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  558 Reviews by Joe Baltake

558 Reviews by
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Movie: Nanny Diaries, The
Release date: 8/24/2007
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        'The Nanny Diaries': Huh? It's supposed to be a comedy?
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Superbad
Release date: 8/17/2007
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        'Superbad': 'American Graffiti Redux,' only updated with the usual raunch and a major penis fixat...
151 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 2 Days in Paris
Release date: 8/10/2007
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        '2 Days in Paris' is at once companionable and challenging, and like most worthwhile films these ...
79 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Joshua
Release date: 7/6/2007
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        'Joshua': More than a 'horror film' - a staunchly unforgiving, thoroughly uncomproming look at ho...
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ratatouille
Release date: 6/29/2007
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        Would it be redundant - or too premature - to call 'Ratatouille' the best film of the year?
152 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mighty Heart, A
Release date: 6/22/2007
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        'A Mighty Heart': Where's Daniel?
131 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Year of the Dog
Release date: 4/13/2007
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        Mike White's 'Year of the Dog': Smart, witty film about the consequences of single-minded committ...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Host (Gwoemul), The
Release date: 3/9/2007
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        'The Host': A sneaky, spellbinding celebration of what movies are supposed to be all about.
112 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Break-Up, The
Release date: 6/2/2006
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        "The Break-Up": A brilliantly uncompromising, often harsh but very accurate examination of a rela...
157 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beyond the Sea
Release date: 12/21/2004 11:01:27 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        You have to hand it to Spacey. He gets by on sheer willfulness. He believes so much in his cockey...
123 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Aviator, The
Release date: 12/17/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A film that's extremely well-made but tantalizingly or clumsily (take your pick) oblique.
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Spanglish
Release date: 12/17/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        An unusually observant film marked by dry, acerbic humor.
115 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ocean's Twelve
Release date: 12/10/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Rarely has crime seemed so glamorous, what with these mostly well-dressed, largely attractive, im...
55 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Christmas with the Kranks
Release date: 11/24/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This one is a veritable celebration of intolerance, disguised as a joyous holiday film.
108 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kinsey
Release date: 11/12/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The remarkable Liam Neeson does an affectingly self-effacing turn in the title role.
148 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Undertow
Release date: 10/22/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A crackling good, low-down noir thriller.
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shall We Dance?
Release date: 10/15/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A treat on two counts. First and foremost, it is a wildly entertaining and companionable film. Se...
118 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stage Beauty
Release date: 10/8/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Has a lot to say and manages to say most of it in an unexpectedly entertaining way -- and also wi...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Release date: 9/17/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Style over substance -- but what style!
165 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Criminal
Release date: 9/10/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It's a good film, suitably entertaining, but there's the nagging question of why everyone bothere...
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Vanity Fair
Release date: 9/1/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Few other young actresses can jut out their jaw in ambitious determination as charmingly as Withe...
117 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hero
Release date: 8/27/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A film of one memorable movie moment after another.
151 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Collateral
Release date: 8/6/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A genuinely original modern thriller.
188 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Open Water
Release date: 8/6/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        An unnerving 'What if?' scenario that you won't be able to shake -- from either your dreams or yo...
154 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Village, The
Release date: 7/30/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This movie is as big a hoax as the notorious Sci Fi Channel faux documentary The Buried Secret of...
158 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Intimate Strangers
Release date: 7/28/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        While other would-be Hitchcock imitators limit themselves to seeing only the mayhem or violence i...
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Catwoman
Release date: 7/23/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Here's a movie that has nothing going for it except good bone structure.
120 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Release date: 7/9/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        There isn't a second that goes by without Ferrell filling it with some form of comic shtick - a w...
106 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Riding Giants
Release date: 7/9/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        In some ways, Riding Giants overlaps Step Into Liquid. The two complement each other.
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: King Arthur
Release date: 7/7/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        We've reached a sad point when everything in movies has to be masculine -- when it's considered w...
66 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Before Sunset
Release date: 7/2/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        I found myself hoping that Linklater, Hawke and Delpy would revisit these characters in another 1...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: De-Lovely
Release date: 7/2/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It is stiff, lifeless and incomprehensibly dull.
120 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Spider-Man 2
Release date: 6/30/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The closest thing to an art-house action film since Tim Burton's original Batman in 1989.
131 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Release date: 6/18/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Non-nutritional, brainless, lowdown, rude fun.
108 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Around the World in 80 Days
Release date: 6/16/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Wonderful family escapist entertainment.
101 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Garfield
Release date: 6/11/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Garfield: The Movie is irresistible even though it isn't very good. It gets by on goodwill alone.
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mother, The
Release date: 5/28/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        What sets The Mother apart from your typical daytime serial is the caliber of both the writing an...
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Love Me If You Dare
Release date: 5/21/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The kind of precious whimsy that you want to squash.
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Love Me If You Dare
Release date: 5/21/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The kind of precious whimsy that you want to squash.
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Super Size Me
Release date: 5/7/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A film that's every bit as tasty as junk food but without any of the refined flour, processed sug...
131 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 13 Going On 30
Release date: 4/23/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Disarming fun as it trails a little girl who almost learns too late what's important in life and ...
127 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alamo, The
Release date: 4/9/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A heartfelt yet strangely uninvolving account of the mythic Texas battle.
117 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Girl Next Door, The
Release date: 4/9/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        I used to think that there was nothing worse than a bran muffin, but then I saw The Girl Next Doo...
120 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Walking Tall
Release date: 4/2/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It isn't much of a movie -- the plotline has been whittled down to next to nothing -- but it's a ...
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Prince & Me, The
Release date: 4/2/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        I guess the 'real' part is that the heroine here isn't a simp as she was in, say, Cinderella, and...
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ladykillers, The
Release date: 3/26/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        You may go into this film to see Hanks back in top comic form, but I guarantee you will walk out ...
148 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dogville
Release date: 3/26/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Singular and unforgettable -- the work of a brilliant crackpot.
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Spartan
Release date: 3/12/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The odd thing is that Spartan, despite its lofty goals, is no more convincing than a Schwarzenegg...
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Starsky & Hutch
Release date: 3/5/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        All in all, the film has a certain authenticity, capturing the spirit of the series.
141 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Release date: 2/20/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Both the actress and the character she's playing are stranded in a vapid film about vapid teens.
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Miracle
Release date: 2/6/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Given that we know the outcome it's amazing how much suspense Miracle engenders.
55 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Peter Pan
Release date: 12/25/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Hurd-Wood, a newcomer, brings an earnest charm to Wendy. She's letter-perfect in the role.
93 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Cold Mountain
Release date: 12/25/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Here is a privileged example of a talented filmmaker at the top of his game, abetted by a dream c...
156 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mona Lisa Smile
Release date: 12/19/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        May not be the personably 'serious' movie it sees itself as -- and it may miss its mark by aiming...
112 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The
Release date: 12/17/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Insanely spectacular and never less than absorbing, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King...
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Girl With a Pearl Earring
Release date: 12/12/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        [Johansson's] memorable turn here represents a wonderful commingling of the right looks with the ...
133 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Triplets of Belleville, The
Release date: 11/26/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        As original as it is strange, The Triplets of Belleville not only will win you over with that pot...
96 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Release date: 11/14/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        While often exciting and never less than engrossing, Weir's film unfolds at a thoughtful, rather ...
157 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Love Actually
Release date: 11/7/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Call me Scrooge, but I sincerely hope that this film does not become a Christmas perennial.
149 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Matrix Revolutions, The
Release date: 11/5/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This final installment is both too much of a good thing and too little.
158 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shattered Glass
Release date: 10/31/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Shattered Glass has the skill and power to make you squirm.
118 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Brother Bear
Release date: 10/24/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        There's a nagging sameness here that dwarfs the film's noble intentions and rather striking cinem...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Singing Detective, The
Release date: 10/24/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Catch it to see a major performance by a magnetic actor, but go in with patience and with the rea...
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pieces of April
Release date: 10/17/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Hedges brings some refreshing new wrinkles to a familiar plot, and he further spices it up by hav...
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 1
Release date: 10/10/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The biggest, baddest B-movie ever made.
163 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Out of Time
Release date: 10/3/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Washington has never been more of a movie star than he is here.
97 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wonderland
Release date: 10/3/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A movie that manages to make both sex and violence dull.
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bubba Ho-Tep
Release date: 9/19/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It gets by on a kind of demented charm.
72 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lost In Translation
Release date: 9/12/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A gemlike movie that's intimate and moody but never sentimental.
156 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Open Range
Release date: 8/15/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        [A] very special and singular film
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gigli
Release date: 8/1/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This is not a great movie, but it isn't a bad one, either.
135 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Seabiscuit
Release date: 7/25/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The best film of the summer.
121 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Buffalo Soldiers
Release date: 7/25/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A scathing and very funny indictment of the U.S. military.
27 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dirty Pretty Things
Release date: 7/18/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        These are characters that draw you in and make you care, making it impossible to pull away.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The
Release date: 7/11/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Most studios aim for movies, particularly summer movies, that can be enjoyed by both kids and the...
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Northfork
Release date: 7/11/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This formidable work is for no one except those who are truly tired of formulaic movies and crave...
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Release date: 7/9/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Just imagine spending two hours-plus on a Pirates of the Caribbean ride and you'll get some idea ...
152 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 28 Days Later
Release date: 6/27/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        To each his own apocalypse, so to speak, but Danny Boyle has come up with a whopper.
60 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Release date: 6/27/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is a lot like going to a fast-food restaurant. You have no idea w...
96 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hulk, The
Release date: 6/20/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This movie is every bit as spiritual and arty as Lee's last film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,...
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alex & Emma
Release date: 6/20/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This seriously dull romantic comedy -- an anti-romantic comedy, to be more accurate -- is somethi...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hollywood Homicide
Release date: 6/13/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Hollywood Homicide is one of those smooth formula jobs that always seems to attract the services ...
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Italian Job, The
Release date: 5/30/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It took me 30 years to forget the first Italian Job but only about 30 minutes for the new one to ...
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Finding Nemo
Release date: 5/30/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        DeGeneres does vocal duties by which all future voiceovers and dubs will be judged.
136 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Down With Love
Release date: 5/16/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Reminded me of a handsome, expensively dressed person with bad manners and no real sense of style...
115 other reviews of this movie

