Cinematical

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 73%

The Mist (2007)

"... Darabont's made what can best be called a grade-A B-movie, full of jolts and jumps and classic monster-movie tricks played out with old-school showmanship and thoroughly modern special effects."

Posted Nov 21, 2007

James Rocchi

2 91%

Your Mommy Kills Animals (2007)

"Your Mommy Kills Animals lays things out with historical perspective, tracing the roots of both the animal welfare movement and animals rights activism to England."

Posted Nov 19, 2007

Peter Martin

3 98%

The Life of Reilly (2007)

"I love this movie.I don't say those four words often, so I had to put them first. And isolate them ... a postmortem revelation as much as a perfect swansong."

Posted Nov 17, 2007

Christopher Campbell

4 36%

Southland Tales (2007)

"There's barely a trace of substance to Kelly's fiasco, nor anything like a so-bad-it's-good vibe."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Nick Schager

5 37%

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

"Aggressively whimsical -- everyone is trying way too hard to be in-your-face quirky."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Jette Kernion

6 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"Some are calling Beowulf the future of movies, but it would be a lot easier to swallow that hype if ... anything in the movie suggested the people who made Beowulf were invested in making something good instead of just interested in making something new."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

James Rocchi

7 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"Stands as an unapologetically enthusiastic marriage between old-school heroism and modern-day wizardry. Plus it kicks ass!"

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Scott Weinberg

8 65%

Wild Tigers I Have Known (2007)

"The movie wears its ancestors on its sleeve -- Tarnation and My Own Private Idaho, sure, but also Kenneth Anger, Warhol, Harmony Korine."

Posted Nov 12, 2007

Karina Longworth

9 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"... a relevant message unfortunately wrapped up in an oddly discordant, moderately self-righteous package which is probably going to go right over the heads of most of the people at whom it's targeted."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Kim Voynar

10 33%

Martian Child (2007)

"Not too dull to sit through without some enjoyment, but forgettable within 24 hours of watching the movie."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Jette Kernion

11 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"Here's the biggest problem most folks will have with Bee Movie: It's not Ratatouille."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Erik Davis

12 72%

Darfur Now (2007)

"Almost conclusively portrays the Darfur problem as no longer a problem. But even if so, Darfur Now is not really a film about the Darfur problem, anyway."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Christopher Campbell

13 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"American Gangster isn't bad or poorly-made or unsatisfactory; it's just good enough to make you painfully aware of all the ways it could have been better, too big and observed to watch as simple entertainment and too glossy and glib to watch as meaningful"

Posted Nov 1, 2007

James Rocchi

14 91%

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

"I think the movie is one of the most hilarious I've ever seen ... But the symbolism and depth of the movie make me appreciate it as a masterpiece."

Posted Oct 27, 2007

Christopher Campbell

15 88%

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

"At 83 years-old, Lumet still manages to deliver this film in a captivating, edge-of-your-seat fashion."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Erik Davis

16 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"It doesn't appear to have enough juice to land a best picture Oscar nod, but it definitely has enough taste to linger in your mouth, heart and mind for a long time to come."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Erik Davis

17 35%

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"The film is beautifully shot, filling the screen with brightly saturated hues that give it an almost fairy tale-like visual sense, rather like a series of Pre-Raphaelite paintings brought to life."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Kim Voynar

18 81%

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

"This film is heart-warming and lovely, but it's also deeply sad and tragic, and somehow Gosling captures both sides of this tale, touching both the deep sorrows and gladnesses that give the story it's texture and depth."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Kim Voynar

19 23%

Slipstream (2007)

"Straight-up bonkers."

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Nick Schager

20 66%

Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007)

"It's a bold first effort, with a distinct, swaggering sense of style and humor that's hard -- even for a cynical blogger sick to death of indie 'quirk' -- to resist."

Posted Oct 22, 2007

Karina Longworth

21 36%

Reservation Road (2007)

"In the Bedroom redux, but squishier and stupider."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Nick Schager

22 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"The attention to detail in the film is remarkable."

Posted Oct 15, 2007

Kim Voynar

23 25%

Sex and Death 101 (2007)

"Unapologetically sexy, oddly unpredictable and ultimately kinda (yes) sweet, Sex and Death 101 is just a solid little comedy."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Scott Weinberg

24 100%

Zibahkhana (Hell's Ground) (2007)

"So while you're being assaulted with ideas, characters and monsters that are clearly 'borrowed' from other sources, well, it's just quite the novelty to witness Pakistan's first gore movie."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Scott Weinberg

25 86%

Control (2007)

"At least Control does right by the doting wife, typically given the shaft in these movies as simply victim and toss-away, here played as heartbreakingly courageous by two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (third times the charm?)."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Christopher Campbell

26 7%

Postal (2007)

"From the scoring and lighting to the acting and editing, the thing wouldn't earn a passing grade from even the most lenient film professor at the chintziest community college."

