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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

Gabrielle (2006)

"Though Gabrielle could be described as a very talky film..., probing talk is a French specialty, especially when it explores the dangerous, ever-changing chambers of the heart."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Michael McDonagh

2 97%

L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows) (1969)

"Taut, superb acting, narrative told by mood rather than action, the understated visuals, the elements of 'Army of Shadows' merge to seep in under the skin and create an unforgettable and disturbing experience."

Posted Jul 8, 2006

Les Wright

3 76%

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

"It is the fashionista ethic, as embodied in the Priestly character, that keeps 'The Devil Wears Prada' fascinating--like turning over a rock and watching the worms crawling about underneath."

Posted Jun 29, 2006

Arthur Lazere

4 76%

Superman Returns (2006)

"[Director Singer] reinvigorates an original American archetype. 'Superman Returns' gets it exactly right."

Posted Jun 28, 2006

Les Wright

5 86%

The Road To Guantanamo (2006)

"The film is paced and edited like a news special, and in fact, there is no indication in the film as to whether any of its disparate sections are 'real.'"

Posted Jun 21, 2006

Gary Mairs

6 71%

Lemming (2006)

"A transparently formal film that plays along the narrative boundary between the psychological and the supernatural."

Posted Jun 17, 2006

Les Wright

7 73%

Twelve and Holding (12 and Holding) (2006)

"The excellent casting and acting, the strong script and subtle plotting build into a carefully crafted roller coaster ride."

Posted Jun 16, 2006

Les Wright

8 92%

The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra) (2001)

"Chronicles the struggle of an Italian fisherman, Squarciò (Yves Montand), to overcome economic hardships."

Posted Jun 10, 2006

Gloria Monti

9 81%

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"Worth a look, especially for the sheer enjoyment of watching Streep and Tomlin do their schtick, but the film is, at best, Altman lite."

Posted Jun 8, 2006

Arthur Lazere

10 74%

Cars (2006)

"Richly silly, but also solid, with something for the kids and the adults"

Posted Jun 8, 2006

Les Wright

11 27%

The Omen (2006)

"'The Omen' is not a bad film. It just suffers in comparison to its original."

Posted Jun 6, 2006

Pamela Troy

12 93%

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

"Gore's multimedia presentation is like a rock concert: ever-changing visuals and on-stage mini-shticks that draw the audience into a mountain of scientific data, anecdotes that connect the dots and make the larger picture clear..."

Posted Jun 2, 2006

Les Wright

13 80%

District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006)

"Delivers a cogent, well-told story, with a bit of social significance underpinning, plus a series of sequences that should satisfy the action fans."

Posted Jun 1, 2006

Arthur Lazere

14 73%

Cavite (2006)

"The directing duo brilliantly stretch the limits of their very low budget to moving aesthetic and dramatic effect."

Posted Jun 1, 2006

Les Wright

15 25%

Peaceful Warrior (2006)

"By turns a riveting study of the world of competitive gymnastics, a parable for an alternative vision for today's society, and a study in the psychology of mentoring, 'Peaceful Warrior' is a satisfying movie-going experience, with or without 'the message."

Posted Jun 1, 2006

Les Wright

16 53%

Wah-Wah (2006)

"A somewhat unsettled balance between domestic and epic, serious drama and nostalgic recollection."

Posted May 25, 2006

Les Wright

17 97%

Iron Island (Jazire Ahani) (2006)

"'Iron Island' provides no comforting answers, choosing instead to remain ambiguous..."

Posted May 23, 2006

Gloria Monti

18 72%

Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006)

"'Russian Dolls' is not an intellectually cohesive movie, but it's so much exuberant fun, it doesn't matter"

Posted May 9, 2006

George Wu

19 70%

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

"The single admirable attribute of 'Mission: Impossible III' is the technical expertise that goes into the making of the action sequences. Aside from that, [it's] ordinary and forgettable."

Posted May 7, 2006

Arthur Lazere

20 91%

United 93 (2006)

"A powerful and engrossing account undiluted by the sentimentality that often mars Hollywood depictions of history."

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Pamela Troy

21 ——

Under the Greenwood Tree (2006)

"This misguided adaptation does justice neither to Thomas Hardy nor to the venerable Masterpiece Theatre franchise. "

Posted Apr 27, 2006

Bob Wake

22 37%

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

"It's almost as though the filmmakers were trying to frustrate and annoy horror fans, and it's a hardy soul who will be willing to sit out the entire 123 minutes."

Posted Apr 13, 2006

Pamela Troy

23 ——

2 A.M. ()

"A worthy addition to the subgenre of up-all-night ensemble comedies."

Posted Apr 12, 2006

Scott Von Doviak

24 ——

Grain In Ear ()

"The film is entirely without human interiority, the sets and camera work serving as objective substitutes."

Posted Apr 12, 2006

Les Wright

25 68%

Evil (Ondskan) (2006)

"The second half of 'Evil' takes this genre into new and challenging territory."

Posted Apr 12, 2006

Les Wright

26 84%

13 Tzameti (2005)

"Shot in black and white, '13' maintains a strong disconsolate tone, one in which the world feels barren and uncaring."

