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Stuart Little 2
The adopted mouse Stuart Little returns, and this time he's got a
few growing pains, typical teenager.
The Friday the 13th series comes back again to haunt us, but this
time it's not that bad, but it's still scary.
The cartoon hero makes it to the big screen in computer generated
form. Not great but enough laughs for the kids.
Movie based on the computer game in which lots of zombies are shot,
then shot again, then shot again.
Run of the mill thriller/comedy in which Chris Rock tries to stop
a nuclear bomb falling into the wrong hands.
Steven Spielberg proves once again that he's the movie master, with
this excellent sci-fi thriller.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
From the producers of Shrek but nothing like that film. For a start,
the horses don't talk, just neigh.
Sandra Bullock dispenses with the dizzy beauty roles and plays a hard
nosed detective with a dark past.
Nicole Kidman fails to capitalise on her recent success in a film
which doesn't know if it's a comedy or thriller.
Disappointing remake of the James Caan 1975 original. Plenty of fast
editing, not enough cohesive plot.
Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz must fight to stop his story
idea being stolen by a nasty film producer.
Familiar story using every cliché in the book, especially the
villains. Somehow it all works. Top fight sequences.
A disaster movie - the disaster being it was made in the first place.
Fine if you want to see naked bums.
Keanu Reeves takes charge of a group of young baseball players but
tragedy is just around the corner.
Whilst on a field trip the school geek gets bitten by a genetically
modified spider. Comic caper comes good.
Brilliant performances and plot in a near faultless film which deserves
all the accolades heaped upon it.
Tedious film in which Richard Gere discovers his wife is having an
affair with a Frenchman.
Three women meet every week to discuss who has the saddest life - then
one gets a toy-boy boyfriend.
Insipid remake with little soul, good special effects and monsters
which veer from scary to Dr Who rejects.
Disney delivers family film that fails to even make you smile (except
the dogs - and only mechanically).
Days and Forty Nights
Josh Hartnett takes a vow of celibacy after being dumped, only to fall
in love again almost immediately.
An understated Bruce Willis in a Prisoner of War film with a racial
twist which almost comes off.
A one-joke film about the art of letting off wind / trumping / farting
which somehow manages to hold your attention.
Wars: Episode II
George Lucas makes
up for the Phantom Menace, and returns with the excellent 'Attack of the
Cracking re-telling of the werewolf tale as a bunch of squaddies fall
victim to the monsters in the Scottish Highlands.
Teen comedy which doesn't quite deliver what it could have. Slushy romance
spoils a promising start.
I don't think so. You'll be hard pressed to keep your eyes open in this
dreadful film investigating what a dream is.
A classic edge of the seat rollercoaster headed by Jodie Foster. Don't
panic, you won't be disappointed.
De Niro and Murphy team up for a comedy about reality TV. It should have
been a lot better.
Hugh Grant gets a hair-cut and puts in a stylish performance in this great
adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel.
Don't mess with the nutter in the truck who doesn't like having jokes
played on him and consequently seeks revenge.
The Scorpion King
Arnie, Sly, the Belgian
muscles... and now the Rock! This 'big and beefy' action adventure looks
good but lacks the lines.
Count of Monte Cristo
The ultimate tale of betrayal and revenge gets a makeover for the 21st
century, starring Guy Pearce.
Kevin Spacey plays an alien visiting Earth from the planet K-PAX. Or is
he? He could just be a nutter.
It Like Beckham
Disappointing follow up to Bhaji on the Beach which tackles now familiar
cultural differences in an all too familiar way.
of the Damned
The vampire story returns again this time with a blood sucker who comes
out and becomes a mega rock star.
Jet Li fights himself more than a hundred times in a daft science fiction
film only for true fans of the martial arts.
24 Hour Party People
This is not a film about Tony Wilson. Nor is it meant to be a documentary
about the music scene in Manchester.
