
  • Bridget Fonda
    ("A Simple Plan", "Single White Female")
  • Lolita Davidovich
    ("Blaze", "Mystery, Alaska")
  • Francis O'Connor
    ("Windtalkers")
  • Sabrina Lloyd
    ("Dopamine")
  • Caroline Dhavernas
    ("Edge of Madness")
  • Christiane Paul
    ("In July")
  • Asia Argento
    ("XXX")
  • Jorja Fox
    ("ER" - Dr. Maggie Doyle of the TV series")
  • Allison Elliot
    (Just in "Birth", but that's only once for 2004!)

    C'mon back, ladies. You are so wonderful and we miss you terribly. Some of you appear from time to time, a few are on the rise, but we wish more attention these days for you.

    Formerly on this list:

  • Emmy Rossum
    ("The Day After Tomorrow", "Mystic River" and now her breakthrough in " The Phantom of the Opera"
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Keri Russell
    ("Mad About Mambo")


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  • . Advance Reviews of Coming Films:
    [Release dates refer to Los Angeles, CA, USA]
    "Starter for 10" (James McAvoy, Alice Eve) [2/16]
    "Music and Lyrics" (Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore) [2/14]

    2007 Reviews:
    "The Situation" (Connie Nielsen, Damian Lewis)
    "Beyond the Gates" (John Hurt, Hugh Dancy)
    "Catch and Release" (Jennifer Garner, Tim Olyphant)
    "The Hitcher" (Sophia Bush, Sean Bean)
    "Alpha Dog" (Emil Hirsch, Justin Timberlake)

