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Spanning parts of 1998, 1999 and 2000, I reviewed seventy movies in sixty-seven movie columns for The Daily Commercial.  If you like what you see, syndication could bring me out of retirement:)...

As I said in my "Movie Man Moving On" column (on my "Meet Bill Miller" page), it all started in July of 1998 with "The Truman Show," and stopped in 2000 with "Girl, Interrupted" (please, no Freudian theories as to why "Girl, Interrupted" was my last:).

"The Truman Show" was supposed to be practice, but it wound up in print.  From first to last, a style emerged and evolved.  I tried to do each movie justice, i.e. matching the quality of my review to the quality of the movie.  

Dressed up to celebrate "A Year in Review"

My goal was to write a review that would give the reader a taste of the movie, an accurate flavor, and enough information so they could determine if it might be something they would like to see.  How well I did is up to you:)...

UPDATE 6/23/05: The list here is complete, but at the rate I'm going, I might not ever finish getting the actual reviews on here!  Just e-mail me if you want one that's listed but not linked... thanks!


Here's my humble (and not-so-humble:) opinion on seventy of Hollywood's finest (and not-so-finest:)...

1 - The Truman Show (Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris; Rated PG-13)

2 - Armageddon (Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, and Liv Tyler; Rated PG-13)

3 - Lethal Weapon 4 (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Chris Rock, Rene Russo, and Joe Pesci; Rated R)

4 - Saving Private Ryan (Tom Hanks and Matt Damon; directed by Steven Spielberg; Rated R)

5 - Ever After (Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, and Angelica Huston; Rated PG-13)

6 - Snake Eyes (Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, and Carla Gugino; Rated R)

7 - Dance with Me (Vanessa Williams, Kris Kristofferson, and Chayanne; Rated PG)

8 - How Stella Got Her Groove Back (Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg; Rated PG-13)

9 - ROUNDERS (Edward Norton, Matt Damon, Gretchen Mol, and John Malkovich; Rated R)

10 - There's Something about Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, and Matt Dillon; Rated R)

11 - Simon Birch (Oliver Platt, Ashley Judd, and Ian Michael Smith; Rated PG)

12 - What Dreams May Come (Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra, Cuba Gooding Jr.; Rated PG-13)

13 - Beloved (Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton; Rated R)

14 - Pleasantville (Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire, Joan Allen, and Jeff Daniels; Rated PG-13)

15 - Practical Magic (Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, and Stockard Channing; Rated PG-13)

16 - The Siege (Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening, and Tony Shalhoub; Rated R)

17 - The WaterBoy (Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, and Rob Schneider; Rated PG-13)

18 - Meet Joe Black (Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, and Claire Forlani; Rated PG-13)

19 - A Bug's Life (Voices of Kevin Spacey, David Hyde Pierce, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Rated G)

20 - Psycho (Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Anne Heche, and William H. Macy; Rated R)

21 - Jack Frost (Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston; Rated PG)

22 - You've Got Mail (Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan; Rated PG)

23 - Patch Adams (Robin Williams, Monica Potter; Rated PG-13)

24 - STEPMOM (Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris; Rated PG-13)

25 - A Civil Action (John Travolta, Robert Duvall, John Lithgow, and William H. Macy; Rated PG-13)

26 - At First Sight (Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis, and Nathan Lane; Rated PG-13)

27 - Varsity Blues (James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Amy Smart, Ali Larter; Rated R)

28 - She's All That (Rachel Leigh Cook, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Kevin Pollack; Rated PG-13)

29 - Saving Private Ryan (Tom Hanks and Matt Damon; directed by Steven Spielberg; Rated R)

30 - Message in a Bottle (Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, and Paul Newman; Rated PG-13)

31 - Shakespeare in Love (Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, and Judi Dench; Rated R)

32 - Rushmore (Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Olivia Williams; Rated R)

33 - The Other Sister (Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Diane Keaton, Tom Skerritt; Rated PG-13)

34 - Analyze This (Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, and Lisa Kudrow; Rated R)

35 - The Deep End of the Ocean (Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg; Rated PG-13)

36 - True Crime -  (Clint Eastwood, James Woods, and Dennis Leary; Rated R)

37 - EdTV (Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, and Woody Harrelson; Rated PG-13)

38 - The Matrix (Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne; Rated R)

39 - Never Been Kissed (Drew Barrymore, Michael Vartan, and David Arquette; Rated PG-13)

40 - Pushing Tin (John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie; Rated R)

41 - ENTRAPMENT (Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Ving Rhames; Rated R)

42 - THE MUMMY (Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Arnold Vosloo; Rated PG-13)

43 - STAR WARS - Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Liam Neeson & Natalie Portman; Rated PG)

44 - NOTTING HILL (Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, and Rhys Ifans; Rated PG-13)

45 - INSTINCT (Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Maura Tierney; Rated R)

46 - AUSTIN POWERS - The Spy Who Shagged Me (Mike Myers & Heather Graham; Rated PG-13)

47 - Combined Column (The General's Daughter; South Park; The Summer of Sam; Big Daddy)

48 - American Pie (Jason Biggs, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth, and Mena Suvari; Rated R)

49 - Eyes Wide Shut (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; directed by Stanley Kubrick; Rated R)

50 - The Haunting (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson, and Owen Wilson; Rated PG-13)

51 - Runaway Bride (Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack, and Hector Elizondo; Rated PG-13)

52 - Bowfinger (Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., and Heather Graham; Rated PG-13)

53 - The Sixth Sense (Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment; Rated PG-13)

54 - THE 13TH WARRIOR (Antonio Banderas, Omar Sharif, and Dennis Storhøi; Rated R)

55 - For Love of the Game (Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, and John C. Reilly; Rated PG-13)

56 - Mumford (Loren Dean, Hope Davis, Jason Lee, and Alfre Woodard; Rated R)

57 - American Beauty (Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, Wes Bentley, and Mena Suvari; Rated R)

58 - Bringing Out the Dead (Nicholas Cage, Patricia Arquette, and Ving Rhames; Rated R)

59 - Music of the Heart (Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Angela Bassett, and Gloria Estefan; Rated PG)

60 - The Bachelor (Chris O'Donnell, Renée Zellweger, and Brooke Shields; Rated PG-13)

61 - Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Ian McDiarmid, and Jeffrey Jones; Rated R)

62 - Toy Story 2 (The voices of: Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger; Rated G)

63 - The Green Mile (Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell; Rated R)

64 - Stuart Little (Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki; voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane; Rated PG)

65 - ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, and Cameron Diaz; Rated R)

66 - The Talented Mr. Ripley (Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law, Rated R)

67 - Girl, Interrupted (Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg; Rated R)

I will eventually (hopefully:) have all the reviews available here, but if you want to see one of the above (that isn't currently linked to its own page, just e-mail me:)...


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