Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"One of the most deeply affecting movies of its day."

Posted Jan 6, 2006

Jack Garner

2 44%

Casanova (2005)

"Casanova's tale has been told many times before, but seldom with such light-hearted flair and puckish humor."

Posted Jan 6, 2006

Jack Garner

3 51%

The Producers (2005)

"... the film version is often more boisterous and brassy than a movie ought to be."

Posted Dec 27, 2005

Jack Garner

4 35%

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

"[I]n terms of pure beauty, Memoirs of a Geisha is among the most gorgeous films ever created, a magnificent cherry blossom of a movie, evoking the lovely mysteries of geisha life."

Posted Dec 27, 2005

Jack Garner

5 6%

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

"... you may get a half-hour sitcom's worth of laughs, but little more."

Posted Dec 27, 2005

Jack Garner

6 20%

Rumor Has It (2005)

"When it came time to make this particular movie, director Rob Reiner and writer Ted Griffin got all tangled up with a joke they couldn't quite get right."

Posted Dec 27, 2005

Jack Garner

7 78%

Munich (2005)

"Too bad the conversation couldn't continue until everything is solved. But why should the characters in this brilliant film offer solutions when nobody else seems to have any in this troubled age of anxiety?"

Posted Dec 27, 2005

Jack Garner

8 93%

Ushpizin (2005)

"The award-winning Israeli film Ushpizin offers both an enlightening look at Orthodox Jewish life in Jerusalem, as well as a warm and witty tale of belief and miracles, for believers and non-believers alike."

Posted Dec 16, 2005

Jack Garner

9 64%

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

"Jesus Is Magic is full-scale offensive; don't say you weren't warned."

Posted Dec 16, 2005

Jack Garner

10 51%

The Family Stone (2005)

"Thomas Bezucha applies just the right light touch to the film, layering in strong dollops of wit, wackiness and warmth, making it among the best of its type."

Posted Dec 16, 2005

Jack Garner

11 84%

King Kong (2005)

"This Kong will move you in surprising ways."

Posted Dec 14, 2005

Jack Garner

12 72%

Syriana (2005)

"Syriana is a challenging, thought-provoking work about the downward spiral of oil dependence throughout the world. It's just the thing to make you consider a hybrid for your garage or solar panels for your roof."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Jack Garner

13 76%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"The Chronicles of Narnia is off to an impressive start as another classic of myth and fable comes to entertaining life on the big screen."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Jack Garner

14 93%

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

"Baumbach's script is incisive, witty and remarkably humane, and puts it all together in a concise 80 minutes."

Posted Dec 2, 2005

Jack Garner

15 85%

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

"A glorious tale with an effervescent, career-making performance by 20-year-old Keira Knightley."

Posted Dec 2, 2005

Jack Garner

16 89%

Paradise Now (2005)

"Paradise Now contributes mightily to further understanding of Palestinian frustrations, as well as the terrorism so sadly rampant in the world today."

Posted Dec 2, 2005

Jack Garner

17 52%

First Descent (2005)

"The endless snowboarding depicted in First Descent was probably much more fun to do than it is to watch."

Posted Dec 2, 2005

Jack Garner

18 46%

Rent (2005)

"The strong cast matches a score and a script with enough rich humor and humanity to entice viewers."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Jack Garner

19 43%

Bee Season (2005)

"Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal pull off the odd juxtapositions with surprising acumen."

Posted Nov 18, 2005

Jack Garner

20 82%

Walk the Line (2005)

"Walk the Line in nearly every way equals the engrossing power of Ray."

Posted Nov 18, 2005

Jack Garner

21 88%

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

"This is the darkest and most adventurous Potter film to date. Its 156 minutes fly by."

Posted Nov 17, 2005

Jack Garner

22 75%

Nine Lives (2005)

"Each story is engaging, and a few are superb."

Posted Nov 11, 2005

Jack Garner

23 84%

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

"Shane Black's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is Raymond Chandler on comic steroids, a fast-paced, incredibly dense film noir thriller, knee-deep in Hollywood glitter."

Posted Nov 11, 2005

Jack Garner

24 75%

Zathura (2005)

"Although Zathura lacks the Robin Williams star power of Jumanji, it has a more adventurous and energetic aura. In fact, it's a nonstop romp through the imagination."

Posted Nov 11, 2005

Jack Garner

25 20%

Derailed (2005)

"Derailed offers its share of sexy seduction and shocking violence."

Posted Nov 11, 2005

Jack Garner

26 16%

Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

"If you insist on filming the same basic story for the third time in a row, you'd better make it better. They didn't."

