The year 2002 brought forth a major lineup of blockbuster hits, many of which broke or tied box-office records:  Spider-Man, Star Wars:  Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Red Dragon, The Ring, and Lilo & Stitch--among others. 

We delved deep into the Crosswalk movie review archives and compiled the best reviews of the year for your reading enjoyment.  So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy movie reviewer Holly McClure's comments on each selection (listed in no particular order).  If you want to read more, just click on the link for the full review of each movie. 



About a Boy
Rating:
  PG-13
Actors:  Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult
Director: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Comments:  About a Boy is extremely well-written, balancing comedy and drama. The amazing screenplay by Paul and Chris Weitz (American Pie) is clever, witty and very funny, but also full of realistic dialogue and circumstances.  Grant, Hoult and Collette manage to tap into real human emotions.  It's refreshing to hear adult dialogue that's intelligent, funny, profound and deeply moving.  There are serious moments (Will's brief remembrance of his deceased dad, Marcus seeing his mother after a suicide attempt), but the lighthearted, funny moments far outweigh them.
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Minority Report
Rating:  PG-13
Actors:  Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max Von Sydow
Director:  Steven Spielberg
Comments:  Producer/director Steven Spielberg has done it again with an incredible action detective thriller that propels the audience into a future filled with exciting technology and detailed special effects that go beyond anything you've seen before.  What is the minority report?  It's the only check-and-balance in the "fail-proof" pre-crime system.  Where is it?  That's the part that makes the story interesting.  Cruise plays a devastated dad who lost a son to a kidnapping that could have been prevented had pre-crime been in place.  He perfectly captures the grieving and guilt-ridden husband who drowns his sorrows with illegal painkillers, stays away from a wife he still loves and loses himself in his work.
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Rating:  PG
Actors:  Nia Vardalos, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, John Corbett
Director:  Joel Zwick
Comments:  This is a chick flick, but men will enjoy the father's subtle sarcasm, his obsession with Windex (his cure for everything), his culturally chauvinistic statements and his biased comments about the Greek's influence on our culture.  Women will enjoy the whole thing, especially if they're single and over 30!
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