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The Year of Mel Gibson and Michael Moorenew

Was this really the year when the two most significant movies -- though hardly the best -- were a pious Biblical epic and a caterwauling political broadside? Yep, it was.
INDY Week  |  Godfrey Cheshire  |  01-07-2005  |  Reviews

Few 'Sideways' Glancesnew

The critics' No. 1 choice turned out to be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marjorie Baumgarten, Steve Davis, Kimberley Jones and Marc Savlov  |  01-06-2005  |  Reviews

2004 Was a Good Year in Theaters and for DVDsnew

Because of some high-quality DVD releases, a person could have had a very good movie year in 2004 without ever setting foot in a movie theater.
Chico News & Review  |  Juan-Carlos Selznick  |  01-04-2005  |  Movies

Top 10 List Recognizes Good Storytellingnew

Truth turned out to be less compelling than pure inventiveness in 2004, which explains the critic's No. 1 choice, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  01-03-2005  |  Reviews

The Worst of Times vs. the Best of Timesnew

A reviewer who found this year's films uninspiring debates with a colleague who asserts it's been an incredible year for movies.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman and Felicia Feaster  |  12-30-2004  |  Profiles & Interviews

From the Bamboo Grove to W(h)ine Countrynew

The best of 2004 came from all over the cinematic map: foreign films, American independents, and, yes, some big-budget mainstream efforts.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  12-29-2004  |  Reviews

Eternal Sunshine Brightens a Dark Year for Moviesnew

Nine of Michael Atkinson's Top 10 hobbled at the box office in a year he calls the worst for movies since 1981.
The Village Voice  |  Michael Atkinson  |  12-29-2004  |  Reviews

Huckabees Is Film Critic's Top Choicenew

I (Heart) Huckabees, David O. Russell's blithely profound mishmash of screwball Sartre and zany Zen, tops Dennis Lim's list. He calls it "a furiously depressed howl of liberal-left impotence that somehow lands on a grace note of provisional optimism."
The Village Voice  |  Dennis Lim  |  12-29-2004  |  Reviews

Underground Movie Is No. 1 on Critic's Top 10 Listnew

Ken Jacobs' Star Spangled to Death, a vast, ironic pageant of 20th-century American history, is the ultimate underground movie, says J. Hoberman, who chooses it as the best film of 2004.
The Village Voice  |  J. Hoberman  |  12-29-2004  |  Reviews

New American Romanticism Wins Hearts of Alt Criticsnew

Before Sunset, directed by Richard Linklater, was the decisive winner of the 2004 poll of alternative press film critics, as the new American romanticism bucked electoral disaster.
The Village Voice  |  J. Hoberman  |  12-29-2004  |  Movies

Critics' Poll of Best Films of 2004new

Before Sunset was ranked the top film of 2004 in Village Voice's film critics' poll. It was mentioned by 49 judges. Films are ranked from 1 to 139.
The Village Voice  |  Staff Writers  |  12-29-2004  |  Movies

The Top 10 in a Year of Solid Filmmakingnew

While there were no real masterpieces in 2004, there were enough solid films to make two serviceable top-10 lists of equal value.
Gambit  |  David Lee Simmons  |  12-28-2004  |  Reviews

Celebrating the Underhyped Movies of 2004new

Plenty of fine films opened to little or no fanfare this year. New Times reviewers pick their favorite movies that didn't draw the adulation they deserved.
The Pitch  |  Bill Gallo, Melissa Levine, Jean Oppenheimer, Luke Y. Thompson and Robert Wilonsky  |  12-27-2004  |  Reviews

Small Movies Came Up Big in 2004new

New Times critics pick as their top film of the year Alexander Payne's Sideways, which juxtaposes a wine freak's brittle angst with his friend's doofy recklessness.
The Pitch  |  Bill Gallo, Melissa Levine, Jean Oppenheimer, Luke Y. Thompson and Robert Wilonsky  |  12-27-2004  |  Reviews

The Best 10 Movies of 2004new

2004 was not an especially great year for movies, but here are 10 that stand out above the rest.
Jackson Free Press  |  Paul Dearing  |  12-23-2004  |  Reviews

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