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  529 Reviews by Michael Wilmington

529 Reviews by
Michael Wilmington of  Chicago Tribune



Movie: Day Watch
Release date: 6/1/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...one hell of a movie.
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Day Watch
Release date: 6/1/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        One hell of a movie.
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Crazy Love
Release date: 6/1/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A documentary about a mad love affair, a movie that's about as compulsively watchable as a great ...
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bug
Release date: 5/25/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a nerve-rending, extremely unpleasant experience but also a compelling one.
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Release date: 5/25/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie, extravagant, amusing and exciting, may be only a ride, but it's a ride that dazzles.
165 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Paprika
Release date: 5/25/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...pretty joyously dreamy and disorienting for much of its length.
71 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Paprika
Release date: 5/25/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie keeps flooding us with strange, scary imagery.
71 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Golden Door
Release date: 5/25/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...an often lyrical and moving movie...
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Movie: Golden Door
Release date: 5/25/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        An often lyrical and moving movie.
65 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Angel-A
Release date: 5/25/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...it works even if you don't pay attention to the story. Maybe it works better that way.
51 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fay Grim
Release date: 5/18/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...strikes me as something of an elaborate mistake, a wasted opportunity and a script Hartley sho...
30 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Georgia Rule
Release date: 5/11/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Maybe Georgia Rule should be required viewing for Paris Hilton during her term in the slammer...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lucky You
Release date: 5/4/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (5/2)
        ...a relaxed-looking expert piece that immerses us in another world.
101 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Paris je t'aime
Release date: 5/4/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        You couldn't call it perfect -- the episodes are uneven -- but it has something that sometimes is...
83 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Away From Her
Release date: 5/4/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Bergmanesque and beautiful, set in a wintry landscape fitfully lit by one woman's flickering awar...
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Flying Scotsman, The
Release date: 5/4/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Tells a tale both fast and moving. And when Miller as Obree takes his whirls around the track, it...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Waitress
Release date: 5/2/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a scrumptious romantic comedy...
111 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Condemned, The
Release date: 4/27/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a real stinker.
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Vacancy
Release date: 4/20/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...catches you by the throat and puts you through the wringer.
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Everything's Gone Green
Release date: 4/20/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Everything's Gone Green is a romantic comedy/social satire that, on a modest budget, manages to b...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Disturbia
Release date: 4/13/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Morse, a fine actor with a simmering presence, is generally wasted.
120 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pathfinder
Release date: 4/13/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Boston Globe: (7/0)
        ...a bizarre, bloody adventure movie...
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Private Fears In Public Places
Release date: 4/13/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A film about love and blunders done from the perspective of age, crafted by writer Alan Ayckbourn...
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Year of the Dog
Release date: 4/13/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's enjoyable in a dry but fervent way that most American comedies aren't.
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Black Book
Release date: 4/4/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...wildly imaginative...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Meet the Robinsons
Release date: 3/30/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...left me impressed.
108 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Last Mimzy, The
Release date: 3/23/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...botches a grand opportunity...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Reign Over Me
Release date: 3/23/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's better than you'd expect but not as good as you'd like it to be.
113 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Color Me Kubrick
Release date: 3/23/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        John Malkovich has one of the roles of his life, and he acts it up like a haughty gourmet who's j...
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Color Me Kubrick
Release date: 3/23/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...John Malkovich has one of the roles of his life...
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wind That Shakes the Barley, The
Release date: 3/16/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        [Loach is] the master of the docu-drama or the realist social film, and Wind is one of his master...
93 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Namesake, The
Release date: 3/9/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a powerful movie...
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Exterminating Angels
Release date: 3/7/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The content may be dubious, but the execution is hypnotic.
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Full of It
Release date: 3/2/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...both smirkingly cutesy and gratingly offensive...
14 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Starter for 10, `
Release date: 2/16/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...cute and smart, just like its star triangle, and it's also well-written, acted and directed.
24 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lives of Others
Release date: 2/9/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...works beautifully, both as a social and psychological drama and as a taut, tightly wired thril...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Happily N'Ever After
Release date: 1/5/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Happily N'Ever After, with its pseudo-Shrekkeries, tries to be too many things -- and in too many...
66 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Three Times
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:45 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Great cinema, pop romance that carries a special charge.
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Le Petit Lieutenant
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:37 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Beauvois makes the milieu his own, too, showing us credible and affecting human beings caught up ...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Forsaken Land, The
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:31 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A stark, lyrical and affecting portrait of war's aftermath as seen from the edges of the old conf...
5 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Days of Glory
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:29 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A stunning war drama...
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Copying Beethoven
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:28 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A movie with some flaws but also with moments of beauty and intensity most other films can't matc...
54 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Army of Shadows, The
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:26 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It becomes overwhelming as we watch -- a classic of life in the underground, of terror, love, fri...
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Curse of the Golden Flower
Release date: 12/22/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...an incredible film...
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Curse of the Golden Flower
Release date: 12/22/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Don't judge the film too quickly, though. It really is like almost nothing you've seen before.
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Venus
Release date: 12/20/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a ripping job by a beautiful actor.
124 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Venus
Release date: 12/20/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Peter O'Toole, still a British cinematic lion at 74, performs another movie miracle in the Roger ...
124 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rocky Balboa
Release date: 12/20/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...makes you smile and wins your heart.
145 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rocky Balboa
Release date: 12/20/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The new old Rocky doesn't need a last-minute, come-from behind, rock 'em, sock 'em victory to giv...
145 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Arthur and the Invisibles
Release date: 12/15/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a pretty good picture, albeit a strange one...
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Breaking and Entering
Release date: 12/15/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A smart, well-mannered film that could use a little more juice and fire.
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Breaking and Entering
Release date: 12/15/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a smart, well-mannered film that could use a little more juice and fire...
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Family Law
Release date: 12/8/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Family Law, from Argentina, is a very articulate comedy about fatherhood and marriage.
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fountain, The
Release date: 11/22/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's an incredibly ambitious film of sometimes thrilling visual achievement, but it didn't connec...
54 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Deja Vu
Release date: 11/22/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...surprisingly satisfying...
94 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Cave of the Yellow Dog, The
Release date: 11/10/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ... a movie without commercial pizzazz but with plenty of art-film treasures.
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Copying Beethoven
Release date: 11/10/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a movie with some flaws but also with moments of beauty and intensity most other films can't m...
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Harsh Times
Release date: 11/10/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...almost a good, salty urban thriller.
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Babel
Release date: 10/27/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...it sweeps you along in a tide of cinematic energy and high-voltage drama.
99 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sweet Land
Release date: 10/13/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...sometimes elegiac, sometimes joyous movie...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Man of the Year
Release date: 10/13/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and...
83 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sweet Land
Release date: 10/13/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        As Sweet Land demonstrates, bigotry is vulnerable, and love is universal. Sweet Land is a fervent...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gridiron Gang
Release date: 9/15/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...as formula-bound as they get, even though it's a movie taken from real life.
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Everyone's Hero
Release date: 9/15/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a likable, good-natured family show...
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Everyone's Hero
Release date: 9/15/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A likable, good-natured family show -- one that takes a typical boyhood fantasy of improbable spo...
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gridiron Gang
Release date: 9/15/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Los Angeles Times: (7/0)
        As sports movies go, Gridiron Gang isn't bad, just not top-line material.
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Broken Bridges
Release date: 9/8/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Broken Bridges takes too many shortcuts and hits too many obvious notes.
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Quiet, The
Release date: 8/25/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a movie of good intentions and awful results.
51 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Descent, The
Release date: 8/4/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a nerve-jangler.
68 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Descent, The
Release date: 8/4/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Los Angeles Times: (7/0)
        The Descent is simply a shock-'em, shake-'em genre piece with scare scenes that, however effectiv...
68 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Little Man
Release date: 7/14/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The Wayans brothers are funny guys. But this is the kind of premise that should have stayed in ca...
75 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Who Killed the Electric Car?
Release date: 6/28/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A wondrous tale with an infuriating ending (at least so far).
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Who Killed the Electric Car?
Release date: 6/28/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...strikes me as pretty fair.
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Road To Guantanamo, The
Release date: 6/23/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a mix of dramatic and documentary techniques that hits like a shock wave.
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Road To Guantanamo, The
Release date: 6/23/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The moviemakers tell the trio's engrossing story with a mix of battering immediacy, precision and...
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The
Release date: 6/16/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...explosive but formula-clogged...
80 other reviews of this movie

