Cinematical

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story ()

"While I doubt I'll ever see the flick a second time, I've no problem recommending it to fans of dark and disturbing cinema."

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Scott Weinberg

2 21%

Dead Silence (2007)

"If you're in the mood for a Saturday afternoon-ish throwback thriller, you could certainly do a hell of a lot worse than this one."

Posted Mar 16, 2007

Scott Weinberg

3 86%

The Namesake (2006)

"... a deeply felt look at the ties of family and birthplace, the loneliness of living far from your home, and the connections that hold everything together ..."

Posted Mar 16, 2007

Kim Voynar

4 8%

Premonition (2007)

"Premonition is just an incredible mess from start to finish, filled with so many logical inconsistencies, it's practically impossible for the audience to sustain the necessary suspension of disbelief for long."

Posted Mar 16, 2007

Kim Voynar

5 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"Thanks, Mr. Apatow, for (once again) proving that "R Rated Comedy" is not the exclusive domain of the base, the callous and the insipid."

Posted Mar 15, 2007

Scott Weinberg

6 70%

Diggers (2007)

"A movie doesn't have to be unique in order for it to work, and Diggers provides just enough wit, warmth and insight to warrant a visit."

Posted Mar 14, 2007

Scott Weinberg

7 68%

Disturbia (2007)

"Slickly shot, generally well-acted, and entirely, predictably conventional from stem to stern."

Posted Mar 14, 2007

Scott Weinberg

8 60%

300 (2007)

"Whatever your reason for going into 300, I can't imagine leaving it very excited by what you get. I can imagine being excited by the prospect of leaving -- for me, the end credits of 300 rolled up on the screen with the comforting shock of a parole notice"

Posted Mar 11, 2007

James Rocchi

9 60%

300 (2007)

"Visually arresting and wildly cut together, 300 is (despite its well-earned R-rating) precisely the kind of movie that turns 14-year-old boys into ravenous movie geeks."

Posted Mar 8, 2007

Scott Weinberg

10 26%

The Zodiac (2006)

"Whether you're a true-crime buff or just an average cinephile who enjoys a well-crafted film, you'll find something to like about Zodiac."

Posted Mar 2, 2007

Kim Voynar

11 5%

Because I Said So (2007)

"I don't think anyone actually wrote Because I Said So; I think that some Hollywood artificial intelligence think-tank instead fed DVD box sets of The Gilmore Girls and Sex and the City into a computer, along with Pottery Barn catalogs for roughage. ..."

Posted Mar 2, 2007

James Rocchi

12 15%

Hannibal Rising (2007)

"And now, the prequel Hannibal Rising, which answers several questions: Where did Hannibal come from? What made him what he is?... It does not, however, answer the better question: Who fricking cares?"

Posted Mar 2, 2007

James Rocchi

13 62%

Music and Lyrics (2007)

"Music and Lyrics is a nice, light, bright romantic comedy -- a demonstration of the best and the worst of modern romantic comedy in action, in fact. ..."

Posted Mar 2, 2007

James Rocchi

14 84%

Breach (2007)

"Breach has the facts and shape of real events; it also has real excitement and true craft behind it, which is just one part of the reason why it's such a pleasure to watch."

Posted Mar 2, 2007

James Rocchi

15 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"By showing us the details in carefully-wrought, exacting fashion, Fincher and screenwriter James Vanderbilt turn the hunt for the Zodiac killer into thrilling, exciting cinema -- and the best true-life tale of detection we've had on the big screen since A"

Posted Mar 2, 2007

James Rocchi

16 66%

Black Snake Moan (2007)

"The combination of blues music and exploitation-film visuals should be jarring, but for the most part Brewer manages to pull it off, with the music helping to tie everything together (or chain it all together)."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Jette Kernion

17 38%

The Abandoned (2007)

"This is coming from a guy who really enjoys a "slow burn" ghost story: The Abandoned is a grade-A snoozer."

Posted Feb 24, 2007

Scott Weinberg

18 35%

Reno 911!: Miami (2007)

"Hearkens back to comedy classics like Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, specifically in the areas of quality control, production value and chuckle quota."

Posted Feb 24, 2007

Scott Weinberg

19 ——

If I Had Known I Was A Genius (2007)

"... a likable, mostly crowd-pleasing film with a lot of funny moments, and yet somehow it mysteriously falls a little flat in the latter half."

Posted Feb 18, 2007

Kim Voynar

20 82%

Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) (2007)

"... a richly complex tapestry of culture, idealism, love and freedom."

Posted Feb 18, 2007

Kim Voynar

21 63%

The Island (2007)

"Longuine pulls all these elements together into a deeply moving exploration of sin, redemption, and faith."

Posted Feb 18, 2007

Kim Voynar

22 58%

Zoo (2007)

"Devor's' style as a filmmaker is visual and almost impressionistic, and he seems as enamored of the beauty of the landscape and the snow-capped volcano hovering protectively over Enumclaw as he does by his subject matter."

Posted Feb 18, 2007

Kim Voynar

23 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"Helmer/screenwriter Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, making his feature film debut, hits all the right notes here."

