Palo Alto Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"Ridley Scott pumps up the volume with a gritty, glitzy valentine to the anarchic American drug wars."

Posted Oct 29, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

2 81%

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

"Tender, thoughtful and distinctive."

Posted Oct 22, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

3 57%

We Own the Night (2007)

"Everything old doesn't necessarily feel new again."

Posted Oct 20, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

4 35%

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"Breasts heave and the sea storms as historical music swells in Shekhar Kapur's overwrought follow-up to Elizabeth."

Posted Oct 20, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

5 36%

Reservation Road (2007)

"A semi-absorbing but ultimately tiresome waiting game."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

6 64%

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

"Overwrought indies aren't typically my thing and this achingly angsty melodrama does little to alter my thinking."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

7 36%

Sleuth (2007)

"A semi-satisfying game, set and match."

Posted Oct 15, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

8 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"A gritty expose of the shady shards of right and wrong."

Posted Oct 15, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

9 74%

Outsourced (2007)

"An indie charmer that may become the sleeper of Seattle."

Posted Oct 13, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

10 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"Infused with rich writing, strong performances and symbolic undertones, Darjeeling explores how people behave when living in the moment but out of the comfort zone."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Tyler Hanley

11 94%

My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

"Maddening and more than a little thought-provoking."

Posted Oct 8, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

12 72%

Lust, Caution (2007)

"Ang Lee has gone back to his roots and the results are undeniably intriguing."

Posted Oct 8, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

13 90%

Michael Clayton (2007)

"A resonant throwback with deep roots to the political thrillers of the 1970s; slick, smart and saturated in dramatic paranoia."

Posted Oct 8, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

14 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"A tense, thinking person's thriller."

Posted Oct 6, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

15 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"Although the edgy humor provides plenty of side-splitting moments, Heartbreak ultimately cracks beneath a lackluster storyline."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Tyler Hanley

16 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"Capricious, meditative and absorbing."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

17 73%

In the Valley of Elah (2007)

"Walking a razor-wire fence, [Writer/Director Paul] Haggis honors Americans serving their country while lacerating the military mindset that got them there."

Posted Sep 29, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

18 39%

Feast of Love (2007)

"Although Feast is sometimes depressing, a natural side effect when touching on issues such as infidelity and death, it is also uplifting and tender."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Tyler Hanley

19 65%

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

"I shudder at the term chick flick but Jane Austen Book Club is a shining example of the genre, resplendent with feminine energy yet gently tweaking its masculine side."

Posted Sep 26, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

20 94%

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

"To say these guys still have the Right Stuff is an overwhelming understatement."

Posted Sep 26, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

21 53%

Across the Universe (2007)

"Julie Taymor's wildly ambitious ode to the Fab Four is a flawed but occasionally fabulous change of pace."

Posted Sep 26, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

22 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"Sean Penn steps behind the camera to craft one of the most powerful films of the year."

Posted Sep 26, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

23 25%

El Cantante (2007)

"LLittle more than a string of music videos in search of a script."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

24 28%

Next (2007)

"Despite a distracting hairdo, Nicolas Cage delivers a solid performance in this fast-paced actioner."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Tyler Hanley

25 43%

The Brave One (2007)

"Masterwork of craft, manipulating viewer emotions to elicit unthinking responses and unabashed bloodlust."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

26 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"Viggo Mortensen chews it up and spits it out as the corrupt centerpiece of maverick director David Cronenberg's searing mob thriller."

Posted Sep 17, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

27 67%

Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

"The term 'suspending disbelief' hasn't been this apropos since Democrats watched President Bush take the oath of office."

Posted Sep 15, 2007

Tyler Hanley

28 96%

Deep Water (2006)

"A tangle of turbulent seas and emotions."

Posted Sep 11, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

29 7%

Silk (2007)

"Alessandro Baricco's lyrical short novel is tentatively re-imagined as a saccharine love story with minimal depth."

Posted Sep 11, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

30 63%

Ladron Que Roba A Ladron (2007)

"Ladron leans far too heavily on a lifeless script and sluggish pacing to get its well-worn point across. The film's been-theres and done-thats are widespread."

Posted Sep 8, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

31 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"The atmosphere pointedly caters to the male ego and the dark deliciousness inherent in its complexities."

Posted Sep 4, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

32 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

"Taking aim at self-absorbed filmmakers, amateur and professional, emerges as another strong thematic target. If only the comedy produced as many laughs as things to say."

Posted Sep 1, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

33 67%

The 11th Hour (2007)

"The 11th Hour presents its argument clearly: Disregarding the planetary repercussions of human behavior, or rather misbehavior, holds tragic consequences."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Tyler Hanley

34 61%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"The comedy doesn't have much to say, but its humor is killer."

Posted Aug 25, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

35 34%

The Nanny Diaries (2007)

"A bevy of respectable talent is uselessly squandered in clumsy efforts at cunning, humor and pathos."

Posted Aug 20, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

36 19%

The Invasion (2007)

"The latest cinematic space invaders tale is more of a commentary on modern America than a sci-fi screamer."

Posted Aug 17, 2007

Tyler Hanley

37 95%

No End in Sight (2007)

"A blistering, on-point expose of the movers and shakers who paved our way into a senseless conflict."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

38 76%

Stardust (2007)

"A mixed bag of triumphs and failures."

Posted Aug 7, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

39 70%

Molière (2007)

"A blithe but satisfying French confection."

Posted Aug 7, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

40 90%

Rescue Dawn (2007)

"Without a semblance of Herzog's signature mysticism or an ounce of insightfulness, the film becomes an unremarkable retelling of a remarkable true-life story."

Posted Aug 4, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

41 41%

No Reservations (2007)

"Although all the performances are good, Kate's character often rings false."

Posted Aug 4, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

42 57%

Becoming Jane (2007)

"Unless you have something new to say don't say it all. Lesson learned from yet another Jane Austen re-tread that trots out its tired themes with 18th century goodness."

Posted Jul 31, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

43 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"A full-throttle action thriller that's the culmination of a smashing trilogy."

Posted Jul 30, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

44 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"Campy and sweet-natured, Hairspray will shake away any summertime blues."

Posted Jul 28, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

45 75%

My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2007)

"Infected with a joie de vivre that renders the project far more than a stock buddy picture."

Posted Jul 25, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

46 75%

Sunshine (2007)

"an odyssey of stupidity with one bad decision piling on another."

Posted Jul 23, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

47 62%

Joshua (2007)

"Father and mother no longer know best."

Posted Jul 21, 2007

Susan Tavernetti

48 14%

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)

"Despite some hearty humor from Adam Sandler, co-star Kevin James and a handful of well-cast character actors, the film's contrived plot and discriminatory jabs ultimately make Chuck and Larry a tactless engagement."

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Tyler Hanley

49 57%

Interview (2007)

"Tension, humor and pathos are wrung out from smart scripting and surprisingly effective performances."

Posted Jul 19, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

50 52%

Introducing the Dwights (2007)

"A smart alternative to summer's bloated blockbusters."

Posted Jul 17, 2007

Jeanne Aufmuth

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