MOONLIGHT MILE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 117 minutes

IN THEATERS! Brad Siberling admirably keeps the film from being one big mope session by injecting a number of light moments into the mix, but…


Posted on October 15, 2002 by

BARBERSHOP

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 102 minutes

IN THEATERS! Once one has become acquainted with these people and this place, one may not want “Barbershop” to end…


Posted on September 16, 2002 by

SWIMFAN

1 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 85 minutes

IN THEATERS! Director John Polson was obviously aiming to make a “Fatal Attraction” for the younger set…


Posted on September 12, 2002 by

CITY BY THE SEA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 108 minutes

IN THEATERS! Despite fine work by DeNiro and Franco, who both create sympathetic, three-dimensional characters, “City by the Sea”‘s aspirations for depth remain just that…


Posted on September 12, 2002 by

UNDISPUTED

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 91 minutes

IN THEATERS! A decently done boxing match does not a movie make. As with any boxing movie or fight card, the main event doesn’t come until the very end, and like too many pay-per-view packages the undercard is underwhelming. The lead-up consists of tedious and unsuspenseful “will-they-or-won’t-they-fight?” drama…


Posted on August 27, 2002 by

SIMONE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 117 minutes

ANOTHER FT WRITER’S OPINION! Niccol makes what seems like a preposterous idea not only fresh and entertaining, but most of all reveals said idea to be not at all far removed from reality–as any good satire should…


Posted on August 27, 2002 by

POSSESSION

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Possession” ultimately comes off as so restrained as to be detached and almost as chilly as his darker films–not exactly what one would want from a story about a love so strong that it echoes through the ages…


Posted on August 15, 2002 by

FULL FRONTAL

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Full Frontal” finds Steven Soderbergh retreating from the more mainstream-friendly gloss of his popular recent efforts and back in a more experimental mode. If for nothing else, the Oscar-winning director deserves credit for not resting on his laurels and taking on a risky lark of a project. Too bad the most positive word I can come up with to describe the end product is: interesting…


Posted on August 9, 2002 by

AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 93 minutes

IN THEATERS! With “Goldmember,” it is clear that star/co-writer Mike Myers and director Jay Roach are scraping for fresh material, for the movie is less a sequel than a haphazardly assembled collection of greatest hits rehashes. Myers and Roach are running dangerously close to empty as far as new–and genuinely funny–ideas, and they would be best off quitting before they fall any farther behind…


Posted on July 29, 2002 by

THE COUNTRY BEARS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 88 minutes

IN THEATERS! The movie takes place in a strange parallel universe where the presence of anthropomorphic bears is a fact of everyday life, yet for some reason the human adoptive brother of young Beary Barrington is the only one in the world aware that Beary is… a bear…


Posted on July 29, 2002 by

K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

ANOTHER FT WRITER’S OPINION! Even without pointless pyrotechnics, the initially promising, sporadically gripping “K-19″ still manages to find another way to become a big-budget Hollywood summer production that shamelessly panders to the lowest common denominator…


Posted on July 22, 2002 by

STUART LITTLE 2

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 70 minutes

The twists won’t come as much of a surprise to any adults, but those in the audience fitting that bill would more than likely be parents who are all too willing to cut any kid-friendly film slack…


Posted on July 22, 2002 by

REIGN OF FIRE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 109 minutes

IN THEATERS NOW! There’s nothing disappointing about the film’s main drawing card–those flying, fire-breathing dragons. The digitally-created beasts are indeed sights to behold; not only are they genuinely frightening, but completely convincing as actual living, breathing creatures. Ironically, however, the dragons are far more believable as living, breathing creatures than the cast of paper-thin human characters that populate the post-apocalyptic, dragon-overrun year 2020…


Posted on July 18, 2002 by

LIKE MIKE

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN THEATERS! The sheer awfulness of “Like Mike” is nothing that anyone who’s seen the trailer couldn’t already figure out. Young Calvin Cambridge (Lil’ Bow Wow) finds that a pair of sneakers that he believes once belonged to Michael Jordan — just because the initials “MJ” were written on them. After Calvin and the shoes receive a jolt of electricity (if only the film resembled real life, in which case the child would’ve died, and the film would’ve been over after 20 minutes), he discovers that the sneakers give him mad hoops skillz…


Posted on July 7, 2002 by

THE POWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 80 minutes

IN THEATERS! If you’re unfamiliar with Cartoon Network/Kids’ WB’s superheroine sensation “The Powerpuff Girls,” don’t be afraid to take a chance with this animated action blast. Fans and newcomers alike will find something new and exciting in the feature film version of the same name, which details the origin of — as a newspaper headline in the film hilariously describes them — these “freaky bug-eyed weirdo girls.”


Posted on July 6, 2002 by

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