Movie: L'Auberge Espagnole
Release date: 5/16/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        All in all, Klapisch's style approximates the excitement of the French New Wave of the late 1950s...
67 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Matrix Reloaded, The
Release date: 5/15/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The world created so vividly by the Wachowskis is still brand new but not nearly so intimidating ...
228 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shape of Things, The
Release date: 5/9/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Having played these roles for so long and so often, Mol, Rudd, Weller and Weisz fully inhabit the...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Man on the Train
Release date: 5/9/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Your typical buddy film that's been executed in an entirely atypical way.
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Owning Mahowny
Release date: 5/2/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Hoffman makes it impossible for us not to watch and not to enjoy it all on some subliminal level.
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: X2: X-Men United
Release date: 5/2/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The genius of Singer's movie is how easy he makes it for us to recognize and relate to this suppo...
179 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Spellbound
Release date: 4/30/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Witty, poignant and suspenseful.
105 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Phone Booth
Release date: 4/4/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Its plot ... not only fully exploits Schumacher's strengths as a filmmaker but also has encourage...
154 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Levity
Release date: 4/4/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The movie is stymied by its rather rigid approach to sending us a message about redemption and fo...
70 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Assassination Tango
Release date: 3/28/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Its many tiny character details make up for the ludicrous story it's telling.
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Raising Victor Vargas
Release date: 3/28/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Raising Victor Vargas is alive, full of fizz and light as air.
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hunted, The
Release date: 3/14/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A thoroughly mediocre action movie.
100 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Tears of the Sun
Release date: 3/7/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film may have been inspired by The Seachers, but it's worlds away from John Wayne.
131 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Tears of the Sun
Release date: 3/7/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film may have been inspired by The Seachers, but it's worlds away from John Wayne.
131 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bringing Down the House
Release date: 3/7/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The material has been done before and there's not much more one can do with it. Thank God for Que...
106 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Life of David Gale, The
Release date: 2/21/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film manages the feat of preaching to both the converted and the unconverted.
113 other reviews of this movie

Movie: All the Real Girls
Release date: 2/14/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The characters just sit there and talk, and you start to feel you're trapped not at a movie but i...
94 other reviews of this movie

Movie: How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Release date: 2/7/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Button-cute.
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kangaroo Jack
Release date: 1/17/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A curious throwback to the Francis the Talking Mule movies.
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: City of God
Release date: 1/17/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It rings with the kind of truths we'd rather evade.
131 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Good Thief, The
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:32 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Jordan has made a film that is both traditional enough to hold those moviegoers who don't catch i...
88 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pianist, The
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This material means something to Polanski and, because of this, he brings personal details that m...
126 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Nicholas Nickleby
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Like its title character, this Nicholas Nickleby finds itself in reduced circumstances -- and, al...
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Max
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This film belongs to Taylor and no one else.
84 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Chicago
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A great movie musical.
176 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hours, The
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film manages to be cinematic and transporting even though we generally spend most of our time...
139 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Max
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This film belongs to Taylor and no one else.
84 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Catch Me If You Can
Release date: 12/25/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It's fun for a while, a lot of fun, but it should have ended while it was ahead.
169 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gangs of New York
Release date: 12/20/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A good film, but a letdown.
149 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Antwone Fisher
Release date: 12/19/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The level of acting elevates the material above pat inspirational status and gives it a sturdines...
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 25th Hour
Release date: 12/19/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Sorrowful and thoughtful at the same time, 25th Hour is about how a single situation can jolt us ...
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Maid in Manhattan
Release date: 12/13/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        In the affable Maid in Manhattan, Jennifer Lopez's most aggressive and most sincere attempt to ta...
93 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Evelyn
Release date: 12/13/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Beresford's direction makes sure that grit and a certain ugliness get equal screen time with the ...
80 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The
Release date: 12/12/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Viewers more than get their money's worth here.
166 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Adaptation
Release date: 12/6/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        There's a flash of excitement to this clever film and its performances.
141 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Solaris
Release date: 11/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This bit of pseudoscience has been made appropriately enigmatic by Soderbergh and company.
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Treasure Planet
Release date: 11/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A perfectly competent and often imaginative film that lacks what little Lilo & Stitch had in spad...
97 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Talk to Her
Release date: 11/22/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Elegant and eloquent [meditation] on death and that most elusive of passions, love.
104 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Quiet American, The
Release date: 11/22/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The Quiet American is a most disturbing film -- but disturbing in a good way.
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Emperor's Club, The
Release date: 11/22/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Its valuable message makes it a must-see for children and teenagers, and even more so for those c...
98 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Personal Velocity
Release date: 11/22/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Very psychoanalytical -- provocatively so -- and also refreshingly literary.
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Release date: 11/15/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The Godfather II of family films.
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Movie: 8 Mile
Release date: 11/8/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film is emotionally charged, almost naturally so, with Hanson's direction stressing the pop r...
143 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Far From Heaven
Release date: 11/8/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film oozes craft.
147 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Truth About Charlie, The
Release date: 10/25/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Just one bad idea after another.
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Movie: Auto Focus
Release date: 10/18/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Kinnear is brilliant here ... and he's matched by Dafoe.
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Movie: Formula 51
Release date: 10/18/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It has the requisite flash and profane dialogue that movie audiences seem to like these days, but...
76 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Punch-Drunk Love
Release date: 10/11/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (5/2)
        In the end, Punch-Drunk Love is one of those films that I wanted to like much more than I actuall...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bloody Sunday
Release date: 10/4/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film transports us back in time.
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Movie: XXX
Release date: 8/9/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Diesel makes poor Pierce Brosnan, the current James Bond, seem not only middle-aged (which, of co...
126 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Signs
Release date: 8/2/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Certainly works as The Birds disguised as Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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Movie: Mr. Deeds
Release date: 6/28/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The latest Adam Sandler assault and possibly the worst film of the year.
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Movie: Pumpkin
Release date: 6/28/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Would be considered an interesting failure, only it isn't all that interesting.
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Emperor's New Clothes, The
Release date: 6/14/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        To build a feel-good fantasy around a vain dictator-madman is off-putting, to say the least, not ...
64 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Insomnia
Release date: 5/24/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It'll keep you wide awake and ... very tense.
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Movie: Spider-Man
Release date: 5/3/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A model of what films like this should be like.
157 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Cat's Meow, The
Release date: 4/12/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Bogdanovich puts history in perspective and, via Kirsten Dunst's remarkable performance, he showc...
74 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rookie, The
Release date: 3/29/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It's Quaid who anchors the film with his effortless performance and that trademark grin of his --...
70 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Time Out
Release date: 3/29/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film is darkly funny in its observation of just how much more grueling and time-consuming the...
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hart's War
Release date: 2/15/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The movie itself is far from disappointing, offering an original take on courtroom movies, a few ...
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Crossroads
Release date: 2/15/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Like one long commercial for Britney Spears, her moves and her music.
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Movie: Slackers
Release date: 2/1/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        This will go on so long as there are moviegoers anxious to see strange young guys doing strange g...
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Storytelling
Release date: 1/25/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Each story on its own could have been expanded and worked into a compelling single feature, but i...
62 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Focus
Release date: 12/31/2001 11:01:31 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It is as heavyhanded as it is compelling, taking the subject of discrimination and turning it ins...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monster's Ball
Release date: 12/26/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Monster's Ball drills at us the same way a dentist goes at your teeth, creating pain but for a gr...
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ali
Release date: 12/25/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Even though Smith is nothing at all like Ali in either looks or temperament, the young actor has ...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lantana
Release date: 12/14/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        One of the best.
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Movie: Kandahar
Release date: 12/14/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Kandahar is forbidding and unforgiving -- and, also, unforgettable.
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Movie: Ocean's Eleven
Release date: 12/7/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The perfect movie for New Year's Eve.
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Movie: Spy Game
Release date: 11/21/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Spy Game doesn't pander at all and even has the guts to stretch matters out to 127 minutes.
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Movie: Spy Game
Release date: 11/21/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Spy Game doesn't pander at all and even has the guts to stretch matters out to 127 minutes.
93 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Devil's Backbone, The
Release date: 11/21/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Let's just say [Del Toro] knows how to create tension.
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Movie: Amelie
Release date: 11/2/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Anyone who loves movies will have no defense against the seductions of Amelie -- either the film ...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monsters, Inc.
Release date: 11/2/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Might have been more effective as a short. Still, I hate to quibble about so likable a movie, esp...
117 other reviews of this movie