Movie: District B13
Release date: 6/2/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie doesn't make a lick of sense, but it's done with such zest and skill -- and such incred...
95 other reviews of this movie

Movie: District B13
Release date: 6/2/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...ridiculous but exciting...
95 other reviews of this movie

Movie: X-Men: The Last Stand
Release date: 5/26/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        X-Men: The Last Stand is spectacular but alienating: a high-flying high-tech product that impress...
204 other reviews of this movie

Movie: X-Men: The Last Stand
Release date: 5/26/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's not stuporous, and it's not super.
204 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Proposition, The
Release date: 5/5/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a smoldering adventure drama about the ways violence and prejudice can pervert justice and plu...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Proposition, The
Release date: 5/5/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a terrific, kinetic experience, and it's also a brilliant showcase for a crackerjack ensembl...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Water
Release date: 4/28/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Like India's greatest filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, Mehta is a great pure-hearted storyteller and a ma...
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kinky Boots
Release date: 4/14/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a red-booted, show-stopping drag queen named Lola ...and it's a sensationa...
100 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kinky Boots
Release date: 4/14/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Quite enjoyable, effortlessly well-done on every level, even moving at times, but relatively ligh...
100 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kinky Boots
Release date: 4/14/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Quite enjoyable, effortlessly well-done on every level, even moving at times, but relatively ligh...
100 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ice Age: The Meltdown
Release date: 3/31/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Los Angeles Times: (7/0)
        This Ice Age is still a good movie (especially for kids) with top-of-the-tech CGI.
121 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lonesome Jim
Release date: 3/24/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...tends to alienate us...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lonesome Jim
Release date: 3/24/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Lonesome Jim -- despite its excellent cast, controlled direction and moody, well-judged atmospher...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Don't Come Knocking
Release date: 3/17/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        There's something a little absurd about this story, but for me, it's endearingly goofy.
101 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shaggy Dog, The
Release date: 3/10/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...overblown...
94 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Aquamarine
Release date: 3/3/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Los Angeles Times: (7/0)
        Like its title heroine, it's sparkly, pretty and flirty -- but often all wet.
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pink Panther, The
Release date: 2/10/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...though the new Panther is no catastrophe, it's certainly a big disappointment.
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Final Destination 3
Release date: 2/10/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a gorefest that should either slake your worst appetites or drive you to the exits.
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Final Destination 3
Release date: 2/10/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        You can't cheat death. (But apparently you can cheat audiences over and over.)
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Glory Road
Release date: 1/13/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a stand-up-and-cheer basketball tale taken from real life...
126 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Turtles Can Fly
Release date: 12/31/2005 11:01:45 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        As beautifully shot, by cinematographer Shahriar Assadi, as it is sensitively written and directe...
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fallen, The
Release date: 12/31/2005 11:01:31 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        War is hell, it maintains -- and though we've heard that before, Taub and his crack international...
4 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Emmanuel's Gift
Release date: 12/31/2005 11:01:30 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This film becomes memorable through the sheer force of Emmanuel's personality: his ready smile, h...
11 other reviews of this movie

Movie: White Countess, The
Release date: 12/21/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a deeply evocative film, beautifully done.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: White Countess, The
Release date: 12/21/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a very classy, finely made film, and, as one watches it -- particularly those last sweeping ...
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 39 Pounds of Love
Release date: 11/23/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...it's not especially well-filmed--the photography is only standard--though it is very nicely ed...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 39 Pounds of Love
Release date: 11/23/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's clear that Ami is no one to pity. Despite what might seem overwhelming physical handicaps, h...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Release date: 11/18/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...it may be the best filmed Potter of them all...
125 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Brooklyn Lobster
Release date: 11/4/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Brooklyn Lobster is the kind of smart, realistic indie family drama the movies should give us mor...
15 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Prime
Release date: 10/28/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        As with most contemporary attempts at the kind of sophisticated romantic comedies that used to be...
62 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Paradise Now
Release date: 10/28/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Paradise catches and keeps your attention because of its daring subject, real-life backdrops and ...
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Three...Extremes
Release date: 10/28/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A bloody strange movie -- and a surprise.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Three...Extremes
Release date: 10/28/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a bloody strange movie--and a surprise.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Weather Man, The
Release date: 10/28/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A scathing, often right-on look at the follies of contemporary culture.
106 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Emmanuel's Gift
Release date: 10/21/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ... an inspirational movie about a inspiring figure...
6 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Thumbsucker
Release date: 9/16/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A smart, funny, sometimes lovely little film.
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Separate Lies
Release date: 9/16/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...mixed but affecting...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Memory of a Killer, The
Release date: 8/26/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        As slick, fast and terrifyingly violent as a top-grade American crime thriller, but a lot smarter...
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Junebug
Release date: 8/5/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        I liked it, but with reservations.
79 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Must Love Dogs
Release date: 7/29/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Must Love Dogs, though, has some things a lot of today's romantic comedies don't have and need ba...
123 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Release date: 7/29/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A fine, gentle film love story and a cinematic tribute to the power and manifold benefits of comm...
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Edukators
Release date: 7/22/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        For a film that points out so much wrong with German society and shows such dubious, dangerous be...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bad News Bears, The
Release date: 7/22/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A good movie, not the disgraceful, witlessly modernized rip-off we have grown to expect from rema...
114 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bad News Bears, The
Release date: 7/22/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The new Bad News Bears may not make you cheer, but it should provide laughs and a good time....
114 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Release date: 7/15/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's full of witty or awesome scenes, flights of fancy and characters either totally, lovably swe...
204 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Warrior, The
Release date: 7/15/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...remarkable fable-like work of adventure, tragedy and possible transcendence...
26 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beautiful Country, The
Release date: 7/8/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a heartening, rewarding experience to watch this journey -- and, especially, its end.
64 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dark Water
Release date: 7/8/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a shocker with something extra.
125 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dark Water
Release date: 7/8/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Director Walter Salles give this shocker an added psychological/ dramatic level that heightens th...
125 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rebound
Release date: 7/1/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a misbegotten mix of crude jokes, ludicrous fantasies and bland sentimentality.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rebound
Release date: 7/1/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A misbegotten mix of crude jokes, ludicrous fantasies and bland sentimentality.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: War of the Worlds
Release date: 6/29/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...takes us on a wild journey through two sides of its supremely popular director: the dark and t...
207 other reviews of this movie

Movie: George A. Romero's Land of the Dead
Release date: 6/24/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's...pure Romero, which means it's another hard-edged, funny, playfully perverse and violent ex...
139 other reviews of this movie

