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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

Serenity (2005)

"This near-future Western from Buffy creator Joss Whedon is a big, bold, B-movie piece of entertainment."

Posted Oct 6, 2005

James Rocchi

2 21%

Into the Blue (2005)

"Scuba-diving thriller with drugs, treasure and bikini-clad flesh isn't especially deep or gripping, even with eye candy aplenty."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

James Rocchi

3 90%

Capote (2005)

"Philip Seymour Hoffman gives one of the year's best performances as a writer who found a story that changed his life -- and all of journalism."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

James Rocchi

4 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"David Cronenberg's tense, lean drama-thriller is a bold, fresh film that's steeped in what's made his career great -- and is his most accessible movie in decades."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

James Rocchi

5 88%

Broken Flowers (2005)

"Bill Murray reluctantly goes on the road to find the son he didn't know he had in Jim Jarmusch's brilliant, sentimental-but-surprising film."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

James Rocchi

6 38%

Flightplan (2005)

"This airborne Jodie Foster thriller pretty much runs on autopilot and lands somewhere between not bad and not great."

Posted Sep 22, 2005

James Rocchi

7 83%

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

"Tim Burton's stop-motion idea of a romantic comedy is dead on arrival."

Posted Sep 22, 2005

James Rocchi

8 47%

Green Street Hooligans (2005)

"Football-and-fighting drama shows Elijah Wood in a new light -- and marks the debut of a major talent."

Posted Sep 15, 2005

James Rocchi

9 6%

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

"Bradbury-inspired time-travel sci-fi flick is bad, boring and bland -- in every possible way."

Posted Sep 15, 2005

James Rocchi

10 51%

Transporter 2 (2005)

"Fast-paced sequel featuring British B-movie action guy Jason Statham delivers what it promises, and not too much more."

Posted Sep 15, 2005

James Rocchi

11 71%

Thumbsucker (2005)

"With a brilliant script, sure direction and amazing performances, indie comedy Thumbsucker is one of the year's top 10."

Posted Sep 15, 2005

James Rocchi

12 84%

The Constant Gardener (2005)

"Mixing love and loss with conspiracy and commerce, The Constant Gardener is in the running to be one of 2005's best films."

Posted Sep 15, 2005

James Rocchi

13 38%

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

"The fairy tale-spinning Brothers are recast as faux ghost-busters in Terry Gilliam's muddled medieval mediocrity."

Posted Sep 15, 2005

James Rocchi

14 79%

The Aristocrats (2005)

"An inside joke gets turned inside out in this digital documentary about comedy and creepy feelings."

Posted Aug 4, 2005

James Rocchi

15 98%

Murderball (2005)

"A game -- and the people who play it -- comes to bruising, bold life in one of the year's best documentaries."

Posted Jul 28, 2005

James Rocchi

16 73%

Sky High (2005)

"Disney's kid flick about a superhero high school isn't groundbreaking, but it is great family fun with a strong cast and a nice sense of entertainment."

Posted Jul 28, 2005

James Rocchi

17 35%

Must Love Dogs (2005)

"Even with a too-cute script, divorcee romantic comedy is passable thanks to the peanut butter/chocolate pairing of Diane Lane and John Cusack."

Posted Jul 28, 2005

James Rocchi

18 82%

Hustle & Flow (2005)

"Gritty-yet-gripping story of a pimp's redemption as a rapper is worth it for Terrence Howard's star-making performance."

Posted Jul 21, 2005

James Rocchi

19 57%

Last Days (2005)

"Van Sant's drama "inspired by" the last days of Kurt Cobain is an improvised, indulgent failure with none of the energy of the life -- and death -- it parrots."

Posted Jul 21, 2005

James Rocchi

20 48%

Bad News Bears (2005)

"It must have seemed like a home-run idea to remake the potty-mouthed '70s Little League classic, but the result is a lazy double."

Posted Jul 21, 2005

James Rocchi

21 40%

The Island (2005)

"Michael Bay delivers what may be a perfect summer movie, with brains and guts beneath sleek, muscular knockout action."

Posted Jul 21, 2005

James Rocchi

22 54%

Happy Endings (2005)

"The Opposite of Sex's writer-director returns with another sharp, smart look at sex, love and life in L.A."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

James Rocchi

23 82%

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

"Tim Burton's pretty-good interpretation of the classic kid flick can't match the original ... but what could?"

Posted Jul 14, 2005

James Rocchi

24 75%

Wedding Crashers (2005)

"The R rating stands for "romantic" and "ridiculously funny" in this high-spirited, bawdy comedy with big laughs and more than a little heart."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

James Rocchi

25 94%

March of the Penguins (2005)

"Documentary about the trials and tribulations of mating emperor penguins is well made, even if Morgan Freeman's voice-over is a bit overdone."

