Authors

Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 55%

Alpha Dog (2007)

"Alpha Dog is a tragedy born of stupidity and weaned on depravity."

Posted Jan 12, 2007

Jeffrey Westhoff

2 58%

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

"It is refreshing to see Rickman in a heroic role, but everything else about this overripe travesty reeks to high heaven."

Posted Jan 5, 2007

Jeffrey Westhoff

3 66%

Miss Potter (2007)

"Succeeds on its performances, its sunny re-creation of London from 100 years ago and a winsome tone than matches Zellweger's scrunchy face."

Posted Jan 5, 2007

Jeffrey Westhoff

4 93%

Children of Men (2006)

"Filming Children of Men as if it were a war documentary enhances its urgency, but Cuarón allows quieter moments to disturb us as well."

Posted Dec 28, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

5 78%

Dreamgirls (2006)

"If only a few numbers were less screechy, the movie would be solid gold."

Posted Dec 28, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

6 63%

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

"How Christmas Lights Made Clark W. Griswold a Cultural Icon"

Posted Dec 22, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

7 33%

The Good German (2007)

"If The Third Man could create a bleak world without characters spewing obscenities, The Good German also could have managed it."

Posted Dec 22, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

8 54%

The Good Shepherd (2006)

"The film purports to tell the inside story of the first 20 years of the CIA, but Damon's Bourne movies are more realistic spy stories."

Posted Dec 22, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

9 76%

Rocky Balboa (2006)

"Before we realize it, we care about this palooka again, care about him like we haven't since 1979's Rocky II."

Posted Dec 20, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

10 67%

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

"Smith's performance is definitely on par with Julia Roberts' in Erin Brockovich."

Posted Dec 15, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

11 78%

Charlotte's Web (2006)

"Charlotte's Web may not emerge from the shadow of that other talking pig movie, but in its own humble way, it is radiant."

Posted Dec 15, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

12 47%

The Holiday (2006)

"Myers has established herself as Nora Ephron Lite, which is the same as establishing yourself as white bread without the crust."

Posted Dec 12, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

13 62%

Blood Diamond (2006)

"A top-notch adventure movie with fantastic production values and the cold, sharp edge of a machete."

Posted Dec 12, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

14 65%

Apocalypto (2006)

"The plot has been stripped to the essence of chase and survival."

Posted Dec 8, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

15 90%

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

"McCabe & Mrs. Miller is as signficant, as unusual and as haunting today as when it premiered 35 years ago."

Posted Dec 2, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

16 38%

The Nativity Story (2006)

"Many moments are overpowering and humbling, thanks to the source material. This is not a great film or an especially good one, but I don't have to remind you where its story ranks among those ever told."

Posted Dec 2, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

17 50%

Flannel Pajamas (2006)

"With "Flannel Pajamas" Lipsky has written an excellent off-Broadway play, not a film."

Posted Dec 2, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

18 46%

Bobby (2006)

"As we experience Kennedy's compassion and eloquence in newsreel footage and hear the campaign speech he delivered that night, we comprehend the film's overwhelming sense of loss."

Posted Dec 2, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

19 55%

Déjà Vu (2006)

"Not a thing about this story withstands two second's worth of scrutiny."

Posted Dec 2, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

20 32%

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

"In Fur the filmmakers have created something more unbearable than the pretentious biopic of a suffering artist: the pretentious pretend biopic of a suffering artist."

Posted Nov 19, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

21 75%

Happy Feet (2006)

"While the film's visual inventiveness and technological innovations can be daunting at the start, Miller chose his featured animal well. No creatures are more irresistible than penguins, even when they sing disco."

Posted Nov 19, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

22 95%

Casino Royale (2006)

"Casino Royale is the riskiest of Bonds, and it immediately establishes itself among the series' top tier because almost every gambit pays off."

Posted Nov 15, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

23 25%

A Good Year (2006)

"The humor is fast and witty - P.G. Wodehouse on rocket fuel."

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

24 72%

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

"Indulge the movie's excesses, and it rewards the viewer's intelligence with humor mingled with insight, warmth and painless lessons in literary theory."