Movie: George A. Romero's Land of the Dead
Release date: 6/24/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Land of the Dead proves the most socially trenchant, irreverent and politically daring of the ser...
139 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Batman Begins
Release date: 6/15/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...one of the artier, more noir-drenched, psychologically tortured and memorable of all the recen...
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Honeymooners, The
Release date: 6/10/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Though the patterns are there, the laughs aren't, mostly because the writing is so lazy and formu...
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Howl's Moving Castle
Release date: 6/10/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's perfect for anyone with a youthful heart and a rich imagination.
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Honeymooners, The
Release date: 6/10/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...the movie suffers from a devastating flaw for a comedy: It isn't very funny.
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Release date: 5/19/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...exhilarating.
250 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Release date: 5/19/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...the scariest, most exciting, most visually prodigious of the sextet, with action sequences tha...
250 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monster-in-Law
Release date: 5/13/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This isn't a very smart movie, rattling along as it does in the bright, superficial, meaninglessl...
140 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mysterious Skin
Release date: 5/6/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Even though it takes you to places you may not want to go, the film never loses its human touch -...
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: XXX: State of the Union
Release date: 4/29/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This new XXX has a story that may break all recent records for rampaging cliches and utter nonsen...
119 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Holy Girl, The
Release date: 4/29/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A very intelligent movie marked by candor and compassion.
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Release date: 4/22/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie does more than entertain and enlighten you. At the end, you also realize you've been wa...
97 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Look At Me
Release date: 4/1/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A witty and psychologically perceptive look at the Parisian literary scene.
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beauty Shop
Release date: 3/30/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        There are times when you can enjoy a picture that's packed full of cliches, formula plot lines, r...
86 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Old Boy
Release date: 3/25/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers a...
99 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ring Two, The
Release date: 3/18/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Overall, it's a film project that follows logically from sequel-itis and box-office greed. And it...
129 other reviews of this movie

Movie: In My Country
Release date: 3/11/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A stirring, large-souled movie about an event that was both an exposure of horror and a celebrati...
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Best of Youth (La Meglio gioventu), The (2005)
Release date: 3/2/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A major cinema event of the year, a masterpiece of Italian film traditions in social/political re...
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Release date: 2/25/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Tyler Perry, even if he's no church-show Peter Sellers, obviously carves out some kind of niche h...
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Downfall
Release date: 2/18/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Few movies indeed have ever more completely conveyed Arendt's juxtaposition of the evil that sent...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Constantine
Release date: 2/18/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Though the story is potentially fascinating and the visuals sometimes spellbinding, the movie its...
180 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alone in the Dark
Release date: 1/28/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        There are some stupid films that rock, if you turn your brain off and enjoy them. Alone in the Da...
104 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Assault on Precinct 13
Release date: 1/19/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The premise may be outlandish, the action unrealistic and sometimes silly and the characters form...
108 other reviews of this movie

Movie: White Noise
Release date: 1/7/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie itself plays like a message from the dead, a communiqué from some inert movie world of ...
114 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lana's Rain
Release date: 12/31/2004 11:01:37 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Uses the great recurring American movie theme of immigrants arriving in the big American cities t...
8 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Le Chiavi Di Casa
Release date: 12/31/2004 11:01:37 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Amelio, one of the true modern heirs of the great Italian neo-realist tradition, is a filmmaker o...
21 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dawn of the Dead
Release date: 12/31/2004 11:01:29 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...it's mostly a bloody mess.
95 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hotel Rwanda
Release date: 12/22/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a great story. But it's Cheadle who makes the movie really special, delivering a memorable a...
154 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beyond the Sea
Release date: 12/21/2004 11:01:27 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Beyond the Sea doesn't quite have [that swing]. But it's close.
123 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sea Inside, The
Release date: 12/17/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Bardem accomplishes something extraordinary. Eschewing easy sympathy, he creates a real person, r...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Imaginary Heroes
Release date: 12/17/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Except for Weaver's surprisingly funny, bitter performance as the film's grieving, wise-cracking,...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Million Dollar Baby
Release date: 12/15/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        One of Eastwood's best.
178 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Born Into Brothels
Release date: 12/8/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's beautifully photographed and, thanks to its subject matter, sometimes intensely moving.
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: House of Flying Daggers
Release date: 12/3/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's as thrilling and lushly beautiful a movie as has been released all year, matched only by Zha...
136 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kinsey
Release date: 11/12/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A moving and often very funny look at an unlikely revolutionary.
148 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Undertow
Release date: 10/22/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Seething with violence, bleeding with lyricism, it's a poem from the junk heap, a cry from the sw...
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Being Julia
Release date: 10/15/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Bening shines, and the film shines too.
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Final Cut
Release date: 10/15/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller about lifelong memory-recording implants a...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shall We Dance?
Release date: 10/15/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie tries hard to duplicate the original's mood and story, but, like Gere or Lopez, is too ...
118 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Vera Drake
Release date: 10/10/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A prime example of how genuine drama terrifies and uplifts us. It also reveals how controversial ...
125 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shark Tale
Release date: 10/1/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A sprightly, funny DreamWorks feature.
110 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Motorcycle Diaries, The
Release date: 9/24/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Reaches back to the past to suggest that life is full of turning points, some of which we recogni...
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Release date: 9/17/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A weird, funny, melancholy tribute to movies and movie-going, an opus for film geeks that rang my...
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wimbledon
Release date: 9/17/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Slickly efficient but defiantly cliched.
111 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Innocence
Release date: 9/10/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Innocence is full of charm and strangeness -- and a sense that childhood is a place of incredible...
15 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Red Lights
Release date: 9/3/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        From Simenon's taut, breath-catching tale, writer-director Cedric Kahn has made an engrossing fil...
64 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wicker Park
Release date: 9/3/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...an improbable but sometimes barmily entertaining...
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Suspect Zero
Release date: 8/27/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's so drenched in deviant style and cinematic trickery that its peculiar story almost becomes o...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bright Young Things
Release date: 8/20/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A brilliant, giddy satiric romp with a discreetly moralistic viewpoint beneath its high-style wit...
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Collateral
Release date: 8/6/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        An expertly-made thriller.
188 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Manchurian Candidate, The
Release date: 7/30/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a chilling, very smart melodrama that seems on the mark at times, yet foggy at others.
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: She Hate Me
Release date: 7/30/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Fun to watch and fun to think about later; it's chockful of provocative statements about corporat...
71 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bourne Supremacy, The
Release date: 7/23/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Almost as good as its predecessor.
163 other reviews of this movie

