"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."
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Save the Tiger (1973)
"Lemmon turns in showy, theatrical work that's appropriate to the not-terribly subtle film around him, but the whole enterprise is one that's best avoided..."
Going Shopping (2005)
"Like the funky little shop at its heart, Going Shopping may not look like much from its exterior, but a little browsing turns up unexpected treasures."
"Like the rest of Johnston's oeuvre, Jumanji puts vivid characters through paces that will quicken any child's pulse."
Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
"Plays like a giant warning to get out of town before Cheaper by the Dozen 2 opens."
Just Friends (2005)
"Brush aside the pratfalls, cheap-shot fat jokes, and creative variety of crotch attacks, and what's left? Not a lick of emotional sense."
The Ice Harvest (2005)
"Zesty enough to make the ol' noir two-step seem worthwhile."
"[Afield] from its off-Broadway origins, but the intimacy afforded by the camera and...most of the original cast occasionally restore the emotional vitality of the piece."
The Escape Artist (1982)
"Offers plenty to appeal to children and adults, and the clever ending delivers one more treat to pay off the story's tricks."
Ellie Parker (2005)
"Watts' performance is brave and jazzy, but Coffey's riffing lacks lasting impact."
Walk the Line (2005)
"A dash more authentic--or, at least, more subtle--than its Hollywood spawning and Taylor Hackford's come-on-strong take on [Ray] Charles would seem to predict."
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
"Wright's ability to evoke sympathy for even the marginal characters--partly by exercising ingeniously economical staging to catch them in private moments--distinguishes this Pride & Prejudice."
"Newell's film, unlike its predecessors, fails to generate fresh wonder...but on balance Rowling's creative opus--roiling with hormonal consequences and eye-popping effects--continues to earn its crowds. [Blu-ray]"
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
"With brisk energy, Baumbach finds equal parts humor and sadness in the foibles of his family."
"Triumphant coming-of-age drama (complete with horses!) [aimed] at little girls and their captive-audience fathers."
"As far as I can tell, no one is at the controls of Doom."
North Country (2005)
"Feature films about sexual harassment are hardly a dime a dozen, so Niki Caro's North Country-gawky though it may be at times-comes as welcome."
Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
"Has the plaintive, lyrical feel of a classic Southern short-story."
"Mysterious daddy issues, a color scheme that washes everything in fluorescent urine and lime-green Jello, and....editing so jittery it'll send you into rapid eye movement."
"A character plans out a 42-hour-and-11 minute journey accompanied by a 16-CD soundtrack....Elizabethtown feels every bit as long and music-saturated..."
"Makes an epic impact, fully exploiting cinema to chase the intensity of a live musical while also allowing time for intimate expression of character."
Lady in White (1988)
"Far from perfect, but what it lacks in finesse, it makes up in shaggy-dog charm....the fun is in the journey."
Star Trek - Nemesis (2002)
"Tinkers around with an intriguing premise but with little creative facility for dialogue or structure...[splits] the difference between fans and neophytes, impressing neither."
Bad Timing (1980)
"Exemplifies the rich, acquired taste of the Roeg film."
"Radiating serpentine self-absorption, Philip Seymour Hoffman embodies a youthful Truman Capote. [Blu-ray]"
In Her Shoes (2005)
"[Jerks] every tear in the "chick-lit" book...but the fertile combination of Hanson, Grant, and the stars allows blossoms of truth and humor to spring up out of the mulch."
Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)
"A theatrical movie infused with the energy of live TV....Good Night, and Good Luck. reminds us that, when played right, journalism is a dangerous game."
"A movie for young people, and they're welcome to it. Anyone older than teenage already will have seen every joke in Waiting... in more finely crafted, funnier movies."
"Unsubtle....A disappointment for adults, [but] still qualifies as a peppy object lesson for would-be overachievers."
"Whedon's smart, densely plotted, fast-paced story provides ample opportunities for characterization, revealing the pain beneath the characters' defensive humor."
"Thoughtful and energetic....Anderson has in Ryan's story a bittersweet exemplar for the unsung toil and love of prefeminist desperate housewives..."
Into the Blue (2005)
"Primarily, Into the Blue displays plenty of priceless booty (and the treasure is impressive, too...)."
A History of Violence (2005)
"[Cronenberg] investigates his own cinematic propensity for violence and skill at purveying it...sex and violence can be random, can be animal, and certainly can be satisfying. [Blu-ray]"
Touch The Sound (2004)
"Glennie and Reidelsheimer prove equally adept at tapping into found sound and transforming it into art."