Movie: O
Release date: 8/31/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        An interesting experiment with some occasional moments of great power.
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Movie: Others, The
Release date: 8/10/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A thinking person's horror movie.
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Movie: A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Release date: 6/29/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Seriously flawed but provocative and fascinating nonetheless.
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Movie: Lumumba
Release date: 6/27/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A powerfully rich and incredibly sorrowful portrait.
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Movie: Atlantis: the Lost Empire
Release date: 6/15/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        You've seen this film before, only not in animated form -- and not done so exquisitely.
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Movie: Swordfish
Release date: 6/8/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Contains five elements that I hate about modern movies: computers, guns, explosions, out-of-contr...
84 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shrek
Release date: 5/16/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Isn't so much a fractured spoof of everything Disney, but actually a Monty Python flick for kids ...
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monkeybone
Release date: 2/23/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Help me! I can feel my brain rotting.
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Movie: Memento
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Nolan is a breath of fresh air as a filmmaker.
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Movie: Together
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The joys -- and pitfalls -- of communal living in the 1970s are rendered with a buoyant immediacy...
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Chopper
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Chopper is never less than fascinating.
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Movie: Snatch
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The ride is occasionally fun because of the utter heartlessness of it all.
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Caveman's Valentine, The
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Unlike most movies these days, which have very little going on inside them so as not to confuse t...
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Traffic
Release date: 12/27/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Traffic is the kind of movie that will probably age rather quickly, but right now, in the first m...
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Malena
Release date: 12/25/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Like so many movies these days, MalÚna is a jumble of ideas from earlier films.
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Chocolat
Release date: 12/15/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Hallstrom has created the cinematic equivalent of chocolate on screen. Who could resist?
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Movie: Unbreakable
Release date: 11/22/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Even with its flaws and misses, Unbreakable is fairly unforgettable.
105 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Release date: 11/17/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Hollywood has learned nothing from Dr. Seuss.
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Contender, The
Release date: 10/13/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A near-perfect political drama for our time.
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Movie: Watcher, The
Release date: 9/8/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The Watcher is thoroughly European, a nice find.
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dinosaur
Release date: 5/19/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Dinosaur, although still impressive, just misses being a great, truly revolutionary film.
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gladiator
Release date: 5/5/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Gladiator looms as an audacious, if not exactly great, movie.
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Movie: Whatever It Takes
Release date: 3/24/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Lame corruption of the 'Cyrano' legend.
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Movie: Magnolia
Release date: 12/17/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Magnolia is a bold, rich, meandering tapestry of lost souls in conflict, made by an artist who ma...
79 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Insider, The
Release date: 11/5/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Pacino and Crowe dominate the film, with a fine ensemble on the periphery.
72 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Limey, The
Release date: 10/8/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Sleek, gemlike.
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Movie: Happy, Texas
Release date: 10/1/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Happy, Texas is a good, winning combination of imitation and inventiveness.
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stigmata
Release date: 9/10/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Flimsy and often stupid.
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Movie: Dick
Release date: 8/4/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Makes other teen flicks seem like failures of imagination!
45 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Haunting, The
Release date: 7/23/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        All logic is deadened by the obnoxious special effects!
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Release date: 3/5/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film had me alternating between a sugar high and drowsiness. One minute, I struggled to keep ...
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beloved
Release date: 10/16/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film's success lies mainly in its fidelity to its source: It never tries to avoid or sidestep...
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Titanic
Release date: 12/19/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Titanic is a terrific balance of realism and romanticism.
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Movie: Titanic
Release date: 12/19/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Titanic is a terrific balance of realism and romanticism.
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Movie: Scream 2
Release date: 12/12/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Most intelligent movie of the moment.
32 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alien Resurrection
Release date: 11/26/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        'This 'Alien' should never have been resurrected.
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Movie: Edge, The
Release date: 9/26/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        ...even less intelligent than your average action flick.
21 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Preacher's Wife, The
Release date: 12/31/1996 11:01:41 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        An endearingly modest entertainment elevated by the luminous double presence of Whitney Houston a...
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Girls Town
Release date: 12/31/1996 11:01:32 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film feels utterly real.
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Movie: Hamlet
Release date: 12/25/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Moviegoers who applauded the vigilante justice in such recent films as Joel Schumacher's A Time T...
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Trainspotting
Release date: 7/19/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        You stop cringing and start smiling, laughing even, and these kids, who seem like aliens at first...
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rock, The
Release date: 6/7/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It's as tough and hard as it sounds. It's also good fun.
27 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fargo
Release date: 3/8/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Funny without really trying to be, and it proves conclusively that fact is stranger than fiction.
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Waterworld
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:48 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Waterworld is the movie that didn't happen. Which is a roundabout way of saying that the infamous...
17 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Nixon
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:39 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Rich, dense and complex.
27 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Jeffrey
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:35 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It comes with a superficially sunny sitcom adorableness that ... mixes well with Rudnick's smart,...
13 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Heat
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:33 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Heat has an impressively strong script by Mann, and he backs it up with gorgeous filmmaking.
30 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beyond Rangoon
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:27 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        It's fascinating and rewarding to watch [Arquette] evolve, with much credibility, from her own pe...
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sabrina
Release date: 12/15/1995
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        A handsome remake that plays homage to the Wilder flick.
15 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Showgirls
Release date: 9/22/1995
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Showgirls approximates the feeling of someone sleazy putting the make on you. Its brand of sexual...
20 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Brazil
Release date: 12/1/1985
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Everything that Terry Gilliam does seems to come in a peak. His movies tend to be a series of exh...
18 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Grease
Release date: 6/1/1978
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Grease is a great 'fun movie'.
32 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Godfather, The
Release date: 3/24/1972
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        With The Godfather, Coppola got everything right, balancing art with commerce -- and turning a bi...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Apartment, The
Release date: 1/1/1960
Review by Joe Baltake of Passionate Moviegoer: (7/0)
        'The Apartment': The Film That Defines Me
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Movie: Vertigo
Release date: 1/1/1958
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        Vertigo is Hitchcock's stirring parable of love and death.
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: M
Release date: 1/1/1931
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (7/0)
        The film grows more unsettling when it becomes apparent that the child killer Beckert is somethin...
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Movie: Around the Bend
Release date: 3/2/2005
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        This is the male equivalent of the chick flick. It could have been titled Divine Secrets of the D...
41 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Meet the Fockers
Release date: 12/22/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Meet the Fockers is not much of a movie -- just a lot of comic situations barely held together by...
127 other reviews of this movie

