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Hoop dreams
Gina Prince-Blythewood's "Love and Basketball" is less about hoop than about the power games that women can't avoid playing. [04-24-00]
— Jumana Farouky, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Ugly American?
Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's "American Psycho" is an often brilliant, often sad, always a brutally honest black comedy of morals. [04-17-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

It's A Small World
New mid-season TV series do little more than mimic "NYPD Blue" "Sports Night" and HBO's "Oz." [04-17-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Chinese Box
Director Hou Hsiao-hsien refines realism in "Flowers of Shanghai," a story of life in a 19th-century Chinese brothel. [04-10-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Record Romance
Director Stephen Frears's adaptation of the cult novel "High Fidelity" is a hit despite bland Chicago setting and John Cusack's incessant lovelorn prattle. [04-03-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Glitter Trail
It may be littered with stereotypes, but the animated "El Dorado" is hip entertainment for adults as well as kids. [04-03-00]
— Jeffrey Gantz, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Boy Toys
A raft of shows about cuddly, sensitive, and heavily moussed guys has invaded mid-season TV. [04-03-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

A Perfect 10
Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's "The Decalogue," a set of 10 short films exploring the divine commandments, is the cinematic highlight of our young millennium. [03-28-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Busting Out
Julia Roberts's acting range and cup size expand in the role of "Erin Brockovich," the real-life secretary who helped win the biggest direct-action lawsuit ever. [03-20-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Say Hello to Hollywood
The year 2000 saw the Americanization of the Berlin Film Festival complete with red carpets, star power, teletrons, and the ever-essential Joan Rivers fashion commentary. [03-13-00]
— Jeffery Gantz, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hand Jobs
The part-dubbed/part-subtitled Japanese import "Iron Chef" has displaced "Two Fat Ladies" as the Food Network's hippest show. [03-13-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Class Act
In "Not One Less," Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou regains innocence in a ramshackle rural school-house. [03-13-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Choosing People
Director Jazmin Dizdar's romantic comedy "Beautiful People" is a rare treat of a twisted plot. [03-06-00]
— Scott Heller, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

"Boys" Don't Try
"Wonder Boys" isn't director Curtis "LA Confidential" Hanson's best work, but it succeeds on the strength of its cast and a carefully adapted script. [02-28-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rigged Outcomes
"Millionaire" is too white, "City of Angles" is predictable, and "Malcolm in the Middle" is a breath of fresh air. [02-14-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Campaign 2000
This year's Oscar race is a lot like the current presidential campaign: since there is no charismatic favorite, it might turn out to be a contest decided on issues. [02-14-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Disunity Rules
Chen Kaige's "The Emperor and the Assassin" is a story of a man whose goal was the unification of China, but the film fails to achieve unity itself. [02-07-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Northern Lights
Frederick Wiseman's characteristic filmmaking approach in "Belfast, Maine" may require patience, but his images of this poor coastal community are emotional and memorable. [01-31-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Extra Ordinary
Frederick Wiseman's ability to capture the essence of day-to-day life makes him a premiere filmmaker, but he still resists being labed an historian or a dramatist. [01-31-00]
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Dim Reaper
Errol Morris's "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr." fails to deliver a complete portrait of the notorious Holocaust revisionist. [01-31-00]
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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