    2006 Reviews:
    "The Dead Girl" (Toni Collette, Brittany Murphy)
    "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" (Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman)
    "The Secret Life of Words" (Tim Robbins, Sarah Polley)
    "Venus" (Peter O'Toole, Jodie Whitaker)
    "Dreamgirls" (Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx)
    "Notes on a Scandal" (Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench)
    "Children of Men" (Clive Owen, Julianne Moore)
    "One Night with the King" (Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss)
    "Curse of the Golden Flowers" (Gong Li, Chow Yun Fat)
    "The Good Shepherd" (Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie)
    "We Are Marshall" (Matthew McConaughy, Kate Mara)
    "Letters From Iwo Jima" (Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya)
    "The Painted Veil" (Naomi Watts, Edward Norton)
    "The Pursuit of Happyness" (Will Smith, Jaden Smith)
    "Home of the Brave" (Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel)
    "The History Boys" (Stephen Campbell Moore, Richard Griffiths)
    "Apocalypto" (Rudy Youngblood, Raoul Trujillo)
    "Blood Diamond" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly)
    "Breaking and Entering" (Jude Law, Robin Penn Wright)
    "The Good German" (George Clooney, Cate Blanchett)
    "The Fountain" (Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz)
    "Deja Vu" (Denzel Washington, Paula Patton)
    "Casino Royale" (Daniel Craig, Eva Green)
    "Bobby" (Sharon Stone, Martin Sheen)
    "Sweet Land" (Elizabeth Reaser, Tim Guinee)
    "Copying Beethoven" (Ed Harris, Kiane Kruger)
    "Stranger Than Fiction" (Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal) A comedy
    "Babel" (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett)
    "Catch A Fire" (Tim Robbins, Derek Luke)
    "The Prestige" (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale)
    "Flags of our Fathers" (Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach)
    "The Last King of Scotland" (Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy)
    "Man of the Year" (Robin Williams, Laura Linney) A comedy
    "The Departed" (Mark Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio) *
    "Little Children" (Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson)
    "The Queen" (Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen) *
    "The Guardian" (Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher)
    "Aurora Borealis" (Donald Sutherland, Joshua Jackson)
    "The Black Dahlia" (Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson)
    "Hollywoodland" (Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane) *
    "Sherrybaby" (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad Henke) [Marquee Video]
    "Haven" (Orlando Bloom, Bill Paxton)
    "The Quiet" (Elisha Cuthbert, Camilla Belle)
    "Invincible" (Mark Wahlberg, Elizabeth Banks)
    "The Illusionist" (Edward Norton, Jessica Biel)
    "Quinceanera" (Emily Rios, Jessie Garcia)
    "Little Miss Sunshine" (Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette) A comedy
    "The Night Listener" (Robin Williams, Toni Collette)
    "Conversations With Other Women" (Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart)
    "World Trade Center" (Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal)
    "The Descent" (Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza)
    "Miami Vice" (Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx)
    "Akeelah and the Bee" (Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne
    "Scoop" (Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen) A comedy
    "The Lady In the Water" (Bryce Dallas Howard, Paul Giamatti)
    "The Great New Wonderful" (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tony Shalhoub)
    "Shadowboxer" (Cuba Gooding, Jr., Helen Mirren)
    "A Scanner Darkly" (Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder)
    "The Oh in Ohio" (Parker Posey, Paul Rudd) A comedy
    "The Groomsmen" (Edward Burns, Brittany Murphy)
    "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom) A comedy
    "Superman Returns" (Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth)
    "The Devil Wears Prada" (Meryl Streep, Ann Hathaway)
    "The Lake House" (Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves) Romance
    "Loverboy" (Kyra Sedgwyck, Kevin Bacon)
    "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (Sean Lucas, Keiko Kitagawa)
    "A Prairie Home Companion" (Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan)
    "Cars" (Owen Wilson, Paul Newman)
    "The DaVinci Code" (Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou)
    "Down In the Valley" (Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood)
    "Mission Impossible III" (Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan)
    "The Proposition" (Guy Pearce, Danny Huston)
    "Look Both Ways" (Justine Clarke, William McInnes)
    "Poseidon" (Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas)
    "United 93" (Cheyenne Jackson, Omar Berdouni)
    "American Dreamz" (Hugh Grant, Mandy Moore) A comedy
    "Hard Candy" (Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson)
    "The Sisters" (Maria Bello, Mary Stuart Masterson)
    "The Notorious Bettie Page" (Gretchen Mol)
    "Basic Instinct 2" (Sharon Stone, David Morrissey)
    "Friends With Money" (Jennifer Anniston, Catherine Keener)
    "Lucky Number Slevin" (Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis)
    "Inside Man" (Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster)
    "Find Me Guilty" (Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage)
    "The Zodiac" (Justin Chambers, Robin Tunney)
    "V For Vendetta" (Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving)
    "Dirty" (Cuba Gooding Jr., Clifton Collins Jr.)
    "Firewall" (Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany)
    "London" (Jessica Biel, Chris Evans)

