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Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 69%

The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei) (2005)

"This supposedly progressive movie unintentionally delivers a sexist message as old as the garden of Eden: Don't let a woman get involved, because she'll mess things up. "

Posted Sep 16, 2005

John Beifuss

2 30%

Finding Home (2003)

"A movie in which you can be sure that whenever a lovable old dog is in the frame, a cutely plaintive whine will be added to the sound mix."

Posted Sep 16, 2005

John Beifuss

3 24%

G (2005)

"The producers may be right to bemoan Hollywood's myopia; but it's the movie's execution, not its vision of an alternative African-American cinema, that delayed its release. "

Posted Sep 16, 2005

John Beifuss

4 45%

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

"A 'Song of Bernadette' for a violent show-me age, with Emily Rose helping to restore the faith of those around her with visions of hell rather than heaven. "

Posted Sep 9, 2005

John Beifuss

5 85%

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

"The storytelling is elliptical; subplots that seem important simply vanish without resolution, as they do in life if not melodrama."

Posted Sep 9, 2005

John Beifuss

6 86%

Junebug (2005)

"There are ceramic cardinals mounted on the wall, and Zingers on top of the refrigerator; but there are dark woods here, and they're just beyond the family's backyard deck..."

Posted Sep 9, 2005

John Beifuss

7 36%

Asylum (2005)

"A sort of perverse update of an overwrought Barbara Stanwyck-Bette Davis melodrama..."

Posted Sep 2, 2005

John Beifuss

8 88%

Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) (2005)

"Heroic and absurdist..."

Posted Sep 2, 2005

John Beifuss

9 84%

The Constant Gardener (2005)

"Ultimately, it offers reassurance that the rat-infested system doesn't need to be smashed, only cleansed. "

Posted Sep 1, 2005

John Beifuss

10 93%

Grizzly Man (2005)

"Works on multiple levels -- all riveting."

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Beifuss

11 79%

The Aristocrats (2005)

"Choppy editing sabotages the viewer's ability to appreciate the comic's performance, thus undermining what is arguably the movie's chief reason for being."

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Beifuss

12 38%

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

"The monster melees aren't just means to a digital dead end but a wish-fulfillment celebration of the triumph of artists and fabulists over despots and militarists. "

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Beifuss

13 63%

Saint Ralph (2005)

"A hooey-slathered film that combines the Catholic school humor of 'Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?' with the rah-rah uplift of an underdog sports story. "

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Beifuss

14 32%

November (2005)

"A sort of 'Occurrence at Owl Creek Convenience Store' for moviegoers more familiar with Nine Inch Nails videos than Ambrose Bierce..."

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Beifuss

15 88%

Broken Flowers (2005)

"Jarmusch's movies are rigorously strategized and impeccably designed, and his attention to detail testifies to an intense commitment to a personal vision."

Posted Aug 25, 2005

John Beifuss

16 79%

Red Eye (2005)

"Reminds us that moviegoers and air travelers both pack themselves into tight rows of padded seats where they may experience turbulence and even white-knuckled terror..."

Posted Aug 25, 2005

John Beifuss

17 85%

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

"A raunchy sex comedy with a sweet 'date movie' center, 'Virgin' is more sustained in both tone and story than the similarly strategized 'Wedding Crashers'..."

Posted Aug 25, 2005

John Beifuss

18 77%

The Beautiful Country (2005)

"A well-intentioned but not entirely successful blend of tragic melodrama, social-issue expose and compassionate portraiture..."

Posted Aug 25, 2005

John Beifuss

19 92%

Saraband (2003)

"Most films are so insipid that there's something perversely refreshing about a movie in which a monstrous father compliments his son for his 'healthy dose of hatred...' "

Posted Aug 25, 2005

John Beifuss

20 37%

The Great Raid (2005)

"'Nothing in our lives will ever be as important as this,' says Lt. Bratt, in a pep talk that some of his boys might have found more depressing than motivational. "

Posted Aug 15, 2005

John Beifuss

21 84%

Mysterious Skin (2005)

"Delicately balances the sordid and rough with the childlike and fantastic..."

Posted Aug 15, 2005

John Beifuss

22 81%

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

"A terrarium of a movie, characterized by many charmed moments..."

Posted Aug 15, 2005

John Beifuss

23 38%

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"Offers a supernatural enactment of Malcolm X's warning about the chickens coming home to roost, as well as a bitter satire of assimilation..."

Posted Aug 12, 2005

John Beifuss

24 52%

Four Brothers (2005)

"Combines the loose vibe of '2 Fast 2 Furious' with the neighborhood and community portraiture that has been a Singleton specialty since 'Boyz'..."