Posted Apr 10, 2006

George Wu

27 67%

On a Clear Day (2006)

"Refreshing and inspirational"

Posted Apr 9, 2006

Les Wright

28 89%

Sir! No Sir! (2006)

"A 'must-see' documentary which seeks to return to the historical record the pivotal story of the GI anti-war movement during the Vietnam War."

Posted Apr 7, 2006

Les Wright

29 72%

Friends With Money (2006)

"Witty and fast-paced as [some] scenes are, after a while the big picture grows tired and trivial."

Posted Apr 6, 2006

Les Wright

30 ——

End of August at the Hotel Ozone (2006)

"Ponderously slow pacing and vague historical, psychological, and moral allusions."

Posted Apr 6, 2006

Les Wright

31 86%

Slither (2006)

"In this well-made, well-acted, and funny sci-fi horror hybrid, wet alien flesh glistens and pulsates, penis-like organs strain to plunge into the flesh of unwilling victims..."

Posted Apr 3, 2006

Pamela Troy

32 60%

Lonesome Jim (2006)

"The light, understated gallows humor often demonstrates the lack of any clear line separating the comic and the tragic."

Posted Apr 3, 2006

Les Wright

33 89%

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)

"An amazing, mind-boggling, disturbing, hilarious, and utterly moving and unforgettable film experience"

Posted Apr 2, 2006

Les Wright

34 67%

loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)

"The fascinating 'loudQUIETloud' plays a bit like the alt-rock version of the Metallica documentary 'Some Kind of Monster,' as the Pixies try to hold it together through mental breakdowns, family tragedies and those ever-popular musical differences."

Posted Apr 1, 2006

Scott Von Doviak

35 90%

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

"Casual fans may be lulled into drowsiness by the meandering quality of many of Young's new songs, but his heartfelt commitment to the material is hard to deny."

Posted Apr 1, 2006

Scott Von Doviak

36 81%

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"Against all odds, the finished product is a seamless collaboration and a tasty concoction indeed."

Posted Apr 1, 2006

Scott Von Doviak

37 80%

Brick (2006)

"The single most satisfying cinematic experience of 'Brick' lies in witnessing director Johnson's matter-of-fact transformation of the contemporary American suburban landscape into a moral stage of mythic proportion."

Posted Apr 1, 2006

Les Wright

38 ——

Liza With a "Z" ()

"Classical Broadway style, crisply directed, every element calculated to bring out the best of the performer at the peak of her powers."

Posted Apr 1, 2006

Arthur Lazere

39 68%

Evil (Ondskan) (2006)

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Posted Mar 25, 2006

40 86%

Thank You For Smoking (2006)

"Eckhart demonstrates genuine comic talent here, drawing laughs with a sharp satirical edge that Reitman's script and direction keep spot on."

Posted Mar 23, 2006

Arthur Lazere

41 42%

Don't Come Knocking (2006)

"'Don't Come Knocking' is about traversing landscapes of memory. Even as the American Dream is fading in the open, once empty, surreal western landscapes now strewn with the detritus of an entirely disposable material society, so too the western-movie hero"

Posted Mar 23, 2006

Les Wright

42 92%

Journey From the Fall (2007)

"There are some genuinely moving moments in [the] latter part of the film, but the inconsistencies and the overwrought structure of the screenplay seriously dilute the overall effectiveness of 'Journey from the Fall.'"

Posted Mar 21, 2006

Arthur Lazere

43 94%

Café Lumiere (2004)

"Framing the visual haphazardness of urban streets in exquisite, dense, Shiko-like scroll paintings, Hou demonstrates how even in a megalopolis life is lived on a human scale, one day, one person at a time."

Posted Mar 19, 2006

Les Wright

44 91%

Water (2005)

"'Water' glows from rich and natural lighting, warm and radiant colors, and powerful symbolic imagery."

Posted Mar 18, 2006

Les Wright

45 73%

V for Vendetta (2006)

"Important plot points are treated in a rushed, perfunctory manner and what could have been a fascinating parable about tyranny, terrorism, and the sheer charisma of violence becomes just another series of bloody fight scenes."

Posted Mar 18, 2006

Pamela Troy

46 26%

The Zodiac (2006)

"At its most interesting, The Zodiac spins a tale of the consequences of homicide, painting a palpable and realistic-seeming portrait of a family and a community falling victim to the psychological terrorism of a serial killer."

Posted Mar 16, 2006

Les Wright

47 29%

Don't Tell (2005)

"A well-acted melodrama with some engaging characters and a storyline that holds the attention"

Posted Mar 16, 2006

Arthur Lazere

48 100%

Mah nakorn (Citizen Dog) (2004)

"The good-natured exuberance of 'Citizen Dog' makes it a unique and extraordinary experience."

Posted Mar 15, 2006

Les Wright

49 26%

The Shaggy Dog (2006)

"Never really rises above third-rate TV sitcom fare"

Posted Mar 9, 2006

Les Wright

50 ——

Artaud: The True Story of Artaud the Momo (1994)

"The True Story of Antonin Artaud - a stupefying array of talking heads"

Posted Feb 28, 2006

Lewis Whittington

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