    2005 Reviews:
    "The Matador" (Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear) A comedy
    "Match Point" (Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers)
    "Casanova" (Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller) A comedy
    "The New World" (Colin Farrell, Q'Orianka Kilcher)
    "Munich" (Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush)
    "King Kong" (Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody)
    "The White Countess" (Natasha Richardson, Ralph Fiennes)
    "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" (Tilda Swinton)
    "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" (Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper)
    "The Family Stone" (Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney) A comedy
    "Brokeback Mountain" (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal)
    "Memoirs of a Geisha" (Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe)
    "The World's Fastest Indian" (Anthony Hopkins)
    "Mrs. Henderson Presents" (Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins)
    "Aeon Flux" (Charlize Theron, Martin Csokas)
    "Transamerica" (Felicity Huffman)
    "Walk the Line" (Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon)
    "The Ice Harvest" (John Cusack, Connie Nielsen)
    "The Libertine" (Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton)
    "Syriana" (George Clooney, Matt Damon)
    "Rent" (Rosario Dawson, Adam Pascal)
    "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson)
    "Breakfast on Pluto" (Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson)
    "Pride and Prejudice" (Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen)
    "Ellie Parker" (Naomi Watts, Scott Coffey)
    "Capote" (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
    "Dreamer" (Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning)
    "Bee Season" (Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche)
    "The Chumscrubber" (Jamie Bell, Camilla Belle)
    "Jarhead" (Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx)
    "The Weather Man" (Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine)
    "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" (Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer) A comedy
    "North Country" (Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson)
    "Domino" (Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke)
    "Elizabethtown" (Kirsten Dunst, Orlando Bloom) A comedy
    "Shopgirl" (Claire Danes, Steve Martin)
    "Nine Lives" (Amy Brenneman, Cissy Spacek)
    "Where the Truth Lies" (Alison Lohman, Kevin Bacon)
    "Separate Lies" (Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson)
    "Good Night, and Good Luck" (George Clooney, David Strathairn)
    "Two For the Money" (Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey)
    "Lord Of War" (Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan)
    "Oliver Twist" (Barney Clark, Ben Kingsley)
    "Serenity" (Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau)
    "Mirrormask" (Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry)
    "Flightplan" (Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard)
    "Corpse Bride" (Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter)
    "A History of Violence" (Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello)
    "Dear Wendy" (Jamie Bell, Bill Pullman)
    "Proof" (Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal)
    "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" (Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson)
    "Everything is Illuminated" (Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz)
    "Thumbsucker" (Lou Pucci, Kelli Garner)
    "An Unfinished Life" (Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez)
    "The Baxter" (Elizabeth Banks, Michael Showalter)
    "Red Eye" (Rachel My dams, Cillian Murphy)
    "The Brothers Grimm" (Matt Damon, Heath Ledger) A comedy
    "The Constant Gardener" (Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes)
    "Asylum" (Natasha Richardson, Martin Czokas)
    "The Great Raid" (Joseph Fiennes, Connie Nielsen)
    "Four Brothers" (Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor)
    "The Skeleton Key" (Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands)
    "Broken Flowers" (Bill Murray, Sharon Stone) A comedy
    "2046" (Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi)
    "Stealth" (Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel)
    "Must Love Dogs" (Diane Lane, John Cusack) A comedy
    "The Island" (Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor)
    "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore) A comedy
    "Bad News Bears" (Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden) A comedy
    "Fantastic Four" (Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba)
    "Dark Water" (Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade)
    "War of the Worlds" (Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning)
    "Batman Begins" (Christian Bale, Katie Holmes)
    "Yes" (Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian)
    "Land of the Dead" (Simon Baker, Asia Argento)
    "The Deal" (Christian Slater, Selma Blair)
    "Heights" (Elizabeth Banks, Glenn Close)
    "Howl's Moving Castle" (Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer voiced)
    "Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" (Natalie Portman)
    "Cinderella Man" (Russell Crowe, Renee Zellwegger)
    "Crash" (Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton)
    "Monster-In-Law" (Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda) A comedy
    "Mindhunters" (Val Kilmer, Christian Slater)
    "Kingdom of Heaven" (Orlando Bloom, Eva Green)
    "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (M Freeman, Z Deschanel) A comedy
    "The Interpreter" (Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn)
    "Sahara" (Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz)
    "Eros" (Robert Downey, Jr., Gong Li)
    "Sin City" (Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson)
    "The Ballad of Jack & Rose" (Daniel Day Lewis, Camilla Belle)
    "Millions" (Alex Etel, Lewis McGibbon) A comedy
    "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (Sandra Bullock) A comedy
    "The Upside of Anger" (Joan Allen, Kevin Costner)
    "Melinda and Melinda" (Radha Mitchell, Will Ferrell)
    "Hostage" (Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak)
    "The Jacket" (Adrien Brody, Keira Knightly)
    "Be Cool" (John Travolta, Uma Thurman) A comedy
    "Man of the House" (Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Archer) A comedy
    "Coach Carter" (Samuel L. Jackson)
    "Constantine" (Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz)
    "White Noise" (Michael Keaton, Deborah Kara Unger)