Movie: National Treasure
Release date: 11/19/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Plays a lot better than it sounds. Trust me.
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Movie: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Release date: 11/12/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        The film is a narrative mess, a cut-and-paste job of random ideas and pointless incidents that ar...
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Movie: Polar Express, The
Release date: 11/10/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's too mechanical in its perfection and too driven and premeditated in its attempts to impress ...
127 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Being Julia
Release date: 10/15/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        This is a choice role, and Bening tears into it with the broadest smile and widest eyes you ever ...
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Vera Drake
Release date: 10/10/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Mike Leigh, who seemingly has single-handedly revived kitchen-sink realism in modern British movi...
125 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shark Tale
Release date: 10/1/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A happy, fizzy film, splashed in brilliant colors.
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Movie: Last Shot, The
Release date: 9/24/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        There's an eccentric enchantment and easy friendliness to screenwriter Jeff Nathanson's modest de...
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pauly Shore is Dead
Release date: 9/24/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It works as a throwaway joke -- occasionally funny and often shamelessly tasteless. And it also h...
10 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Silver City
Release date: 9/17/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A juicy political lampoon that may be too close to reality for certain people to find amusing.
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Head in the Clouds
Release date: 9/17/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's wonderfully terrible.
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Movie: Red Lights
Release date: 9/3/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Brings with it everything a movie goer would want in a bracingly adult film.
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Movie: Suspect Zero
Release date: 8/27/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        The kind of by-the- numbers psychological/ action thriller that Paramount Pictures routinely make...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mean Creek
Release date: 8/20/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Works as a multiple character study, complemented by some of the best performances you are likely...
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Without a Paddle
Release date: 8/20/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A larky, throwaway movie.
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Movie: Without a Paddle
Release date: 8/20/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A larky, throwaway movie.
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Movie: We Don't Live Here Anymore
Release date: 8/13/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A terribly slim, pretentious movie that wallows in the monotonous, far-from- fascinating angst of...
45 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, The
Release date: 8/11/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Starts out rather awkwardly but succeeds almost in spite of itself.
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Movie: Garden State
Release date: 7/30/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Sweet, fuzzy and quirky in a good way -- much like the cracked friendships it engagingly depicts.
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Movie: She Hate Me
Release date: 7/30/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        If you're truly adventurous in your movie-going and fed up with movies that play by the numbers, ...
71 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Festival Express
Release date: 7/23/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Shows us what we lost -- and what we may never see and hear again.
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Movie: Outfoxed
Release date: 7/13/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        As hugely entertaining as it is informative.
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Movie: Stepford Wives, The
Release date: 6/11/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Rudnick outdoes himself with the number of one-line zingers and moments of visual humor he relent...
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Story of the Weeping Camel, The
Release date: 6/4/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        This movie is for everyone.
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Movie: Baadasssss!
Release date: 5/28/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Works alternately as a weird kind of biopic, a movie about moviemaking and a film about a certain...
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Day After Tomorrow, The
Release date: 5/28/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Expensive cheese.
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Movie: New York Minute
Release date: 5/7/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        The surprise is that it's the kind of larky entertainment that can make adults feel younger, rath...
105 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mean Girls
Release date: 4/30/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        This is the best film of its kind since Amy Heckerling's Clueless.
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Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 2
Release date: 4/16/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Simply one of the best films, period.
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Movie: Johnson Family Vacation
Release date: 4/7/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        The star is funny, the movie isn't.
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Movie: Home on the Range
Release date: 4/2/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It is not out to win awards or break artistic records, but rather to make us feel warm and cozy a...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Jersey Girl
Release date: 3/26/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        With Jersey Girl, [Smith] stopped fooling around, finally got his act together and made a real fi...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bon Voyage
Release date: 3/19/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's Adjani, at turns hammy and heartfelt, who makes this film positively levitate.
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Taking Lives
Release date: 3/19/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Taking Lives is a good, near-great film that might seem a lot better if it hadn't been preceded b...
124 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
Release date: 3/12/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        This is one special movie.
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Movie: Passion of the Christ, The
Release date: 2/25/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Working with premier cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, Gibson effectively hurls us into Christ's l...
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Movie: Against the Ropes
Release date: 2/20/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        One of those infamous 'based on a true story' movies in which just about everything is a lie.
95 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Welcome to Mooseport
Release date: 2/20/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Nothing much happens in Welcome to Mooseport, but for a little less than two hours you can take a...
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dreamers, The
Release date: 2/6/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A pretty silly affair -- a minor film made by a major filmmaker.
117 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Big Bounce, The
Release date: 1/30/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The Big Bounce smacks of one of those films that, after sitting on some studio shelf too long, wa...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Along Came Polly
Release date: 1/16/2004
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        There's enough originality here to offset some of the more questionable humor.
122 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Power Trip
Release date: 12/31/2003 11:01:41 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It embraces great characters, tension and a skewed sense of humor as matters in question get way ...
10 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Calendar Girls
Release date: 12/19/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        The movie -- like the calendar -- moves along smoothly.
96 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stuck on You
Release date: 12/12/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's difficult not to like Stuck on You. Damon is truly endearing, Kinnear gives off a movie-star...
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Honey
Release date: 12/5/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Jessica Alba adds the soothing honey to Honey.
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Last Samurai, The
Release date: 12/5/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        The film belongs to Watanabe, who either steals it from the star or is generously handed it by Cr...
166 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Barbarian Invasions, The
Release date: 11/21/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's quite depressing to find that these self-absorbed people haven't really changed, that they s...
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 21 Grams
Release date: 11/21/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Dripping with cinematic style.
132 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Die Mommie Die!
Release date: 10/31/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It plugs ahead on the stamina and sheer nerve of its author-star.
54 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beyond Borders
Release date: 10/24/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        You'll probably laugh your way through this immediate guilty pleasure, but you'll also get hooked...
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Runaway Jury
Release date: 10/17/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Immensely watchable.
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: School of Rock
Release date: 10/3/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        I like this film. But that doesn't deny it's naggingly familiar.
148 other reviews of this movie

Movie: School of Rock
Release date: 10/3/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        I like this film. But that doesn't deny it's naggingly familiar.
148 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Station Agent, The
Release date: 10/3/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        For 88 all-too-brief minutes, we get to hang out with very companionable people, eavesdrop on the...
113 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Casa de Los Babys
Release date: 9/19/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A collaborative triumph in which the right actresses in the right roles respond to Sayles' ever-g...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Cabin Fever
Release date: 9/12/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Cabin Fever gets the job done. It's appropriately gruesome and genuinely scary -- and, despite th...
110 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Party Monster
Release date: 9/5/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's a cinematic party, one long, strung-out bash that starts out as a novelty and turns into som...
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Release date: 9/5/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is alert fun as long as it stays on Hollywood and Vine ... once...
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Jeepers Creepers 2
Release date: 8/29/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It can be enjoyed as schlock by horror fans and its targeted teen audience, even though it's rath...
94 other reviews of this movie

Movie: American Splendor
Release date: 8/15/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Pulcini and Berman have inventively rethought the notion of the biopic, and the results are audac...
133 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Freddy vs. Jason
Release date: 8/15/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        The expression 'bloody bore' takes on a new, deeper meaning with Freddy Vs. Jason.
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Uptown Girls
Release date: 8/15/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's excruciating, a film of forced humor and fake, grating sentimentality, featuring two lead pe...
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Freaky Friday
Release date: 8/6/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        While it's a perfectly competent and affable film, the new version doesn't have anything to promp...
66 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Secret Lives of Dentists, The
Release date: 8/1/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's often been said that we don't really know people, that we don't know what goes on in other p...
74 other reviews of this movie

