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Rita Kempley

Rita Kempley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Adroitly directed by Jonathan Demme, it lurks about the exquisite edge of horror, before finally leaping into an unholy maw of bloody bones and self-awareness.‐ Washington Post
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5/5 90% Barton Fink (1991) A triumph for the offbeat, grimly funny brothers, it reveals in its mythic fashion the vagaries of the creative process that plague every artist.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 94% Howards End (1992) Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.‐ Washington Post
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5/5 95% The Remains of the Day (1993) There is not a false note in the movie.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope ... a dream come true.‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 19, 2001
5/5 96% Sling Blade (1996) A masterpiece of Southern storytelling.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 8, 2002
4.5/5 84% Thelma & Louise (1991) An exhilarating vehicle for Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, it spins its wheels in a giddy sort of way, then puts the pedal to the mettle, lays rubber and fairly takes wing.‐ Washington Post
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4.5/5 88% Malcolm X (1992) A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4.5/5 90% The Shawshank Redemption (1994) It's a devoutly old-fashioned, spiritually uplifting prison drama about two lifers who must break their emotional shackles before they can finally become free men.‐ Washington Post
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4.5/5 91% Go (1999) A furiously paced, perversely entertaining Pulp Fiction for puppies!‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4.5/5 96% With a Friend like Harry... (2001) All of the actors are persuasive.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2001
4.5/5 90% Divided We Fall (2001) Whether they act with cowardice or courage, the characters are invariably complex.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2001
4.5/5 85% The Closet (Le Placard) (2001) A tour de farce from France's funniest filmmaker, Francis Veber.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2001
4.5/5 82% The Deep End (2001) Superbly acted, strangely moving.‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 17, 2001
4.5/5 83% L.I.E. (2001) Gripping, troubling, and deftly acted.‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2001
4.5/5 66% Spy Game (2001) A taut, timely and intelligent thriller with cloak-and-swaggering performances from Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2001
4.5/5 90% Lantana (2002) A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 3, 2002
4/5 72% Romeo + Juliet (1996) Traditionalists are sure to despise the psychedelic tunes and the flashy sets of this audacious adaptation.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/5 45% The Caveman's Valentine (2001) Intriguing, visually startling.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2001
4/5 88% Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman) (2001) An episodic drama rich in sly humor and symbolic imagery.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2001
4/5 96% The Dish (2001) A feel-good movie that re-creates a time and place with gentle humor and a reminder that the Aussies have the right stuff, too.‐ Washington Post
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4/5 93% Startup.com (2001) Astute and entertaining.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2001
4/5 100% The Taste of Others (Le goût des autres) (2000) A worldly-wise, compassionate and charmingly acted Gallic comedy.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2001
4/5 83% The Others (2001) A tantalizing spine-tingler.‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 14, 2001
4/5 49% Hearts in Atlantis (2001) A precious respite from the postmodern era and all that it entails.‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 28, 2001
4/5 65% Big Eden (2001) Echoes the mellow sensibilities of the TV series Northern Exposure.‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 16, 2001
4/5 56% Sidewalks of New York (2001) None of us comes away any the wiser about love and sex and stuff.‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2001
4/5 95% The Endurance (2001) An engrossing chronicle of the legendary voyage.‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 30, 2001
4/5 80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) Chock-full of quotable lines and silly surprises.‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 21, 2001
4/5 64% Bandits (2001) It's just about impossible not to fall for the ingratiating trio, especially Thornton's Terry.‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
4/5 44% Planet of the Apes (2001) Splendidly envisioned and boldly executed.‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
4/5 82% Ocean's Eleven (2001) Fun-loving, carefully crafted romp.‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 6, 2002
4/5 81% Liar Liar (1997) Like Robin Williams, Carrey has learned to do his side-splitting shtick in character. He's not only under control, but funnier than ever as the truth-impaired Fletcher Reede.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2003
70% An American Tail (1986) A bright-eyed tale of Jewish triumphs that will find a place in many young hearts.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
73% Apartment Zero (1989) It gets your attention, makes you laugh and passes the time for a while.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
84% Beetlejuice (1988) Not since Ghostbusters have the spirits been so uplifting.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) A relative of Hannah and Her Sisters in its duplex structure and of The Purple Rose of Cairo in its bitter theme, Crimes is two movies in one, a blend of Allen's satiric and pretentious dramatic styles.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
78% Cry Freedom (1987) Biko was unflappable, logical and witty in life, and Washington conveys that solidity onscreen.‐ Washington Post
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84% Dead Poets Society (1989) It's a literate though strained uplifter, a not altogether compatible coupleting of Rocky Balboa and the Bard.‐ Washington Post
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90% Down by Law (1986) Pure pleasure for comedy connoisseurs.‐ Washington Post
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51% Dragnet (1987) Yes, it is lowbrow and sophomoric. What you'd call dumb-de-dumb-dumb fun.‐ Washington Post
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81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) The story holds a potential for sap that is mostly unfulfilled thanks to Beresford's stately approach, the stars' better judgment and the protagonists' sharp wits.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) The Fabulous Baker Boys is like a beloved movie from the glory days of Hollywood. It transports you. It's an American rhapsody.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) It's a deliciously dishy comedy, but like sushi an acquired taste.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
74% The Fourth Protocol (1987) An engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of the bestselling spy thriller by Frederick Forsyth. n engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of the bestselling spy thriller by Frederick Forsyth.‐ Washington Post
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91% Full Metal Jacket (1987) Full Metal Jacket, ice and wildfire, order and chaos, is intellectual war, hard thought.‐ Washington Post
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93% Heathers (1988) More than just one of the best movies so far this year, it is a revolution in young-adult entertainment.‐ Washington Post
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75% Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Though it relies on special effects, this cutie-pie caper never loses sight of the protagonists amid the bigger-than-life Cheerios and 40-foot blades of grass.‐ Washington Post
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89% Hoosiers (1986) Even though we've seen it all before, Hoosiers scores big by staying small.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
68% In Country (1989) Though Bruce Willis has top billing as a troubled Vietnam veteran, British whizbang Emily Lloyd virtually squeezes him off the screen as his live-in niece, whose soldier father died before she was born.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000