    2004 Reviews:
    "Assassination of Richard Nixon" (Sean Penn, Naomi Watts)
    "In Good Company" (Scarlett Johansson, Dennis Quaid)
    "A Love Song For Bobby Long" (Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta)
    "The Life Aquatic" (Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett) A comedy
    "The Woodsman" (Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick)
    "Hotel Rwanda" (Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo)
    "Imaginary Heroes" (Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniel)
    "The Phantom of the Opera" (Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler)
    "Sideways" (Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen)
    "Stander" (Thomas Jane, Deborah Kara Unger) 3/4
    "The Sea Inside" (Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda) *
    "The Aviator" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett)
    "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (Jim Carrey)
    "Million Dollar Baby" (Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank)
    "Spanglish" (Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni)
    "Bad Education" (Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez)
    "Ocean's Twelve" (George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones)
    "House of Flying Daggers" (Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro)
    "A Very Long Engagement" (Audrey Tautou, G. Ulliel) *
    " Closer" (Julia Roberts, Jude Law)
    "Alexander" (Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie)
    "Beyond the Sea" (Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth)
    "National Treasure" (Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger)
    "Kinsey" (Liam Neeson, Laura Linney) *
    "Finding Neverland" (Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet) *
    "After the Sunset" (Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek) A comedy
    "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (Renee Zellwegger) A comedy
    "The Polar Express" (Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks)
    "The Incredibles" (Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter) A comedy *
    "Happy Hour" (Anthony LaPaglia, Caroleen Feeney)
    "Ray" (Jamie Foxx, Regina King)
    "Birth" (Nicole Kidman, Danny Huston)
    "Alfie" (Jude Law, Marisa Tomei)
    "The Machinist" (Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh)
    "The Merchant of Venice" (Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons) *
    "The Final Cut" (Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino)
    "P.S." (Laura Linney, Topher Grace)
    "Shall We Dance?" (Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez)
    "Being Julia" (Annette Benning, Jeremy Irons)
    "Vera Drake" (Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis) Festival prize *
    "Stage Beauty" (Billy Crudup, Claire Danes) Festival prize *
    "I Heart Huckabees" (Jason Schwartzman, Naomi Watts)
    "Ladder 49" (Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta)
    "Shark Tale" (Robert DeNiro, Will Smith) A comedy
    "The Last Shot" (Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin) A comedy
    "Vanity Fair" (Reese Witherspoon, Bob Hoskins)
    "The Motorcycle Diaries" (Gael Garcia Bernal) Festival prize
    "Sky Capt. & World of Tomorrow" (Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow)
    "Cellular" (Kim Basenger, Chris Evans)
    "Silver City" (Danny Huston, Maria Bello)
    "Head in the Clouds" (Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend)
    "When Will I Be Loved" (Neve Campbell, Fred Weller)
    "Reconstruction" (Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kass) 2/4 Festival prize
    "Bright Young Things" (Emily Mortimer) 1/4
    "Hero" (Jet Li, Ziyi Zhang)
    "Suspect0" (Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley)
    "Anacondas" (Johnny Messner, Kadee Strickland)
    "Collateral" (Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx) *
    "I, Robot" (Will Smith, Bridget Moynihan)
    "Code 46" (Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton) Romance
    "The Manchurian Candidate" (Denzell Washington, Merrill Streep) *
