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  • Discmania

    published December 27, 2001

    The year 2001 produced its share of catastrophes: major terrorist campaigns in D.C. and New York, a widespread anthrax scare -- and J. Lo's solo... More >>

  • The Greatest Challenge

    published December 27, 2001

    The most daunting role for an actor is to portray a god, and when the god comes equipped with a tangle of myths and the quickest left jab in... More >>

  • Timely Traveler

    published December 27, 2001

    The tricked-up charms of James Mangold's Kate & Leopold may be precisely what the moment demands -- as long as you accept the... More >>

  • Heavy Stuff

    published December 20, 2001

    The air of danger that surrounds Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl (À Ma Soeur) never lets up, which is unusual for a film... More >>

  • Buffs Taken Aback

    published December 13, 2001

    Don't bother calling Ripley's Believe It or Not or the supermarket tabloids, because they won't believe it either. On Sunday afternoon, a... More >>

  • The Wizard at Odds

    published November 29, 2001

    His earthly triumphs interrupted by exhaustion and injury, home-run king Mark McGwire retired a couple of weeks ago. This came as unhappy news in... More >>

  • Owners Get Batty

    published November 15, 2001

    Paul O'Neill, the dour, longtime New York Yankees outfielder, won a world championship with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990 and four more rings with... More >>

  • Dental Loss

    published November 15, 2001

    It takes a nimble mind to mix light and dark, to wed humor with treachery. In Novocaine, newcomer David Atkins is not always up to... More >>

  • Emma Goes to France

    published November 8, 2001

    The heroine of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's bold and bracing new comedy, Amélie, is Amélie Poulain, a doe-eyed crusader with the... More >>

  • Meet the Slide Rulers

    published November 1, 2001

    For as long as anyone in Golden can remember, there have been some surefire ways of knowing you are at a Colorado School of Mines football game.... More >>

  • A Black and White Delight

    published November 1, 2001

    Joel and Ethan Coen's periodic genuflections to classic Hollywood are inevitably accompanied by a knowing wink from one brother and a wry smile... More >>

  • Condemned Property

    published November 1, 2001

    Like the lovable baseball catcher in Bang the Drum Slowly, like John Wayne's poignant gunfighter in The Shootist, like hundreds of... More >>

  • Swing and a Myth

    published October 18, 2001

    Have you heard? Barry Bonds is an arrogant egotist who has three lockers in the San Francisco Giants clubhouse but not three friends on the entire... More >>

  • Odd, Touching Couple

    published October 18, 2001

    It might take a major suspension of disbelief (or the ignorance of a space alien who's never seen a movie) for the average ticket buyer to embrace... More >>

  • Take 24

    published October 11, 2001

    Director/film scholar Peter Bogdanovich, actress Debra Winger and Slackers creator Richard Linklater will be among the guests at the... More >>

  • The Awful Truth

    published October 4, 2001

    Combine teenage angst with suburban emptiness and you've got a movie formula with an appreciable advantage over some other current movie formulas... More >>

  • Pray Ball

    published September 27, 2001

    On a sunny day in 1974, I stood in the awestruck company of thousands of my fellow native New Yorkers as a tightrope walker named Philippe Petit... More >>

  • Later, My Love

    published September 20, 2001

    Filmmakers don't get any more sensitive than Paul Cox. When it comes to jerking a tear or tugging a heartstring, this Dutch-born,... More >>

  • A Glitch in Time

    published September 20, 2001

    The beautiful little conceit at the heart of Brad Anderson's Happy Accidents is that audiences will sit still once more for the... More >>

  • Rough in the Diamonds

    published September 13, 2001

    Faced with yet another sports movie in which a group of lovably troubled kids triumphs over adversity, it's easier to scoff and grumble than to... More >>

  • Tour de Lance

    published September 6, 2001

    There are so many reasons to detest the French that it's hard to choose the best ones. Their capitulation to Hitler during World War II holds up... More >>

  • Gentlemen, Please! No Spitting!

    published August 23, 2001

    Have you heard? Baseball players are as sensitive as ballerinas. Slip a single off-color rose into your favorite center fielder's bouquet and... More >>

  • Hypnotizing Humor

    published August 23, 2001

    Woody Allen's latest romp through old New York combines (among other things) a skirt-chasing insurance investigator with the charm of a rodent, a... More >>

  • Hollywood's Long March to War

    published August 16, 2001

    If Sergeant York and Captain Willard ever run into each other on the battlefield -- or the backlot -- they'll have plenty to talk about. Army... More >>

  • Island of the Dumbed

    published August 16, 2001

    The social lessons of Captain Corelli¹s Mandolin, all of them suitable for framing in just about any dorm room, are these: War... More >>

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