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Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Ushpizin (2005) Ushpizin celebrates the miracle of love and the possibility of second chances.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2005
89% Paradise Now (2005) Whatever Abu-Assad's motives were for making Paradise Now, his film isn't about politics. It's about two men.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2005
68% Cape of Good Hope (2005) Mostly manages to feel authentic and uplifting, putting a human face on a complex colonial culture.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
80% Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) This is a wonderful film for the under-five crowd.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2005
97% Spellbound (2002) To his credit, with seat-of-the-pants financing and very little experience, Blitz has managed to make an Oscar-nominated documentary that puts a fresh and decidedly wide-eyed spin on the American Dream.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2003
77% The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999) A real children's film -- not 'family entertainment' -- but the kind of movie three-year-olds will enjoy, especially if they watch Sesame Street.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
59% The Rugrats Movie (1998) Like many children's films, The Rugrats Movie is told from the point of view of a boy who enjoys a wonderful relationship with another boy.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2006
27% Running Free (2000) A delight for the eyes and ears.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% Secret Ballot (2002) In questioning the election process, Payami graphically illustrates the problems of fledgling democracies, but also the strength and sense of freedom the Iranian people already possess, with or without access to the ballot box.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2002
91% Whale Rider (2003) A joyful film, an affirmation of inner wisdom, and an acknowledgment of the enlightened telos Pai so gently manifests.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 17, 2003
94% The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004) This first-ever film in the Mongolian language is a masterpiece, a simply told story of a two-humped Bactrian camel and its calf and the family in whose keeping they thrive.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2004
51% Dance with Me (1998) Sparkles just like an old-fashioned musical--it's beautifully designed and skillfully directed.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2007
88% Turtles Can Fly (2005) Turtles Can Fly is an astonishingly accomplished third feature, the work of a mature and visionary writer-director.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2005
83% Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) (1999) A truly revolutionary film.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2007
75% The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002) An Asian neo-realist treasure.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2002
25% Snow Dogs (2002) Large doses of slapstick humor and Gooding's vitality keep Snow Dogs from slipping into dull 'family entertainment.'‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2002
63% Madeline (1998) Clever production and costume design reflect the simplicity of Bemelmans' drawings, and keep the audience firmly in touch with the author's whimsical sensibilities.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% The Agronomist (2004) Jean and Michèle illustrate, far more eloquently than any concatenation of events, the longstanding travails of Haitians in their impassioned desire for independence.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2004
80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) Hooray for Eliza!‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2002
87% The Color of Paradise (2000) We find what people are made of, and it isn't always comforting.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
39% Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) A riveting experience.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% Baran (2002) Majidi again illustrates, as he has in every one of his feature films ... a remarkable talent for crafting simple human dramas to highlight serious social and economic problems in Iran.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2001
67% Stuart Little (1999) The screenwriters do a great job of balancing the frightening aspects of the story -- night exteriors in Central Park with the warmth and coziness of the Little home.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Autumn Spring (Babí léto) (2003) A guide, a vade mecum, of old age.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2003
72% Happy Times (2002) Zhang makes a powerful statement about modern-day China.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2002
88% Felicia's Journey (1999) Felicia's Journey is the work of a virtuoso.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
73% The Borrowers (1998) A cut above most family entertainment.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2007
50% Mr. Rice's Secret (2000) The filmmakers have created a movie which is didactic, yet not condescending, and inspirational without being corny.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2001
86% The Parent Trap (1998) The filmmaking team creates a sparkling new Parent Trap worthy of an original that featured Hayley Mills and Maureen O'Hara.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% Best in Show (2000) Even the dogs can't steal the show from a cast like this one.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
95% Born Into Brothels (2004) Despite the film's lack of cohesiveness, Briski and Kauffman exhibit a keen eye for images that immediately communicate the dismal existence of those forced to live in the red-light district.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2004
85% The Closet (Le Placard) (2001) It isn't earth-shattering, but, like Veber's film, it disturbs our complacency.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2001
91% Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002) Absorbing for what it reveals about the culture of the Inuit, as well as the practical aspects of their everyday life in the Canadian Arctic.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2002
90% Last Life in the Universe (2004) While Last Life boasts two excellent performances -- Asano and Sinitta -- the real stars are the set and Doyle's cinematography.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2004
59% Skins (2002) Eyre ... portrays contemporary life on the reservation, laying bare the harsh realities of alcoholism, poverty and despair.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 25, 2002
85% Elling (2002) [Næs] directed the stage version of Elling, and gets fine performances from his two leads who originated the characters on stage.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2002
97% One Day in September (1999) Thin on investigative reporting, but thick with emotion.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2001
79% Little Voice (1998) Little Voice is based on Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which premiered in 1992 at the National Theatre in London.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2006
67% Bread and Roses (2001) A collection of small, heroic acts that lead the characters and the audience to a greater knowledge of yet another injustice.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2001
57% A Price Above Rubies (1998) Yakin cleverly introduces elements of magic realism in an otherwise starkly real, modern allegory.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
67% Luminarias (2000) The emotions are genuine, and the touching scenes between Andrea and her son (Fidel Gomez), and the hilarious ones, keep the film moving.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
86% Chunhyangdyun (2000) Sumptuously filmed, riveting tale of star-crossed lovers in 18th-century Korea.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2001
59% Living Out Loud (1998) If you live in Manhattan, you know women like Judith (Holly Hunter), the 40-something, Upper East Side divorce who put her ex-husband through medical school.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2006
89% Men With Guns (1997) [Sayles'] vision remains clearly articulated at every level, whether you approach the film in terms of its narrative structure, its philosophical foundation, or its characterizations.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
56% The Sea Is Watching (2003) [A]delightful and surprisingly feminist film.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
68% Sex Is Comedy (2004) Shakespearean in its complexity, an on-location As You Like It, brilliantly written and cleverly directed.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2004
70% Solomon & Gaenor (2000) A satisfyingly old-fashioned love story.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% The Hanging Garden (1998) What makes The Hanging Garden so unusual is Fitzgerald's classic approach to a portrayal of family life.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
34% World Traveler (2002) At its worst the screenplay is callow, but at its best it is a young artist's thoughtful consideration of fatherhood.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2002
100% The Navigators (2003) Simply the final word on the evils of private industry.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2003