Movie: I, Robot
Release date: 7/16/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A high-tech thriller that really works -- both because of its eye-popping visual feats and the id...
131 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Before Sunset
Release date: 7/2/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a film of luminous delights...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: De-Lovely
Release date: 7/2/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's hard not be entertained by two dozen of Cole's best, sung winningly, if not always brilliant...
120 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Terminal, The
Release date: 6/18/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        An unabashed romantic comedy and Capraesque fable that takes Spielberg into realms he's rarely tr...
154 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Napoleon Dynamite
Release date: 6/11/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This is the sort of Sundance audience hit that doesn't necessarily travel.
129 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mother, The
Release date: 5/28/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A soap opera with guts: a movie that takes a familiar situation ... and turns it into something r...
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Day After Tomorrow, The
Release date: 5/28/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This often entertaining movie mixes grand, epic effects and amazing visualizations of catastrophe...
84 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Day After Tomorrow, The
Release date: 5/28/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...often entertaining...
84 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Troy
Release date: 5/14/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's stunningly handsome film, with an equally stunning cast and engrossing story...
117 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Van Helsing
Release date: 5/7/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A movie that's underwritten, overdirected, overproduced and almost constantly over-the-top. But i...
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Van Helsing
Release date: 5/7/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...at its best, a big tongue-in-cheek extravaganza.
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Laws of Attraction
Release date: 4/30/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a middling film that wastes a lot of good opportunities, as well as two fine, charming co-st...
67 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Laws of Attraction
Release date: 4/30/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A middling film that wastes a lot of good opportunities, as well as two fine, charming co-stars.
67 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Saddest Music in the World, The
Release date: 4/30/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...wonderfully nutty...
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Young Adam
Release date: 4/16/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a movie drama with a surface so bleak and an interior so hot with eroticism that it twists y...
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Whole Ten Yards, The
Release date: 4/9/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a big, empty picture full of star turns, artificial energy and jokes that don't quite work...
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Prince & Me, The
Release date: 4/2/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A movie that looks like a cosmetics ad and often sounds like one, too.
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Home on the Range
Release date: 4/2/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Keeps milking the same gags and throwing the same bull, and after a while you feel cowed watching...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ladykillers, The
Release date: 3/26/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Another offbeat Coen gem, gleaming with verbal and pictorial style, exploding with wit and slapst...
148 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dogville
Release date: 3/26/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Though certainly a failure in some respects, Dogville may be the most fascinating, richly accompl...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Jersey Girl
Release date: 3/26/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Big, gooey (but often likable) misfire.
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ladykillers, The
Release date: 3/26/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...this movie turns into another offbeat Coen gem, gleaming with verbal and pictorial style, expl...
148 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bon Voyage
Release date: 3/19/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a rousing, full-blooded entertainment that uses serious themes and events mostly for pure plea...
38 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Broken Wings
Release date: 3/12/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...should connect with intelligent audiences as strongly here as it did abroad.
22 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Secret Window
Release date: 3/12/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A clever, tense thriller that loses steam toward the end.
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Passion of the Christ, The
Release date: 2/25/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        In the end, one can respect Gibson's high intentions and dedicated work, while remaining spiritua...
203 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kitchen Stories
Release date: 2/20/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a gentle satire of post-war farm life and meddling efficiency experts.
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Against the Ropes
Release date: 2/20/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Pure fairy tale and flimflam, as phony as a fixed fight.
95 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kitchen Stories
Release date: 2/20/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie's gentle humor and offbeat whimsy prove that humanity trumps bureaucratic foolishness, ...
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Almost Peaceful
Release date: 2/14/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Generosity and love of life are the film's hallmarks. Like the work of an expert tailor, it's don...
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monsieur Ibrahim
Release date: 2/13/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        There's a joyous, sometimes bittersweet quality to this film.
65 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monsieur Ibrahim
Release date: 2/13/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Takes a provocative subject -- friendship and love between a Jew and a Muslim -- and makes it see...
65 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dreamers, The
Release date: 2/6/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a movie so physically beautiful and ardent that it can make you fall in love or lust against...
117 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dreamers, The
Release date: 2/6/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...The Dreamers is ablaze with poetry and danger, and suffused with an odd kind of intellectu...
117 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Big Bounce, The
Release date: 1/30/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...refreshing and icy-cool...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Tokyo Godfathers
Release date: 1/16/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a spellbinding piece of Japanese anime...
51 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Tokyo Godfathers
Release date: 1/16/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A spellbinding piece of Japanese anime from one of the form's new masters, director-writer Satosh...
51 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Crimson Gold
Release date: 1/16/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a stark, minimalist near-masterpiece about the creation of a murderer in modern Iran.
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Crimson Gold
Release date: 1/16/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A stark, minimalist near-masterpiece.
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Taking Sides
Release date: 12/31/2003 11:01:45 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...an intelligent and moving drama of ideas that becomes increasingly thrilling as the ideas unfo...
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Taking Sides
Release date: 12/31/2003 11:01:45 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        [A] magnificent piece of theater-as-cinema, with performances so intense, backgrounds so evocativ...
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Japanese Story
Release date: 12/31/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...often mesmerizing...
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mona Lisa Smile
Release date: 12/19/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Mona Lisa Smile is one of those movies where heart and head clash and neither wins.
112 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The
Release date: 12/17/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This is a movie that, purely and simply, has visions and excitement to blow us away once again.
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Big Fish
Release date: 12/10/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...whimsical...
53 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Last Samurai, The
Release date: 12/5/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A stunning spectacle of cultural violence and a loving tribute to the great Japanese samurai movi...
166 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Last Samurai, The
Release date: 12/5/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A stunning spectacle of cultural violence and a loving tribute to the great Japanese samurai movi...
166 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Missing, The
Release date: 11/26/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Good movie westerns these days may be too few and far between, but Ron Howard's The Missing i...
45 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 21 Grams
Release date: 11/21/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Blessed with one of the strongest casts of any American movie this year, this bravura film, with ...
132 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Barbarian Invasions, The
Release date: 11/21/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A film that effortlessly makes you laugh with delight, cringe with pain and weep for life's inevi...
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Release date: 11/14/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...probably the best movie of its kind ever made.
157 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alien
Release date: 10/29/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The look of Alien remains fabulous...
64 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alien
Release date: 10/29/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a scream from another era that still echoes around us.
64 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Singing Detective, The
Release date: 10/24/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...an honorable failure.
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pieces of April
Release date: 10/17/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a funny movie about a very sad subject...
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Veronica Guerin
Release date: 10/17/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...succeeds as a memorial to a gutsy journalist who changed a country...
41 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pieces of April
Release date: 10/17/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Clarkson alone makes April a feast.
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Flower of Evil, The
Release date: 10/10/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Stylish, ingenious and gleaming with charm, wit and malice...
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mystic River
Release date: 10/8/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        One of the best American movies of the year, crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted...
142 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mystic River
Release date: 10/8/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted.
142 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Out of Time
Release date: 10/3/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Out of Time doesn't really make sense, but it's fun to watch.
97 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rundown, The
Release date: 9/26/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The Rundown has what we usually want to see in movies like this: bravura action, tongue-in-cheek ...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Casa de Los Babys
Release date: 9/19/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a compelling story...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Casa de Los Babys
Release date: 9/19/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Eschewing all sentiment, avoiding all pathos, keeping his film and most of the women hard as nail...
90 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Release date: 9/5/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Dickie Roberts is locked into formula from the opening minutes...
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Release date: 9/5/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Director Sam Weisman knows the formulas and so do Spade and Wolf -- perhaps too well.
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Other Side of the Bed, The
Release date: 8/29/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Though there's nothing startlingly new here, there's a freshness and vigor to the acting, and the...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: American Wedding
Release date: 8/1/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        By now, the pie is stale and the whole thing is one big fat geek wedding fiasco.
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: American Wedding
Release date: 8/1/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The whole thing is one big fat geek wedding fiasco.
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: And Now Ladies and Gentlemen
Release date: 8/1/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Charming, glamorous, emotionally suggestive but slight.
32 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Seabiscuit
Release date: 7/25/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Sleek, beautiful and packed with emotion, not too flashy but full of heart, this is a movie worth...
121 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Garage Days
Release date: 7/18/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This movie could only work if the jokes were funny, and writers David Warner and Michael Udesky d...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bad Boys II
Release date: 7/18/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...the kind of movie that gives sequels a bad name, even though, strangely enough, it's better th...
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: I Capture the Castle
Release date: 7/11/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Audiences of all kinds should enjoy this movie...
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: I Capture the Castle
Release date: 7/11/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A classy English film that lovingly re-creates a teenage girl's coming of age in the 1930s.
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The
Release date: 7/11/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Watching this outrageously vapid and overdone movie is a sad experience, because Connery, at 73, ...
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Release date: 7/9/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...Pirates of the Caribbean is fun - but only as long as you don't expect much.
152 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Swimming Pool
Release date: 7/2/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A fine sunlit noir, oozing sensuality and menace.
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 28 Days Later
Release date: 6/27/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        What goes wrong, though, may be the movie's over-reliance on having a hip take on an old, often c...
60 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alex & Emma
Release date: 6/20/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Frankly, this screenplay plays like something slapped together in 30 days to settle a gambling de...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alex & Emma
Release date: 6/20/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It doesn't make us laugh or win our hearts, despite every good intention.
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hulk, The
Release date: 6/20/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...big, exciting, opulently designed, gorgeously shot and blessed with a top cast...
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Together
Release date: 5/30/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A sometimes sugary melodrama that seems at first to push every sentimental button but becomes a g...
61 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Italian Job, The
Release date: 5/30/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...an entertaining picture, classy and well executed...
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: In-Laws, The
Release date: 5/23/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The In-Laws, like too many movies these days, takes a clever little idea and all but pounds it in...
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Friday Night
Release date: 5/23/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...well done and intelligent...
41 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Man on the Train
Release date: 5/9/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie -- simple, pure and powerful -- makes us feel the intensity of both life in transit and...
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Daddy Day Care
Release date: 5/9/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a likable little movie without much to offer...
60 other reviews of this movie

