Jan Stuart Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 87% Junebug (2005) For all its specificity, we come away feeling as if we've walked in the shoes of all of these people at different points in our lives.‐ Newsday
Posted Aug 3, 2005
4/4 97% Spirited Away (2002) A haunting and indelible fable that warms the chilly soul of Japanese anime and points the way for its American sponsor.‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 19, 2002
4/4 81% The Bourne Supremacy (2004) The Bourne Supremacy is essentially a string of how- will-he-get- out-this-one set pieces, but they have been cooked up with nerve-frying elan by British director Greengrass.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 23, 2004
4/4 94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) A sophisticated, wholly original brand of animated storytelling that manages to be at once deliriously eccentric and deliciously sinister.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 25, 2003
4/4 90% Kung Fu Hustle (2005) If the plot elements seem like a duck soup of every Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan picture ever conceived, they are lifted into a whole other stratosphere of ingenuity by Chow and his design team's indefatigable visual imagination.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 7, 2005
4/4 92% Talk to Her (2002) The Spanish master redefines love in all its weird and surprising permutations with this characteristically eccentric tale involving a lady bullfighter, a male nurse, a ballet dancer and a journalist with hyperactive tear ducts.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 22, 2002
4/4 70% Dogville (2003) An audaciously original feat of allegorical story.telling, one of those visionary achievements that stirs moviegoers into a fury and goes on to define a decade.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 25, 2004
4/4 91% The Magdalene Sisters (2003) McEwan nails the degenerate blend of humanity and hypocrisy that can coexist when people become slavemasters of moral rectitude.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 31, 2003
4/4 89% Brothers (2004) A powerhouse drama that puts us through a wringer of emotions.‐ Newsday
Posted May 5, 2005
4/4 81% Road to Perdition (2002) A gorgeous eyeful and earful of a gangster drama.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 12, 2002
4/4 86% Crimson Gold (2004) Hot enough to have been banned in its home country, and resonant enough to command our watchful participation.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 15, 2004
4/4 75% Laissez-passer (2002) For devotees of French cinema, Safe Conduct is so rich with period minutiae it's like dying and going to celluloid heaven.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 11, 2002
4/4 87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) Brokeback Mountain coaxes audiences to walk several hundred miles in its characters' shoes, luring us with the scent of forbidden fruit and rewarding us with the sumptuous taste of complex storytelling.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 8, 2005
4/4 89% Caché (2005) ... a brilliantly sinister mystery fraught with guilt, deceit and denial.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 23, 2005
4/4 62% The New World (2005) The New World blows centuries of dust and schoolkid romanticism from the oft-mythologized tale of Pocahontas and the English settlers, relaying old news with an abundantly poetic and visually startling point of view.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 22, 2005
4/4 90% Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) To see and hear Neil Young: Heart of Gold is like soaking in a warm tub filled to the brim with luxuriant, life-restoring music.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 9, 2006
4/4 85% L'Enfant (2006) The intimacy the directors achieve with their actors is nothing short of uncanny: Renier and François go about their business with such naturalness and determination, you forget there are performances going on.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 24, 2006
4/4 96% Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) Los Angeles Plays Itself, Alexander's sprawling and incisive meditation on the many uses and abuses of the city of L.A. in the movies, may be the unlikeliest great movie of the year.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 28, 2004
4/4 76% The Prestige (2006) Expect to leave exhilarated and more than a bit disturbed.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 19, 2006
4/4 69% Babel (2006) If Babel falls an inch or three short of greatness, it's always a great ride.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 26, 2006
4/4 93% The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006) The Death of Mr. Lazarescu takes aim at the grotesqueries of the hospital experience with killing accuracy, like a mallet blow to the knee that comes down harder than anticipated.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 27, 2006
4/4 98% The War Tapes (2006) Deborah Scranton's excellent documentary is tough going and transformative.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 1, 2006
4/4 97% 49 Up (2006) To the extent that it opens a window into the puzzling business of growing older and affirms - with touching reflectiveness and exuberant humor -- the suspicion that we are all in the same boat, 49 Up is priceless.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 5, 2006
4/4 96% Mafioso (1964) We can only wonder how Mafioso struck American audiences in its brief 1962 appearance. In 2007, it reveals the universal hallmarks of a classic.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 18, 2007
4/4 88% Red Road (2007) A sexy and cunningly disorienting thriller that provokes the viewer into a state of anxious participation from first to last frame.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 16, 2007