James Mangold tries, unsuccessfully, to add an extra twist to this
over used romanatic comedy formula.
- The Extra Terrestial
The galaxy's cuddliest and friendliest alien, returns to the screen
to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary.
Teen chick flick about three girls coming together for a roadtrip across
America - not a movie for the chaps.
London's ruffest rude boy, Ali G of the West Staines massive,
hits the big screen lewder and cruder than ever.
A simple tale that just fails to live up to the heights of Shrek/Monsters
Inc. but kids will love it nonetheless.
Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius
Very funny kids/adult movie about a bunch of kids who head to outer space
to free their kidnapped parents.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Highly watchable comedy about a family of dysfunctional geniuses with
an all-star cast including Gene Hackman.
Run of the mill scare fest as a family's inheritance of a house suddenly
turns into a nightmare.
We're back in Vietnam as Mel Gibson tries to maintain the confidence of
his men despite being heavily outnumbered.
Tipped for Oscar success this is a tale of an ideal marriage and family
life brought to the brink of collapse.
Kevin Spacey's world collapses around him but Dame Judi Dench is on have
to whisk him to a better life.
Not a man dressed in a giant moth costume to be seen, but plenty of tension
as Richard Gere seeks the truth.
Will Smith has the task of becoming possibly the most recognised man on
earth - Muhammad Ali.
Oscar nominated film about mathematical genius John Forbes Nash Jr., staring
Mr Gladiator Russell Crowe.
Say A Word
Craggy Michael Douglas must stop nasty Sean Bean from killing his daughter
in a, you guessed it, race against time.
War time drama about a timid Scottish woman who finds hidden courage when
she joins the French Resistance.
in the Sticks
A weekend of films based on books is coming to a village hall, with talks,
a writing session, quiz and ice-cream too.
Big star cast and a wonderful film as George Clooney, Brad Pitt and co.
try to rob three casinos in one night.
The makers of Toy Story return with another winner telling the tale
of a little girl who finds herself in a monster world.
Another take on that old chestnut Jack the Ripper, this time with
Johnny Depp providing a dodgy London accent.
Crocodile Dundee meets Blackadder in this unfunny tale of a medieval knight
and his squire transported to modern times.
fooled by the trailer which shows all the best bits of the film. Cherish
those five minutes and forget the rest.
Oscar contender as a host of British film stars become embroiled in a
account of how too much power can corrupt, starring Denzel Washington
and Ethan Hawke.
Mirren and co. star in a British movie about a dead man's wishes to have
his ashes scattered in the sea.
about but ultimately disappointing film which sees handsome Tom Cruise
lose his good looks.
war story, starring Ewan McGregor, with plenty of gore but a sense of
having all been done before.
tale of novelist Iris Murdoch's final years as she fights against Alzheimer's
Long Time Dead
A teen horror
movie guaranteed to have your heart pounding. If you enjoyed the Scream
films then this is one for you.
Run of the
mill thriller starring John Travolta. A few nice touches, but little to
have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
fodder which has few surprises but gives you the excuse to hold someone
tight on the back row.
10 movies of 2001
films has our critic deemed worthy of chart inclusion. Harry Potter fans,
don't hold your breath!
Lord of the Rings
greatest challenge has arrived. Can Frodo Baggins see off the challenge
of the boy wizard?
Christmas slush as two strangers fall in love over a pair of gloves and
take seven years to find each other again.
takes a lead role for the first time as a hard footballer! Don't worry,
it's actually better than it sounds.
Riding In Cars With Boys
grows up before our very eyes in a film which starts promisingly but outstays
The 51st State
Welland once said, "the British are coming" and this action
movie proves we're as good as the Americans.
Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
forces with thieves to overcome a Martian spirit trying to force all humans
off its planet.
of Fashion is a world of assassins. Will clueless model Derek Zoolander
save the day?
and Silent Bob Strike Back
fifth and final instalment of his New Jersey Chronicles relies heavily
on low-grade humour and spoof material.