Movie: And Now Ladies and Gentlemen
Release date: 8/1/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This is like a collection of the best moments from Claude Lelouch's filmography -- with bits and ...
32 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Release date: 7/25/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        She may be playing yet another (so-called) empowered woman in yet another film made for teenage b...
132 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Housekeeper, The
Release date: 7/11/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Berri makes very personal works about men who learn something about themselves rather late in lif...
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gloomy Sunday
Release date: 6/20/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A superior soap opera not unlike what Douglas Sirk might have churned out in the 1950s.
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rugrats Go Wild
Release date: 6/13/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A shrill, pointless animation in which two highly profitable Nickelodeon TV franchises come toget...
72 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Agent Cody Banks
Release date: 3/14/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        The film is cute but never much beyond that.
74 other reviews of this movie

Movie: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Release date: 2/14/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Nothing can prepare you for the twisty -- and twisted -- details the 26-year-old Colombani almost...
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shanghai Knights
Release date: 2/7/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's a mess, but an engaging one.
123 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Recruit, The
Release date: 1/31/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Taut psychological thriller.
159 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Recruit, The
Release date: 1/31/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Taut psychological thriller.
159 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Guru, The
Release date: 1/31/2003
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's good fun -- almost a musical.
74 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Second Time Around
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:44 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Vera's three actors -- MollÓ, Gil and Bardem -- excel in insightful, empathetic performances.
14 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shanghai Ghetto
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:44 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's incredible the number of stories the Holocaust has generated. Just when you think that every...
26 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Powerpuff Girls Movie, The
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:41 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This little film is so slovenly done, so primitive in technique, that it can't really be called a...
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:29 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Works as pretty contagious fun.
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wild Thornberrys Movie, The
Release date: 12/20/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Bursting through the constraints of its source, this is one adapted- from-television movie that a...
34 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hot Chick, The
Release date: 12/13/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Strictly a 'guy's film' in the worst sense of the expression.
20 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
Release date: 11/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights grows on you -- like a rash.
81 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Extreme Ops
Release date: 11/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A B-movie you can sit through, enjoy on a certain level and then forget.
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Way Home, The
Release date: 11/15/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        [The kid's] selfishness is difficult to watch at times, but if you have patience on the level of ...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Femme Fatale
Release date: 11/6/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        This is pure, exciting moviemaking. You won't exactly know what's happening but you'll be blissfu...
112 other reviews of this movie

Movie: All or Nothing
Release date: 10/25/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It is almost impossible to sludge through this tiny morality tale and not recognize bad habits, s...
68 other reviews of this movie

Movie: White Oleander
Release date: 10/11/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        'Synthetic' is the best description of this well-meaning, beautifully produced film that sacrific...
85 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Welcome to Collinwood
Release date: 10/4/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        It's a bellini.
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Release date: 9/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Sweet Home Alabama may be sweet and small and inconsequential, but it offers the privileged exper...
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Just a Kiss
Release date: 9/27/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        A lousy movie that's not merely unwatchable, but also unlistenable.
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Trials of Henry Kissinger, The
Release date: 9/25/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Jarecki's film is jampacked with information -- both fact and opinion -- utilizing news and inter...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 8 Women
Release date: 9/20/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        There are any number of moments that fans of French cinema could only have dreamed of ever happen...
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stealing Harvard
Release date: 9/13/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Stealing Harvard is evidence that the Farrelly Bros. -- Peter and Bobby -- and their brand of scr...
95 other reviews of this movie

Movie: City by the Sea
Release date: 9/6/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        An honorable film that works as a nagging missed opportunity.
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Satin Rouge
Release date: 8/23/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (6/1) No reference
        Leading a double life in an American film only comes to no good, but not here. Matters play out r...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: One Hour Photo
Release date: 8/21/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Williams absolutely nails Sy's queasy infatuation and overall strangeness.
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Blue Crush
Release date: 8/16/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Think of it as Gidget, only with muscles and a lot more smarts, but just as endearing and easy to...
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Blood Work
Release date: 8/9/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Clint shows that he can still get the job done.
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Release date: 8/7/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        With Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, however, Robert Rodriguez adorns his family-film plot...
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Good Girl, The
Release date: 8/7/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A sad, superior human comedy played out on the back roads of life.
114 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Full Frontal
Release date: 8/2/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        There's a blissful confusion about Full Frontal, the new film by Steven Soderbergh, that you'll e...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kid Stays in the Picture, The
Release date: 7/26/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        There's a disreputable air about the whole thing, and that's what makes it irresistible.
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Who Is Cletis Tout?
Release date: 7/26/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        If you love movies, it's hard not to like Who Is Cletis Tout? or at least smile through it.
51 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Austin Powers in Goldmember
Release date: 7/26/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        You'll laugh at either the obviousness of it all or its stupidity or maybe even its inventiveness...
126 other reviews of this movie

Movie: K-19: The Widowmaker
Release date: 7/19/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A very depressing movie of many missed opportunities.
120 other reviews of this movie

Movie: My Wife is an Actress
Release date: 7/12/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        My Wife Is an Actress works as well as it does because [the leads] are such a companionable coupl...
69 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Road to Perdition
Release date: 7/12/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film is quiet, threatening and unforgettable.
54 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Never Again
Release date: 7/12/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        In theory, a middle-aged romance pairing Clayburgh and Tambor sounds promising, but in practice i...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Reign of Fire
Release date: 7/12/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Reign of Fire looks as if it was made without much thought -- and is best watched that way.
53 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Men in Black II
Release date: 7/3/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        MIB II is a movie that makes it possible for the viewer to doze off for a few minutes or make sev...
153 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Notorious C.H.O.
Release date: 6/28/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        She's as rude and profane as ever, always hilarious and, most of the time, absolutely right in he...
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lovely & Amazing
Release date: 6/28/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        An astute, gemlike little movie.
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sunshine State
Release date: 6/21/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Sayles' approach to his material can be archly didactic, but then there's Bassett and especially ...
71 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Scooby-Doo
Release date: 6/14/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's all pretty hectic, loud and empty, and yet, despite its Day-Glo coloring and sense of forced...
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bourne Identity, The
Release date: 6/14/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The entertaining new film version of Robert Ludlum's 1980 spy thriller, The Bourne Identity, adds...
146 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fast Runner (Atanarjuat), The (2002)
Release date: 6/7/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's a masterpiece.
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Release date: 6/7/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood may not be exactly divine, but it's definitely -- defiantl...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sum of All Fears, The
Release date: 5/31/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film -- based on one of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, published in 1991 -- is excellent, bot...
134 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Release date: 5/24/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Smart and alert, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is a small gem.
79 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Importance of Being Earnest, The
Release date: 5/22/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film, despite the gratuitous cinematic distractions impressed upon it, is still good fun.
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: About a Boy
Release date: 5/17/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        About a Boy vividly recalls the Cary Grant of Room for One More, Houseboat and Father Goose in it...
107 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Release date: 5/16/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This film is too busy hitting all of its assigned marks to take on any life of its own.
89 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Life or Something Like It
Release date: 4/26/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It appears as if even the filmmakers didn't know what kind of movie they were making.
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Salton Sea, The
Release date: 4/26/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It has the ability to offend and put off everyone, but it holds you with its outrageousness.
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Release date: 4/19/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Feels like an extended pilot in search of a weekly TV slot.
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Murder By Numbers
Release date: 4/19/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Works as another uncompromisingly adult movie that assumes its audience is intelligent and doesn'...
101 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Triumph of Love, The
Release date: 4/17/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The kind of nervous film that will either give you a mild headache or exhilarate you.
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Panic Room
Release date: 3/29/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The star of this movie is Fincher, who has filmed it in a grand style that manages to avoid showy...
126 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Piano Teacher, The
Release date: 3/29/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This demanding, disturbing work is an extreme example of special-interest filmmaking.
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Blade II
Release date: 3/22/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        One of those rare sequels that's actually better than the original.
107 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Resident Evil
Release date: 3/15/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Its characters are thinner than cardboard -- or even comic-book paper.
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ice Age
Release date: 3/15/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        ... unlike many family-oriented movies, Ice Age isn't afraid to frighten or disturb.
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Time Machine, The
Release date: 3/8/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's doubtful there will be a Time Machine 2 in our movie future.
115 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Queen of the Damned
Release date: 2/22/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        ... the real special effects here are Townsend and Perez, who are decidedly unconventional and wh...
81 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monsoon Wedding
Release date: 2/22/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        All in all, a great party.
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Birthday Girl
Release date: 2/1/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Birthday Girl doesn't try to surprise us with plot twists, but rather seems to enjoy its own tran...
85 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mothman Prophecies, The
Release date: 1/25/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The Mothman Prophecies, which is mostly a bore, seems to exist only for its climactic setpiece.
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Brotherhood of the Wolf, The
Release date: 1/11/2002
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Gans is so willful in blending together his weird selection of ingredients that the whole thing i...
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale
Release date: 12/31/2001 11:01:36 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        May be a film of missed opportunities and unanswered questions, but it has an unsinkable man at i...
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Come Undone
Release date: 12/31/2001 11:01:28 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Deals with sex in terms of feelings, deep feelings, and with no need to reach for a cheap punch l...
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Charlotte Gray
Release date: 12/28/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        If you have a nostalgic side ... there is much to enjoy about filmmaker Gillian Armstrong's cozy,...
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Black Hawk Down
Release date: 12/28/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Black Hawk Down sees its job as putting us in the center of combat, and it never lets up. It rema...
70 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dark Blue World, The
Release date: 12/28/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        More bleak and certainly more hushed than the relatively bombastic Pearl Harbor, but they both te...
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gosford Park
Release date: 12/26/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        At its best when it is about nothing.
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kate & Leopold
Release date: 12/25/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A romantic comedy with something on its mind -- not necessarily a message, but a reminder of just...
74 other reviews of this movie

