Houston Chronicle

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

August Rush (2007)

"The goal is to drive mothers everywhere insane with the urge to rescue him and brush his hair (or the other way around), and in my case it worked."

Posted Nov 21, 2007

Amy Biancolli

2 93%

Enchanted (2007)

"A gently meta fairy tale that pokes fun at Disney's animated classics, just never too hard to hurt."

Posted Nov 21, 2007

Amy Biancolli

3 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"[It] just might be the Coen brothers' singular mythic masterwork."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Amy Biancolli

4 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"It's imaginative, and it has the barreling forward motion and lurching thrills of a Dark Ages theme park, even when it's exercising battle-worn clichés."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Amy Biancolli

5 26%

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

"That's really missing is a sense of rapture -- a touch of magic on this course through the decades."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Amy Biancolli

6 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"Lions for Lambs marks Robert Redford's seventh film as director...and it's certainly not his best. But I'll say this for it: It's his bravest."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Amy Biancolli

7 21%

Fred Claus (2007)

"The movie's constantly shifting timbre takes some getting used to, and it's hard to escape the feeling that a whole lot of actors (Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Miranda Richardson) are wasted in a whole lot of roles."

Posted Nov 9, 2007

Amy Biancolli

8 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"Is it as bold as it might be? Does it blaze with invention? Is it the best babbling-bee urban biopic, bar none? Just about."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Amy Biancolli

9 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"It's a much better film than nine-tenths of what's out there on any given Friday, and if you're a fan of steak-and-potatoes crime drama, I highly recommend it."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Amy Biancolli

10 36%

Reservation Road (2007)

"It starts with devastation and closes, after a few reels of narrative dithering, with a climax of hairpin emotional turns and indisputable power."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Amy Biancolli

11 44%

Bella (Beauty) (2006)

"Writer-director Alejandro Gómez Monteverde brings to his feature debut a warmth and charity that offsets some of the script's more obvious devices."

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Amy Biancolli

12 94%

My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

"A fascinating documentary."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

13 98%

For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

"Its main surprise is the compassion shown toward everyone, on all sides of the debate. It does not vilify those who vilify gays."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Amy Biancolli

14 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"A love-tolerate valentine to the city, it feels more real than the gangster-gorged mean streets of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, and just as tortured as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

15 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"It's an affected film about disaffected people, and no cast in the world could save it."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Amy Biancolli

16 51%

30 Days of Night (2007)

"Even as stage blood flows like water, this wicked-mean vampire thriller pushes ahead with effective characters, a fantastic visual schema and a terrifying plot."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Amy Biancolli

17 72%

Lust, Caution (2007)

"A quietly compelling drama of hidden desperation and fierce passions."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

18 57%

We Own the Night (2007)

"Gray's craftsmanship is admirable, which shows some old-fashioned reverence for the triangulated composition of Scene, Character, Plot and avoids, by and large, the snazzy edits and visual bling that pass for a cinematic imagination these days."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Amy Biancolli

19 100%

The Alps (2007)

"An eye-popping tribute to the European range that's heaved heavenward since bulging from the Earth eons ago during continental drift."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

20 63%

King of California (2007)

"Writer-director Mike Cahill explores Charlie's foolishness with funny-sad fondness."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

21 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"Without diminishing the deep transcendentalist yearnings of its young hero, Into the Wild builds to a climax of profound human connectedness, profound human pain."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Amy Biancolli

22 14%

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

"It's simply product for a pre-conditioned marketplace, pushing familiar buttons without doing anything remotely creative."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

23 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"The Farrelly brothers blow all the good will accumulated in the first half of the movie by taking the humor deeper and deeper into Tedious Cad Land, where Stiller's self-obsessed, nattering guyishness turns pathological and strange."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Amy Biancolli

24 50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"A low-key comedy in which characters always seem just one misstep away from full-out tragedy."