The waiting is over. Harry is released. Read the reviews which matter
by the children then try the
grumpy adult view.
supernatural about this film, more a case of living on the periphery and
not being able to relate to society.
Creepy psychological thriller in which every character has a secret which
leads to a terrific conclusion.
Clever mix of live
action and animation in which white blood cells are police officers chasing
an evil virus.
Wouldbe cop has a car crash. He's put back together using animal parts.
Cue lots of butt smelling .Year's worst film.
Top escapist film to bring a smile to your face even if life around you
is crumbling. Nothing radical just good clean fun.
Man Who Wasn't There
Deeply dark yet visually stunning film from the Coen Brothers with excellent
performances but very few laughs.
The Lost Empire
Harry Potter lookalike hero discovers the lost city, finds love but is
then betrayed in this half term winner.
It's fright night again as our intrepid heroes stumble across something
they shouldn't have. Cue many dead bodies.
Hollywood's (fictional) golden couple break-up. It's bad for business
so the spin doctors go for reconciliation.
More of the same from the entire team which brought you the original Pie
and none the worse for that.
Wonderful French movie following the exploits of a woman trying to bring
happiness to everyone she meets.
Big name cast, average film as Robert De Niro breaks all his own rules
and tries to crack a safe in his backyard.
Bassett: England Manager
Fly-on-the-wall spoof on the job no one wants - that of the England
manager. Ricky Tomlinson stars.
World War Two drama about the going's on at Bletchley Park as the
Brits try to decipher German codes.
Spielberg's ambitious film about a robot boy who loves too much. A
rival to Moulin Rouge in film of the year stakes.
Romeo and Juliet with a twist. Life in LA can make it difficult for
love to blossom between rich and poor.
The Fast and the Furious
A thriller on wheels. Not great but there are some fuel injected quality
moments which put you in the drivers seat.
Oh dear. Here we go again, another duff British movie staring the
usual acting suspects. Oh for the joys of Carry On.
The film of the year has arrived. This is a two hour visual rollercoaster
which will alienate as many people as it pleases.
If the first one made
money let's make a quick follow-up. Expect nothing out of the ordinary
in this horror ham.
This medieval tale has all the makings of a hit. Good guys, a bad
guys, a love interest, and loads of pop music.
From the director of
The Full Monty comes the latest big British movie staring the guy from
and the Pussycats
Seventies cartoon series
comes to the big screen. We have two reviews - good
and bad - make up your
Dundee in Los Angeles
Third time unlucky
for Paul Hogan in this stinker of a film which is a pale imitation of
Of The Apes
What's the new version like. This time Charlton Heston sees what
it's like from an apes point of view.
and Gay Film Festival
A touring film festival
from the British Film Institute featuring films from Australia, Spain,
France and the US.
Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Can computer generated actors act? Well yes they can but make sure you
give them the right script.
Steve Coogan stars in the latest British comedy to hit the cinema - it's
just unfortunate it's not that good.
Another big children's
film with talking secret agent dogs trying to stop cats from taking over
which often repeats what happened first time around without adding anything
Recess: School's Out
TV series makes a successful
move to the big screen as TJ and the gang fight to save summer holidays.
Big bangs and big chases
in this hi-tec computer heist thriller with an overly complicated plot.
Rights film season
Part of a British Film
Institute touring programme. Six films showing at the Broadway throughout
third visit to the land of the dinosaurs with the usual fight for survival
against all the odds.
Heels and Low Lifes
Disappointing British version of Thelma and Louise which fails to deliver
much tension or many laughs.
Reggae and Salsa season
Music and movies for a hot summer's day featuring Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra,
Buena Vista Social Club and jazz greats.
T And The Women
Satire of an upper-class
elitist Dallas community starring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett
and Laura Dern.
Superb horror combining
the best elements of dark humour, gore and plenty of frights. Be
Croft : Tomb Raider
The famous computer
game makes the transition to the big screen with predictable results.
