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"...What makes THE PLAYER the best and boldest American comedy in years is Altman's wizardry at leavening anger with cathartic wit..." Rolling Stone Ranked #8 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the 90's" - "...Altman's ticklish satire can stand with his timeless work..." Entertainment Weekly "...So entertaining, so flip and so genially irreverent that it seems to announce the return of the great gregarous film maker....The members of the huge cast seem to be having a great night out on the town..." New York Times "...THE PLAYER is a true comeback film for Altman -- a return, after more than 15 years, to the infinitely sly and supple virtuosity that marked his great film of the '70s..." Entertainment Weekly "...An artful stiletto aimed at the bashful heart of Hollywood....An extremely pointed and knowing show-biz dissection..." Los Angeles Times "...THE PLAYER is a smart movie, and a funny one. It is also absolutely of our time..." Chicago Sun-Times "...[The film] includes the greatest tracking shot this side of TOUCH OF EVIL and cameos from everyone: Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Julia Roberts..." Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "Altman set about mocking the hypocrisy of the business that had exiled him. In the guise of a black-comic thriller, he exposed the Hollywood malaise. And Hollywood loved him for it."Empire
"...[An] inspired, skittish conflict comedy....Subtle, underplayed and poignant..." Total Film "M*A*S*H* is still funny..." -- Grade: B+ Entertainment Weekly "[I]t still boasts a splendid ensemble...[and] a breezy antiestablishment attitude..."Premiere
"...Hypnotic....A Grisham thriller has rarely been this sexy or this much fun..." Rolling Stone "...A neo-noir thriller that unwinds with off-kilter promise..." USA Today "...Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key with THE GINGERBREAD MAN....[The film illustrates] the delicacy of Mr. Altman's brooding, richly atmospheric style..." New York Times "...[Altman] does fine work, both with his camera and with his troupe..." Box Office "...[Altman] proves that age hasn't mellowed his temperament or his talent....[The filmmakers] create a dark, eerie canvas for this tale of spiraling chaos..." Premiere "...THE GINGERBREAD MAN is beautifully photographed....Altman had a fine time composing difficult shots..." Los Angeles Times "...Grisham has a sure sense of time and place, and Altman and his actors invest the material with a kind of lurid sincerity..." Chicago Sun-Times
"...Effective ensemble movies depend on choosing the perfect actors, and GOSFORD PARK has perhaps the most dazzling cast that Altman has ever assembled..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "...What makes the achievement of GOSFORD PARK all the more remarkable is that Mr. Altman is 76....The energy that crackles from the screen suggests the clear-sighted joie de vivre of an artist still deeply engaged in the world..."New York Times "...This comedy of manners is so much fun that it wouldn't even need the mystery to be one of the year's top entertainments..." USA Today "...Elegant....Nuanced and intricate....The cast, of course, delivers the good, with outstanding performances coming from Emily Watson and Helen Mirren..." Box Office "...GOSFORD PARK abounds in scenes to savor. It's a feast, and one of Altman's best..." Rolling Stone "...Elegantly topsy-turvy....It's full of moments to savor....Altman has a spry mastery that's inspiring. The acting, down to the smallest role, is superb..."Entertainment Weekly "...A supple slice of entertainment, with some classy acting contributions..." Total Film "...Taking advantage of a splendid cast, a sharply focused script and the fresh English setting, GOSFORD park emerges as one of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures..." Variety "...A revelation....This is a quintessentially British movie, but one which only an outsider with Altman's energy could have made..." Sight and Sound "...The screenplay is masterful in introducing all the characters and gradually making it clear who they are, what they've done, and what it means....One of the best films of 2001..." Chicago Sun-Times
"...Suspenseful and scary. The performances are simple and effective..." New York Times "...Well-made....[The] lensing is very attractive....Charles Bernstein's score is nicely modulated..." Variety
"...As sharp as a wicked one-liner..." Premiere "...[Crystal] is explosively funny..." Rolling Stone "...Evidence of just how funny [Crystal] can be..."New York Times "...Hunt leavens the maudlin sentiment with no-nonsense determination..." -- Rating: B Entertainment Weekly "...This is as funny a film as Crystal has done..." Los Angeles Times "...This has a real poignancy....Crystal plays Buddy with love and perception, finding the rhythms of the old comedian, combining them with the double-reverse irony of Borscht Belt humor..."Chicago Sun-Times
"...Meticulously shot..."Sight and Sound