Movie: X2: X-Men United
Release date: 5/2/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        X2 has an emotion the first film lacked, and, sometimes, the full-blooded intensity that the best...
179 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Friday Night
Release date: 5/2/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        I didn't buy it for a minute, though I did enjoy it.
4 other reviews of this movie

Movie: City of Ghosts
Release date: 4/25/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...has a bit too upbeat an ending for my taste.
26 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Winged Migration
Release date: 4/18/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A movie of awesome beauty and innovation...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Man Without a Past, The
Release date: 4/4/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A powerful film made with minimal means, it's a story of poor people on the fringes of society, d...
69 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Levity
Release date: 4/4/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Beautifully cast and acted, smartly written, done with excruciating care and glowing Roger Deakin...
70 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Assassination Tango
Release date: 3/28/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a film whose pleasures creep up on you.
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hunted, The
Release date: 3/14/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        An enjoyable movie that keeps hinting at something deeper that it doesn't deliver.
100 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Tears of the Sun
Release date: 3/7/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Flashy on the surface, Tears of the Sun is shallow at the heart.
131 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ten, The
Release date: 3/5/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a work capable of changing the ways you look at the movies - and at life.
34 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Life of David Gale, The
Release date: 2/21/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This is a movie that rivets the attention and stirs our emotions before collapsing into wild, unc...
113 other reviews of this movie

Movie: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Release date: 2/14/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Though I wouldn't call He Loves Me a total success, it's smart, intriguing and quite ambitious.
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Recruit, The
Release date: 1/31/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        While The Recruit is fast and slick enough to carry us along during its setup scenes, the screenp...
159 other reviews of this movie

Movie: National Security
Release date: 1/17/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        I wouldn't race out to see National Security, but it does give you exactly what you'd expect: yuk...
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Son, The
Release date: 1/10/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This is a fine, uncompromising film, and Gourmet's performance should be called great.
45 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Umberto D.
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:46 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        One of the great humanist cinema works: a portrayal of age, poverty and simple lives in postwar R...
13 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Murderous Maids, The
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:38 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Made with spellbinding clarity and tact, shot near the actual locations by an uncompromising cine...
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: I'm Going Home
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:34 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...a work of devastating simplicity and poetic tact...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: I'm Going Home
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:34 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A work of devastating simplicity and poetic tact and grace.
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Chicago
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        When the three stars do their dance numbers...it's hard not to smile.
176 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Max
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A flawed film but an admirable one that tries to immerse us in a world of artistic abandon and po...
84 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Catch Me If You Can
Release date: 12/25/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a technically superb film, shining with all the usual Spielberg flair, expertly utilizing th...
169 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Evelyn
Release date: 12/13/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        If the real-life story is genuinely inspirational, the movie stirs us as well.
80 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Analyze That
Release date: 12/6/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Where This was lazy but enjoyable, a formula comedy redeemed by its stars, That is even lazier an...
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Solaris
Release date: 11/27/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a lovely, eerie film that casts an odd, rapt spell.
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Way Home, The
Release date: 11/15/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Director Lee has a true cinematic knack, but it's also nice to see a movie with its heart so thor...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Half Past Dead
Release date: 11/15/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Hip-hop prison thriller of stupefying absurdity.
81 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 8 Mile
Release date: 11/8/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Set in Detroit's 8 Mile, the dividing line between the city limits and the northern suburbs, 8 Mi...
143 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Femme Fatale
Release date: 11/6/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A feast for hard-core movie or De Palma buffs (and Romijn-Stamos junkies) but a famine for anyone...
112 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Real Women Have Curves
Release date: 10/18/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        There's a virtue to pleasing crowds when you do it as well as this movie does.
61 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Formula 51
Release date: 10/18/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Amazingly dopey.
76 other reviews of this movie

Movie: White Oleander
Release date: 10/11/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It plays like a synopsis, jumping from scene to scene, grief to grief, and it doesn't let us rela...
85 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Safe Conduct
Release date: 10/11/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        ...masterful...
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Heaven
Release date: 10/4/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Both engrossing and moving, a poem about a love that breaks barriers and passes understanding.
65 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Red Dragon
Release date: 10/4/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Red Dragon is less baroque and showy than Hannibal, and less emotionally affecting than Silence. ...
136 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Moonlight Mile
Release date: 9/27/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Glossy, good-looking and well-produced, it affects you and even sometimes moves you, but it doesn...
129 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Moonlight Mile
Release date: 9/27/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Glossy, good-looking and well-produced, it affects you and even sometimes moves you, but it doesn...
129 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Tuxedo, The
Release date: 9/27/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This is one more movie where you can tell that at least some of the moviemakers -- the scriptwrit...
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Four Feathers, The
Release date: 9/20/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Director Kapur is a filmmaker with a real flair for epic landscapes and adventure, and this is a ...
53 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Invincible
Release date: 9/20/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's an unusual, thoughtful bio-drama with a rich subject and some fantastic moments and scenes.
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: City by the Sea
Release date: 9/6/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        All movie long, City by the Sea swings from one approach to the other, but in the end, it stays i...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: In Praise of Love
Release date: 9/6/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This is a visually stunning rumination on love, memory, history and the war between art and comme...
54 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Good Girl, The
Release date: 8/7/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The movie is a dark comedy about false dreams and lost illusions -- and, thanks to a fine cast an...
114 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Signs
Release date: 8/2/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The film boasts dry humor and jarring shocks, plus moments of breathtaking mystery.
76 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Full Frontal
Release date: 8/2/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A weird little movie that's amusing enough while you watch it, offering fine acting moments and p...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Last Kiss, The
Release date: 8/2/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        While Last Kiss may strike some as a calculated crowd-pleaser, it's cleverly calculated, percepti...
46 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Country Bears, The
Release date: 7/26/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Is it really an advantage to invest such subtlety and warmth in an animatronic bear when the huma...
59 other reviews of this movie

Movie: K-19: The Widowmaker
Release date: 7/19/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        'K-19' isn't a movie that will necessarily charge up the kind of audience that embraces the overb...
120 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Eight Legged Freaks
Release date: 7/17/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        However many screaming teenagers it produces at the multiplexes, Eight Legged Freaks isn't good o...
124 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Never Again
Release date: 7/12/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        I doubt if the solution to the movie industry's ludicrous ageism is showing 50-year-olds acting l...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Men in Black II
Release date: 7/3/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        If you're looking for a movie as good as the first, you'd better rent 1997's MIB at the local vid...
153 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mr. Deeds
Release date: 6/28/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Lacks almost everything that made the 1936 movie an enduring classic: idealism, heart, social and...
108 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sum of All Fears, The
Release date: 5/31/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        An implausible apocalypse without depth or resonance, a cartoon of international politics present...
134 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
Release date: 5/3/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Like its bizarre heroine, it irrigates our souls.
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Scorpion King, The
Release date: 4/19/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Another grandiose, hyperactive crock, full of lame jokes and gorgeous, stupefying images.
107 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Changing Lanes
Release date: 4/12/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A thrilling ride but also a thoughtful one, it's a movie that does manage to do more good than ba...
106 other reviews of this movie