Meet the star of the
summer - a giant green ogre with a Scottish accent. A fairy tale with
Cute, cuddly monsters quickly transform into nasty man-eating creatures
and the race is on to save the earth.
The count returns in a film which, apart from a very glossy look,
could easily pass for a Hammer Horror.
Chris Rock stars as the man removed from earth before his time and
sent back in a new guise.
A flat script full of holes, a lot of lip gloss and some annoying
college brats - But it wasn't that bad.
An epic action adventure, stunning special effects, and an intriguing
love triangle - but does it measure up.
The Pretty Horses
Beautifully photographed but less than riveting story of cowboy friends
who seek adventure over the Mexican border.
Disappointing and predictable film involving a dog, a boy and a dim hero
chased by a villain. Plus a love interest!
You can't keep a good mummy down, especially one that's a box office
success, so here's yet another sequel.
The true story of how those historic pictures of Neil Armstrong's first
moon walk got back to earth.
Top film which is likely to receive equal measures of praise and criticism.
See also: the real Cephallonia
Along Came A Spider
Tense, psychological thriller as Morgan Freeman hunts the kidnapper
of a congressman's young daughter.
Even Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts can't save a film which can at best
be described as ordinary.
Night At McCool's
Michael Douglas sports a dodgy hairpiece, John Goodman dresses as a cop
and Liv Tyler bursts out all over.
The fight to have a woman vice-president of the USA as Hollywood goes
behind the scenes at the White House.
The wait is over and it's been worth it. Laughter and romance
and the chance to see Hugh Grant act a different role.
of Sight - archive film festival
The only archive film festival in Britain is on our doorstep. It is
devoted to showing films that have been locked up for years. Read
about what you missed.
Another movie for the younger generation as a brother and sister try
to rescue their top spy parents.
Tommy and the gang are back and creating mayhem in Paris in a film
which will keep the kids happy this Easter.
Can Count On Me
Family life takes a turn when a wayward brother returns home and alters
everyones way of thinking.
True story of a man's fight to be accepted as a US naval deep sea diver.
Features a loud Robert De Niro.
The Last Dance
Yet another dance movie with the same plot as countless dance movies before
it. Think Fame.
Absolutely awful film in which FBI agent Sandra Bullock goes undercover
to stop death at a beauty pageant.
Two killers decide to film their murders in the belief US TV stations
will buy the footage. They're not wrong.
At The Gates
Below par Second World War story which promises much but ultimately fails
Kevin Costner returns for a retelling of the Cuban Missile crisis
as seen from behind Whitehouse doors.
The BBC's next big film venture after the overwhelming success of
Billy Elliot. Sadly not as good.
From the people who brought you This Is Spinal Tap comes a "mockumentary"
on the world of professional dog shows.
Soft story with a hardish edge as Juliette Binoche dares to open a
chocolate shop at the start of Lent.
Lack lustre action thriller about a kidnapped businessman and the
prolonged attempts to free him.
Sean Connery plays a hermit novelist forced to consider leaving his
home when his protege runs into trouble.
A sure-fire smash as Anthony Hopkins recreates his role as Hannibal
Lecter ten years after Silence of the Lambs.
Emperor's New Groove
Disney's back for half term with a film which should satisfy the kids,
the adults and fans of Sting.
The anti-racism message is clear as a newly integrated US college
team try to overcome prejudice in the deep south.
Mel Gibson pops up in time for Valentine's day in a slushy movie where
he can hear women's thoughts.
Old Channel 4 series makes a winning move to the big screen and secures
more plaudits for Catherine Zeta Jones.
High jinx high up K2 as a rescue party races against time to save
some mountaineers trapped by an avalanche.
Tom Hanks has a bad hair day as he fights for survival on a remote
South Pacific island.
Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Visually beautiful martial arts film from Ang Lee, the director of
Sense and Sensibility.