Movie: A Beautiful Mind
Release date: 12/21/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        [Howard's] most accomplished, most mature and least-compromised movie, 'Oscar-worthy' in every wa...
151 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Joe Somebody
Release date: 12/21/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        One of the best family films around.
70 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Royal Tenenbaums, The
Release date: 12/14/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        All in all, this singular film is best described as an elegant freak show.
122 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Not Another Teen Movie
Release date: 12/14/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        There simply isn't anything to say about it -- good or bad. Maybe that's because it isn't a movie...
71 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Behind Enemy Lines
Release date: 11/30/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Like a good soldier, it does get the job done and in an efficient -- some would say simplistic --...
111 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sidewalks of New York
Release date: 11/21/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        At first, it seems like Burns' most unoriginal, least exciting movie to date. But it's much more ...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Man Who Wasn't There, The
Release date: 10/31/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Nothing else matters here except Thornton's blandly bravura performance ... and the film's rampan...
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Life As A House
Release date: 10/26/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        [Kline] works beyond the call of duty here, although the role exploits and corrupts his natural c...
41 other reviews of this movie

Movie: K-Pax
Release date: 10/26/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The unlikely has happened. Kevin Spacey has worn out his welcome. What next?
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Riding in Cars With Boys
Release date: 10/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        There's the core of a good, tough movie lost under Marshall's self-indulgence.
83 other reviews of this movie

Movie: From Hell
Release date: 10/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        What we have here is a perversion of the 'business as usual' recommendations we've been hearing l...
114 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ma Soeur!, A
Release date: 10/12/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A bracing antidote/response to the sleazy teen-oriented sex comedies that are churned out on an a...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mulholland Dr.
Release date: 10/12/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This movie snakes and slithers along, keeping us off-kilter but always fascinated by its story of...
118 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Training Day
Release date: 10/5/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's ugly and disturbing, but what gets us through it and pulls us along is Washington's charisma...
105 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rock Star
Release date: 9/7/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This may be the most innocuous R-rated movie ever made, a film that turns rock 'n' roll, circa th...
93 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Tortilla Soup
Release date: 8/24/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Charming.
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Release date: 8/17/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Handsome as it is, Captain Corelli's Mandolin doesn't really connect.
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: American Pie 2
Release date: 8/10/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Jim and the gang feel like strangers, and their attempts to create an instant-party atmosphere an...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Osmosis Jones
Release date: 8/10/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Watch what you buy at the concession stand.
68 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Princess Diaries, The
Release date: 8/3/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Squeaky clean and rather sweet.
64 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Original Sin
Release date: 8/3/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Makes for an extremely well-acted movie.
62 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rush Hour 2
Release date: 8/3/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Chan has surprisingly little to do -- fewer action sequences than usual and even less dialogue to...
76 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bread and Tulips
Release date: 7/27/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Leisurely paced and very easy to watch.
45 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Planet of the Apes
Release date: 7/27/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Despite its flashes of wizardry, Planet of the Apes doesn't serve his restless, wild imagination.
101 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ghost World
Release date: 7/20/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It has qualities -- a ferocious wit and a youthful snap and savvy -- that can make it irresistibl...
51 other reviews of this movie

Movie: America's Sweethearts
Release date: 7/20/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A film that manages the frustrating feat of being pleasant and misguided at the same time.
51 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Jurassic Park III
Release date: 7/18/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Lacks not just a soul but also a body, so to speak, with no plot to absorb us and no characters w...
95 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Legally Blonde
Release date: 7/13/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Elle actually wins us over right away in the first frame.
100 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Scary Movie 2
Release date: 7/4/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This outing doesn't seem to understand that any attempt to parody a parody tends to negate any po...
72 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Baby Boy
Release date: 6/27/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        In addition to being ruthlessly honest, Baby Boy is also Singleton's most cinematic work to date.
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dr. Dolittle 2
Release date: 6/22/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's been said that if a film uses a lot of narration, it's because its makers either don't know ...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fast and the Furious, The
Release date: 6/22/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Remember that everyone is entitled to wallow in junk every once in a while -- even movie critics.
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Princess and the Warrior, The
Release date: 6/22/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Its two characters remain figures, merely symbols.
62 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
Release date: 6/15/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Steiner and Hewitt couldn't decide which tale they wanted to tell -- Vince's or Harold's -- and s...
7 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Down From the Mountain
Release date: 6/15/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Has the ease of a casual get-together by musicians who enjoy jamming with each other and who give...
21 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Release date: 6/15/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The miracle is that Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is no stunt. Somehow, they made a genuine movie out o...
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Anniversary Party, The
Release date: 6/8/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This film is monumentally annoying.
72 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bride of the Wind
Release date: 6/8/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It ends up presenting Schindler as little more than a fatuous groupie -- the first music groupie.
34 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pearl Harbor
Release date: 5/25/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Bursting with American patriotism and an avid, shamelessly old-fashioned romantic spirit, Michael...
107 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Angel Eyes
Release date: 5/18/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        If Angel Eyes falters, it is because it becomes more obvious as it goes along, its sense of relig...
86 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Moulin Rouge
Release date: 5/18/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's all very festive, like a party you didn't really want to go to but then can't leave once you...
118 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bread and Roses
Release date: 5/11/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Loach ... has made his most appealing and involving movie to date with the touching, naturalistic...
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mummy Returns, The
Release date: 5/4/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Sommers and company have set out to top themselves -- to outdo The Mummy -- and even when they do...
66 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Under the Sand
Release date: 5/4/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        [Rampling] provides us with moments that you won't easily shake.
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Golden Bowl, The
Release date: 4/27/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        An elegant soap.
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: One Night At Mccool's
Release date: 4/27/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It eventually loses its concentration and ultimately falls apart.
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Luzhin Defence, The
Release date: 4/20/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Pretty much just a string of words and ideas and stick-figure characters who never become fully f...
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Along Came A Spider
Release date: 4/6/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Freeman makes everyone look good.
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shadow Magic
Release date: 4/6/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Some of the hostile reactions to Wallace and his movie machine may seem heavy-handed, but the fil...
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Company Man
Release date: 3/9/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film's a jaw-dropping embarrassment, making a bad movie year even worse.
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Blow Dry
Release date: 3/7/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Blow Dry, the British comedy opening today, has a cast to die for, but that's about all that it h...
41 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sweet November
Release date: 2/16/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        I have a better way to enjoy life: Avoid movies like this ... before it's too late.
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Down to Earth
Release date: 2/16/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A bad idea that has been made into an even worse movie.
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Price of Milk, The
Release date: 2/14/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It keeps flitting around -- as if it overdosed on fairy dust.
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Taste of Others, The
Release date: 2/9/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        An alert, unusually observant comedy of manners that is often very funny and cynical about human ...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Saving Silverman
Release date: 2/9/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It is frantically, bizarrely unfunny.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Head Over Heels
Release date: 2/2/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Potter ... is a charming on-screen surrogate for the young girls in the audience.
34 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Trembling Before G-d
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Does an incisive job in defining the contradictory natures of Orthodox Judaism and homosexuality,...
34 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Series 7
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The so-called jokes here have a cartoon stridency and drop with a thud. None of them is deep or l...
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        As heartfelt as it is bizarre.
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dogtown and Z-Boys
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        About nowhere kids who appropriated turfs as they found them and become self-made celebrity athle...
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Waking Life
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Truly a one-of -a-kind movie.
67 other reviews of this movie