Movie: High Crimes
Release date: 4/5/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A well-mounted and well-acted suspense movie that, thanks to its illogical script, falls off a cl...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: National Lampoon's Van Wilder
Release date: 4/5/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning...
76 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Death to Smoochy
Release date: 3/29/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise...
85 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ice Age
Release date: 3/15/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Real Ice Ages were no jokes. They lasted about 100,000 years and froze most life on the planet. B...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Time Machine, The
Release date: 3/8/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        One of those staggeringly well-produced, joylessly extravagant pictures that keep whooshing you f...
115 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 40 Days and 40 Nights
Release date: 3/1/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        You may feel like taking a vow of abstinence yourself -- at least from Hollywood youth-sex comedi...
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: We Were Soldiers
Release date: 3/1/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Probably the best thing you can say about We Were Soldiers is that it does justice to an awful co...
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Birthday Girl
Release date: 2/1/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Mostly ... it's a disappointment -- except as a showcase for Kidman.
85 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mothman Prophecies, The
Release date: 1/25/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A gaudy yet grim science-fiction horror movie of such surpassing silliness, humorless intensity a...
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Italian for Beginners
Release date: 1/18/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A rarity: a humane picture about modern romance among believable adults.
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Italian for Beginners
Release date: 1/18/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A rarity: a humane picture about modern romance among believable adults.
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Code Unknown
Release date: 12/31/2001 11:01:28 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        At the center of the film -- the real reason it was made -- is Binoche, one of the genuinely radi...
28 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dark Blue World, The
Release date: 12/28/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten.
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kandahar
Release date: 12/14/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A window on an Iran and an Afghanistan we should have taken account of long ago -- seen though a ...
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Happenstance
Release date: 11/2/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Discreet, delicate and humane: a sweet butterfly of a movie that beats up a cinematic windstorm o...
19 other reviews of this movie

Movie: You've Got Mail
Release date: 12/18/1998
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The whole movie goes bland and flat as a fast-food knish or a blank computer screen.
66 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Head in the Clouds
Release date: 12/31/1994 11:01:33 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Townsend seemed to me ill-matched as a romantic hero: way too moony-eyed and mushy to cope with t...
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Days of Being Wild
Release date: 3/13/1991
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        A triumph of movie pop poetics.
19 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Days of Heaven
Release date: 12/31/1978 11:01:29 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Perhaps the most typical example of a '70s American art film -- daring, romantic, rebellious but ...
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Last Waltz, The
Release date: 4/26/1978
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The greatest rock concert movie ever made -- and maybe the best rock movie, period.
22 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Release date: 12/31/1975 11:01:38 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Los Angeles Times: (7/0)
        An incredibly silly film of great humor, brilliant design and epic insanity.
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Patton
Release date: 1/1/1970
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Scott strikes an unforgettable figure.
14 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Two or Three Things I Know About Her
Release date: 12/31/1967 11:01:45 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Two or Three Things I Know About Her is one of the most beautiful films of the young Jean-Luc God...
14 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Playtime
Release date: 12/16/1967
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Bravo, M. Hulot! (And watch that umbrella!).
18 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dr. Strangelove
Release date: 1/29/1964
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Topkapi
Release date: 1/1/1964
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        If you like heists and holidays, it's almost foolproof entertainment.
2 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Leopard, The
Release date: 7/15/1963
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/0)
        One of the greatest of all historical costume epics.
18 other reviews of this movie

Movie: West Side Story
Release date: 10/18/1961
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The marvel is that the film still works so well.
27 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Paths of Glory
Release date: 1/1/1957
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        Both a terrifying, grim look at battle and an excruciatingly tense courtroom thriller. Together, ...
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ugetsu
Release date: 12/31/1953 11:01:46 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/0)
        A marvelously wise and moving classic, but also one full of sights that might make you cry, like ...
5 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fallen Idol, The
Release date: 12/31/1948 11:01:31 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/0)
        As a portrait of the sometime destructiveness of innocence and as a sharp fresco of post-war Brit...
20 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mutiny on the Bounty
Release date: 12/31/1935 11:01:38 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (7/0)
        The story is spellbinding, the acting lusty and the spectacle everything you could expect from a ...
11 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pandora's Box
Release date: 12/31/1928 11:01:41 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/0)
        If you've never seen Brooks -- or Pandora's Box -- you've missed one of the most extraordinary pe...
18 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Freedom Writers
Release date: 1/5/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...often gripping and sometimes even inspiring...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Happily N'Ever After
Release date: 1/5/2007
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Written without much humor and visualized without much pizzazz...
66 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:28 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        The movie is breezy, fun and keeps comin' at ya. Politics needs more of this and less of what wen...
8 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pan's Labyrinth
Release date: 12/29/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/5) No reference
        ...one of the year's great movies, is an incredible achievement that takes us to the roots of fan...
160 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Little Man
Release date: 7/14/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...this is the kind of premise that should have stayed in cartoon-land.
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Movie: Lower City
Release date: 5/26/2006
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Tells a familiar story with an emotional intensity and a high eroticism that makes a lacerating i...
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: The Last Days
Release date: 8/15/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        Van Sant uses Cobain's image for a portrait of physical and moral disintegration, but he also exh...
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Monster-in-Law
Release date: 5/13/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...Fonda makes a stunning comeback of sorts, winning us over even though her vehicle is so shaky ...
140 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Crash
Release date: 5/6/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...an intricate, explosive ensemble crime drama...
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Movie: XXX: State of the Union
Release date: 4/29/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Ice Cube glowers his way through the movie, which is understandable considering the lines he has ...
119 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Interpreter, The
Release date: 4/22/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...the kind of polished, exciting treat the movies should give us far more regularly.
79 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sin City
Release date: 4/1/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a movie of such high style, done in such a spirit of electrifying fun and creativity, that it ...
204 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Old Boy
Release date: 3/25/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers all...
99 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ring Two, The
Release date: 3/18/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...despite some impressive technical achievements, it too looks like a movie with little reason f...
129 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hostage
Release date: 3/11/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...the payoff collapses.
82 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Be Cool
Release date: 3/4/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a bright, colorful misfire.
70 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Release date: 2/25/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The film may be bad--and mad--but it's not predictable.
91 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Constantine
Release date: 2/18/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...stranded in the purgatory of the second-rate.
180 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Turtles Can Fly
Release date: 2/18/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a beautiful, intensely moving film.
3 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hitch
Release date: 2/11/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ... tries to be cool, funny and sweet but falls on its face without generating any real sympathy,...
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bride and Prejudice
Release date: 2/11/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...if you're in a tolerant or adventurous mood, [it's] very entertaining.
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wedding Date, The
Release date: 2/4/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a tossed bouquet full of dead flowers and bad jokes...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alone in the Dark
Release date: 1/28/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a film in which the stupidity of its characters is essential to its continuation.
104 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Assault on Precinct 13
Release date: 1/19/2005
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The premise may be outlandish, the action unrealistic and sometimes silly and the characters form...
108 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hotel Rwanda
Release date: 12/22/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (4/3) No reference
        ...a calm, riveting ground-zero look at a terrible slice of history.
154 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Beyond the Sea
Release date: 12/21/2004 11:01:27 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        There are a lot of things to admire...
123 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Million Dollar Baby
Release date: 12/15/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a knockout punch of shattering force.
178 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ocean's Twelve
Release date: 12/10/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...often seems like a big, swinging party with a can't-miss guest list.
55 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Changing Times
Release date: 12/8/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        If Changing Times' last shots don't touch you, your heart may be frozen.
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Le Petite Lili
Release date: 11/12/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Like the play, it's acutely perceptive, universally empathetic and humane.
25 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Final Cut
Release date: 10/15/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...fairly well done but deadly dull...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Shark Tale
Release date: 10/1/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ... boasts a really spectacular cast to voice those reasonably funny jokes.
110 other reviews of this movie