A voyage of self discovery for two men with little in common but who
ultimately discover why they were put on earth.
High flyer Nicolas Cage finds himself living another life in this
"what if..." Christmas feel good movie.
Glenn Close returns as Cruella De Vil in a sequel that will keep the
children quiet over the holidays.
Hamlet is transported from Denmark to New York and recites "To
Be of Not To Be" in a Blockbuster video store.
The first of the family Christmas releases features Jim Carey as a bitter
outcast out for revenge.
Legend : Final Cut
Yet another predictable slasher movie this time involving film students
who evoke to wrath of the ultimate critic.
They look good, they fight tough but the big screen version doesn't
really improve on what was an average 70's TV series.
Liz Hurley proves she's just as wooden an actor as Hugh Grant in this
remake which sparkles only briefly.
Six strangers meet to create sweet music on the karaoke stage. The
movie results are sadly off key.
Spaceship crashes on a planet plunged into darkness by a solar eclipse.
That's just the start of their troubles.
Author Michael Douglas suffers writer's block, a midlife crisis and
marital problems in a comedy. Honest.
What would you do to get a season ticket for Newcastle United ? Two
fans go to exteme lengths to see Alan Shearer.
A kiddie vampire sets off to find the secret for turning himself back
into a human being in this family feature.
Disney use their animation skills to bring us dinosaurs as we never
knew them before - cute and cuddly.
It's a race across America to grab back a tape before anyone sees it.
College comedy in the "National Lampoon" vein.
Billy is a talented boy who is torn between his love of dance and
the deterioration of his family.
Professor II : The Klumps
Eddie Murphy returns as Sherman Klump and the rest of his family in
a sequel to his first nutty outing.
Special effects heaven in a film which mixes the Invisible Man
with Alien to produce a top class thriller.
Myself and Irene
Jim Carrey stars as a cop with a split personality. Double Carrey
for your money but not double the laughs.
Four veteran actors with a combined age of 262, finally get to become
astronauts. It could only happen in Hollywood.
the nephew of the original John Shaft. Can Samuel L. Jackson eclipse Richard
Brother, Where Art Thou?
Must see movie from the Coen brothers. Great cinematography, great
story, great performances, great music.
In The Dark
Big movie project for singer Bjork. Experimental, depressing, in your
face. You'll either love it or hate it.
Another pop singer shows she's more than a three minute wonder. Jennifer
Lopez enters the mind of a serial killer.
It's not scary and it's not funny. It's awful. But the Americans love
it and we can expect Scary Movie 2 all too soon.
Can anything Guy Ritchie directs ever match up to Lock, Stock and
Two Smoking Barrels? Here's the answer
He is unhappy and bullied, a schoolboy discovers the joys of winning
through a pair of magic football-boots.
Jackie Chan finds himself battling his way through the wild west in this
high action comedy romp.
Three media studies undergraduates investigate the power of gossip.
This results in events which they cannot control.
Gory serial killer tale that aims for horror and humour but falls
into a middle ground and becomes silly.
A movie with characters called Wolverine and Magneto can't fail -
can it? Summer fun from the world of Marvel comics.
In 60 Seconds
Vinnie Jones is back but he does not say a word. Car theft is taken
to the extreme as Nicolas Cage tries to save his brother.
Can Tom Cruise save the day? Probably. Fast paced and full of action.
Who needs a decent story line.
Road to El Dorado
Cartoon capers as two Spanish castaways happen to stumble across the
legendary City of Gold.
Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas
Go back in time and find out just how Fred and Barney first met up
with Wilma and Betty.
Nick Hornby's tale of records and relationships moves to America for
the big screen treatment.
Move over Wallace and Gromit, Ginger and Rocky are here. Will the hens
escape the clutches of the evil Tweedy's?
School's out and the kids are bored. Stuart Little could be the answer,
even if he is just a cute, cuddly mouse.