Palo Alto Weekly
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)
"Fans fired up by the first Ice Age won't be cooled down with this fun-loving follow-up."
Friends With Money (2006)
"Lays the emotional tension on thick but punctuates it with nimble wit."
"A delicious character study that attracts and repels."
Take the Lead (2006)
"Check your brain at the door and give in to the serio-comic moves of this hackneyed charmer."
Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
"Not without a lingering element of guilty pleasure but ultimately just another walk in the park for the mad dame Catherine."
Thank You for Smoking (2006)
"Jason Reitman's wickedly droll and irreverent comedy is a politically incorrect breath of fresh air."
"Fernando Eimbcke's crisp visual sense and ear for comic timing propel the narrative forward with honest energy."
Inside Man (2006)
"Spike Lee knows how to coax novelty out of conventional drama."
V for Vendetta (2006)
"A political and symbolic thinking person's action movie."
Ask the Dust (2006)
"A minimalist melodrama that's badly frayed at the seams and threatening to unravel."
Tsotsi (Thug) (2006)
"An affecting film about sorrow and triumph that delivers redemption by the shovel-full."
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Failure to Launch (2006)
"The title is perfectly apt -- and too easy a target -- for this romantic comedy that never shifts out of second gear."
16 Blocks (2006)
"Crooked cops, sketchy crooks and Bruce Willis as a washed-up detective -- this one has seen-it-before down to a science."
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)
"Lets loose with wit and style."
Why We Fight (2006)
"A stirring anti-war doc...deciphering fifty years of military misadventure."
Running Scared (2006)
"A kinetic guilty pleasure."
"Bawdy behind-the-scenes comedy that neatly straddles antiquated fantasy and contemporary reality."
The Pink Panther (2006)
"The pain-and-destruction humor won't tickle everyone as pink as the cartoon character but still provides some good escapist fare."
Eight Below (2006)
"Eager dog owners may find themselves hounding for a husky after nibbling on this cinematic treat."
"Shady stereotypes, conventional images and a surplus of dangling tangents stall the action."
Curious George (2006)
"Fans curious about George should explore the inquisitive simian's literary exploits rather than this big-screen banana."
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
"Roger Donaldson crafts his little-movie-that-could with an eye towards maximum inspiration."
"Trots out every stereotype in the book."
A Good Woman (2006)
"Passionate flair periodically turns theatrical but a snappy twist of a climax marks this social satire with a scarlet A for effort."
"The film comes across like a recruiting commercial with subliminal 'Join the Navy' messages layered throughout."
"Turns screws and perpetuate guilt in riveting Hitchcockian style."
"Circumvents treacly lessons in tolerance and rewards itself with the resonance of re-birth and second chances."
Nanny McPhee (2006)
"Emma Thompson's smart script and the uncanny dignity she brings to her Mary Poppins-esque children's nurse make up for a lot of flaws."
The Matador (2006)
"A refreshingly tetchy indie wrapped in mainstream clothing."
The White Countess (2005)
"Over-calculated and less than it should be but not without its charms."
The New World (2005)
"Saved by its intrepid character portrayals and an evocative sense of what-if? that pervades one of history's most enduring and storied love affairs."
Tristan & Isolde (2006)
"Arthur Reinhart's stunning images repeatedly isolate Isolde among the cool, gray expanse of natural settings. She's a freethinking woman at the mercy of powerful forces beyond her control, trapped in the wrong place at the wrong time in history."
Glory Road (2006)
"In a day and age that has violent slasher flicks gobbling up movie-goers' box-office bucks, it's refreshing to see a film that stresses cooperation, effort and racial equality over shock value."
"An irksome, postmodernist hodgepodge."
Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006)
"As the story's disjointed perspective widens the energy dwindles and the film loses focus."
Match Point (2005)
The Producers (2005)
"All the performers act in big, broad strokes. They create a comic world consistent in its over-the-top qualities and seem to have such a good time doing so that their zany spirit is infectious."
Wolf Creek (2005)
"Viewers eager to embrace 90 minutes of footage featuring women being brutalized, beaten, stalked and slaughtered may want to consider some serious introspection."
Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)
"The Bonnie and Clyde formula gets a healthy dose of laughing gas with this hilarious and apropos slice of social commentary."
Rumor Has It (2005)
"An easy comedy that will please some audiences but disappoint those who seek the cinematic road less traveled."
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
"A fizzy tonic amidst stiller holiday fare."
"A melodramatic yet accessible drama that's perfectly in keeping with the politically turbulent times."
King Kong (2005)
"Director Peter Jackson carries King Kong to new heights."
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
"Despite his mainstream-heavy sensibility Marshall has crafted a textured film companion to Arthur Golden's stunning masterwork."
- • Jeanne Aufmuth
- • Cathy Beheler
- • Peter Canavese
- • Jennifer Deitz
- • Tyler Hanley
- • Jim Harrington
- • Monica Hayde
- • Elizabeth Howton
- • Shellie Iliff
- • Malcolm MacLachlan
- • Joe Mader
- • Kate Manning
- • Neil Martin
- • Scott McPherson
- • Rachel Metz
- • Laura Reiley
- • D. S.
- • Leonard Schwarz
- • Jim Shelby
- • Alan Sissenwein
- • Susan Tavernetti
- • Elisabeth Traugott
- • Jose Antonio Vargas
- • Nick Veronin
- • Marc Vincenti
- • Sarah Heim and David Weld
- • Christina Ziegler-McPherson