Movie: First Daughter
Release date: 9/24/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a glossy, well-mounted, slickly done but almost stuporously predictable affair, both formula-b...
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Suspect Zero
Release date: 8/27/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...predictable but out of joint...
109 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hero
Release date: 8/27/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Swooningly beautiful, furious and thrilling...
151 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bright Young Things
Release date: 8/20/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a brilliant, giddy satiric romp with a discreetly moralistic viewpoint beneath its high-style ...
49 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Exorcist: The Beginning
Release date: 8/20/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...goes too far on too little motivation...
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alien vs. Predator
Release date: 8/13/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...proves once again that it doesn't pay to double your trouble.
83 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Collateral
Release date: 8/6/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...an expertly-made thriller...
188 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Festival Express
Release date: 7/23/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        One of the great rock 'n' roll movies, a treasure trove of music and a wildly entertaining chroni...
60 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bourne Supremacy, The
Release date: 7/23/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a close to perfect example of an expertly designed and executed thriller.
163 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Release date: 7/9/2004
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's a cute, silly, likable movie without much weight or intensity, but it's also pretty funny.
106 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mona Lisa Smile
Release date: 12/19/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        This is a movie with few secrets or surprises, however much it tries to warm hearts or sell eccen...
112 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Matchstick Men
Release date: 9/12/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        ...Matchstick Men has a lot to offer.
116 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Weather Underground, The
Release date: 8/29/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        What it needs is more context, social and psychological.
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Woman Is a Woman, A
Release date: 5/16/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        Une Femme Est une Femme moves us now because it's so playful and the players are so young.
16 other reviews of this movie

Movie: House of Fools
Release date: 4/25/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        ...powerful...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: House of Fools
Release date: 4/25/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        A humane and fantastic work, and it touches us precisely because Konchalovsky shows the reality o...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stevie
Release date: 3/28/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (5/2) No reference
        ...unflinchingly honest...
23 other reviews of this movie

Movie: How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Release date: 2/7/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Ridiculous almost beyond belief...
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Recruit, The
Release date: 1/31/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...entertaining at first, then jumps off the rails.
159 other reviews of this movie

Movie: National Security
Release date: 1/17/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a fairly amusing show.
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Son, The
Release date: 1/10/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a movie imbued with a fierce intimacy...
45 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Red Circle, The
Release date: 1/10/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A classic of the clenched-fist, dark-skied, doom-laden world of noir.
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ikiru
Release date: 1/3/2003
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        If you have never seen it, you should. If you have seen it before, your admiration will only incr...
13 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Good Thief, The
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:32 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's vibrant, tremendously exciting, and done with a wit, feeling and panache that keep your mind...
88 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pianist, The
Release date: 12/27/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a great movie on a powerful, essential subject...
126 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Gangs of New York
Release date: 12/20/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...definitely the work of a master.
149 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Star Trek: Nemesis
Release date: 12/13/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A better movie than the vacuous Insurrection.
118 other reviews of this movie

Movie: About Schmidt
Release date: 12/13/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        This is a superb film...
55 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Star Trek: Nemesis
Release date: 12/13/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        This is a better movie than the vacuous Insurrection...
118 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The
Release date: 12/12/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a stupendous visual achievement, a great movie fantasy.
166 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Adaptation
Release date: 12/6/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (5/2) No reference
        ...almost all of it is funny and provocative in ways many other Hollywood movies, especially the ...
141 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Adaptation
Release date: 12/6/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Almost all of it is funny and provocative in ways many other Hollywood movies, especially the ada...
141 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Talk to Her
Release date: 11/22/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        This is a movie of great, rending compassion and artistry, and the ease with which it invites tea...
104 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Way Home, The
Release date: 11/15/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...it's...nice to see a movie with its heart so thoroughly, unabashedly on its sleeve.
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Half Past Dead
Release date: 11/15/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        What we get, while rarely boring, is a succession of senseless scenes bathed in formula-thriller ...
81 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 8 Mile
Release date: 11/8/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...an exciting, well-crafted movie...
143 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Far From Heaven
Release date: 11/8/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's a near-perfect film...
147 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Far From Heaven
Release date: 11/8/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Moore is absolutely brilliant in this film.
147 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Femme Fatale
Release date: 11/6/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's a lot of fun, but it's dopey.
112 other reviews of this movie

Movie: All or Nothing
Release date: 10/25/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...strikes me as a hopeful, even elating film.
68 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Take Care of My Cat
Release date: 10/18/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...it's such a smart and engaging chick flick that it should appeal to intelligent, adventurous m...
22 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Swept Away
Release date: 10/11/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The kind of bad movie that only talented people can make.
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Punch-Drunk Love
Release date: 10/11/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...an eccentric, highly charged film...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Heaven
Release date: 10/4/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...both engrossing and moving...
65 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Red Dragon
Release date: 10/4/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...like Silence, it's a movie that gets under your skin.
136 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Moonlight Mile
Release date: 9/27/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...the movie doesn't really jell.
129 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Spirited Away
Release date: 9/20/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...both universally engaging and deeply personal.
115 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Spirited Away
Release date: 9/20/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A movie full of bewitching images and timeless fun and beauty.
115 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Invincible
Release date: 9/20/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...fascinating for all its flaws.
44 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Children of the Century
Release date: 9/13/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's technically sumptuous but also almost wildly alive.
30 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alias Betty
Release date: 9/13/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ... the story pulls us in almost immediately...
18 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Children of the Century
Release date: 9/13/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The lead actors are superb.
30 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Blood Work
Release date: 8/9/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...may be the last action movie for one of the cinema's great action stars, Clint Eastwood.
48 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Merci Pour le Chocolat
Release date: 7/31/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...beautifully mines the vein of ambiguities and double appearances...
20 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Austin Powers in Goldmember
Release date: 7/26/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A shapeless, derivative-but-funny show.
126 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Austin Powers in Goldmember
Release date: 7/26/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...probably isn't the best of the Powers cycle, even though it's the plushest looking.
126 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Eight Legged Freaks
Release date: 7/17/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...just another giant spider movie -- with some clever twists and funny jokes to enliven the clic...
124 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Never Again
Release date: 7/12/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...good-natured but trivial...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Sex and Lucia
Release date: 7/12/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...one of the sexiest movies out this year to date.
50 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Cinema Paradiso: The New Version
Release date: 6/14/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        I don't think most of the people who loved the 1989 Paradiso will prefer this new version. But I ...
20 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Fast Runner (Atanarjuat), The (2002)
Release date: 6/7/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (5/2) No reference
        ...a landmark movie that becomes a priceless entryway into a distant land and its people...
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Bad Company
Release date: 6/7/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...slick but hollow.
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Release date: 5/16/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...the most visually spectacular and exciting of all Star Wars movies to date.
89 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
Release date: 5/3/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...perversely delightful...
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Life or Something Like It
Release date: 4/26/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...funny and sometimes charming...
52 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Scorpion King, The
Release date: 4/19/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a desert actioner without much character, story or real suspense.
107 other reviews of this movie

Movie: High Crimes
Release date: 4/5/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ... well-mounted and well-acted suspense movie that, thanks to its illogical script, falls off a ...
102 other reviews of this movie

Movie: National Lampoon's Van Wilder
Release date: 4/5/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...no worse than an average wet T-shirt contest, but it's not much better, either...
76 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Death to Smoochy
Release date: 3/29/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste...
85 other reviews of this movie

