All false truths and historical inaccuracies aside, The DaVinci Code is a well-made and fast-paced thriller that will certainly be remembered (if not only for the controversy it caused). Concerning the controversial nature of the plot, I think it's important to keep in mind what Roger Ebert said: "Yes, the plot is absurd, but then most movie plots are absurd. That's what we pay to see." If you take it as pure entertainment, the film is an enjoyable and exciting (not to mention arguably classic) adventure.
A truly epic film. The English Patient seamlessly blends together two interwoven storylines that take place in separate timeframes. The romance between the two leads (Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas) is wonderfully believable; they both bring a fascinating depth to their respective characters, and the interactions they have with each other. The locations are breathtaking; the desert is shown to be beautifully barren, and full of a complexity which manifests itself in the triumphs and trials of the main characters. Although the film's plot is slow, it's done so in a deliberate, gentle manner; it moves steadily enough for the viewer to connect with the characters.
Dismissed by many as just a convoluted and slimy shocker, this is one of John Carpenter's best films (still not available on Region 2 DVD!)and amost 15 years later it's even more relevant than it was in 1995. Imagine if Stephen King or Dean Koontz or James Herbert books started driving the readers crazy and that the author had gone missing. What if you wrere a private-investigater hired by the author's desperate agent to seek him out and find out what the hell was going on. And what if you found him in a strange and spooky vilage in the middle of nowhere and the villigers were all mad? shake up that mix with loads of H P Lovecraft, Sam Neill as the sceptical p.i. and blend it with some pre-apocalyptic imagery and you have an intelligent horror movie that when viewed in this post 9/11 era is actually quite disturbing.