Movie: In the Bedroom
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A film of great empathy and healing power and it comes at exactly the right time.
108 other reviews of this movie

Movie: L.I.E.
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        If you're open-minded and adventurous in your moviegoing, and if you can handle a disturbing but ...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Jump Tomorrow
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Very sweet.
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shadow of the Vampire
Release date: 12/29/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Shadow of the Vampire operates as high camp, with everyone attached to Murnau's Nosferatu given t...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: All the Pretty Horses
Release date: 12/25/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Thornton and Tally aim for such fidelity to the material that they end up botching it.
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Before Night Falls
Release date: 12/22/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Compassionate yet unsentimental.
23 other reviews of this movie

Movie: House of Mirth, The
Release date: 12/22/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Anderson's great performance -- a study in stillness and reserve -- gets us through a story that ...
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Cast Away
Release date: 12/22/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Dig deep and you'll find a film that's even richer than what its handsome surface seems to reveal...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Release date: 12/15/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It is poetry in motion, a dreamwork.
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: What Women Want
Release date: 12/15/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Gibson turns in one of those rare comedy performances that, every so often, manages to snag an Os...
55 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Proof of Life
Release date: 12/8/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Proof of Life, directed with craftsmanlike precision by Taylor Hackford, thrives on the tension h...
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Men of Honor
Release date: 11/10/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It is set in the 1950s and '60s and actually feels as if it were made back then. And that's exac...
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Billy Elliot
Release date: 11/3/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Will fulfill you in ways that most other films have long forgotten.
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sound and Fury
Release date: 10/25/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Escorts us to a place we never knew existed, inviting us to observe familiar-looking people but s...
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pay It Forward
Release date: 10/20/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Works beautifully as a figment of someone's idealism and goodwill.
72 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lost Souls
Release date: 10/13/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's a film whose aura can only be described as 'tortured.' That word also approximates the feeli...
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Requiem for A Dream
Release date: 10/6/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        One of those films you both admire and hate for admiring. I liked it in spite of myself.
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Meet the Parents
Release date: 10/6/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        De Niro delivers.
72 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Best in Show
Release date: 9/29/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's still a pretty good comedy -- but no more and no less.
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Remember the Titans
Release date: 9/29/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Unabashedly old-fashioned.
89 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Woman on Top
Release date: 9/22/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film is something of a subtle accomplishment -- a commingling of froth, sensuality and moral ...
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fantasia 2000
Release date: 6/16/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It is stunning in every sense of the word -- stunningly good most of the time, stunningly arch so...
9 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Battlefield Earth
Release date: 5/12/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Sitting through the summer's first monolithic monstrosity, Battlefield Earth, was one of the most...
84 other reviews of this movie

Movie: American Psycho
Release date: 4/14/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A savagely funny feminist take on just how dangerous stupid men can be.
68 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rules of Engagement
Release date: 4/7/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Both actors are excellent.
41 other reviews of this movie

Movie: High Fidelity
Release date: 3/31/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This talky, entertaining film is like a good bull session with a friend who won't shut up.
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Not One Less
Release date: 2/18/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This alternately sad-funny film sneaks up on you. Its ability to grab us is surprising because it...
26 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Scream 3
Release date: 2/4/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Breathlessly inventive and hip.
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Our Song
Release date: 1/20/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A humbling, poignant alternative to the movies about teenagers we usually see. This one isn't abo...
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Holy Smoke
Release date: 1/14/2000
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A tightly wound, heady affair that actually comes to seem more deranged as it progresses.
27 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Captain Pantoja and the Special Services
Release date: 12/31/1999 11:01:28 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Pantaleon y las Visitadoras, which has three distinct acts, each of which works as a self-contain...
9 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Galaxy Quest
Release date: 12/25/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's a film that falls far short of its potential and, during its dull moments, you can't help co...
74 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Man on the Moon
Release date: 12/22/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Milos Forman's biopic Man on the Moon is volatile and active -- and, frankly, doesn't make too mu...
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Any Given Sunday
Release date: 12/22/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Rousing, entertaining.
71 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Anna and the King
Release date: 12/17/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A simple, no-frills story.
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stuart Little
Release date: 12/17/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Stuart Little betrays a beloved book.
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Tumbleweeds
Release date: 11/24/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film moves with the same breakneck vitality as its star McTeer.
23 other reviews of this movie

Movie: World Is Not Enough, The
Release date: 11/19/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        With Apted on board, the movie attracted the most illustrious supporting cast of any Bond film to...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sleepy Hollow
Release date: 11/19/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The entire film is an eyeful, an odd triumph of old-fashioned filmmaking.
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: All About My Mother
Release date: 11/19/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Well-done gook.
61 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Music of the Heart
Release date: 10/29/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Moves with more dexterity than most dedicated-teacher flicks.
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beyond the Mat
Release date: 10/22/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Sometimes, you find material for a good movie in the most unlikely place.
34 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Straight Story, The
Release date: 10/15/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A great Richard Farnsworth performance and an even better one by Spacek.
45 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Story of Us, The
Release date: 10/15/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        You almost want this couple to divorce.
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Random Hearts
Release date: 10/8/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Random Hearts, a film that sits on the screen like a bump on a log for a very long 131 minutes, a...
34 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Three Kings
Release date: 10/1/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Russell's edgy pacing here and the assorted styles he's adopted create an exciting, restless imme...
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Blue Streak
Release date: 9/17/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film may be routine, but Lawrence is anything but.
21 other reviews of this movie

Movie: American Beauty
Release date: 9/15/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Superlatively well-made.
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stir of Echoes
Release date: 9/10/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Bacon should be working with a more original substance, a subject that would be truly worthy of h...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Outside Providence
Release date: 9/1/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        So many real-seeming, gemlike scenes!
41 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Teaching Mrs. Tingle
Release date: 8/20/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A good mix of the nostalgic and the brand-new!
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mickey Blue Eyes
Release date: 8/20/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A depressingly vacuous star vehicle!
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Thomas Crown Affair, The
Release date: 8/6/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The Thomas Crown Affair plays as a very grown-up, cynical and slick quasi-thriller, with a couple...
15 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Runaway Bride
Release date: 7/30/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Immensely likable!
27 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Drop Dead Gorgeous
Release date: 7/23/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Drop Dead Gorgeous is undeniably a refinement of the Farrelly Bros.' brand of audacity.
26 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Inspector Gadget
Release date: 7/23/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Gruesomely unfunny!
20 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Run Lola Run
Release date: 6/18/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        We get fast and slow motion, crane shots, split screens, handheld cinematography, tracking shots,...
53 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Release date: 5/19/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        More shrewd showman than a great filmmaker, Lucas employs these effects to create a total fantasy...
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dreamlife of Angels, The
Release date: 4/2/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's a compelling work about loneliness and two ways of dealing with it.
26 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Comedian Harmonists
Release date: 3/12/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The Harmonists has a finale that will be appreciated by anyone who loved The Sound of Music. As t...
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Office Space
Release date: 2/19/1999
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's essentially a series of shorts linked together, but this doesn't deny the movie's deft exami...
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shakespeare in Love
Release date: 12/25/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Paltrow and Fiennes make an irresistible team.
83 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Very Bad Things
Release date: 11/25/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A scabrous black comedy like no other I've ever seen...
20 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Central Station
Release date: 11/20/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Salles provides a textbook example of how to toy with our emotions, how to involve and move us, w...
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: American History X
Release date: 10/28/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        As provocative and daring as it is, the film is also rather simplistic and obvious.
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Life Is Beautiful
Release date: 10/23/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Its strained poignancy is as thick -- and sweet -- as honey.
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Your Friends & Neighbors
Release date: 8/19/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film's star is LaBute, a genuine modern movie auteur who ventures behind the tantalizing blur...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Release date: 8/14/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's scrumptious junk food for the brain -- tasty and probably not the least bit good for you.
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gadjo Dilo
Release date: 8/7/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The movie fairly breathes with life.
15 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Saving Private Ryan
Release date: 7/24/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Saving Private Ryan is not a film that one takes pleasure in, or even enjoys in the usual sense, ...
68 other reviews of this movie