Posted Feb 18, 2007

Kim Voynar

24 84%

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

"The beauty of Bridge to Terabithia was always about the friendship, and that aspect remains the focal point of the film as well."

Posted Feb 18, 2007

Kim Voynar

25 26%

Ghost Rider (2007)

"What begins as a standard-yet-watchable superhero adventure slowly congeals into something approaching the caliber of Catwoman. Not as bad, but kinda knocking on the doorstep."

Posted Feb 16, 2007

Scott Weinberg

26 26%

Daddy's Little Girls (2007)

"Don't let the brightly colored poster with the cute little girls on it fool you -- this isn't a comedy, either, but is meant to be a drama with a message. Daddy's Little Girls has its funny moments, but overall it's fairly somber from the start."

Posted Feb 15, 2007

Jette Kernion

27 62%

Music and Lyrics (2007)

"A hilarious Eighties music-video spoof and other clever musical moments are attached to a routine and somewhat lackluster romantic comedy."

Posted Feb 13, 2007

Jette Kernion

28 95%

No End in Sight (2007)

"The film is methodically edited, interspersing tales from the ground with policy wonks, decisions with consequences, until it paints the administration into a corner."

Posted Feb 9, 2007

Kim Voynar

29 79%

Teeth (2007)

"... a fun exploration of feminine sexual power seen through the twisted kaleidoscope lens of a horror-comedy."

Posted Feb 9, 2007

Kim Voynar

30 20%

The Good Life (2007)

"You just can't go from darkly morose to uplifting and hopeful in the last 30 seconds of the film without any kind of arc to take you there."

Posted Feb 9, 2007

Kim Voynar

31 89%

The Savages (2007)

"There are no easy answers in dealing with aging and dying parents, and Jenkins doesn't try to give us one."

Posted Feb 9, 2007

Kim Voynar

32 23%

An American Crime (2007)

"(Catherine) Keener, always a versatile actress, takes on the challenge of portraying perhaps one of the most unlikable villains in the history of true crime, and tries to find the humanity buried somewhere within her."

Posted Feb 9, 2007

Kim Voynar

33 96%

Nanking (2007)

"War and violence are never pretty, and this is not an easy film to watch -- there is brutal and gruesome footage of the death and destruction that happened there."

Posted Feb 3, 2007

Kim Voynar

34 12%

The Messengers (2007)

"A stunningly inert, painfully derivative, shamelessly cheap and aggressively dull ghost story that delivers nothing you haven't seen before. About 43 times."

Posted Feb 2, 2007

Scott Weinberg

35 100%

Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)

"A lovely tale about communication, family, forgiveness, and 'something resembling love,' told through the story of a Native American family in small-town Oklahoma."

Posted Feb 1, 2007

Kim Voynar

36 98%

For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

"Karslake has made a powerful film ...it addresses the fulcrum of the religious right's objection to homosexuality without attacking those who hold those beliefs."

Posted Feb 1, 2007

Kim Voynar

37 31%

The Good Night (2007)

"Jake Paltrow's script is clever, though, and the ideas he's trying to explore are interesting."

Posted Jan 30, 2007

Kim Voynar

38 69%

Year of the Dog (2007)

"It's a testament to writer/director Mike White's talents that Peggy's miseries are shown as humorously tragic, but also simply, plainly painful."

Posted Jan 29, 2007

Scott Weinberg

39 54%

Eagle vs. Shark (2007)

"The humor is fast-paced and character-based, and the two leads are nothing short of hilarious."

Posted Jan 29, 2007

Scott Weinberg

40 18%

Chapter 27 (2007)

"Feels like thirty pages of script in a 90-minute frame."

Posted Jan 28, 2007

Scott Weinberg

41 40%

The Go-Getter (2008)

"The Go-Getter is a nearly perfect demonstration of what happens when what was once a frontier for exploration becomes a factory floor for repetition."

Posted Jan 27, 2007

James Rocchi

42 82%

Protagonist (2007)

"Hard to define and easy to enjoy."

Posted Jan 27, 2007

James Rocchi

43 35%

Finishing the Game (2007)

"Equal parts affectionately silly and insightfully satirical."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

Scott Weinberg

44 0%

Weapons (2009)

"It's basically just another "teens hate everyone, especially each other" story."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

Scott Weinberg

45 37%

The Ten (2007)

"I discovered a solid handful of worthwhile chuckles in the flick, most of which came from the smoothly reliable Paul Rudd and the still-adorable Winona Ryder."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

Scott Weinberg

46 57%

The Signal (2008)

"It sure wouldn't surprise me if my fellow horror geeks decided to embrace this one quite enthusiastically."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

Scott Weinberg

47 2%

Epic Movie (2007)

"Because nothing in the universe is funnier than watching Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonka break out into hip-hop gyrations."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

Scott Weinberg

48 73%

Son of Rambow (2007)

"Giddy, goofy and heartfelt."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

James Rocchi

49 15%

Hounddog (2008)

"[Fanning] has the talent, in abundance. Let's see it put to use in better films going forward."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

Kim Voynar

50 62%

Grace Is Gone (2007)

"The film is as affecting -- and as ultimately human -- as one might hope, and it still brings home the ugly real fact that for too many Americans, the evening news isn't just background noise."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

James Rocchi

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