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101 Reykjavik (2000)

Comedy of sexual confusion, revolving around an Icelandic couch potato who has a New Year's Eve fling with his mother's lesbian lover ("I never cheated on my mother before"). That partner, a Spanish flamenco dancer, turns up pregnant at the same time as the potato's unwanted girlfriend. Tart, earthy, thick-skinned, ... (NR)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

102 Dalmatians (2000)

Plus assorted other breeds, plus one loquacious parrot, plus a rehabilitated (not for long) Cruella De Vil ("Please, call me Ella"). A higgledy-piggledy incoherent mess, busy enough and loud enough to distract the little ones, and dismay the bigger. Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Evans, Gerard Depardieu; directed by Kevin ... (G)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

28 Days (2000)

Four weeks in rehab: laughs, tears, quips, platitudes, and Sandra Bullock. Or Sandra Bully, for all the chance that anyone else has. Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Steve Buscemi, Elizabeth Perkins; directed by Betty Thomas. (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Adventures in Wild California IMAX (2000)

You know where it'd be cool to live? California! They do fun stuff there! (NR)

None stars

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)

We already knew that Jay Ward's Rocky and His Friends was the hip kids' show of the Sixties. Now we know that screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan and director Des McAnuff knew it, too. But knowing it and being it are two different things. The mumbo-jumbo that permits the three inept villains ... (PG)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Alice and Martin (2000)

Scowlingly serious French film -- as the shot of carrion crows picking at the spilled entrails of a woodland creature soon makes plain. Or as the name of director André Téchiné had made plain beforehand. For all his soberness and somberness, Téchiné has put together an odd and colorful patchwork ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

All the Pretty Horses (2000)

From the Cormac McCarthy novel, a post-WWII cowboy movie, not quite a purebred Western, a little like The Hi-Lo Country. A little (including in that scope the scrumptious Penelope Cruz), but not a lot. And it is, whatever its constitution, more than director Billy Bob Thornton can chew. The opening ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Almost Famous (2000)

Cameron Crowe's most "personal" film to date, a nostalgia trip into the rock-and-roll scene of the early Seventies. The names have been changed, to cover up, perhaps, for revisions or lapses of memory, and for ingrained tendencies to sanitize and whitewash. The fifteen-year-old free-lance rock journalist -- Crowe's stand-in -- ... (R)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

American Pimp (2000)

Rough and raw documentary by the Hughes brothers, Allen and Albert: rough and raw in treatment as much as in subject. And highly educational, too, though it fails to provide a full answer to the innocent question of why pimps are necessary. The names of the garrulous participants are an ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

American Psycho (2000)

Knocking-kneed adaptation of the "controversial" novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Director and co-scriptwriter Mary Harron, keeping the story in the Reagan era (mobile phones as big as shoes), or in other words keeping it daintily at arm's length, wants to be double-sure that you know it's a satire -- as ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Amores Perros (2000)

The Traffic route to "complexity": three interlocked storylines under one umbrella. All of them, set alike in Mexico City, have to do with one kind or another of love, and all of them involve dogs and varying degrees of cruelty thereto. The one point of intersection shared by all three ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Art of War (2000)

Lush, loud, furious, preposterous espionage thriller, something to do with a pending Chinese Trade Agreement and ongoing attempts to scuttle it. The too-much-too-soon opening is as indigestible as any recent James Bond pre-credits sequence. But Wesley Snipes, although incontestably a superspy, is at least not supercilious about it. And there ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Autumn in New York (2000)

Joan Chen's worlds-apart followup to her first film, Xiu Xiu, the Sent-Down Girl, brings together Richard Gere and Winona Ryder as the perfect couple: he'll never grow up, and she'll never grow old. (Peter Pan Complex and heart condition, respectively.) A cure is possible, for either or both, but not ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000)

A daughter's documentary on her elusive and unavailable father, Ramblin' Jack Elliott (the descriptive adjective, we learn, refers as much to tongue-looseness as to footlooseness), born Elliott Charles Adnopoz in 1931, son of a middle-class Jewish doctor in Brooklyn, teenage runaway, self-made cowboy, protégé of Woody Guthrie, precursor of Bob ... (PG-13)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Bamboozled (2000)

Spike Lee, in confrontational mode, serves up a new generation's Putney Swope, the blaxploitation-era satire by Robert Downey (Jr.'s father) about a black takeover of a Madison Avenue ad agency. The comparable premise here concerns a prissy Harvard-educated African-American TV executive (Damon Wayans), under pressure from his blacker-than-thou white boss ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

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