Posted Jul 7, 2005

James Rocchi

26 27%

Fantastic Four (2005)

"All-talk, no-action superhero flick is a dull, drab mess of shallow plots, dull characters and bland effects."

Posted Jul 7, 2005

James Rocchi

27 46%

Dark Water (2005)

"A single mother, a mysterious haunting, urban terror: This well-crafted Japanese horror remake has a too-familiar "Ring" to it."

Posted Jul 7, 2005

James Rocchi

28 85%

De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005)

"French remake of forgotten 1970s flick Fingers is a strong drama with great direction -- and an excellent lead performance."

Posted Jul 7, 2005

James Rocchi

29 ——

Du shen (God of Gamblers) (1989)

Posted Jul 7, 2005

James Rocchi

30 74%

Land of the Dead (2005)

"The man who invented the modern zombie film comes back to his roots with this spooky, goopy horror flick about power and survival."

Posted Jun 23, 2005

James Rocchi

31 64%

Heights (2005)

"New York's a big city -- and a small world -- in this okay indie drama that doesn't quite know what to do with its great cast."

Posted Jun 23, 2005

James Rocchi

32 41%

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

"Revamped car-is-the-star franchise will appeal to kids, even if it won't go the distance for their parents."

Posted Jun 23, 2005

James Rocchi

33 25%

Bewitched (2005)

"Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman try to turn an old TV show into a magical Hollywood satire, but their trick's not much of a treat."

Posted Jun 23, 2005

James Rocchi

34 67%

Deep Blue (2005)

"Documentary about the ocean's panorama of life is full of beauty, awe, terror, wonder -- and jaw-dropping cinematography."

Posted Jun 23, 2005

James Rocchi

35 90%

My Summer of Love (2004)

"Thoughtful, carefully crafted drama about youth and summer love in a small town is a great acting showcase for a talented cast."

Posted Jun 16, 2005

James Rocchi

36 85%

Batman Begins (2005)

"Director Christopher Nolan brings plenty of action, character and atmosphere to the first worthy film adaptation of the classic comic book."

Posted Jun 16, 2005

James Rocchi

37 59%

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

"Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and director Doug Liman team up for a perfect piece of snap-crackle-popcorn entertainment."

Posted Jun 16, 2005

James Rocchi

38 41%

High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005)

"Nasty, ghastly French slasher flick's gut-churning tension is undermined by a head-scratching plot turn."

Posted Jun 16, 2005

James Rocchi

39 87%

Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

"Fantasy tale from master animator Hayao Miyazaki is a feast for the senses ... that makes no sense."

Posted Jun 16, 2005

James Rocchi

40 89%

Brothers (Brødre) (2004)

"War comes home in this Danish drama that has careful intelligence and searing power."

Posted Jun 2, 2005

James Rocchi

41 55%

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

"Skateboarding '70s rise-and-fall tale has a fresh look and feel, even if the story's a little stale."

Posted Jun 2, 2005

James Rocchi

42 80%

Cinderella Man (2005)

"Depression-era boxing story gets a good -- not great -- envisioning from Ron Howard and features good lead work from Russell Crowe."

Posted Jun 2, 2005

James Rocchi

43 16%

Monster-in-Law (2005)

"Tired comedy pits Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda against each other ... and the audiences loses."

Posted May 12, 2005

James Rocchi

44 41%

A Lot Like Love (2005)

"Gen-Y When Harry Met Sally update just barely works, thanks to Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet's chemistry."

Posted May 12, 2005

James Rocchi

45 56%

The Interpreter (2005)

"Moody mix of international politics and inner conflict makes for a thought-provoking thriller -- just ignore the trailer."

Posted May 12, 2005

James Rocchi

46 75%

Crash (2004)

"Sprawling Los Angeles drama of race, power, guns and fear is a little too controlled by coincidence, but the ambitions and cast make it thought-provoking."

Posted May 5, 2005

James Rocchi

47 39%

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

"Ridley Scott returns to Gladiator-scale ambitions with a Crusades epic that's big but boring."

Posted May 5, 2005

James Rocchi

48 34%

Eros (2004)

"Three master filmmakers craft short films about desire that leave a lot to be desired."

Posted Apr 25, 2005

James Rocchi

49 23%

The Amityville Horror (2005)

"A little of The Sixth Sense and a whole lot of nonsense make for a "based on a true story" horror flick that has only a few jolts to its credit."

Posted Apr 25, 2005

James Rocchi

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