Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The Interpreter (2005)
"The next villain who tortures Keifer Sutherland on 24 can strap him down and force him to watch The Interpreter. "
Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
"What makes Chow unique, perhaps even revolutionary, is that he is the first movie comedian to consistently make hilarious use of digital effects."
" Its greatest fault is that it simply doesn't live up to the reputation - not to mention the radio programs, novels, TV series and text-based computer game - that precedes it."
Dust to Glory (2005)
"Brown features so many drivers in so many classes that we lose track of the players after 10 minutes."
"Someone had the brilliant idea to treat Sahara as a Hope and Crosby "Road" picture pasted onto a James Bond/Indiana Jones plot."
Lord of Illusions (1995)
Heaven's Prisoners (1996)
Fever Pitch (2005)
"The Farrellys deliver something you would never expect from them: blandness."
The Three Ages (1923)
Sin City (2005)
"You know you've gone beyond run-of-the-mill movie violence when you need to use the plural for 'castrations.'"
Beauty Shop (2005)
"Without a real story, even a personality as indomitable as Queen Latifah can carry a movie only so far."
Guess Who (2005)
"Defying the sitcom flippancy imposed upon it, Guess Who lurches into moments of relevance."
"Not a great film, but it is impressively chilling."
"A bigger, gaudier mess than the first movie."
Melinda and Melinda (2005)
"The comic version of Melinda's story is only mildly less somber than the tragic version."
Schultze Gets the Blues (2005)
"Director Michael Schorr finds quiet, unforced hilarity in Schultze's awkward transition to nonconformity."
"Pushes the least interesting relationships to the front and shoves the most interesting ones too the back."
The Upside of Anger (2005)
"This vehicle was designed with Allen in the driver's seat and she roars with it, giving a performance as hilarious as often as it is bitter and tragic."
" Weird, vibrant and charming family film."
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Ice Princess (2005)
"Deals with a surprising number of complexities for a G-rated film. Even if doesn't address all of them satisfactorily, the attempt lifts the film's scores for artistic merit."
The Ring Two (2005)
"Although thoroughly mediocre, The Ring Two does make sense of the first movie."
"The 7-year-old is far and away the smartest character, which is one sign Hostage is an implosion waiting to happen."
"A blast of fun for the whole family, Robots is a clean and precision-tuned entertainment machine."
The Jacket (2005)
"The Jacket relies more on strong acting and humanist philosophy than on the desire to shock that doomed The Butterfly Effect."
Primal Fear (1996)
"Memorable for Edward Norton's chilling debut."
Pillow Talk (1959)
Last of the Dogmen (1995)
"Lost Horizon strangely remade as a modern Western, but at least it's not a musical."
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
"Yes, the celebrity cameos distract, but the film focuses more on Jesus' message than the overated King of Kings If you've never seen it in widescreen, you are missing a revelation."
The Winter Guest (1997)
Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005)
"A movie friendship to haunt our thoughts and inspire our deeds long after the details of the plot have flown from our memories."
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
"Calling this the "Sesame Street" version of the Gospel would be an insult to "Sesame Street.""
Uncle Nino (2003)
"A superior cast and fine, believable performances lift this above an original production you would find on PAX TV."
Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
"Pooh's Heffalump Movie exists to introduce a new character that can be sold as a stuffed animal at Disney Stores."
"Hitch is one of those movies - common in the 1930s but rare today - where we envy how the stars speak so urbanely in everyday conversation"
Alone in the Dark (2005)
"If Ed Wood had the opportunity to fall under MTV's influence, Plan Nine From Outer Space would have looked like Alone in the Dark."
The Wedding Date (2005)
"It's telling that we don't find Messing's character worthy of a male prostitute's love."
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
"A stone-solid thriller."
Are We There Yet? (2005)
"This family comedy is a way for kids to punish their parents for making them eat their vegetables."
Die Hard (1988)
Six-String Samurai (1998)
"Call me squeamish, but this is my problem with Elektra, the Punisher and similar characters: Killers make lousy heroes."
AppurushÓdo (Appleseed) (2004)
"With so much going on in every frame, Appleseed is one of those anime projects that shouts you to sleep."
Coach Carter (2005)
"Jackson's presence alone raises Coach Carter above the formula it clings to. "