Movie: There's Something About Mary
Release date: 7/15/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Romance never seemed more deranged.
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lethal Weapon 4
Release date: 7/10/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        In short, it's a mess, albeit a weirdly entertaining mess...
19 other reviews of this movie

Movie: He Got Game
Release date: 5/1/1998
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Spike Lee's He Got Game is gripping in spite of itself.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Different for Girls
Release date: 12/31/1997 11:01:29 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's rather ordinary stuff.
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Movie: Conspiracy Theory
Release date: 12/31/1997 11:01:28 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        There's nothing quite like a big, handsome, movie-star-driven Hollywood film when it's done right...
22 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Batman & Robin
Release date: 12/31/1997 11:01:27 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A mishmash of prolonged, confused action sequences, which are, admittedly, brilliantly staged but...
55 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Jackie Brown
Release date: 12/25/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A great actor's movie.
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Movie: As Good As It Gets
Release date: 12/23/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        As artificial as it is, "As Good As It Gets" is a winning entertainment.
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Good Will Hunting
Release date: 12/5/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Van Sant makes Good Will Hunting a lot livelier than it might have been.
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Movie: Mortal Kombat: The Annihilation
Release date: 11/20/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A little more work is required, for instance, on four-arm technology.
11 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sweet Hereafter, The
Release date: 11/20/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Egoyan sways away from the obvious, eschewing easy tears for something more fiercely intelligent.
32 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Starship Troopers
Release date: 11/7/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Terrific entertainment.
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Movie: Happy Together
Release date: 10/17/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Wong continues to demonstrate his effortless command of the camera.
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Movie: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Release date: 10/17/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Teasing and taut, I Know What You Did Last Summer is a teen horror flick with a different kind of...
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ice Storm, The
Release date: 9/26/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This is one of those films in which nothing seems to be 'happening,' but in retrospect, when it's...
41 other reviews of this movie

Movie: L.A. Confidential
Release date: 9/19/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        They all contribute to a movie that's unusually delicate, understated and searching -- a movie th...
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Men in Black
Release date: 7/2/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Like the Fiorentino character, you may not remember much. But you'll remember having fun.
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Movie: Face/Off
Release date: 6/27/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        ...it is as elegantly made as it is violent, mating movie mayhem with bits of poetry, opera, psyc...
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: My Best Friend's Wedding
Release date: 6/20/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A wonderful commingling of talent both on-screen and off.
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Release date: 5/2/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Its plot notwithstanding, it has nothing to do with Bond -- and it misrepresents the poor '60s as...
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Release date: 4/25/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        What laughs there are in the movie -- and there are a lot of them -- are mitigated by the rampant...
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Private Parts
Release date: 3/7/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film is often as witty and articulate as its subject.
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Movie: Donnie Brasco
Release date: 2/28/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Remains a bore for much of its running time.
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Movie: Hard Eight
Release date: 2/28/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This being an acting piece, the four performances are of a very high order.
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Movie: Under the Skin
Release date: 1/1/1997
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It isn't often that a film offers a heroine who is this aggressive, angry and self-punishing, and...
14 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Low Life, The
Release date: 12/31/1996 11:01:37 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Hickenlooper shows these lonely, mediocre people for what they are but without ever condescending...
5 other reviews of this movie

Movie: John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.
Release date: 12/31/1996 11:01:35 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A hilariously unstable film and the latest apocalyptic vision to work on our nerves like a tortur...
23 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ghost and the Darkness, The
Release date: 12/31/1996 11:01:32 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Rousing entertainment.
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Movie: Executive Decision
Release date: 12/31/1996 11:01:30 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It doesn't always work, but there's something inspiring about Baird's unwillingness to follow the...
17 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Denise Calls Up
Release date: 12/31/1996 11:01:29 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        An alert, funny antisocial comedy.
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Movie: My Fellow Americans
Release date: 12/20/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A shameless variation on the Grumpy Old Men films.
14 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mars Attacks!
Release date: 12/13/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The film's penchant for repetition is faithful to its '50s source material and is the very qualit...
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Jerry Maguire
Release date: 12/13/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Slick, stylish and committed.
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Movie: That Thing You Do!
Release date: 10/4/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Hanks' film is about how all good things come to an end. The important thing is to enjoy it all w...
23 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Courage Under Fire
Release date: 7/12/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Zwick pulls off the trick of making each story plausible, while Ryan successfully sheds her usual...
27 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Chungking Express
Release date: 3/8/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A movie that has Tarantino's brand of kinetic, eccentric energy but that's much more soulful.
13 other reviews of this movie

Movie: From Dusk Till Dawn
Release date: 1/19/1996
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The sickest, most perverted movie within memory. Guiltily, I liked it. But what the hell is it?
15 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Something to Talk About
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:44 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Under [Hallstrom's] direction, Something To Talk About seems volatile and fresh, as well as tende...
15 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Strange Days
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:44 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's a wildly messed-up, unwieldy, 145-minute movie designed specifically for those audiences who...
18 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dead Man Walking
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:29 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Its objectivity is what makes it so controversial and fascinating.
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Movie: Dangerous Minds
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:29 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A no-frills, single-minded drama driven by Pfeiffer's totally committed performance.
14 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Devil in A Blue Dress
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:29 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The fascinating bits of racial history that director Carl Franklin has folded into the vibrant mi...
21 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Doom Generation, The
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:29 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        In terms of filmmaking, point of view and oddball sense of humor, Araki's film is better than bot...
18 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Anne Frank Remembered
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:26 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        An accomplishment, a genuinely humbling one.
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Movie: 12 Monkeys
Release date: 12/31/1995 11:01:10 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        This is action movie-making at its most suave.
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sense and Sensibility
Release date: 12/14/1995
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Exquisitely detailed and impeccably acted.
22 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Usual Suspects, The
Release date: 8/18/1995
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Nothing is what it seems in this layered, velvety movie (which was shot in handsome wide-screen f...
30 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Party Girl
Release date: 6/9/1995
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Parker Posey will either grate on your nerves or charm the daylights out of you -- or both.
12 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Release date: 11/22/1991
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Ten years later, it's still flawed and still quite fascinating.
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Last Emperor, The
Release date: 12/31/1987 11:01:37 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        One of those irresistible movie entertainments that works on so many different levels and offers ...
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dirty Dancing
Release date: 1/1/1987
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Turned out to be one of those films that had something for everyone.
9 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Return of the Jedi
Release date: 5/25/1983
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Has twice as many visual effects than the original first film.
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Empire Strikes Back, The
Release date: 5/21/1980
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Genuinely powerful!
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Movie: Star Wars
Release date: 5/25/1977
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A combination of past and future, Western and space odyssey, myth and dream world, Star Wars may ...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Release date: 12/31/1975 11:01:38 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Still has the power to shock and make one laugh with shame.
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The
Release date: 12/31/1972 11:01:29 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Although it doesn't hold up as much as you'd like it to, I liked its sense of scattered independe...
18 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Juliet of the Spirits
Release date: 1/1/1965
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The movie that swirls around Masina is a dazzling -- and, for some, incoherent -- production deep...
11 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Touch of Evil
Release date: 5/21/1958
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        Touch of Evil (1958) is back in yet another incarnation -- proving that Welles' directorial touch...
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Nights of Cabiria
Release date: 1/1/1957
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/3) No reference
        A must-see item -- a sad, compassionate tale of street life that resonates with a magic missing f...
23 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rear Window
Release date: 8/1/1954
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/3) No reference
        Belatedly, I'm nominating a film from 1954 as the best picture of 2000.
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: All About Eve
Release date: 1/1/1950
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        The presence of All About Eve, while a relief, is also a sad reminder of how in certain ways movi...
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bicycle Thief, The
Release date: 12/31/1948 11:01:27 PM
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/3) No reference
        Deceptively simple and yet profoundly moving, The Bicycle Thief has the kind of power that one ra...
12 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gone With the Wind
Release date: 12/15/1939
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        It's that rare film that has overshadowed its own hype.
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wizard of Oz, The
Release date: 8/15/1939
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/4) No reference
        A movie like this is so exhilarating, because, if you look deeper into it and go beyond its statu...
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: My Father and I
Release date: 1/30/1900
Review by Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee: (3/3) No reference
        This is a fascinating film because there is no clear-cut hero and no all-out villain.
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