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

25 72%

Flushed Away (2006)

"This is one of those movies that sends kids - and adults - out of the theater listing dozens of things that made them laugh."

Posted Nov 3, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

26 91%

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

"A cinematic stunt that works occasionally, but not often enough."

Posted Nov 3, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

27 75%

Catch a Fire (2006)

"Noyce's instincts for suspense are so potent that Catch a Fire works as a thriller even if you ignore his politics."

Posted Oct 31, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

28 31%

Running With Scissors (2006)

"Running With Scissors loses its edge because we want to see more of Baldwin and less of everyone else."

Posted Oct 31, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

29 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"Following The Illusionist, The Prestige is this season's second thriller about stage magic at the end of the 19th century. The Prestige is the more satisfying."

Posted Oct 21, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

30 87%

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

"Amin's story is so thick with drama, terror and bloodshed, why create a fictional character to serve as a vantage point?"

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

31 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"The most intriguing, and in some ways most courageous, aspect of Flags is how Eastwood deconstructs the use of the word 'hero.'"

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

32 33%

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006)

"If Pettyfer approached the material as a teenage James Bond movie, the actors playing the villains approached Stormbreaker as a teenage Austin Powers movie."

Posted Oct 12, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

33 73%

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006)

"If Li must leave his signature genre, better this entertaining bit of history than the wall-to-wall boredom of Hero."

Posted Oct 7, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

34 92%

The Departed (2006)

"It may not be vintage Scorsese, but it is exciting Scorsese."

Posted Oct 7, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

35 11%

All The King's Men (2006)

"Like Polonius in "Hamlet," All the King's Men takes on airs as it pretends to explain the mysteries of life although it really says nothing of significance."

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

36 69%

Hollywoodland (2006)

"The fatal flaw of Hollywoodland is as basic as the mystery genre gets: too much detective, not enough detecting."

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

37 93%

Lassie (2006)

"Lassie achieves greatness through its rich supply of goodness."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

38 100%

The Fallen Idol (1949)

"Many themes are tragic, but Fallen Idol also extols the resilience of innocence. "

Posted Aug 28, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

39 59%

How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

"The lessons about bullying and standing up for yourself aren't forced too strongly, giving How to Eat Fried Worms the same appeal as the best Little Rascals shorts."

Posted Aug 28, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

40 36%

Accepted (2006)

"You have to cheer a film that chooses the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" as its anthem and not something by Matchbox 20."

Posted Aug 21, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

41 68%

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

"Snakes on a Plane is good fun that could have been great fun."

Posted Aug 21, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

42 19%

Step Up (2006)

"Despite being declared 'one of the film industry's most sought-after choreographers' in the press notes, director Anne Fletcher often films her principal dancers from the waist up."

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

43 40%

Scoop (2006)

"Jackman slips easily into the ambiguous menace of his Cary Grant role."

Posted Aug 9, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

44 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"Despite the indie-film stereotypes in the character profiles, the actors find the humanity in their roles and stick to it through every joke and tragedy."

Posted Aug 9, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

45 47%

Miami Vice (2006)

"Several voters at Jumptheshark.com believe the Miami Vice TV show jumped the shark when Don Johnson married Sheena Easton. The big-screen version of Miami Vice jumps the shark about 45 minutes into the movie."

Posted Aug 9, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

46 63%

The Ant Bully (2006)

"It does have a spunky pace and the clever humor Davis' team brought to the Jimmy Neutron movie and TV series."

Posted Aug 9, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

47 68%

World Trade Center (2006)

"Stone taps into great reserves of undiscovered subtlety."

Posted Aug 9, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

48 74%

Monster House (2006)

"The ultimate movie for 10-year-old boys."

Posted Jul 20, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

49 63%

Clerks II (2006)

"With Smith, you have to take the crass with the inspired, but unlike Quentin Tarantino, Smith has something to say. Sometimes it's worth sitting through a ton of sick jokes to hear it. Clerks II is one of those times."

Posted Jul 20, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

50 24%

Lady in the Water (2006)

"For a movie constantly explaining itself, M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water doesn't make a drop of sense."

Posted Jul 20, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

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