    "The Bourne Supremacy" (Matt Damon, Joan Allen)
    "Catwoman" (Halle Berry, Sharon Stone)
    "Intimate Strangers" (Sandrine Bonnaire, Fabrice Luchini)
    "We Don't Live Here Anymore" (Naomi Watts, Mark Ruffalo)
    "Donnie Darko: Director's Cut" (Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone)
    "Maria Full of Grace" (Catalina Sandino Moreno) Festival prize
    "King Arthur" (Clive Owen, Keira Knightly)
    "Seducing Doctor Lewis" (Raymond Bouchard, David Boutin) A comedy
    "The Notebook" (James Garner, Gena Rowlands) Romance
    "Spiderman 2" (Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst)
    "De-Lovely" (Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd)
    "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" (Clive Owen, Malcolm McDowell)
    "Two Brothers" (Guy Pearce)
    "Kaena: The Prophecy" (Kirsten Dunst, Richard Harris voices)
    "Facing Windows" (Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Raoul Bova)
    "The Terminal" (Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones)
    "The Stepford Wives" (Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick)
    "Around the World in 80 Days" (Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan ) A comedy
    "The Door In the Floor" (Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger)
    "Harry Potter&Prisoner of Azkaban" (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson)
    "The Chronicles of Riddick" (Vin Diesel, Thandie Newton)
    "The Day After Tomorrow" (Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal)
    "The Mother" (Anne Reid, Daniel Craig)
    "Before Sunset" (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy)
    "Wake" (Dihlon McManne, Blake Gibbons)
    "Frankie and Johnny Are Married" (Lisa Chess, Michael Pressman)
    "Love Me If You Dare" (Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard)
    "Troy" (Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger)
    "A Slipping Down Life" (Lily Taylor, Guy Pearce)
    "Carandiru" (Luis Carlos Vasconcelos)
    "Coffee and Cigarettes" (Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray) Festival prize
    "Van Helsing" (Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale)
    "Seeing Other People" (Jay Mohr, Julianne Nicholson)
    "Saddest Music in the World" (Isabella Rosselini, Mark McKinney)
    "Godsend" (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Greg Kinnear)
    "Man On Fire" (Denzell Washington, Dakota Fanning)
    "Kill Bill, Volume 2" (Uma Thurman, David Carradine)
    "The Punisher" (Thomas Jane, John Travolta)
    "13 Going on 30" (Jennifer Garner, Mark Rufalo)
    "Connie and Carla" (Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette)
    "Young Adam" (Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton)
    "The Alamo" (Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid)
    "The Whole Ten Yards" (Bruce Willis, Amanda Peet) A comedy
    "Shade" (Stuart Townsend, Thandie Newton)
    "Hellboy" (Ron Perlman, Selma Blair)
    "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion" (Martin Sheen, narrator) Festival prize
    "The Ladykillers" (Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall) A comedy
    "The Butterfly" (Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich)
    "Secret Window" (Johnny Depp, Maria Bello)
    "Ned Kelly" (Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts) Festival prize
    "Taking Lives" (Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke)
    "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet)
    "The Gatekeeper" (John Carlos Frey)
    "God is Great...and I'm Not" (Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer) 3/4
    "Spartan" (Val Kilmer, Derek Luke)
    "The Seagull's Laughter" (Margret Vilhjalmsdottir)
    "The Passion of the Christ" (Jim Cavaziel)
    "Down By Love" (Patricia Kovacs)
    "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself" (Shirley Henderson, Jamie Sives)
    "Evil (Ondskan)" (Andreas Wilson, Gustaf Skarsgard) Festival prize Unreleased in USA
    "Broken Wings" (Orly Silbersatz Banai, Maya Maron)
    "The Reckoning" (Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe)

