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Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
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Quick (1994)

Posted Mar 20, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

2 43%

She's the Man (2006)

"She's the Man is foremost an excellent showcase for Bynes."

Posted Mar 20, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

3 82%

Tsotsi (Thug) (2006)

"Hood was fortunate to find such a marvelous canvas in Chweneyagae's face."

Posted Mar 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

4 26%

The Shaggy Dog (2006)

"It mongrelizes a much funnier, fresher movie."

Posted Mar 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

5 55%

16 Blocks (2006)

"A quick-moving thriller where the characters' stories and motivations unfold as the plot does."

Posted Mar 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

6 78%

Why We Fight (2006)

"A provocative documentary that asks us to ask questions about our foreign policy and our responsibilities as a society."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

7 72%

Eight Below (2006)

"Eight Below is Disney's long-form apology for Snow Dogs."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

8 23%

Freedomland (2006)

"Freedomland features something I never expected to see: a bad performance by Julianne Moore."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

9 19%

Firewall (2006)

"If Ford's character is too much like the ones he played in Patriot Games and The Fugitive, at least Firewall restores his status of everyday action hero."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

10 22%

The Pink Panther (2006)

"Martin plays Clouseau as a cartoon. We always are aware of the distance between the actor and the character, whereas with Sellers, Clouseau was a part of him."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

11 61%

Something New (2006)

"Quietly, almost subliminally, Something New is more profound than the overwrought "relevance" of Oscar nominee Crash."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

12 15%

Eddie (1996)

Posted Feb 16, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

13 85%

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)

"While compelling in its own right, Three Burials is more an homage to a past master than an original work."

Posted Feb 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

14 82%

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

"Donaldson never raises the stakes high enough for the audience to empathize with Munro, just to be amused by him."

Posted Feb 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

15 32%

Imagine Me & You (2006)

"What makes Imagine Me & You noteworthy at this particular moment in film history is that it openly faces issues that Brokeback Mountain avoids."

Posted Feb 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

16 10%

Annapolis (2006)

"Annapolis is a good film basically because it's not a bad film."

Posted Feb 10, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

17 88%

Real Dirt on Farmer John (2007)

"Even though you fear they will join hands and sing 'Kumbaya,' it is inspiring to see people come together to make sure something good and fundamental doesn't pass away."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

18 42%

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)

"The cynicism that defined Brooks' early films has given way to hopefulness in the face of possible global catastrophe."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

19 62%

The New World (2005)

"A beautiful and remarkable film about a beautiful and remarkable person."

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

20 77%

Match Point (2005)

"Match Point may be Allen's best film in years, but the disastrous casting of Rhys-Myers makes it another disappointment."

Posted Jan 13, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

21 67%

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006)

"Mrs. Henderson Presents whips up a sexy bit of froth that goes flat only near the end when the movie tries to justify itself."

Posted Jan 13, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

22 46%

Hoodwinked (2005)

"As animation, Hoodwinked is cute junk. As a comedy, it ekes out the minimum requirement of laughs."

Posted Jan 13, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

23 55%

Glory Road (2006)

"For all its faults, the film brings back a forgotten moment in racial equality more vividly than a documentary on ESPN Classic."

Posted Jan 13, 2006

Jeffrey Westhoff

24 82%

Mysterious Island (1961)

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

25 57%

Corvette Summer (1978)

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

26 81%

A Few Good Men (1992)

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

27 71%

Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

"However muddled the story gets, Scorsese guarantees Bringing Out the Dead remains a pulsating trip."

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

28 43%

Ravenous (1999)

"The plot begins brazenly, but the story becomes more conventional (though no less bloody) as it goes along."

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

29 35%

Beyond Rangoon (1995)

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

30 78%

Munich (2005)

"Spielberg invests too much time and energy on the intricate espionage plot before getting around to asking if these black ops were the right thing to do."

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

31 20%

Rumor Has It (2005)

"Reiner is guilty of either mishandling his material on a grand scale or of not recognizing that the script starts with a dynamite idea but runs dry on page two."

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

32 44%

Casanova (2005)

"Hallström crosses the line from irreverence into bigotry by using Pucci as an instrument to attack the Catholic church."

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

33 40%

The Ringer (2005)

"The real appeal of The Ringer is how this scrappy bunch rallies together like the nerds in Revenge of the Nerds. "

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

34 29%

Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)

"Basically, act one is too long, act two is too short and act three comes from another movie."

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

35 51%

The Producers (2005)

"The Producers is such a blast you have to wonder how great it could have been with a director who knew what to do with a movie camera."

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

36 51%

The Family Stone (2005)

"The Family Stone introduces a fun and agreeable bunch of people to hang around with, even if they never say or do anything worth remembering."

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

37 35%

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

"Films set in different countries can teach us so much about other cultures. For example, did you know that Memoirs of a Geisha is Japanese for 'Sominex'? "

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

38 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"If the filmmakers weren't trying so hard to deny the characters' failings, Brokeback Mountain might have lived up to its immense reputation."

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

39 79%

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Posted Dec 12, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

40 84%

King Kong (2005)

"Jackson hasn't realized just his own dream but the collective dream of everyone who sees the movie screen as a window into the fantastic."

Posted Dec 12, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

41 76%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"Adamson ushers us into Narnia with an unexpected feel for realism and honest characterization, which works both for and against the film."

Posted Dec 8, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

42 77%

Two for the Road (1967)

"A quietly incendiary work from artists who know a match can start the same size fire as a Molotov cocktail."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

43 74%

Maverick (1994)

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

44 6%

Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)

"Lame-brained remake."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

45 46%

Rent (2005)

"You'll hear more soul in your parents' scratchy collection of Ray Conniff albums."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

46 46%

The Ice Harvest (2005)

"Ramis gives this twisted thriller the grim irony Quentin Tarantino and his followers boast of, but don't understand."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

47 29%

Nick of Time (1995)

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

48 55%

Duane Hopwood (2005)

"Surprisingly amiable for all its bleak tidings."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

49 100%

Dodge City (1939)

"Much fun."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

50 86%

King of Kings (1961)

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jeffrey Westhoff

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