- December 22, 2003 | Movie Review
Cold Mountain is a Civil War Odyssey that drenches the South in blood and beauty. Lord of the Rings restores our faith in trilogies.
- December 15, 2003 | Movie Review
- Acting Her Age
Even in a comic cop-out like Something’s Gotta Give, Diane Keaton proves she’s not too old to be a star (or to bed Jack Nicholson).
- December 8, 2003 | Movie Review
- Zen Palette
Director Edward Zwick gives The Last Samurai a coat of deep-thought spirituality—and turns Tom Cruise into a haunted swordsman.
- December 1, 2003 | Movie Review
- Ode to Joie
The Triplets of Belleville is a jazzy celebration of animated action. Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett enliven a generic Wild West in The Missing.
- November 17, 2003 | Movie Review
- Naval Gazing
In the winning Master and Commander, Peter Weir and Russell Crowe keep the action contemplative. The Matrix Revolutions goes boom.
- November 10, 2003 | Movie Review
- Candy Corn
Love Actually drenches British wit in Hollywood treacle. Elf is a Hallmark card, too—but at least it has the dependably funny Will Ferrell.
- November 3, 2003 | Movie Review
- Identity Crisis
In The Human Stain—adapted from Philip Roth’s book—Anthony Hopkins plays a professor who has hidden his race from his family and peers.
- October 27, 2003 | Movie Review
- Cheap Shots
In Elephant, Gus Van Sant aims for an objective look at teen shootings in America, but his art-house approach is way too cool for school.
- October 20, 2003 | Movie Review
- Holiday Reunion
Pieces of April, about a dysfunctional family that reconciles over Thanksgiving dinner, breathes life into a tired premise.
- October 13, 2003 | Movie Review
- No Pain, No Gain
Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River is suffused with lives ruined by violence; in Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino looks violence in the eye—and cackles.