Posted Aug 12, 2005

John Beifuss

25 13%

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

"Bo and Luke are played by Scott and Knoxville with a backwoods brio that makes Ma and Pa Kettle look like Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. "

Posted Aug 5, 2005

John Beifuss

26 98%

Murderball (2005)

"What wins us over isn't our front-row seat at the exciting rugby games but our intimate access to the lives of the players. "

Posted Aug 5, 2005

John Beifuss

27 90%

My Summer of Love (2004)

"A movie you seem to watch through translucent eyelids..."

Posted Aug 5, 2005

John Beifuss

28 54%

Happy Endings (2005)

"Like the pilot for a pretentious HBO 'dramedy' that expects us to contemplate its significance during the silences that broadcast television would fill with a laugh track."

Posted Jul 29, 2005

John Beifuss

29 13%

Stealth (2005)

"'Team America' without puppets."

Posted Jul 29, 2005

John Beifuss

30 82%

Hustle & Flow (2005)

"Projects Brewer's artistic autobiography through the romanticized prism of what Allen Ginsberg (and Memphis's Mud Boy & the Neutrons) described as 'Negro streets at dawn'..."

Posted Jul 22, 2005

John Beifuss

31 53%

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

"Revives the gangrenous spectacle of its grindhouse models but lacks the moral compass and originality that can transmute even representations of sadistic cruelty into art. "

Posted Jul 22, 2005

John Beifuss

32 40%

The Island (2005)

"Basically an unauthorized gazillion-dollar remake of a fairly obscure no-budget sci-fi flick from 1979 called 'Parts: The Clonus Horror.' "

Posted Jul 22, 2005

John Beifuss

33 48%

Bad News Bears (2005)

"Linklater's message is almost subversive, not just for an underdog sports move but for our We're No. 1 political culture: Winning isn't everything."

Posted Jul 22, 2005

John Beifuss

34 52%

Yes (2005)

"An ultimately hopeful film that rewards the attentiveness it requires..."

Posted Jul 22, 2005

John Beifuss

35 87%

Saving Face (2005)

"Lesbian Chinese-Americans deserve sitcom fantasies of idealized romantic reassurance as much as anyone, I suppose..."

Posted Jul 22, 2005

John Beifuss

36 64%

Heights (2005)

"Unlike such popular Merchant Ivory productions as 'A Room with a View,' this is contemporary to the point of cliche..."

Posted Jul 15, 2005

John Beifuss

37 57%

Après vous (After You) (2003)

"Unfolds with the light and civilized touch that Americans associate with French farce, but it's as contrived as any Hollywood comedy."

Posted Jul 15, 2005

John Beifuss

38 82%

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

"It's appropriate that Burton and Depp would reunite to resurrect Willy Wonka, who also found wealth and power by embracing rather than denying his eccentricity. "

Posted Jul 15, 2005

John Beifuss

39 27%

Fantastic Four (2005)

"A lack of pretense shouldn't mean a lack of wit or excitement..."

Posted Jul 11, 2005

John Beifuss

40 74%

War of the Worlds (2005)

"It may be no coincidence the president's poll numbers and the movie industry's ticket sales are both in a slump: Doom-and-gloom scenarios are playing out offscreen and on..."

Posted Jul 1, 2005

John Beifuss

41 74%

Land of the Dead (2005)

"Pogo's mournful eureka -- 'We have met the enemy and he is us' --never resonates more clearly than in Romero's work."

Posted Jun 24, 2005

John Beifuss

42 83%

Rize (2005)

"The footage makes you giddy, blasting you with the visual equivalent of laughing gas."

Posted Jun 24, 2005

John Beifuss

43 63%

Ladies in Lavender (2005)

"The movie recognizes that older women aren't exclusively cute, comical, feisty, eccentric or wise. They also can be petty, morose and sexual. "

Posted Jun 24, 2005

John Beifuss

44 41%

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

"I'm still eager for children's films that aren't supersized or edgy or flatulent. I just want them to be better than 'Herbie.'"

Posted Jun 23, 2005

John Beifuss

45 95%

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)

"Its sweet surprise ending may be the most satisfying movie moment of the year to date."

Posted Jun 17, 2005

John Beifuss

46 84%

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

"At its least inspired, it's like a dramatized newspaper feature story; at its best, it offers an unscripted slice of inner-city life..."

Posted Jun 17, 2005

John Beifuss

47 85%

Batman Begins (2005)

"Offers much to admire, but it's shrouded in the pall of the comic book industry's hard-won 'respectability' ..."

Posted Jun 14, 2005

John Beifuss

48 41%

High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005)

"A humorless, even borderline pretentious exercise in sick scaremongering..."

Posted Jun 10, 2005

John Beifuss

49 14%

The Honeymooners (2005)

"It doesn't fail because of its concept or casting; it fails because the film is as flat as the paper the script was printed on."

Posted Jun 10, 2005

John Beifuss

50 20%

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)

"The computer-generated settings have a Photoshop feel; you can almost hear the mouse clicks."

Posted Jun 10, 2005

John Beifuss

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