Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

Eve's Bayou (1996)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Jack Garner

2 83%

Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Jack Garner

3 67%

The Rock (1996)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Jack Garner

4 52%

Mars Attacks! (1996)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Jack Garner

5 69%

Restoration (1996)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Jack Garner

6 59%

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

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Posted Aug 24, 2007

7 64%

Day Watch (2007)

"Even though I never quite understood the film, I at least had the sense that there's something to it, and it's worth my effort to eventually figure it out."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Jack Garner

8 37%

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

"I had a few laughs, I enjoyed the elaborate special effects, the characters are entertaining and unpretentious, and I got out of the theater in about 90 minutes."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Jack Garner

9 97%

Once (2007)

"Thanks to the ingratiating lead performers and their honest music performances, and the sensitivities of writer-director John Carney, it's a story worth seeing."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Jack Garner

10 88%

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)

"It's an entertaining primer on the surprisingly arduous process, as well as a glimpse into the involvement of folks like Rosie O'Donnell, Boy George, Alan Cumming and Idina Menzel."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Jack Garner

11 70%

The Valet (La Doublure) (2007)

"If you're in the mood for Gallic lightheartedness, you know where to go."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Jack Garner

12 78%

Surf's Up (2007)

"The animation is fine, the voice work is well-cast and well-directed (with a special nod to the always-wonderful Bridges) and Surf's Up is modestly entertaining."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Jack Garner

13 66%

Snow Cake (2006)

"Weaver and Rickman and screenwriter Angela Pell elevate the film into something quite endearing."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Jack Garner

14 48%

Exterminating Angels (Les Anges Exterminateurs) (2007)

"The cinematic equivalent of getting drenched with a splash of ice water."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Jack Garner

15 60%

Gracie (2007)

"It's in the same rousing spirit of many such films in the genre."

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Jack Garner

16 95%

Offside (2006)

"If you're seeking a movie that entertains while introducing you to uniquely different ways of life, Offside scores."

Posted May 25, 2007

Jack Garner

17 81%

In Search of Mozart (2007)

"Though casual filmgoers may find In Search of Mozart a touch long and musically technical, the film provides a bevy of biographical information and a wealth of superb music."

Posted May 25, 2007

Jack Garner

18 89%

Waitress (2007)

"Order up a slice of the best pie this side of heaven, and enjoy a nice movie of bittersweet satisfaction."

Posted May 25, 2007

Jack Garner

19 44%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"It's beautifully shot, with lots of colorful characters, many astonishing special effects (though some approach a numbing quality), and much humor. The secret to enjoying the Pirate trilogy is to view them as operatic comedies."

Posted May 25, 2007

Jack Garner

20 94%

Away from Her (2007)

"The deeply affecting situation is explored with lyrical artistry, touching drama and remarkable performances in Away From Her, the impressive directorial debut of Canadian actor Sarah Polley."

Posted May 18, 2007

Jack Garner

21 40%

Shrek the Third (2007)

"If you've enjoyed the clever and very funny Shrek adventures so far, Shrek the Third will not disappoint; it's on a par with the entertaining original, and even a bit better than Shrek 2."

Posted May 18, 2007

Jack Garner

22 96%

Mafioso (1964)

"If you're curious to see the roots of Mafia-related cinema (or even if you simply enjoy a well-made, well-acted film), don't miss Mafioso, a fresh, and still engaging comedy-drama."

Posted May 11, 2007

Jack Garner

23 87%

Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006)

"A fully engaging drama, with powerful emotional punches and surprises."

Posted May 4, 2007

Jack Garner

24 69%

Year of the Dog (2007)

"Writer-director Mike White goes for a more restrained approach with some laughs, but also an offbeat character study."

Posted May 4, 2007

Jack Garner

25 29%

Lucky You (2007)

"Filmgoers expecting a Cincinnati Kid for a new age may be disappointed, for despite its card-game setting, Lucky You is mostly about a guy who we'd like to see win away from the casinos."

Posted May 4, 2007

Jack Garner

26 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"More is not better, even if it costs a reported $250 million. A good adventure story is better. A strong, well-examined villain is better. Lean and a little meaner is better."

Posted May 4, 2007

Jack Garner

27 97%

Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection (2007)

"Though not tautly connected, the various segments generate memorable images and give a feeling for a community and for a family that would be impossible with conventional narrative."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Jack Garner

28 74%

Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats) (2006)

"A warm-hearted French confection, the sort of breezy, lightly sophisticated boulevard comedy that was once plentiful in Gallic cinema, and makes a happy comeback here."

