San Jose Mercury News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 36%

Southland Tales (2007)

"By the time the movie rolls into its third hour, it's exhausted most of its comic energy, leaving you disoriented and unable to remember much of what you just saw."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Bruce Newman

2 37%

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is what happens when too many sappy sweet instincts chase too few original ideas."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Bruce Newman

3 71%

Beowulf (2007)

"Beowulf is being released in standard 2-D and a non-Imax 3-D version, neither of which I've seen, and neither of which I would recommend as long as there is an opportunity for the sensory overload of Imax 3-D."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Bruce Newman

4 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"In its title character, the movie has created a murdering, dope-slinging millionaire from the streets that even Denzel Washington has managed to make boring."

Posted Nov 2, 2007

Bruce Newman

5 64%

Dan in Real Life (2007)

"The sort of movie that wears down your resistance until, finally, you feel as if something must be wrong with you if you don't fall for the cheap theatrics of its story and the emotional manipulations of its characters."

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Bruce Newman

6 No Score Yet

Brother's Shadow ()

"Brother's Shadow is an admirable first film."

Posted Oct 23, 2007

Bruce Newman

7 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"The film is full of scenes that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Bruce Newman

8 81%

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

"It's a premise as fanciful as Jimmy Stewart's Harvey, and yet the movie has a sweetness that manages to be pixilated and plausible at the same time."

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Bruce Newman

9 72%

Lust, Caution (2007)

"In the broad strokes and beautiful particularity of its bittersweet love story, Lust, Caution could not come from any other place but China."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Bruce Newman

10 35%

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"Every time the camera finally settles on Blanchett's regal cheekbones, it's a relief."

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Bruce Newman

11 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"[The Farrelly Brothers] have taken what was a minor classic and annihilated everything that was funny about it."

Posted Oct 4, 2007

Bruce Newman

12 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"In its expansive spirit of investigation and embrace of life as a creative act, Into the Wild comes as close as any picture ever made to capturing the America that Jack Kerouac discovered half a century ago."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Bruce Newman

13 51%

The Kingdom (2007)

"The movie pretends to be a dramatic exploration of the gulf of mutual suspicion that has grown from the oil alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia. In the most superficial way imaginable, it does that."

Posted Sep 28, 2007

Bruce Newman

14 89%

Eastern Promises (2007)

"Eastern Promises is a subtle and precisely calibrated work of astonishing cumulative power."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Bruce Newman

15 73%

In the Valley of Elah (2007)

"Elah uses a slightly plodding police procedural format as an opening to a discussion about the effect the war is having on returning soldiers. It's a lot to ask of one movie."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Bruce Newman

16 88%

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

"This Yuma is Shane with a train."

Posted Sep 7, 2007

Bruce Newman

17 67%

The 11th Hour (2007)

"No matter what time it is in the grand, cosmic scheme of things, The 11th Hour arrives about a day late and an eco-dollar short of An Inconvenient Truth"

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Bruce Newman

18 20%

Death Sentence (2007)

"As rancid as its title is lurid, an example of pulp fiction run amok."

Posted Aug 31, 2007

Bruce Newman

19 34%

The Nanny Diaries (2007)

"There's a heart-sinking moment early in The Nanny Diaries when it becomes apparent that every literary gimmick that seemed arch and clever in the bestselling novel of 2002 is going to fall horribly flat in the worst movie of 2007."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Bruce Newman

20 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

"The Wikipedia page on gurning lists Atkinson right behind Jim Carrey as one of the world's leading practitioners of grotesque face-making. And this is his ghastly masterpiece."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Bruce Newman

21 63%

Californication: Season 1 (TV, 2007)

" A caustic, sharp-edged mix of humor and drama that tiptoes along the edge of disaster but never drops into the looming abyss. "

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Charlie McCollum

22 82%

Talk to Me (2007)

"The movie's occasional narrative shortcomings are offset by the performances, which are uniformly fine."

Posted Aug 3, 2007

Bruce Newman

23 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"From that first moment to the last of this peerlessly mounted action thriller, the chase never stops. Bourne's nerve never falters, or that of director Paul Greengrass, either."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Bruce Newman

24 41%

No Reservations (2007)

"You don't need to have been a fan of the terrific German film Mostly Martha that inspired this remake, or even to have seen the original, to recognize that her American cousin has a tendency to overcook things."

Posted Jul 27, 2007

Bruce Newman

25 90%

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

" The movie isn't a disaster, just a disappointment."

Posted Jul 25, 2007

Bruce Newman

26 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"The movie pulsates with so much energy and excitement that it sometimes seems it will come bouncing off the screen. But then someone applies another layer of lacquer to their 'do, and the whole boisterous bouffant of a show somehow sticks together."

