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Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

Serenity (2005)

"A good-natured, multi-leveled space opera that earns more big-screen voyages. "

Posted Oct 7, 2005

John Wirt

2 21%

Into the Blue (2005)

"More bikini-modeling session and Bahamian travelogue than thriller. "

Posted Oct 7, 2005

John Wirt

3 38%

Flightplan (2005)

"Flightplan isn't the most intense thriller to roar down the runway, but provides its own sort of satisfaction. "

Posted Sep 29, 2005

John Wirt

4 56%

Just Like Heaven (2005)

"The film sweetens and trivializes tragic circumstances that are all too common and neither funny nor romantic. "

Posted Sep 23, 2005

John Wirt

5 83%

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

"Poignancy added to whimsy, brainy dialogue, great voice talent and a beautifully told story make Corpse Bride an animated, albeit dark, gem. "

Posted Sep 23, 2005

John Wirt

6 64%

Roll Bounce (2005)

"Roll Bounce puts fresh spins on both the traditional family drama and a distinctive era of American pop culture. "

Posted Sep 23, 2005

John Wirt

7 86%

Junebug (2005)

"Junebug has delightful moments, but much of it is a Southern-fried drag. "

Posted Sep 19, 2005

John Wirt

8 11%

The Man (2005)

"Neither one of these guys is the man. "

Posted Sep 16, 2005

John Wirt

9 53%

An Unfinished Life (2005)

"This neo-western suffers from chronic predictability. "

Posted Sep 16, 2005

John Wirt

10 96%

Yellow Submarine (1968)

"Not a splendid time for all."

Posted Sep 9, 2005

John Wirt

11 32%

November (2005)

"Maybe November wanted to be the missing link between more conventional art-house films and the hallucinogenic dreams of David Lynch. It fails. "

Posted Sep 9, 2005

John Wirt

12 84%

The Constant Gardener (2005)

"Greed, corruption and murder conspire to make The Constant Gardener an unusually intelligent thriller."

Posted Sep 5, 2005

John Wirt

13 11%

The Cave (2005)

"Even among the dogs of summer, The Cave scrapes bottom."

Posted Sep 5, 2005

John Wirt

14 52%

Yes (2005)

"Art-house director Sally Potter casts a great actress in her canvas. "

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Wirt

15 85%

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

"Steve Carell soars with the best comics in funny business. "

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Wirt

16 38%

Mr. Destiny (1990)

"An awful redemption flick."

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Wirt

17 100%

Frankenstein (1931)

"The high tide of Universal horror. Hail Karloff."

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Wirt

18 79%

Red Eye (2005)

"A nearly perfect thriller. "

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Wirt

19 38%

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

"A frenzied sideshow sprinkled with Terry Gilliam's familiar ticks and excess but lacking funny or winning characters. "

Posted Aug 26, 2005

John Wirt

20 13%

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

"The Dukes of Hazzard better have a big opening weekend. Once the Dukes remake hits thousands of movie screens, it's got to win its own race. "

Posted Aug 21, 2005

John Wirt

21 38%

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"The intended surprises aren't all that surprising. "

Posted Aug 19, 2005

John Wirt

22 52%

Four Brothers (2005)

"An entertaining, escapist, not particularly ambitious ride. "

Posted Aug 19, 2005

John Wirt

23 31%

Valiant (2005)

"These pigeons don't fly."

Posted Aug 19, 2005

John Wirt

24 87%

Saving Face (2005)

"This indie film's wrong turns include a feel-good finish as phony as any Hollywood ending."

Posted Aug 12, 2005

John Wirt

25 45%

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993)

"Loose-limbed, rubber-mouthed and poodle-hyper, Carrey is the screen's next great clown."

Posted Aug 12, 2005

John Wirt

26 63%

Ladies in Lavender (2005)

"Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are a great duo, but the film isn't so great."

Posted Aug 12, 2005

John Wirt

27 66%

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

"The ultimate cult flick."

Posted Aug 12, 2005

John Wirt

28 37%

The Great Raid (2005)

"A sincere but less than inspiring war-time drama."

Posted Aug 12, 2005

John Wirt

29 13%

Stealth (2005)

"Has little more than color and motion going for it."

Posted Aug 5, 2005

John Wirt

30 64%

Heights (2005)

"What happens to these not-so-interesting people isn't nearly as compelling as writer Amy Fox and first-time feature director Chris Terrio intended."

Posted Aug 5, 2005

John Wirt

31 92%

Duck Soup (1933)

"The magnificent Marx Brothers at their funniest and most chaotic."

Posted Jul 30, 2005

John Wirt

32 7%

In the Army Now (1994)

"A good reason to go AWOL."

Posted Jul 30, 2005

John Wirt

33 23%

Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)

"It's nice to McCartney and Starr making music together again, but the film mostly flops."

Posted Jul 30, 2005

John Wirt

34 91%

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

"Johnny Depp and Tim Burton in magical collaboration."

Posted Jul 30, 2005

John Wirt

35 74%

Ghost (1990)

"This occult love story deserved its hit status."

Posted Jul 29, 2005

John Wirt

36 98%

Manhattan (1979)

"The best of Woody Allen."

Posted Jul 29, 2005

John Wirt

37 94%

March of the Penguins (2005)

"The march of Antarctica's emperor penguins is among nature's incredible journeys. "

Posted Jul 29, 2005

John Wirt

38 83%

Avalon (1990)

"An overstuffed family drama that's not nearly as magical as it thinks it is."

Posted Jul 29, 2005

John Wirt

39 35%

Must Love Dogs (2005)

"The film meanders to every predictable place possible. It's Screenwriting 101, including the big romantic dash as grand finale. "

Posted Jul 29, 2005

John Wirt

40 73%

Sky High (2005)

"Less discriminating, younger viewers may find Sky High amusing, but actual high school students are way beyond this kid stuff."

Posted Jul 29, 2005

John Wirt

41 75%

Wedding Crashers (2005)

"The frontrunner for this summer's funniest flick, Wedding Crashers is American Pie for grownups."

Posted Jul 22, 2005

John Wirt

42 40%

The Island (2005)

"The Island is more than the usual Michael Bay action fest. Beyond the mayhem, there's a timely theme, strapping performances and even jokes."

Posted Jul 22, 2005

John Wirt

43 60%

The Preacher's Wife (1996)

"Definitely not Denzel Washington's finest hour."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

John Wirt

44 27%

Fluke (1995)

"Touching in a shaggy dog sort of way."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

John Wirt

45 57%

Free Willy (1993)

"Schmaltzy."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

John Wirt

46 91%

Nobody's Fool (1994)

"Newman in fine late-career form."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

John Wirt

47 27%

Fantastic Four (2005)

"Fantastic Four functions at the level of a below average Saturday-morning cartoon."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

John Wirt

48 46%

Dark Water (2005)

"Brazilian director Walter Salles' first Hollywood project is both a chilling ghost story and a heart-pulling drama."

Posted Jul 14, 2005

John Wirt

49 82%

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

"Whatever flaws it has, this sweet and sour morality tale is a beautifully crafted and bizarrely amusing delight. "

Posted Jul 14, 2005

John Wirt

50 100%

Hear My Song (1991)

"Ned Beatty gives a great performance in the Ireland-set charmer."

Posted Jul 8, 2005

John Wirt

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