MIM's Maoist Movie reviews

Maoist Internationalist Movement

Here are some full movie reviews and more than 100 capsule reviews. Most of the capsule reviews are condensed from MIM Notes. The full text of other reviews may be available in the MIM Notes archive on this site. Movie reviews are a great way to comment on popular culture, and all the things that come up in the movies, from crime and sex and war, to political struggles, history, documentary materials, and so on.

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Full Reviews

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
Ali (2002)
All in the Family (1970s TV sitcom)
Angola: The Farm
Animatrix (2003)
Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Aviator (2004)
Eisenstein's "The Battleship Potemkin" Buy "Battleship"!
Big Fish (2003)
Black and Gold (1999)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Blade
Blade Runner (1992)
Bloody Sunday (2002)
The Blue Kite
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
A Bug's Life
Burned by the Sun (1994)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Chicago (2002)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
A Civil Action
Cold Mountain (2003)
Collateral (2004)
Commandos (1968)
Conan: The Barbarian (1981) and Conan: The Destroyer (1984)
The Conformist (1970)
The Corporation (2004)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana
Dune (1984, 2000)
Edges of the Lord (2001)
Election
Elephant (2003)
Enemy of the State
Escape from Sobibor (1987)
Fahrenheit 911 (2004)
Farmingville (2004)
Finding Neverland (2005)
Fog of War (2003)
Gattaca (1997)
Gladiator (1999)
Go
The Golf War
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
The Grudge (2004)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Higher Learning
Hitch (2005)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Interpreter (2005)
Ivan the Terrible (1944)
Joan of Arc (1999)
Kinsey (2004)
Kundun
La Chinoise (1967)
La Commune (2001)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2003)
Le Vent d'Est (1969)
Life and Debt (2001)
Living Utopia (Spanish television documentary on anarchism)
Lord of the Rings (2002)
Return of the King: Lord of the Rings III (2003)
The Machinist (2004)
Mask of Zorro (1998)
The Matrix Buy it!The Matrix - Standard Collector's Edition Buy The Matrix DVD
The Matrix Re-Loaded (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979)
Men in Black (1997)
Men in Black II(2002)
Monster (2003)
Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Moulin Rouge
Mulan
Murder on a Sunday Morning(2001)
Mystic River(2003)
Not One Less
Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
Patch Adams
Path to War (2002)
Patriot (2000)
Pay it Forward (2000)
Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky (2002)
Presumed Guilty(2002)
The Quiet American (2002)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Run (1970)
Running Man (1987)
Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Seven Years in Tibet
Shrek 2 (2004)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Solaris (1972;2002)
Soldier
South Pacific (1958)
Spiderman (2002)
Spider-man 2 (2004)
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Star Wars: Episode II: Clones (2002)
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Super Size Me (2004)
Sympathy for the Devil (1970)
Tales from the Hood(1995)
Tank Girl (1995)
Terminator 3 (2003)
Thirteen Days (2001)
The Thomas Crowne Affair (1999)
To Live
Tout Va Bien (1972)
The Truman Show
Unfaithful (2002)
War and Peace (1956)
Weather Underground (2003)
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Welcome to the Doll House
Whale Rider (2002)
White Noise (2005)
Xena: Warrior Princess (1999)
Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
X-Men: The Legend of Wolverine (1992,2003)
X-Men 2 (2003)
Yes, In My Back Yard
Yol(1982)

Capsule Reviews

Alien3 (1992)
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Analyze This (1998)
The Anarchist Cookbook (2002)
Angola: The Farm (1998)
Bananas (1971)
Barbarian Queen (1985)
Batman Returns (1992)
The Battle of Algiers (1966) Buy it
The Battle of Russia (1943) Buy it
Before the Revolution (1962)
The Big Kahuna (2000)
The Bird Cage (1996)
Blade (1998)
Blade II (2002)
The Blue Kite (1993)
Breaking with Old Ideas (1975)
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2002)
A Bug's Life (1999)
Bullworth (1998)
Burn!(1969) Buy it VHS
Carlito's Way (1993)
Casablanca Express (1989)
Un Chien Andalou (1928)
Children of the Revolution (1997?)
China Cry (Nora Lambe, 1990)
Citizen Kane (1941)
City of Hope(1991)
A Civil Action (1999)
Cold War Killers (1986)
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1990)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
The Crying Game
Daughters of the Dust
Dead Man Walking
Deserter (1933)Buy it VHS
Desperado (1995)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
Election
Enemy of the State (1998)
Falling Down (1993)
The Famine Within (Catherine Gilday, 1993)
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
FBI's War on Black America (1990) Buy it!
Framed: The Story of Geronimo Pratt (Dennis Mueller and Masimo Pillow, 1993)
Go
The Golf War (1999)
The Good Woman of Bangkok (Dennis O'Rourke, 1992)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
Hannibal (2001)
Happy Times (2002)
Harlem Nights (1989)
Hearts and Minds(1974) Buy it! VHS
Higher Learning (1995)
Hoffa (1992)
Homicide (1991)
Inside the CIA: The History(1987) Inside the CIA: Assassinations (1987) Inside the CIA: Subversion (1987) cover
In the Mood for Love (2001)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Incident at Oglala (1992) Buy it; show it!
Independence Day (1996)
Indian Summer (1993)
Jakob the Liar (1999)
James Bond 007: Moonraker (1979)
James Bond 007: For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Kundun: The Amazing Story of the 14th Dalai Lama (1998)
Kurt & Courtney (1997)
Land without Bread (1932)
The Little Thief
Little Vera
Longtime Companion (1990)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, 1992)
The Master Gunfighter (1975)
The Matrix (1999)
Medics of the People
Memento
Menace II Society (1993)
Mermaids (1991)
Missing (1982) Buy it VHS
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Mulan (1998)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
My Own Private Idaho(1991)
Nazarin (1958)
I'm the One that I Want (2000)
One Day in September (1999)
Panama Deception(1992) Buy it VHS
The Paper (1994)
Patch Adams (1999)
Patriot Games (1992)
The Pelican Brief (1994)
A Perfect World (1995)
The Player (1992)
The Powerpuff Girls (2002)
Quiz Show (1994)
Buy Rage Against the Machine: The Battle of Mexico City (2001)
Reds(1981) Buy it VHS: Reds
Reign of Fire (2002)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Rumble in the Bronx (1996)
Runaway Jury (2003)
Running Man (1987)
Rush Hour (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Schindler's List (1993)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Shrek (2001)
Sleepers (1996)
Sliver (1993)
Sneakers (1992)
Soccer Dog (1998)
Soldier (1998)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Starship (1986)
Strictly Ballroom (1993)
Strike (1925)Buy it: VHS
Swept Away (1979)
Sword of Lancelot (1963)
Three of Hearts (1993)
Timecop (1994)
To Live (1994)
Total Recall (1990) cover
Trainspotting (1996)
The Truman Show (1998)
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Unforgiven (1992)
USA on Trial, Parts I and II (1994)
Vietnam: The War at Home(1979) Buy it: VHS cover
Welcome to the Doll House (1996)
Wild At Heart (1990)
A Yank in Libya (1942)
Yes, In My Back Yard (1998)
Z (1969) Buy it VHS

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