Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Taking Lives (2004)
"With its French Canadian setting and strong (rather, strong-looking) cast, Taking Lives is elevated above its genre cliches."
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
"...Director Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School) proves once again that he has a hand for feel-good comedies."
The Perfect Score (2004)
"The Perfect Score is amenable, enjoyable and as quickly forgotten as all those tricks you learned in your SAT prep class."
"Coming up short on just about everything - from the casting and dialog to the action sequences - Woo rides the high of a strong story into the ground."
Cold Mountain (2003)
"...It does achieve, if only intermittently, the aching feelings of love and loss, for both country and countrymen, that Frazier depicted so unforgettably in his novel."
"The Return of the King delivers the same awe-inspiring visuals as Jackson's two previous films without ever coming off like it's simply 'more of the same.'"
Stuck on You (2003)
"...Winds up trying to tug at your heart strings more than strike your funny bone"
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
"...Although the story's high on gore and low on almost everything else, Leatherface still inspires a hell of a lot more fear than Freddy or Jason."
School of Rock (2003)
"...With School of Rock director Richard Linklater delivers a warm-hearted and irresistible valentine to the music he loves. "
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
"...Some unexpectedly good subplots and beautiful scenery make this fluff particularly palatable."
Cold Creek Manor (2003)
"Cold Creek Manor is a familiar revenge yarn made exceptionally moody by Figgis' mannered direction"
Matchstick Men (2003)
"Matchstick Men ultimately plays its audience for the fool. And while the sting is well orchestrated and enjoyable, the effect is fleeting."
"Seeminlgly not too much more than another tale of a kid trying to make it through the treachery of growing up, Thirteen shows signs of a nuanced character study."
Open Range (2003)
"Thankfully the director who made Dances With Wolves shines through here, mostly overshadowing that guy who gave us Waterworld and The Postman."
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
"A crude, sloppy, four-wheeled extravaganza; the best thing about this sequel is that it's not quite as bad as its ridiculous title indicates."
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
"A thrilling and brilliantly flawed film, Reloaded is ultimately a deceptive meditation on the most unlikely of subjects: the impossibility of sequeling an already perfect film."
Daddy Day Care (2003)
"...doesn't offer much beyond cute faces and forgettable poop jokes."
X2: X-Men United (2003)
"An infectiously good time, X2 will no doubt make you forget about the doldrums of human existence and leave you wondering what kind of mutant you'd most like to be."
The Real Cancun (2003)
"At best [The Real Cancun] is 90 minutes spent with a group of mind-numbingly uninteresting exhibitionists who would have served themselves, and America, better with a half-hour on The Jerry Springer Show."
Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)
"As the star and chief writer of Malibu's Most Wanted, Kennedy is writ large here, delivering the same hit-and-miss antics that regularly crop up on his TV show."
Anger Management (2003)
"Coming off of roles in which they both brilliantly played against type, Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler...return to form with this standard comedy."
The Hunted (2003)
"...a refreshing action movie that relies more heavily on solid filmmaking than poorly executed, computer-generated effects."
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
"With too little Li and too much DMX, Cradle would have been better served if these players had been allowed to stick to what they do best, with Li fighting and DMX singing."
Bringing Down the House (2003)
"In this ill-conceived comedy of errors...racial stereotypes and bottom-of-the-barrel humor abound."
About Schmidt (2002)
"Payne constructs a hilarious ode to middle America and middle age with this unlikely odyssey, featuring a pathetic, endearing hero who is all too human."
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
"Writhing under dialogue like 'You're from two different worlds' and 'Tonight the maid is a lie and this, this is who you are,' this schlock-filled fairy tale hits new depths of unoriginality and predictability."
Red Dragon (2002)
"As Norton and Hopkins exchange barbs and witticisms, the desire to see the Dr. Lechter of yore chatting it up with a pensive, redheaded, Jody Foster never quite dissipates."
Road to Perdition (2002)
"...Mendes manages once again to use his overt direction to create a quietly powerful film."
Ghost Ship (2002)
"Aside from its jarring opening sequence -- imagine The Love Boat crossed with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre -- Ghost Ship is a fairly rote ghoulish tale."
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
"A romantic comedy, sans much of the comedy, this clunky Reese Witherspoon vehicle glows with the powerful allure of its shiny, irresistible young star but little else."
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
"An unnerving and exhilarating romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor comic ... Punch Drunk Love is more revelatory than it is enjoyable."
Minority Report (2002)
"Making good on the best aspects of A.I., namely that stark and singular look of a future dominated but not quite overwhelmed by technology, Spielberg creates a stunning world where the past and present collide."
"Sam Raimi is brilliant behind the camera and Spider-Man is a faithful and fun adaptation."
Stealing Harvard (2002)