Posted Oct 7, 2007

Scott Weinberg

27 65%

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

"The cast's performances and Swicord's sense of tone give it just enough charm to work."

Posted Oct 6, 2007

James Rocchi

28 96%

A fost sau n-a fost?, (12:08 East of Bucharest) (2007)

"Dryly funny throughout its first half, the film truly comes to life in its final 45 minutes."

Posted Oct 6, 2007

Martha Fischer

29 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"The Heartbreak Kid is a shabby, sleazy train wreck ... and anyone who backed it ... before its being made or rewards it with money or acclaim upon its release should feel, if they can feel at all, something like shame."

Posted Oct 4, 2007

James Rocchi

30 ——

To Love Someone ()

"To Love Someone is cleanly, tautly directed, and the acting is absolutely superb."

Posted Sep 29, 2007

Kim Voynar

31 91%

There Will Be Blood (2007)

"It's more than a "departure" for director Paul Thomas Anderson; it's a monumental display of "evolution" that'll wow the established fans and impress a helluva lot more new ones."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Scott Weinberg

32 5%

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

"You could probably make a good movie out of Good Luck Chuck's pitch; that just didn't happen here. And I like a good, funny, smutty comedy; the problem is that Good Luck Chuck is a bad, unfunny smutty comedy."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

James Rocchi

33 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"From bloody opening to bleak coda, The Kingdom pulls off something unexpected and unsettling: It's a popcorn movie that leaves the taste of ashes in your mouth."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

James Rocchi

34 28%

The Game Plan (2007)

"The Game Plan is as cute as a pail of kittens and about as orderly, but ... it works as a pretty solid example of how the skillful execution of some of the oldest plays in the book can still get the ball to the end zone."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

James Rocchi

35 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"... As the credits roll at the close of Into the Wild, you don't feel like you've celebrated a life spent on the road less traveled; you feel like you've just witnessed a slow-motion suicide."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

James Rocchi

36 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"The first thing my friend said to me as the credits began to roll: "Loved it ... but the film won't make a dime at the box office.""

Posted Sep 27, 2007

Erik Davis

37 29%

Trade (2007)

"Rarely has a message movie been as noxious ... manages to be not only contrived and culturally offensive, but also exploitative of the illicit practice it theoretically opposes."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

Nick Schager

38 36%

Southland Tales (2007)

"Swings from dark comedy to political message film to science fiction, with occasional dips into noir, religion and even a musical number featuring Justin Timberlake."

Posted Sep 24, 2007

Jette Kernion

39 78%

Crazy Love (2007)

"Quite brilliant."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Kim Voynar

40 25%

Emotional Arithmetic (2008)

"Earnest and fact-filled ... and completely inert; it's like looking at a civics class diorama."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

James Rocchi

41 50%

Breakfast with Scot (2007)

"A heartwarming, fish-out-of-water family comedy."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

James Rocchi

42 66%

Brick Lane (2008)

"A depressing, static drama that will have heads lolling backwards and eyes drooping wherever it plays."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Ryan Stewart

43 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"This is a film with a lot of big emotions, but not a lot of big moments."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Ryan Stewart

44 36%

Sydney White (2007)

"By the end of the film, if you haven't figured out that the film is supposed to be a remake of a fairy tale, the film has walloped you about the head and shoulders with that point so frequently you'd have to be willfully not paying attention to miss it."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Kim Voynar

45 75%

The Last Winter (2007)

"It features a supernatural threat, but it doesn't need one, because the film works so brilliantly as simply a psychological mood piece."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Christopher Campbell

46 72%

Love Comes Lately (2008)

"One of the most ill-conceived films to come down the pike in a long, long time."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Ryan Stewart

47 72%

Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006)

"Anyone who loved L'Auberge Espagnole should at least like its sequel as something of a guilty fling."

Posted Sep 18, 2007

Christopher Campbell

48 69%

Close to Home (Karov La Bayit) (2007)

"Close to Home is no buddy-cop, action-comedy ... it leaves out the action and the comedy so all that is left is a predictable narrative with no entertainment appeal."

Posted Sep 18, 2007

Christopher Campbell

49 90%

Blessed by Fire (Iluminados por el fuego) (2007)

"For an event rarely thought about outside of its involved countries, the film is a remarkable achievement."

Posted Sep 18, 2007

Christopher Campbell

50 52%

Down in the Valley (2005)

"Jacobson examines the life and death of the western and its incompatibility with the youth of today ... a fascinating, yet slightly off-balance, mix of tribute and scrutiny."

Posted Sep 18, 2007

Christopher Campbell

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