Top 5 movies
By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 28, 2002
- 1. Solaris -- Director Steven Soderbergh raises fascinating questions about fate and mortality in a film so well-conceived that his lack of answers isn't frustrating. George Clooney delivers his best performance to date as a space traveler with heavy emotional baggage.
- 2. Bowling for Columbine -- America's best cinematic muckraker, Michael Moore, takes aim at the nation's passion for gun ownership and its tragic knack for using them badly. Moore isn't always a straight shooter, but his film is a provocative starting point for debate.
- 3. Die Another Day -- James Bond returns for his 20th "official" film adventure, recapturing the gritty violence and controlled humor of Sean Connery's reign. Pierce Brosnan now can be seriously considered in the same class.
- 4. Far from Heaven -- Those Technicolor tearjerkers of the 1950s are recalled by director Todd Haynes. Julianne Moore plays a housewife of that era coping with the fact her husband (Dennis Quaid) is gay.
- 5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets -- The second film adventure of J.K. Rowling's literary wizard is scarier, louder and longer than the first. Potterphiles won't mind at all. Harry and his friends chase a monster terrorizing Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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