Posted Jul 19, 2007

Bruce Newman

27 30%

Goya's Ghosts (2007)

" There's an unfortunate tendency in this movie for the forces of history to overtake scenes."

Posted Jul 19, 2007

Bruce Newman

28 62%

Joshua (2007)

"Sickeningly creepy."

Posted Jul 13, 2007

Bruce Newman

29 64%

Vitus (2007)

"We're supposed to be convinced that [Vitus has] proved himself a normal kid in spite of his virtuoso skills, not because of them. It's a bit of a stretch, but he's got the long fingers for it."

Posted Jul 13, 2007

Bruce Newman

30 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"For all its gloominess, Order of the Phoenix is, in several ways, the best Potter picture yet."

Posted Jul 9, 2007

Bruce Newman

31 70%

Black Sheep (2006)

"...Black Sheep never rises above sensation and splatter, or goes beyond the one thing it does best: It bites."

Posted Jul 6, 2007

Bruce Newman

32 57%

Transformers (2007)

"As a movie, Transformers is mostly muscle car, but it has enough of a brain under its hood to know how, and when, to be funny."

Posted Jul 2, 2007

Bruce Newman

33 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"This is an animated movie that's been made for adults, although kids probably will enjoy it, too."

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Bruce Newman

34 92%

Sicko (2007)

"Sicko represents Moore's most mature work as a filmmaker."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Bruce Newman

35 82%

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

"Willis has a firm grip on what has made his character popular for nearly two decades, and maintains a firm hand on the wheel. Like almost everything he drives, he keeps the movie airborne. Yippee-ki-yay."

Posted Jun 26, 2007

Bruce Newman

36 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"Shooting in what often appears to be available light, and with a handheld camera that he has tamed sufficiently to prevent motion sickness, Winterbottom keeps the picture moving along like a thriller."

Posted Jun 22, 2007

Bruce Newman

37 23%

Evan Almighty (2007)

"Even the editing betrays a sense of desperation about the material. It's cut so tight that no one ever breathes, they just talk."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Bruce Newman

38 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"After the story's wheels are set in motion, you pretty much know everything that's going to happen, but director Steven Soderbergh makes it fun to watch your winning hand unfold."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Bruce Newman

39 45%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"[Erupts] into a grand and glorious adventure at the final hour. After lying dead in the water during much of its three-part odyssey, Pirates of the Caribbean has saved the best for last. The third time is the charmer."

Posted May 24, 2007

Bruce Newman

40 45%

Fay Grim (2007)

"Fay Grim is a farce in which people die and lives are ruined. Which is to say, it's peculiarly funny, but you have to be an existentialist with lightning-fast reflexes to get all the jokes."

Posted May 18, 2007

Bruce Newman

41 89%

Waitress (2007)

" Russell is the magic ingredient that holds all this together."

Posted May 11, 2007

Bruce Newman

42 29%

Lucky You (2007)

"At 2 hours and 15 minutes, Lucky You does play a bit long. It's probably about two hours longer than it needs to be."

Posted May 4, 2007

Bruce Newman

43 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"There are so many super-villains buzzing around like flies in Spider-Man 3 that the web of plots, subplots, flashbacks and unnecessary character amplifications makes it feel more like Spider-Man."

Posted May 2, 2007

Bruce Newman

44 76%

Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007)

"Despite the picture's subtitles and its imposing 145-minute running time, Black Book maintains a breakneck pace, pausing only long enough to raise some very interesting questions."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Bruce Newman

45 70%

The Valet (La Doublure) (2007)

"The story is farcical and falling-down funny, and yet the actors treat [director] Veber's material as if it were all serious. And entirely reasonable."

Posted Apr 26, 2007

Bruce Newman

46 69%

Year of the Dog (2007)

"There's a lot of truth and beauty in Year of the Dog, and most of it radiates from the performance of Molly Shannon."

Posted Apr 23, 2007

Bruce Newman

47 72%

Fracture (2007)

"Sometimes movies that shouldn't work deliver an outcome that's as satisfying as Fracture."

Posted Apr 19, 2007

Bruce Newman

48 11%

Perfect Stranger (2007)

"People with access to vital information just show up when the movie needs them, then vanish again."

Posted Apr 13, 2007

Bruce Newman

49 8%

The Reaping (2007)

"The Reaping isn't quite bad enough, or even New Testament enough, to qualify as a sign of the impending apocalypse. But by the time it's over, you know you're getting close."

Posted Apr 9, 2007

Bruce Newman

50 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"A weaponized adrenaline rush."

Posted Apr 9, 2007

Bruce Newman