11 May 2004

The Patriot (2000)

This is an archive of one of the earliest Looking Closer reviews. I keep it as a souvenir of the early days (although I hope I’ve learned a thing or two about writing since then). • The Patriot is an ambitious epic, exhausting more for the emotional toll than for its

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11 May 2004

Max (2002)

[This review was first published on the original Looking Closer website on May 12, 2003.] – Noah Taylor is best known for his charming lead role in the romantic comedy Flirting, and more recently made memorable marks on Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky. Now he’s starring as the most notorious

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11 May 2004

The End of the Affair (1999)

[This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in 1999.] – The End of the Affair takes us back to London in wartime. There, we’re told a story in which the echoes of air raid bombings leave scars on history and hearts. At first, it might sound

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11 May 2004

The Rookie (2002)

I’m not much of a baseball fan. I’m not much of a Disney fan. But The Rookie surprised me. Not only is it the best Rated-G movie for grownups since The Straight Story… it boasts what will be remembered as one of the best performances of the year. Dennis Quaid

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