Eight Below (2006)
"Marshall sort of gets away with murder by walking the line of pitiless Antarctic cold and family-film warmth."
"The uncommon flavor and unconventional rhythms of Price's writing make Freedomland compelling."
Final Destination 3 (2006)
"Morgan and Wong's snarky iterations on their initial premise don't show much development...a fair diversion but, make no mistake, a waste of time."
The Pink Panther (2006)
Curious George (2006)
"The skillful 2D-CGI animation hybrid starts out charmingly enough, with cute sight gags and general monkeying around, but...even kids may lose interest in the labored story."
"Play[s] it safe...to sit through this home-invasion scenario yet again, I think we're owed a dead kid. Or at least a contusion. Maybe lightly stun the dog? Toss us a bone here!"
"Though the acts don't have the heft required for concert-film greatness, they do comprise a sort of screen capture of the decade's musical movement."
A Good Woman (2006)
"Strained of much of its Englishness...A Good Woman earns most of its good will from those Wildean epigrams."
Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
"Is it too much to hope that the sequel will be "Nanny McPhee vs. Big Momma"? Just asking..."
"A corny, eighties throwback, with thematic mushiness, regressive sexual politics, and cheesy montages to match."
Nanny McPhee (2006)
"Thompson can't or won't diverge much from standard fairy-tale plotting, but enlivens the familiar situation comedy with some pleasingly tart lines."
"Sincere performances--under the director's sympathetic eye--allow humanity to overshadow the machinery of plot."
The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2007)
"Too much of this self-congratulatory one-man-show in the guise of a documentary remains real...muddy."
"Albert Brooks has always spun gold from self-absorption and gulfs of misunderstanding."
Following Sean (2006)
"Without belaboring his narrative shaping, Arlyck asks big questions about life paths and philosophical drift."
"Too seldom clever, too often tiresomely busy, and wasteful of its voice cast, it's Hoodwinked that is the crime."
Last Holiday (2006)
"A better way to seize the day would be to do something other than sitting through the sitcomedic Last Holiday."
Glory Road (2006)
"When coach Don Haskins sent out five African-American starters to face off against an all-white Wildcat team, barriers were broken, but Glory Road just hits the wall."
Tristan & Isolde (2006)
"Bypasses the mythic tone of Richard Wagner's opera...without forsaking storybook romance. The inoffensive results get the job done, but sadly fail to excite."
The Matador (2006)
"Writer-director Richard Shepard speeds through the hairpin turns of a pure-comedy 'what if?' premise....as quirkily suspenseful as it is ticklish."
"Grabs for the gut by stoking primal understandings about our loving but tragically distant relationship with the wild."
Match Point (2005)
"Amounts to little more than an austere and extremely prolonged episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents."
"A potent legend of modern international relations."
The Five Pennies (1959)
"A bit of a sprightly-tragic mess, but if one doesn't try to sum up its parts, it's plenty entertaining in a nostalgic, old-movie way."
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
"A next generation Eddie Haskell, Ferris Bueller redefined "cool" misbehavior for Generation X....Hughes has a knack for memorable set pieces. [new DVD review]"
"So good-natured and well-intentioned (showcasing as it does up-and-coming Latino bands) that it's tempting to overlook its significant narrative flaws."
"A startlingly relevant 'social problem film' (shakai-mono)--of its time and our own--and an existential melodrama by way of Hamlet."
"Haneke's exploration of willful ignorance, guilt, and history takes hold, and doesn't quite let go when the lights come up."
The New World (2005)
"Reveries and fever dreams of early America--Malick casts not for dry history but a psychic projection of spirit from beyond the centuries."
"A modern romantic comedy movie transplanted to 18th Century Venice...Hallstrom's fleet-footed romp is impossible to take seriously, but that's largely the point."
Rumor Has It (2005)
"For a movie purportedly about the truth behind a movie, the mushy Rumor Has It... feels astoundingly false."
"The man's increasingly crazifying attempts to make serious films are still nothing more than good movies. Perhaps only Spielberg could fail so spectacularly well."
The White Countess (2005)
"[The] soft-glowing facade always seems more real to Ivory than harsh reality...represent[s] our own attempts to stave off reality with the romantic projections of cinema."
Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006)
"The diminished return of the English striptease comedies...neither swanky nor funny enough to entertain, and Sherman's shallow script never earns its melodramatic turns."
Short Films of David Lynch (2006)
Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)
"Starts out as a nifty satire, then turns ghastly for most of its running time."
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)
"Okay, everybody, back to your shopping--there's nothing to see here."
"Unprecedented nonsense that--fashions aside--will remain timeless comedy cinema. [new DVD review]"
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
"A brisk and consistently funny family entertainment. [new DVD review]"
The Muppet Movie (1979)
"Few family films have the breadth of appeal of The Muppet Movie, the best screen evidence of the Muppeteers' dedication to magnificent illusion. [new DVD review]"
"The essentially sanctified Melquiades...is the least developed character...Jones and Arriaga instead focus on the redemption of Estrada's white neighbors."
The Family Stone (2005)
"[A] pleasingly off-kilter domestic comedy."
The Producers (2005)
"Not for the resolutely politically correct or the shtick-averse. For everyone else, it's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving."
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
"The humor is up to Muppet par, with physical comedy, puns, running jokes, and layered gags...Muppet Treasure Island is grand family entertainment. [new DVD review]"
King Kong (2005)
"Peter Jackson's King Kong is all things cinema, in the hands of a clever but overindulged filmmaker."
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
"With Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee paints...symbolist drama (is it coincidental that the film begins in Signal, Wyoming?)."
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
"A bloated melodrama more interested in poses than inner lives (according to some Japanese-culture-vultures, it gets the poses wrong, too)."
"Though Adamson lacks Lewis' storytelling confidence...The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe still comes across as a quirkily diverting children's entertainment."