"THE CONSTANT GARDENER, a thriller with something on its mind, confirms the talents of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "[T]he ever-extraordinary Fiennes is the most quietly outstanding of the lot, miraculously showing us how his character literally ages with grief." Premiere "[Meirelles] brightens the author's wide, dark field with rich color....The movie is smart, serious, and adult about something that matters..." Entertainment Weekly "Meirelles emerges with one of the year's best and most provocative movies. Long after it's over, you still feel its sting." Rolling Stone "[U]nusually satisfying....Mr. Meirelle's film actually bothers to say something about global politics....This is a supremely well-executed piece of popular entertainment that is likely to linger in your mind and may even trouble your conscience." New York Times "THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a masterwork of suspense, romance and political intrigue. It is a taut and gripping thriller that dazzles the eyes and engages the brain in a way that few recent films have come close to approaching."USA Today "THE CONSTANT GARDENER is as much an incisive post-mortem of a relationship as it is a politically charged procedural." Sight and Sound Ranked #17 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[T]his is an engrossing, intelligent film." Uncut "Movies that try to juggle a message of political or social significance with a love story often can't manage either, so the makers of this thriller deserve extra plaudits for their tender and intelligent handling of both." Premiere
"...Nolte acts with blistering energy, and Lange is in top feral form..." Rolling Stone "...Scorsese's CAPE FEAR defies thresholds, revelling in its own transgressiveness, using punchy visuals, fast cuts and a pounding soundtrack..." Sight and Sound "...We squirm, we squeal, we squeak for mercy as Scorsese and company wring us out like an old washcloth..." Los Angeles Times
"...[For] Hoffman, RAIN MAN is a star's dream of a role....A becomingly modest, decently thought-out, sometimes funny film..." New York Times "...Hoffman makes all this hypnotically interesting..." Los Angeles Times "...Dustin Hoffman, unforgettable as an autistic savant, again makes you wonder how many milestones one actor can accrue in a career..." USA Today "...Hoffman steals the show..."Total Film "Fifteen years after it won Best Picture, Barry Levinson's fable still resonates." Entertainment Weekly "Cruise gets serious, showing a generous willingness to play straight man to a flashier performance." Total Film
Rolling Stone (3/19/92, p.93) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...fascinating project...focus on the techno-funk--all burbling keyboards, electronically altered vocal chants and DJ scratching...captures the style's formative days in New York..."Entertainment Weekly (2/21/92, p.54) - "...a portrait of a musical revolution....a pulse-quickening document..." - Rating: B+
Spin (9/95, p.112) - 7 - Flawed Yet Worthy - "...it flows organically....the tunes...juggle drama and beats with lightness and elan, balancing immediacy and indirection. They're hooky without being pop, jazzy without being abstract....the general level of creativity is staggering..."Down Beat (11/95, p.60) - 3.5 Stars - Good/Very Good - "...Guru is heads above other rappers integrating jazz into their music. Plus, his latest foray into jazz-rap territory continues to inform younger audiences about the old school..."Vibe (9/95, pp.163-164) - "...reeks of adulthood....instead of risking potshots from conservatives, Guru (in a bolder move) risks his rep with his hardcore fans. He flaunts King-isms to folks who pray to Malcolm....a comment on the way things are, but it is also a none-too-subtle request for a change of mind..."The Source (9/95, p.98) - 3.5 Mics - Dope - "...JAZZMATAZZ II proves to be a refreshing work that sends good messages about family, life and the cultures of jazz and hip-hop..."Jazziz (12/95, p.77) - "...the purest collaboration in the history of the hip hop jazz movement....solid, steady soulkick and...profound poetic presence...reminds the listener to look the truth in the face and address it, conquer it, rap about it, and make sure to remember that Guru knew it first..."NME (Magazine) (7/22/95, p.46) - 8 (out of 10) - "...outstrips the first for confidence, funkiness and good vibes. He's really onto something here....So which is the side project, Gang Starr or Jazzmatazz? Who cares? Fact is, out of one team, we've got two great acts..."
"...One of Hollywood's most appealing fantasies. Bernard Herrmann's typically great score has a lot to do with it, and so does the premise..."USA Today
"...The director's great strength is the confidence with which he translates Tolkien's vision into visual imagery..."Los Angeles Times "...THE TWO TOWERS conjures an illusion of the gravity that you want from an emotionally charged storybook epic..."Entertainment Weekly "...A rare perfect mating of filmmaker and material....[A] beautifully considered epic....The grandeur is astonishing..."New York Times "...In some respects a more impressive film than its well-received predecessor. Marked by nonstop conflict that Akira Kurosawa would have envied..."Variety "...Peter Jackson has pulled out all the stops....Jackson and his team of homegrown artisans have created an exciting form of digital epic filmmaking..."Film Comment "...THE LORD OF THE RINGS so far stands among the best adaptations of a major work of fantasy ever managed by the cinema..."Sight and Sound "...Visually dazzling....The RINGS movies are among the most breathtaking achievements in recent cinematic history..."USA Today "...Jackson keeps the action percolating. The effects astonish..."Rolling Stone "...The visuals are a real treat; everyone and everything -- particularly the landscape -- looks and feels just right..."Box Office