Denver Rocky Mountain News
Bottle Shock (2008)
"A popcorn movie that delivers precisely what it promises. The dialogue is tepid and the outcome is preordained, but it moves at the brisk pace of a carnival ride, leaving you breathless and ready for another spin. "
Sex and the City (2008)
"If Sex and the City is a hit, it will be partly because it's an enjoyable and somewhat true depiction of female friendship. But grown women will also go to see it because, finally, someone made a movie for them. "
The Bucket List (2007)
"The film benefits from Burton's consistency of vision. Swooping camera work and a sense of really discomfiting fantasy do the groundwork. When characters break into song, it fits in the world Burton has built. "
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
"Jackson's performance helps Resurrecting the Champ make its weight, if only by a couple of pounds."
"Transformers is the comic-book movie on steroids, a fusion of sound and fury and sci-fi plotting that leaves plenty of room for a franchise."
"Unconscionably long at 2 hours and 48 minutes, saddled with a plot that badly needed streamlining and running a bit low on humor, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End may not sink, but it certainly sometimes founders."
"By the end, the actors look as if they've been beaten to a near pulp, and the audience may share some of that feeling."
"Grbavica increases in power as it progresses. It's a movie about the ways in which people yearn for healing and about the many obstacles that work to prevent it."
Fay Grim (2007)
"In the end Fay Grim probably shares one unfortunate quality with the Hollywood movies so reviled in IndieWorld: It may be an unnecessary sequel."
Shrek the Third (2007)
"An amusing -- if not consistently brilliant -- edition of a series that has yet to show signs that it needs to call it quits."
Away From Her (2007)
"Away From Her deals with a subject that easily could have turned maudlin. But the performances in Away From Her are pitch-perfect throughout, and Polley never begs for an emotional response she doesn't try to earn."
"Look, Waitress is no groundbreaker, and it's not likely to change anyone's life. But it provides a showcase for Russell, who knows how to make the most of it."
28 Weeks Later... (2007)
"An hour and a half of high-voltage bombardment, 28 Weeks Later doesn't really match the novelty of its predecessor."
The Ex (2007)
"Blink and you might miss Mia Farrow, who turns up as Peet's slightly addled mother. She probably should have stayed home."
"Bier's not timid about tossing any number of volatile ingredients into an already-simmering pot."
The Valet (2007)
"Think mediocrity, so much so that if you took away the French subtitles and had the characters speaking English, you'd have an American comedy most critics would shrug off as derivative and a trifle empty."
Lucky You (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
"If there's a moral to be gleaned from Spider-Man 3 -- aside from the fact that heavily promoted franchise movies tend to rake in megabucks -- it's this: Movies don't necessarily need to hit grand slams to score."
"[Loach] has made an often handsome, always sobering movie that does what the best movies do: leave us a whole lot less sure about what we ought to think."
Year of the Dog (2007)
"Year of the Dog has a sweetly off-kilter quality about it, and it also lays claim to an additional virtue: It probably won't remind you of every other dog movie you've ever seen."
"Clam diggers don't venture into the deepest waters, and neither, for the most part, does the movie. [It] serves up any number of slight moves, the kind associated with films that keep their gazes narrow and content themselves with small revelations."
Black Book (2007)
"It's as interesting as anything Verhoeven's attempted in some time."
Killer of Sheep (2007)
"Purposefully uneventful and made in a minor key, Killer of Sheep moved me to tears. Contemporary audiences may not recognize it as a great movie. There's not an ounce of slick in it; it's neither manipulative nor hurried."
"Fracture is aptly named. It's one of those movies in which cracks appear the minute you begin to look too closely."
In the Land of Women (2007)
"Kasdan, who also wrote the screenplay, allows a fairly large variety of problems to accrue."
Hot Fuzz (2007)
"Rarely have we seen a British comedy in which the protagonists are armed to the teeth with both wit and automatic weapons."
"Blood flows freely here, but the movie never creates a keen sense of involvement or mystery. Even a major cliffhanging (literally) set piece winds up blurred by the addition of a blinding snowstorm."
Perfect Stranger (2007)
"Perfect Stranger soon begins to look like another setback for Berry."
"Reasonably smart and sometimes funny -- right up until the end, when it sells out its intelligence in favor of a standard-issue dose of overwrought violence."
"At three hours, the movie can become a bit of an ordeal. I'd say pack a lunch, but if Rodriguez and Tarantino have done their job right, you'll be too grossed out to eat it."
Avenue Montaigne (2006)
"It's one of those 'what's-not-to-like' movies, a fantasy about life and Paris that passes painlessly, a trifle elevated by its Parisian settings and our desire to lose ourselves in them."
Blades of Glory (2007)
"Blades of Glory doesn't pack quite the wallop of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, but it offers enough rewards to keep Ferrell fans happy."
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
"It probably won't leave you feeling cheated, but its futuristic bric-a-brac and brainy young hero may not make your spirits soar, either."
The Lookout (2007)
"Scott's script feels as economical and focused as an entry in Chris' diary, and it provides the framework for a thriller that, for the most part, has been hard-boiled to near perfection."
Days of Glory (2007)
"A shattering tale of bravery and unrewarded loyalty."
Color Me Kubrick (2007)
"Colour Me Kubrick earns a place on the shelf where all the oddballs reside, defying us to come up with reasons to justify their idiosyncratic existences -- and perhaps not caring whether we do."
"This kind of story always manages to generate a bit of juice, and both Howard and Bernie Mac do their best to add character to the proceedings."
"Shooter winds up being the movie that would have left us scratching our heads about Wahlberg's choices had he actually won the best supporting actor award for his terrific work in The Departed."
Reign Over Me (2007)
"The movie often feels as if it's drifting, yet it has a sad, lingering presence."
Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)
"Despite its split personality, Hurricane offers more good than bad, including a lively soundtrack featuring Benoit, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino."
Starter for 10 (2006)
"A modest, almost negligible British comedy."
The Namesake (2006)
"The Namesake ambitiously reveals the gains and perils of assimilation, and it heightens awareness about how difficult it can be to strike the right balance between family demands and personal development."
I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
"The off-color humor and R-rated language seems an attempt to reach out to his fan base, but in all, this attempt at "realistic" comedy never seems funny or emotionally insightful enough to matter."
"She's confused. We're confused. So is the movie."
Miss Potter (2007)
"One of those films that commits few egregious errors, but scales few real heights. There is nothing either terribly wrong or keenly right about it. It's tidy, I suppose."
Old Joy (2006)
"You may find yourself asking whether anything's going to happen. But for those who can tolerate a slow-brewing movie, [director] Reichardt's work provides sufficient rewards."