Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The Stepford Wives (2004)
"It fights a war that was largely long-ago victorious. It's not clear why anyone thought it would be a good idea to readdress it."
"As magical and adventurous as ever, but perhaps just a smidgen darker than its predecessors, and deliciously foreboding."
"A remarkable Italian drama that elevates a thriller to the artful level of deeply affecting drama."
"Thanks to first-rate performances, the lovely shifts of the seasons and the resourceful, minimalist script, the film gently holds the heart -- and ultimately moves it."
"A restored print of the landmark film has been re-released, and the superbly crafted, often-unnerving film is well worth your attention."
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
"In the words of its star, Dennis Quaid, Emmerich has made 'the mother of all disaster movies.'"
Raising Helen (2004)
"Hudson is attractive and amusing, but the role offers little challenge."
Super Size Me (2004)
"Offers food for thought, as well as a perverse sort of entertainment."
Shrek 2 (2004)
"Less magical and falls short of the 2001 Oscar-winning hit -- but that still leaves plenty of room for the new film to entertain."
Lost Boys of Sudan (2004)
"For American viewers, Lost Boys of Sudan not only details a great tragedy a half-a-world away, but also illuminates much that's good and bad about life in our own country."
Stone Reader (2003)
"It sends viewers running to the bookstore or the library."
Van Helsing (2004)
"If action and special effects make your day -- along with a ruggedly mysterious leading man -- Van Helsing may get you to bay at the moon, alongside the Wolf Man."
"Contrived and corny."
Mean Girls (2004)
"Waters keeps the film brisk, entertaining and edgy, successfully sidestepping any temptation to preach."
"A lovely, well-acted production."
Laws of Attraction (2004)
"Brosnan and Moore are attractive, but there isn't much chemistry between them."
13 Going on 30 (2004)
"Though the film is less substantial and less magical than Big, it still frames an exuberant, often-funny performance by Garner."
"The daring, artistic brilliance of Dogville far outshines any negative interpretation we may have of the work. It's to be praised for inspiring varying interpretations and generating debate."
Man on Fire (2004)
"Such a talent pool on both sides of the camera makes much of Man on Fire well worth watching."
Connie and Carla (2004)
"It's a little rough around the edges, but it converts its lack of polish into a virtue and wins us over with its likable characters."
The Punisher (2004)
"A strange and violent blend of silliness and sadism."
Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)
"Kill Bill Vol. 2 is even better than Vol. 1."
The Alamo (2004)
"Despite much that's engrossing, the film falls short of a hoped-for epic stature."
The Girl Next Door (2004)
"First-time director Luke Greenfield and his writers manage to blend adolescent male fantasies, modern-day teen life and the sleazy porn world in ways that surprise and amuse."
Ella Enchanted (2004)
"Ella Enchanted simply reinforced for me how much I loved The Princess Bride. There's nothing like a pale imitation to stir up affection for a film that really got it right."
Closer Walk ()
"A challenging and often painful film."
"Hellboy is at its best in the first half. That's when we get to watch him in action. But director Guillermo del Toro ultimately allows the film to run out of steam."
The Prince & Me (2004)
"The writing never rises above the level of a so-so TV pilot, and Martha Coolidge's direction lacks inspiration."
The Gospel of John (2003)
"An artful, well-made production."
The Reckoning (2004)
"A fascinating, dark mystery that echoes aspects of The Name of the Rose and TV's Cadfael."
Walking Tall (2004)
"All in all, it's a journeyman's enterprise, directed without much imagination by Kevin Bray."
The Ladykillers (2004)
"Hanks delivers a gem of pure comic inspiration."
Jersey Girl (2004)
"The point about parental responsibility is worth raising -- and Smith and company raise it with good humor and affection."
Taking Lives (2004)
"You'll jump, but then you'll feel silly."
Secret Window (2004)
"A well-made thriller that echoes Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King in equal measure."
"The performances are first-rate, especially from Girard. Arcand's direction is heartfelt and artful."
"A rousing if occasionally overwrought adventure saga that plays like a cinematic buffet table, piled high with Seabiscuit, Bite the Bullet, Lawrence of Arabia, The Last Samurai and The Black Stallion."
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
"The actors are at the top of their comedic game, and their chemistry is undeniable."
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
"With its likable young couple, Caribbean locales and great Cuban music, Havana Nights knocks the original Dirty Dancing off the dance floor."
"Offers insightful, painful history and a clear demonstration that the so-called 'best and the brightest' of the JFK and LBJ years did some tragically stupid things."
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
"Using ancient languages, vivid images and visceral violence, Gibson has brought new life to one of civilization's oldest narratives."
Touching the Void (2004)
"Among the handful of the greatest films ever made about mountaineering."
Welcome to Mooseport (2004)
"A bland exploration of a bright concept."
Against the Ropes (2004)
"Offers some entertaining punches, but ultimately goes down on a split decision."
The Dreamers (2004)
"Marks a long-overdue return to the important themes of human connection and social commitment that run through many of Bertolucci's most memorable films."
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
"A fresh, very funny and wonderful artful enterprise."
50 First Dates (2004)
"I need no memory loss affliction to forget 50 First Dates almost immediately."
Catch That Kid (2004)
"Catch That Kid? You shouldn't bother."
"Miracle offers everything a filmgoer could want from a sports movie."