Posted Nov 9, 2005

Jack Garner

27 61%

Shopgirl (2005)

"An affecting story of three diverse souls drifting in and out of a romantic triangle."

Posted Nov 4, 2005

Jack Garner

28 93%

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

"Stunning drama, both as historical artifact and as a still-relevant cautionary tale on both political and media fronts."

Posted Nov 4, 2005

Jack Garner

29 61%

Jarhead (2005)

"In creating Jarhead, the filmmakers opt for a segmented, episodic style that befits the narrative's origins in a book. On film, that style generates few connecting threads or smooth flow."

Posted Nov 4, 2005

Jack Garner

30 36%

Chicken Little (2005)

"Basic, colorful, storybook graphics dominate the film's look, while first-rate voice work gives it a zestful personality."

Posted Nov 4, 2005

Jack Garner

31 90%

Capote (2005)

"After the initial shock of hearing Capote's familiar squeak of a voice, and seeing his no-nonsense walk and his flamboyant mannerisms, we realize Hoffman is going far deeper, giving us a portrait of uncommon subtlety and emotional depth."

Posted Oct 28, 2005

Jack Garner

32 26%

The Legend of Zorro (2005)

" Are we watching a modern-day, Iraqi-oriented cautionary tale, disguised as family action fare?"

Posted Oct 28, 2005

Jack Garner

33 58%

The Weather Man (2005)

"The resulting tale of a frustrated under-achiever isn't an out-and-out disaster; just a disappointment."

Posted Oct 28, 2005

Jack Garner

34 72%

Separate Lies (2005)

"Watson and, in particular, Wilkinson masterfully create complex and engrossing portraits. Everett is not as successful, never making Bule any more than an arrogant sourpuss."

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Jack Garner

35 66%

Everything is Illuminated (2005)

"Though much of the journey is played for laughs, the dramatic core is always present. By the film's end, viewers will likely be moved by the film's poignant and deeply moving final reel."

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Jack Garner

36 68%

North Country (2005)

"North Country, a potent (if didactic) drama, loosely based on a landmark court case involving workplace sexual harassment."

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Jack Garner

37 27%

Stay (2005)

"You know you're in trouble when even the film's title remains a mystery."

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Jack Garner

38 64%

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

"The film's route to the familiar ending is appealing, largely because Russell and Fanning create such winning father-daughter chemistry, and the theme reverberates with undeniably rousing good spirits."

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Jack Garner

39 88%

Touch The Sound (2004)

"An often-lovely impressionistic look at the life of a famous avant-garde percussionist who generates a wonderful world of sound, despite being deaf."

Posted Oct 14, 2005

Jack Garner

40 28%

Elizabethtown (2005)

"Though the film boils over with way too much material, enough kernels of truth and wit emerge to make the film generally worth your time."

Posted Oct 14, 2005

Jack Garner

41 90%

Roar: Lions of the Kalahari (2007)

"There isn't much new in the documentary, but the standard-issue nature lessons are heightened through the filmmaker's impressive close-ups, which seem even more intriguing on the big screen."

Posted Oct 14, 2005

Jack Garner

42 19%

Domino (2005)

"Domino is the latest Tony Scott enterprise to blast us away with pizazz but leave us with an empty feeling."

Posted Oct 14, 2005

Jack Garner

43 95%

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

"Aardman elevates stop-motion to an incredibly precise art form, employing incredible sets, state-of-the-art lighting, superb voice work and even a few surprising special effects."

Posted Oct 7, 2005

Jack Garner

44 75%

In Her Shoes (2005)

"This man, at least, thoroughly enjoyed the film, simply because each of the central characters are appealing and well-played, and successfully evokes the vast differences among kin that frequently make families so frustrating and so fascinating."

Posted Oct 7, 2005

Jack Garner

45 62%

Proof (2005)

"Paltrow played Catherine on stage in London and is at her best here since she last performed under Madden's direction in Shakespeare in Love."

Posted Sep 30, 2005

Jack Garner

46 82%

Serenity (2005)

"Loyal fans may enjoy the temporary reprieve - - but I doubt any others will be won over."

Posted Sep 30, 2005

Jack Garner

47 72%

Crónicas (2005)

"Leguizamo tackles his first Spanish-language role with considerable aplomb."

Posted Sep 30, 2005

Jack Garner

48 62%

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

"Like a two-legged Seabiscuit, it's a real crowd-pleaser."

Posted Sep 30, 2005

Jack Garner

49 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"The film gets much of its strength from first-rate casting."

Posted Sep 30, 2005

Jack Garner

50 60%

Oliver Twist (2005)

"While (David) Lean's '48 Twist remains definitive, Polanski offers today's filmgoers a version nearly as rich and evocative."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Jack Garner

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