Movie: 40 Days and 40 Nights
Release date: 3/1/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...as packed with eye candy as a joint issue of Maxim and Playgirl.
57 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hart's War
Release date: 2/15/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (5/2) No reference
        Just because a movie was inspired by real life and has good intentions doesn't mean it can't wind...
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Birthday Girl
Release date: 2/1/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...smart but inconsequential...[but] Kidman has a magical presence as an actress, and she gives a...
85 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Count of Monte Cristo, The
Release date: 1/25/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...overblown and disappointing...
40 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Storytelling
Release date: 1/25/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (5/2) No reference
        The art of Storytelling too often degenerates into a rant, losing its very own hard-bought truth.
62 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Brotherhood of the Wolf, The
Release date: 1/11/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        So long, expensive and spectacularly staged that you can't dismiss it as a sordid trifle.
73 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Chi-hwa-seon
Release date: 1/1/2002
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Another masterpiece from one of the world's more neglected great directors, a master artist who h...
20 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wedding for Bella, A
Release date: 12/31/2001 11:01:48 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Deep intelligence and a warm, enveloping affection breathe out of every frame.
41 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 Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's worth seeing simply to make the acquaintance of Tobias, a really extraordinary old guy.
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Focus
Release date: 12/31/2001 11:01:31 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        All too often seems like preaching to the choir instead of the gut-wrenching drama it wants to be...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Baise Moi
Release date: 12/31/2001 11:01:27 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A fast-moving shocker, but it's a dull shocker, so morally dead that it deadens you to watch it.
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Black Hawk Down
Release date: 12/28/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a first-rate war movie...
70 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Kate & Leopold
Release date: 12/25/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        An oppressively cute Manhattan time-travel romantic comedy that's lost in time, space and cliches...
74 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Majestic, The
Release date: 12/21/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's a picture that gets past all your defenses.
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: A Beautiful Mind
Release date: 12/21/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...Crowe is eerily, touchingly convincing...
151 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The
Release date: 12/19/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...everything you might want it to be - and more.
53 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ocean's Eleven
Release date: 12/7/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (5/2) No reference
        ...easygoing fun.
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Behind Enemy Lines
Release date: 11/30/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The Bosnian War becomes a video game, Gene Hackman turns into a pseudo-John Wayne, and Owen Wilso...
111 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Amelie
Release date: 11/2/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a welcome burst of Gallic good cheer.
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Man Who Wasn't There, The
Release date: 10/31/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...darkly, hellishly funny.
43 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Riding in Cars With Boys
Release date: 10/19/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Marshall's film, hobbled by a miscalculated and often superficial script by Morgan Upton Ward, is...
83 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ma Soeur!, A
Release date: 10/12/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Few movies have so effectively conveyed the alienation of adolescence, and the way children can b...
33 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Mulholland Dr.
Release date: 10/12/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...masterfully bizarre...
118 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Training Day
Release date: 10/5/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Even though Training Day collapses into a slew of implausibilities at the end, it's still one of ...
105 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Don't Say A Word
Release date: 9/28/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Don't Say a Word has almost nothing new to offer.
42 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hearts in Atlantis
Release date: 9/28/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Hearts in Atlantis is, in many ways, a wonderful movie, but it's too clean and well behaved.
47 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Glitter
Release date: 9/21/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A vehicle that tarnishes as you watch it, leaving this troubled chart-topper lost in a sea of dru...
36 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Release date: 8/17/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Even though it doesn't measure up to its superb source, Captain Corelli's Mandolin is still a ric...
78 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Original Sin
Release date: 8/3/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        [Cristofer] gets the look of art but not the pulse.
62 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Thomas in Love
Release date: 8/3/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The last few minutes of this movie are strangely moving. What leads up to them is shot through wi...
35 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Planet of the Apes
Release date: 7/27/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        This century's Planet of the Apes is a rouser, a screaming-banshee fun house.
101 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Legally Blonde
Release date: 7/13/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Witherspoon is in almost every scene, and she makes them all snap and crackle.
100 other reviews of this movie

Movie: A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Release date: 6/29/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A provocative, personal and intensely engaging picture made with big-studio resources and technic...
145 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Lumumba
Release date: 6/27/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Packed with incident, the film also crackles with danger, simmers with hope.
37 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Dr. Dolittle 2
Release date: 6/22/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Like most other talking-animal movies, it winds up talking down to its audience.
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Down From the Mountain
Release date: 6/15/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The whole experience is wonderful -- and this is a film to own on videotape, since you'll probabl...
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Movie: Angel Eyes
Release date: 5/18/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Angel Eyes is high-concept schmaltz, full of short cuts to emotion laid over chasms of improbabil...
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Movie: Moulin Rouge
Release date: 5/18/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        ...a rare picture that gets you intoxicated on the possibilities of movies.
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Movie: Bread and Roses
Release date: 5/11/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It often feels inauthentic, sometimes preachy.
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Movie: One Night At Mccool's
Release date: 4/27/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Clever, dark and juicy.
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Movie: Driven
Release date: 4/27/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A silly, overexaggerated movie.
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Movie: Luzhin Defence, The
Release date: 4/20/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        If you accept this Defence as a compromise of its source ... you should find a lot to enjoy
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Movie: Along Came A Spider
Release date: 4/6/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Freeman -- and even Alex Cross -- deserve better employment.
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Movie: When Brendan Met Trudy
Release date: 3/9/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Smart, cute and likable.
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Movie: Gleaners and I, The
Release date: 3/7/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        In its frames, we see [Varda's] empathy, skill, curiosity, wit, poetry and passion for life: ever...
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Movie: Price of Milk, The
Release date: 2/14/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Seems to be grasping for lyricism and whimsy and just missing.
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Movie: Waking Life
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
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Movie: In the Bedroom
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It sneaks up on you and shakes you...
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Movie: Dogtown and Z-Boys
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Few sports films catch their time, place and sport so well.
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Movie: In the Bedroom
Release date: 1/19/2001
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The actors, especially the leads, give performances ... rich, connected and full of nuance and sp...
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Movie: Claim, The
Release date: 12/29/2000
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        I liked The Claim -- as much for its stark visual beauty and impassioned performances as its inte...
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Movie: Too Much Sleep
Release date: 10/6/2000
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A likably offbeat, intelligent American indie.
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Movie: End of Days
Release date: 11/24/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        End of Days is an overblown, overspectacular, oversold movie without an original idea in its head...
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Movie: World Is Not Enough, The
Release date: 11/19/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A distinct improvement over Tomorrow.
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Movie: Messenger: the Story of Joan of Arc, The
Release date: 11/12/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Both visually spectacular and staggeringly awful.
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Movie: Anywhere But Here
Release date: 11/12/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        This Wayne Wang-directed movie hands Sarandon one of the richest comic-dramatic opportunities of ...
53 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Music of the Heart
Release date: 10/29/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        One of the year's most heartfelt movies.
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Movie: Straight Story, The
Release date: 10/15/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        At the center of this film's luminous vision is its perfectly cast star.
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Movie: Fight Club
Release date: 10/15/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A bloody, hilarious ride into the twisted recesses of the modern male psyche.
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Movie: Random Hearts
Release date: 10/8/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Not written well enough.
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Movie: Three Kings
Release date: 10/1/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Three Kings is a dark, zesty, live-wire action-adventure comedy.
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Movie: American Beauty
Release date: 9/15/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's a picture with a great cool shiny surface, and it boasts superb actors, witty and iconoclast...
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Movie: 13th Warrior, The
Release date: 8/27/1999
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Loaded with potential, it's puzzlingly overblown and distant, as if its huge budget were an albat...
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Movie: Rushmore
Release date: 12/11/1998
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (6/1) No reference
        A true original: a film that stands apart from the crowd, goes its own way and all but dares you ...
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Movie: Funny Girl
Release date: 12/31/1968 11:01:31 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        Whatever its flaws, Funny Girl is one star vehicle that works perfectly for its subject.
8 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The
Release date: 1/1/1966
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (4/3) No reference
        An improbable masterpiece -- a bizarre mixture of grandly operatic visuals, grim brutality and so...
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Movie: Sound of Music, The
Release date: 4/1/1965
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        The movie has almost everything: music, romance, kids, spectacular scenery, religion, sentiment, ...
26 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Juliet of the Spirits
Release date: 1/1/1965
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        A mad, resplendent peacock of a film, a cinematographic riot of color and sensuality that evokes ...
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Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Release date: 12/21/1946 11:01:27 PM
Review by Michael Wilmington of Chicago Tribune: (3/4) No reference
        It's a magical passage to a more impassioned and bewitching era.
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