Posted Oct 1, 2007

Joe Leydon

25 65%

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

"The episodes roll by in smooth progression, and the talkiness has the round, impassioned tones of readers ignited by fiction."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Amy Biancolli

26 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"It's clear that Berg wants to humanize the Saudis, but I suspect much of this nuance will get blown to smithereens in a firestorm of bullets."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Amy Biancolli

27 28%

The Game Plan (2007)

"I was hooked. While the critic (sounds like cynic) nitpicked the movie's predictable storytelling and comic set-ups, the mother in me sniffled with emotion as the Big Bad Quarterback turned into a sloppy puddle of a man."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Amy Biancolli

28 39%

Feast of Love (2007)

"Director Robert Benton and screenwriter Allison Burnett tell a sobering, adult-geared tale of love's highs, lows and maddening twists and turns."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

29 53%

Across the Universe (2007)

"...Julie Taymor's rhapsodic mash note to John, Paul, George and Ringo falls just short of breathtaking."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Amy Biancolli

30 31%

The Hottest State (2007)

"[The two main characters] are in all honesty the least sympathetic and most egregiously boring romantic pair that I've seen onscreen in ages."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Amy Biancolli

31 24%

Fierce People (2005)

"A buoyant coming-of-age adventure welded to an amiable wealth fantasy."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

32 94%

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

"Though Shadow could use a bit more confessionals and a bit less history, it still succeeds as a reminder of America's can-do spirit at its best."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

33 53%

The Hunting Party (2007)

"...it does make room for the latest, loose-screw character part in the reinvention of Gere's career."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Amy Biancolli

34 73%

In the Valley of Elah (2007)

"[Haggis'] self-serious tone becomes wearisome, and he fails to explore how the military failed its men while clumsily laying a guilt trip at its feet."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

35 33%

Sea of Dreams (2006)

"Sea of Dreams purports to be a film of 'magic realism,' but it's neither magical nor realistic."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

36 5%

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

"First-time director Mark Helfrich brings a ham-fisted insistence on the obvious and a tendency to overstate raunchy humor until the raunch becomes a bore."

Posted Sep 21, 2007

Amy Biancolli

37 75%

Arven (The Inheritance) (2004)

EDIT

Posted Sep 15, 2007

38 96%

Deep Water (2006)

"For this gripping and amazing documentary, such truth emerges not just from the facts, but also the poetry of men who redefine themselves in a risky race on small sailboats."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

39 96%

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

"Nerds rule."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

40 7%

Silk (2007)

"Although the period-piece film has all the trappings, from beautiful people to an obligatory sense of tragedy, it never follows through. In fact, its love story needs a shove -- it just lies there."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

41 13%

Mr. Woodcock (2007)

"Child abuse: har-dee-har-har."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Amy Biancolli

42 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"It's lily-livered narrative cowardice, and I reject it."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Amy Biancolli

43 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"What it's really about, more than sensitivity for displaced people or social analyses, is violence -- hideous, gruesome, over-the-top violence."

Posted Sep 14, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

44 80%

Summer '04 (Sommer '04) (2007)

"All I know is, I didn't buy it. It didn't scan. And I'm sorry it didn't, because Summer '04 offers much to admire and a few things to fear."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Amy Biancolli

45 93%

This Is England (2007)

"A drama that's so potent and persuasive yet also natural and intimate that it almost has the heft of a documentary."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

46 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"Like Quentin Tarantino without the aesthetic posturing, the film is giddy with pop references -- and embraces the sloshy fun of exploitation genre-tweaking..."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Amy Biancolli

47 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"The best Western since Unforgiven, 3:10 to Yuma is both cathartic and intelligent. While a wildly eventful action-adventure and outlaw shoot-'em-up, it's also a vibrant story of heroism, villainy and hard-earned redemption."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

48 63%

Ladron Que Roba A Ladron (2007)

"If you want dangerous schemes to be light-hearted entertainment, you've got to make allowances. Besides, the payoffs are worth it - in any language."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

49 20%

Death Sentence (2007)

"It may be the most depressing action movie ever made. Its calamities are well staged, and its acting, beyond some histrionics, is fine. But you don't enjoy this film; you endure it."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

50 84%

Rocket Science (2007)

"Borrowing from too many movies to count, Rocket Science botches that brew in an unwieldy slew of adolescent-angst clichés."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Bruce Westbrook

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