4/4 70% The World (2005) Tao, who shuttles between multiple ethnic costumes in the course of a typical workday, embodies the film's thematic core: the loss of identity in a culture that has bulldozed its own historic past to clear the way for Western-style progress.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 30, 2005
4/4 88% Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007) Reha Erdem's ineffably beautiful portrait of a rural Turkish village.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 10, 2008
4/4 100% The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960) Belmondo is the clincher: He's got so much jaunty charisma, the screen can barely contain him.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 17, 2005
4/4 82% Days of Glory (2007) Just when you think you've viewed World War II from every conceivable angle, a picture like Days of Glory comes along and expands your range of vision with a stirring sense of urgency.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 15, 2007
4/4 87% The Lookout (2007) Character nuance and sly wit trump plot novelty in this immensely satisfying suspense drama.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 29, 2007
4/4 93% This Is England (2007) Meadows' electric drama takes the audience with it from the percolating opening moments through its hopeful (if ever-so-contrived) denouement, filling the landscape with memorably engaging characters and potent ensemble performances.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 26, 2007
4/4 74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) Marion Cotillard is a knockout in this scintillating and soulful musical bio.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 7, 2007
4/4 94% S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2004) Serves as a potent and necessary reminder of how easily war can defeat the humanity of the good and the well-intentioned.‐ Newsday
Posted May 19, 2004
4/4 76% Lady Chatterley (2007) A film of sun-dappled beauty and unbridled joys that arrive as much as a surprise to the audience as they do to the characters.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 21, 2007
4/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) The watershed achievement of both Day-Lewis' and Anderson's careers.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 20, 2007
4/4 89% Eastern Promises (2007) Whether in cloaked repose or naked defense, Mortensen dares you to take your eyes off of him.‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 13, 2007
4/4 94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) The visual lyricism and irascible humor of Julian Schnabel's screen adaptation make for a life-against-the-odds drama like none you've ever seen.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 29, 2007
4/4 81% Lars and the Real Girl (2007) What's remarkable about Lars and the Real Girl is the tightrope that [screenwriter Nancy] Oliver finesses, aided by her director and winning cast, between improbability and reality, edgy absurdist humor and melting tenderness. It's a tonic.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 11, 2007
4/4 96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Harrowing and heart-stopping.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 24, 2008
4/4 100% Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) Gibney assembles a formidable arsenal of talking heads to testify.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 17, 2008
4/4 46% Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian) (2003) Tycoon is as seductive and audacious as its protagonist, whose outrageous manipulations encapsulate the chaos and corruption of Russia's neophyte capitalist economy.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 12, 2003
4/4 93% La Nana (The Maid) (2009) A deserved prizewinner at Sundance, Saavedra seems to age 25 years and then drop 35 in the space of an hour and a half.‐ Washington Post
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4.5/5 93% Transsiberian (2008) A queasy-making train thriller directed with vibrant visual panache by Brad Anderson.‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2008
3.5/4 75% War of the Worlds (2005) War of the Worlds reinvigorates the pulse-racing thrill and unalloyed paranoia of vintage '50s sci-fi.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 28, 2005
3.5/4 83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) This is Burton in the winking mode and full-tilt visual extravagance of his three best movies: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 14, 2005
3.5/4 78% Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) (2005) Kechiche extracts breathtakingly disciplined performances from all of his first-time actors, and truly magical ones from Forestier as the prematurely full-blown diva Lydia and Sabrina Ouazani as Frida, her motor-mouthed partner in theatrical crime.‐ Newsday
Posted Aug 31, 2005
3.5/4 83% The Constant Gardener (2005) It is comforting to know that, in his tireless commitment to doing Chekhov and Ibsen on the London stage, Fiennes hasn't forgotten how to be a movie star.‐ Newsday
Posted Aug 31, 2005
3.5/4 93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) Photographed in a rough-hewn, French New Wave style befitting its alienated characters, The Squid and the Whale significantly fulfills the promise of Baumbach's 1995 debut feature Kicking and Screaming.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 6, 2005
3.5/4 85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Hard-boiled dialogue and drop-dead attitude rarely hit their target as hilariously as they do in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 20, 2005
3.5/4 60% Shopgirl (2005) Wise and scrupulously honest.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 20, 2005