Authors

Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

Half Nelson (2006)

"Exceptional performances by Ryan Gosling (as a talented teacher who leads a troubled life beyond the classroom), Shareeka Epps (as a student at a crossroads) and Anthony Mackie (as a charismatic drug dealer) help the film achieve the promise in its gritty"

Posted Oct 17, 2006

John Wirt

2 20%

Employee of the Month (2006)

"Stocked with unfunny formula."

Posted Oct 17, 2006

John Wirt

3 25%

School for Scoundrels (2006)

"The ticklishly comic School For Scoundrels earns a good grade."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

John Wirt

4 37%

The Guardian (2006)

"The fictionalized Guardian doesn't contain post-hurricane rescues, but memories of the U.S. Coast Guard's search-and-rescue operations in New Orleans likely will be stirred during the movie's dramatic rescues at sea."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

John Wirt

5 46%

The Last Kiss (2006)

"Life is full of choices and sacrifices, after all, and the makers of this unusually smart romantic comedy know it."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

John Wirt

6 32%

The Black Dahlia (2006)

"The movie jumps overboard during an insane third act that threatens to undercut the accomplished filmmaking that precedes it. It's such an engaging ride beforehand, though, that the freaky climax is forgivable."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

John Wirt

7 11%

All The King's Men (2006)

"All the King's Men has so much going for it, but this Louisiana political drama goes off the rails, wandering through a muddle of momentum-stalling flashbacks and poorly rendered accents."

Posted Sep 22, 2006

John Wirt

8 69%

Hollywoodland (2006)

"With its memorable performances and haunted film noir tone, Hollywoodland is among the early contenders for a place at next year's Oscar table."

Posted Sep 15, 2006

John Wirt

9 86%

Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006)

"Principals Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia and Chalo Gonzalez bring affecting authenticity to this tale of finding's one place."

Posted Sep 15, 2006

John Wirt

10 85%

Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)

"The film's originally speculative scenario became reality on Aug. 29, 2005."

Posted Sep 8, 2006

John Wirt

11 15%

The Wicker Man (2006)

"The Wicker Man occupies some silly, nebulous middle ground between mystery and horror."

Posted Sep 8, 2006

John Wirt

12 61%

Crank (2006)

"Like so much contemporary entertainment, Crank is a frenzied distraction that means nothing."

Posted Sep 8, 2006

John Wirt

13 41%

Beerfest (2006)

"Beerfest is what it is, silliness that entertains at its own lowbrow level."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

John Wirt

14 2%

Crossover (2006)

"Clunky, cliché-filled and embarrassingly melodramatic."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

John Wirt

15 88%

Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

"The film provides a journalistic service, telling a story that most people in the United States have not heard. It's a fascinating tale."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

John Wirt

16 68%

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

"Snakes plus a plane plus a year of Internet hype do not a blockbuster make."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

John Wirt

17 68%

World Trade Center (2006)

"By personalizing the tragedy of 9/11 and checking politics at the door, Stone mounts a first-class tale of strength and courage."

Posted Aug 18, 2006

John Wirt

18 52%

Strangers with Candy (2005)

"A raunchy, subversive little satire about unlikely redemption."

Posted Aug 7, 2006

John Wirt

19 40%

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

"Soulless and dimwitted."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

John Wirt

20 ——

Smiths - Under Review (2006)

"Under Review series examines works of Smiths, Kate Bush"

Posted Jul 27, 2006

John Wirt

21 74%

Monster House (2006)

"A grim, dark ride."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

John Wirt

22 24%

Lady in the Water (2006)

"If moviegoers are willing to go with the movie's questionable, sometimes painfully self-conscious flow, Shyamalan's new tale may once again sweep them into his idiosyncratic world."

Posted Jul 21, 2006

John Wirt

23 21%

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

"Owen Wilson crashes a marriage."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

John Wirt

24 89%

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)

"A fascinating look at this epically tortured artist."

Posted Jul 7, 2006

John Wirt

25 54%

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

"Dead Man's Chest suffers from the sequel curse."

Posted Jul 7, 2006

John Wirt

26 93%

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

"As lectures on film go, An Inconvenient Truth sends its message in clear and engaging fashion."

Posted Jun 30, 2006

John Wirt

27 76%

Superman Returns (2006)

"Despite its Messiah complex, Superman Returns successfully revives the series for the big screen."

Posted Jun 30, 2006

John Wirt

28 40%

Nacho Libre (2006)

"Jack Black finds the perfect role."

Posted Jun 23, 2006

John Wirt

29 87%

The Proposition (2005)

"Initially capricious though the film is, this murder ballad transposed to film reveals a devastating hand."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

John Wirt

30 86%

L'Enfant (The Child) (2006)

"A genuine tale of redemption."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

John Wirt

31 27%

The Omen (2006)

"The gimmick of releasing The Omen on the sixth day of the sixth month in the year 2006 doesn't distract from its mediocrity."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

John Wirt

32 81%

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"Using the classic radio show for his template, Altman helms his most fluid and fun work in years."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

John Wirt

33 42%

Don't Come Knocking (2006)

"Aspires to be a story of redemption and discovery, but it's too undercooked to be either."

Posted May 26, 2006

John Wirt

34 31%

The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) (2005)

"Beautiful but slight."

Posted May 26, 2006

John Wirt

35 58%

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

"X-Men marks the real start of the summer-movie season."

Posted May 26, 2006

John Wirt

36 33%

Poseidon (2006)

"This Poseidon Adventure remake capsizes. "

Posted May 19, 2006

John Wirt

37 25%

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

"The secret is out. The Da Vinci Code is dull."

Posted May 19, 2006

John Wirt

38 75%

Over the Hedge (2006)

"Way smarter than the average bear."

Posted May 19, 2006

John Wirt

39 36%

Art School Confidential (2006)

"This sharply drawn satire gets so much about art school right."

Posted May 12, 2006

John Wirt

40 91%

United 93 (2006)

"A powerful and moving drama."

Posted May 6, 2006

John Wirt

41 76%

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006)

"Writer-director Christian Carion doesn't achieve the depth of poignancy he may have aspired to, but his elegantly simple storytelling does illustrate the futility of the war that was supposed to end all wars."

Posted Apr 29, 2006

John Wirt

42 84%

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

"Keke Palmer's performance delivers on the script's promise."

Posted Apr 29, 2006

John Wirt

43 86%

Thank You For Smoking (2006)

"As refreshing as a mid-morning cancer-stick break."

Posted Apr 13, 2006

John Wirt

44 44%

Take the Lead (2006)

"Instead of the authentic excitement of last year's documentary, Mad Hot Ballroom, Take the Lead presents contrived teen melodrama."

Posted Apr 6, 2006

John Wirt

45 51%

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

"A movie recycled from too many previous movies."

Posted Apr 6, 2006

John Wirt

46 62%

ATL (2006)

"Before its predictable third-act resolutions, ATL presents a rich urban tableau. "

Posted Mar 30, 2006

John Wirt

47 57%

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)

"Scrat, the pre-historic squirrel-rat, easily upstages the pedestrian storytelling."

Posted Mar 30, 2006

John Wirt

48 43%

She's the Man (2006)

"Earns higher grades than the average high-school comedy."

Posted Mar 24, 2006

John Wirt

49 78%

Why We Fight (2006)

"An unflattering look at America's military-industrial complex."

Posted Mar 17, 2006

John Wirt

50 82%

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

"Like old Burt Munro from down under, the movie's a charmer."

Posted Mar 17, 2006

John Wirt

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