Posted Apr 20, 2007

Jack Garner

29 91%

Hot Fuzz (2007)

"One is tempted to label this a British Police Academy film, but it's a far smarter, more visceral, and energetic kin, and even has an honest-to-goodness mystery plot to propel it along."

Posted Apr 20, 2007

Jack Garner

30 43%

In the Land of Women (2007)

"Somehow, Kasdan's script is able to gloss over potential sand traps, and heads into the safer territory of emotional redemption for all involved."

Posted Apr 20, 2007

Jack Garner

31 72%

Fracture (2007)

"A smart script and a fun villain are more than enough to keep things rolling."

Posted Apr 20, 2007

Jack Garner

32 82%

Days of Glory (Indigenes) (2007)

"[Director] Bouchareb clearly understands that battlefield action is greatly intensified when filmgoers care about the participants, and he works artfully to make that happen."

Posted Apr 13, 2007

Jack Garner

33 88%

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007)

"Director Loach, one of Britain's most controversial and socially aggressive filmmakers, here makes a subtle, and surprisingly restrained film, letting the volatility and pain emerge naturally from the sad and violent situation."

Posted Apr 13, 2007

Jack Garner

34 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"Both films are wildly entertaining, as long as you're ready for the high-intensity gore factor, the sex (mostly talk) and the violence."

Posted Apr 9, 2007

Jack Garner

35 8%

Are We Done Yet? (2007)

"Are We Done Yet? One can only hope. (Sorry, but when a critic dislikes a film, and is handed a title like Are We Done Yet? he has to answer the call.)"

Posted Apr 5, 2007

Jack Garner

36 86%

The Namesake (2006)

"The performances are formidable and moving, and there's much to be gleaned about the natural, universal clash between generations and between cultures."

Posted Apr 1, 2007

Jack Garner

37 80%

In Debt We Trust (2009)

"A sometimes-fascinating and frightening look at what it calls 'America before the bubble bursts.'"

Posted Apr 1, 2007

Jack Garner

38 66%

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

"The 3-D effects are clean, crisp and fun, and worth seeking out; although it may increase the sensory overload for the very young."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Jack Garner

39 69%

Blades of Glory (2007)

"[Will Ferrell's] new film is easily on a par with [his] earlier efforts."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Jack Garner

40 87%

The Lookout (2007)

"Marks the impressive directorial debut of writer Scott Frank, who grabs hold of viewers as we follow along on the planning and execution of the bank robbery, inspiring an interest in Chris, as he struggles with the rights and wrongs of it all."

Posted Mar 30, 2007

Jack Garner

41 88%

Hear and Now (2007)

"Hear and Now is a beautifully made film, with footage that helps filmgoers understand the richness of the world of sight, the challenges of the world of no sound and the considerable talents and charm of her parents."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Jack Garner

42 48%

Shooter (2007)

"As smart action films go, Shooter generally hits its target."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Jack Garner

43 64%

Reign Over Me (2007)

"A subtle and substantial film and is elevated further by the lead performances, as well as the first-class support of Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows and Donald Sutherland."

Posted Mar 23, 2007

Jack Garner

44 75%

The Dead Girl (2006)

"The five-story format is intriguing, the performances first rate, and a couple of the stories, particularly those involving Collette, Harden and Washington, are moving."

Posted Mar 16, 2007

Jack Garner

45 19%

I Think I Love My Wife (2007)

"Rock isn't quite clever enough as a director to keep the energy alive in a film that's one long bit of foreplay that might or might not pay off."

Posted Mar 16, 2007

Jack Garner

46 8%

Premonition (2007)

"Our sympathies gradually shift from feeling sorry for the character and her dilemma to feeling sorry for this appealing actress, swimming against the current in murky waters."

Posted Mar 16, 2007

Jack Garner

47 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"Offers potent, eye-opening drama, as well as poignant characters that are caught up in a repressive, evil system. It's a movie not to be missed."

Posted Mar 9, 2007

Jack Garner

48 33%

Breaking and Entering (2007)

"A restrained, low-key chamber piece about immigration and gentrification, and the emotional quicksand associated with marital betrayal."

Posted Mar 9, 2007

Jack Garner

49 66%

Miss Potter (2007)

"You have to love a movie in which a little white rabbit literally jumps off the page to excite a writer's imagination, or winks at her to encourage her dreams."

Posted Mar 9, 2007

Jack Garner

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