     




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    The Skeleton Key
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    Serenity
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    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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    "Proof"
    "Jarhead"
    "Donnie Darko: Director's Cut"

    Undervalued:
    (2005)
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    An Unfinished Life

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    (2004)
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    Maria Full of Grace
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    Reconstruction

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    The Door in the Floor
    The Merchant of Venice
    The Sea Inside


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    The Life Aquatic
    The Incredibles

    Most Gushingly Romantic
    (2004)
    The Notebook

    Better Than the Reviews:
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    Man On Fire
    The Last Shot
    National Treasure

    Worse Than the Reviews:
    (2004)
    I AM David
    The Chorus
    A Love Song For Bobby Long

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    (2004)
    Shark Tale

    Most Propagandistic
    (2004)
    Motorcycle Diaries

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    Romantic comedy from Germany (2004)
    In July

    Musical Minefields
    Sweet and Low Down
    (If you like Sean Penn and jazz music)
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Chicago

    Arthouse
    The Sea Inside
    (Euthanasia, Javier Bardem)
    The Woodsman
    (Pedophilia, Kevin Bacon)
    Don't Move
    (Romance, Penelope Cruz)
    A Fond Kiss
    (Inter-cultural marriage)
    Around the Bend
    (Family secrets, Christopher Walken)
    Happy Hour
    (Boozing, Anthony LaPaglia)
    The Machinist
    (Study in psychosis, Christian Bale)
    Vera Drake
    (Abortionist, 1950s England, Mike Leigh)

    The Jude Year

    He did all these in 2004!
    "The Aviator"
    I Heart Huckabees
    Closer
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
    Alfie
    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
    But still his best work:
    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Most Literate
    2003
    Swimming Pool
    Mystic River


    Best comedies:
    (2003)
    Bad Santa
    A Mighty Wind
    Love Actually

    Surprising Satire:
    (2003)
    Man Without a Past

    Surprising Romance:
    (2003)
    And Now Ladies and Gentlemen

    Better Than the Reviews:
    (2003)
    Camera Obscura

    Worse Than the Reviews:
    (2003)
    Under the Tuscan Sun

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    for 2003:
    The Station Agent

    Action Fixes
    LOTR: The King Returns
    The Matrix Revolutions
    Kill Bill
    The Matrix Reloaded
    The Last Samurai
    The Rundown
    Terminator 3

    Other Dimensional
    (2002)
    Gothika
    Underworld
    28 Days Later
    The Ring
    FearDotCom

    Award caliber performances (2003)
    Naomi Watts
    (21 Grams)

    Maria Bello
    (The Cooler)


    Most likely Best Picture contenders (2003):
    Cold Mountain
    House of Sand and Fog
    Mystic River
    In America
    Girl With a Pearl Earring
    21 Grams
    Lost in Translation

    Most deserving Best Picture contenders (2003):
    Dirty Pretty Things
    21 Grams
    The Missing
    LOTR: The Return of the King
    Master and Commander
    Swimming Pool

    Most Difficult to watch
    (2003)
    21 Grams

    Worst written
    (2003)
    Japanese Story

    2002 Nominations
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    Recommended for 2002:
    Chicago
    The Pianist
    The Hours
    The Quiet American
    Road to Perdition

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    Read My Lips
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    Talk To Her
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    Edge of Madness
    Superb story and storytelling, avail on DVD

    Undervalued:
    Birthday Girl (Nicole Kidman)
    (Low budget and buried but see her performance)
    "Memento"
    (Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss)


    Most memorable performance by a newcomer:
    Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Secretary")
    Marie-Josee Croze ("Barbarian Invasions")
    Sabrina Lloyd ("Dopamine")
    Emily Grace ("What Alice Found")


    Best comedies:
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    Who Is Cletis Tout
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    Quirkiest:
    Secretary

    Most stylish:
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    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    Our Sci-Fi awards:
    Solaris
    Lord of the Rings II

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    Lantana
    The Deep End
    No Man's Land
    Amelie
    Diamond Men
    Bread and Tulips
    Monster's Ball
    Memento


    Thrillers:
    The Bourne Identity
    The Transporter
    Spy Game
    The Glass House
    Domestic Disturbance
    Along Came a Spider

    Most unusuals:
    (as in off-beat)
    Adaptation
    The Royal Tenenbaums
    Reviewer's favorites of 2000:
    Traffic
    (5 nominations)
    Finding Forrester
    (0 nominations)

    Most ignored for an interesting film:
    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Most obscure:
    Mad about Mambo
    Crime+Punishment in Suburbia
    Trixie

    Best music scores:
    Wonder Boys
    (not reviewed)
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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