The Truman Show
review: My pick for Jim Carrey's best movie, his first big stab at being dramatic while retaining his crucial whimsical appeal in a story that takes an immersive look at the human condition.
American History X
review: Edward Norton's best movie is a deep look at race relations, at their worst, and how to make things better. Continually relevant, alas.
The Mask of Zorro
review: A perfect escapist adventure with a perfect cast.
What Dreams May Come
review: A truly awe-inspiring journey into the afterlife with Robin Williams.
Out of Sight
review: George Clooney's effortless cool in its best spotlight.
Shakespeare in Love
review: Very nearly worthy of the Bard himself.
Star Trek: Insurrection
review: A movie that rises above its shortcomings with some fascinating insights into franchise lore.
There's Something About Mary
review: This would be perfect, except for the fact that it kind of ages.
review: An excellent sendup of stuffy British spy stories.
review: A great cast makes up for the fact that the reason Samuel L. Jackson is besieged takes a backseat to thrill of watching him get out of it.
review: Robin Williams almost seems lost trying to inhabit a real person, but it's still an inspiring story.
Lethal Weapon 4
review: From my experience with this franchise, it's my favorite entry, with Mel Gibson obviously having the time of his life.
review: Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are a classic combination.
Saving Private Ryan
review: Sprawling but mesmerizing look at American soldiers in WWII Europe.
Meet Joe Black
review: Hugely underrated Brad Pitt drama that explores the ramifications of death.
review: My personal favorite Crazy Nicholas Cage Movie.
review: Thanks to my sister, this sort of became my favorite '90s Disney animated flick.
review: A first taste of Cate Blanchett at epic scale.
review: Kenneth Branagh as Woody Allen is a natural fit.
The Thin Red Line
review: Terrence Malick's poetic meditation of WWII is a brooding revelation.
Lost in Space
review: Fun family stab at sci-fi storytelling.
The Odd Couple II
review: The last Lemmon/Matthieu goes for broke with extremely broad strokes but is still well worth watching.
The Big Lebowski
review: The Dude abides, but he also kind of meanders through a madcap landscape.
review: It was probably a mistake to recalibrate this Clinton satire into Clinton hero worship.
review: M. Night Shyamalan's first movie plays with kid gloves pretty literally.
review: The contrast between the past and present is pretty on-the-nose but looks really pretty.
Blues Brothers 2000
review: Hey, if it's just an excuse to pump out some extra great blues tunes, I think it was worth it.
review: Maybe doesn't break any new ground in the gambling genre, but the cast makes up for it.
review: An excellent look at the birth of Pakistan, but otherwise doesn't really distinguish itself.
review: A serviceable Stephen King adaptation, but kind of doesn't live up to the standards of his dramas.
review: enjoyable for what it is, but it's still what it is.
Return to Paradise
review: A somewhat overwrought attempt to introduce a new generation of serious actors.
review: In hindsight this looks like it wanted to recapture the magic of the Mission: Impossible reboot from two years earlier, but couldn't.
A Night at the Roxbury
review: Idiot fun, but not nearly to the standards of Will Ferrell's later film career.
review: If Jim Carrey had served as anything but narrator, this could have been something other than melodrama.
The Big Hit
review: Harmless action fun.
A Bug's Life
review: To my mind, instantly revealed the extent to the Pixar formula.
review: To my mind, instantly revealed the extent of Adam Sandler's ability to create distinctive character personas.