Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The Aristocrats (2005)
"Provenza and Jillette are too close to the subject. They think it is far more amusing than it is and worth far more time than it does."
The Tingler (1959)
The Skeleton Key (2005)
"The best thing about The Skeleton Key is that it is not a remake of a recent Japanese horror film. The second best thing is that it is pretty scary."
Must Love Dogs (2005)
"Writer-director Gary David Goldberg relies so much on the predetermined beats of sitcom writing that Must Love Dogs is too stiff to qualify as lightweight."
The Island (2005)
"It is never flat-out awful."
Bad News Bears (2005)
"The film equivalent of a tribute band."
Out to Sea (1997)
"Murderball opens our eyes to many things, but the greatest is that handicapped people don't have to be silent to inspire us."
Wedding Crashers (2005)
"Vaughn and Wilson could do cold readings of Sylvia Plath poems and make them sound hilarious."
"Depp's one-joke performance makes the film a confection with a hollow center."
Fantastic Four (2005)
"A more accurate title would have been "The Fantastic Two and the Other Two, Not So Much.""
Moll Flanders (1996)
Deep Blue (2005)
"British filmmakers Andy Byatt and Alstair Fothergill don't try to teach us much; they just ask us to look at pretty fish."
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
War of the Worlds (2005)
"May be the most efficiently built engine of escalating terror you will ever encounter. But Spielberg's technique serves no purpose this time except the visceral."
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
"Rises above Ephron's usual banality."
Land of the Dead (2005)
"The most shocking thing about Land of the Dead is not the vivid dismemberments but how boldly Romero holds a macabre mirror up to post-9/11 America."
Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)
"A fun, silly family movie that, like its star, has more under its hood than expected."
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Kenny & Co. (1976)
"Kenny & Company may be the most genuine American film about childhood."
The Perfect Man (2005)
"Take away the giggling, pop songs and pink scenery and you have a story as mean-spirited as The Sweet Smell of Success."
Batman Begins (2005)
"Nolan and Goyer go beyond the studio's call and treat Batman as a flesh-and-blood character, not a marketing concept."
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
"Gets some kicks out of smashing elements of romantic comedy into the staples of the spy movie."
Howl's Moving Castle (2005)
"Miyazaki doesn't push children down a familiar path. He takes off the training wheels and dares to ask young viewers to imagine alongside him."
"So technically flawed it is nearly unwatchable. Audiences would be justified in filing a class-action suit against the studio."
The Honeymooners (2005)
"Cedric the Entertainer is a funny man, but he isn't Jackie Gleason, and anyone who isn't Jackie Gleason has no business playing Ralph Kramden."
Cinderella Man (2005)
"Not matter how hard the script tries to turn Braddock into a symbol of American perseverance, Crowe never portrays him as anything more than a human being."
"DreamWorks set the bar awfully low last fall with Shark Tale, but like a limbo champion it slips lower still with Madagascar."
The Longest Yard (2005)
"Thirty years later Reynolds still looks fit to play the lead; Sandler still looks like a water boy."
All I Want for Christmas (1991)
The Wild Geese (1978)
Bob Roberts (1992)
Layer Cake (2005)
"It's hard to remember an American gangster film that has been as brazenly entertaining as Layer Cake. "
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
"Like the best practitioners of its subject, Mad Hot Ballroom entrances while following a rigid set of steps."
"As he brings his beginning to an end, George Lucas finally produces a second-generation Star Wars adventure worthy of the originals. "
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Judge Dredd (1995)
"If Mindhunters weren't so repellant, Kathryn Morris' performance might have been her career breakthrough."
Kicking & Screaming (2005)
"Once Phil's repressed indignities emerge as a caffeine-fueled rage that makes Ditka tremble, Kicking & Screaming shoves Ferrell into the wacky-land where he excels."
"Even when Lopez and Fonda share the same scene, as they often do, they are in different movies."
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
"Unfortunately, you don't have to see Kindgom of Heaven to learn how it ends. You just have to turn on CNN."
House of Wax (2005)
"House of Wax is not a remake of the 1953 Vincent Price movie with the same title. Rather, it is the umpty-third version of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre."
The African Queen (1951)